What a year it has been for parkrun South Africa!
In the space of a year we have grown to 92 parkruns and to over half a million registered parkrunners. Of course those registered runners don’t all run every Saturday but over 25,000 attend parkruns each Saturday and our numbers peaked at over 31,000 in October.
This means that almost 1 in every 100 South Africans is now a registered parkrunner.
Worldwide the 3 millionth registration will soon take place and over 150,000 parkrunners participate every Saturday from as far afield as Sweden, Russia, New Zealand and Canada. There also now been over 20,000,000 parkruns completed since 2004!
I dare not make predictions about next year. But the future does look very exciting.
All this was made possible by the wonderful support of our sponsors and by the invaluable and selfless work of our hundreds of volunteers. I will certainly be drinking a toast this holiday to those wonderful people who help parkrun happen smoothly each Saturday.
Two new parkruns will join the SA parkrun family on Saturday as Westbury and Mitchell’s Plain parkruns have their debut runs. Both have been eagerly anticipated by their local communities and there will be extensive television and press coverage of the launch of these two parkruns.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday and New Year and to remind people that parkruns will go ahead as usual during the holiday. In fact some parkruns will host additional holiday parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year ’s Day.
On New Year’s day it will be possible, in some areas, to double up and run two parkruns on one day. Please consult the parkrun Christmas compendium for more information about which parkruns are holding extra parkruns and what their starting times are.
Happy 2017 everyone and remember don’t forget your barcode #DFYB!
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