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Read more › News - 15th January 2019

Blazing a Trail

Irishman Robin Foley dreamed of bringing parkrun, a free, weekly running and walking event to his adopted home in Pensacola, FL. He found the perfect partner in the University of West Florida. Together they literally cleared a trail through the woods, creating a valuable new resource that benefits the university and surrounding communities alike.  …

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Read more › News - 28th December 2018

An Englishwoman, an Irishman, and an American walk into a park

Big, meet Big. On January 19th the world’s largest running event reaches the largest state in the continental US with the launch of Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX. This minimalist, community driven 5k along the Buffalo Bayou will take place every single week. It’s entirely free. And the organizers offer an iron-clad you-will-not-finish-last promise….

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Read more › News - 23rd October 2018

Meet me at Himmel parkrun

Himmel parkrun, which launches November 17th in a neighborhood park in central Tucson, is shaping up to be a fusion of international and local. Organizers David and Alicia Armet were inspired by their experiences in London to bring the free, weekly 5k run series to Tucson. But parkrun’s combination of fitness and community building fits…

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Read more › News - 10th October 2018

Ann Arbor joins the parkrun family

Mark your calendars because parkrun is coming to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Event Director Stephanie Evans tells the story behind Michigan’s second parkrun event. A healthy community is already forming around this free, weekly 5K run/walk around the beautiful lake and trails of Lillie Park. All Year Round On November 3rd 2018 at 9am Lillie Park, Ann…

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Read more › News - 4th September 2018

A healthy transformation

The creation of Depot Park on a former polluted industrial site has led a transformation of part of Gainesville, FL. Starting September 29th, Depot Park parkrun is a new event that will add to the park’s role in building health and community in Gainesville.   Depot Park parkrun is a timed 5k in the park…

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Read more › News - 25th July 2018

parkrun arrives in New Jersey

With the August 18th launch of Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun, Garden State residents will be able to join the world’s largest running and walking community. And Somerset, NJ may see a curious uptick in tourist interest.   D&RC parkrun is a free, weekly 5k on the canal towpath, starting at Colonial Park every Saturday,…

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Read more › News - 16th May 2018

Run (or walk) DMC parkrun

Des Moines locals can’t agree on how to pronounce the name of their city (de MOYN or de MOYNZ is accepted) but we know they’ll all agree that parkrun is a great addition to their community come June 9th. Des Moines, Washington (not Iowa) is a waterfront community on Puget Sound, 30 minutes southeast of Seattle and…

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Read more › News - 24th April 2018

All aboard for Mountain Goat Trail parkrun

The Mountain Goat Railroad once hauled coal up the mountain and connected communities in southern Tennessee. Nowadays, a grassroots effort is converting the old railroad bed into the Mountain Goat Trail, a beautiful multi-use trail that will eventually connect those same communities. Mountain Goat Trail parkrun launches on May 19th between Sewanee and Monteagle, TN….

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Read more › News - 11th April 2018

Charleston catches the parkrun bug

Two years ago Adam Patnoe wasn’t a runner. Now he’s the leader of Charleston parkrun, which is adding 50 running/walking events per year to West Virginia’s capital city, all entirely free. Adam’s change came about thanks to the support of friends who helped get him active, plus a random encounter with a guy from Scotland….

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Read more › News - 3rd April 2018

A parkrun legacy

We hear of many motivations for starting a new parkrun event, but this is one of the most moving. Jenny Chambers was a lively and indefatigable member of her local parkrun community in England right up until her death in 2015. Thousands of miles away in Louisville, Kentucky, her daughter, Natalie DeRatt, was inspired to…

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