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Read more › News - 1st December 2021

The Gift of Volunteering

It’s no secret that volunteers are one of the great success stories of parkrun. It’s staggering that since the very first event in 2004, where five volunteers supported 13 runners, more than half a million different people around the globe have pulled on the parkrun high-vis.   In the same way that parkrun couldn’t happen…

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Read more › News - 25th November 2021

What are you thankful for?

Each year, parkruns around the world celebrate one ‘special day’, where they can hold an additional parkrun outside of the usual Saturday morning.   The United States are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, and with it their special parkrunday. Join us as we take a look at the tradition.   For much of United States history,…

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Read more › News - 25th November 2021

New South Wales update – 25 November

We understand there may be some uncertainty in the parkrun community regarding the planned reopening of parkrun events in New South Wales.   For clarity, parkrun events can operate when NSW eases restrictions. This means, parkrun events will reopen:   When NSW reaches 95% double vaccination or 18 December 2021, whichever comes first.   Should…

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Read more › News - 22nd November 2021

Victoria update – 22 November

The news we have all been waiting for is here! We are excited to confirm that parkrun events in Victoria are permitted to reopen this weekend.   Following discussions with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), we received confirmation, from the DJPR, that parkrun events can reopen under our COVID-19 Framework.   How…

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Read more › News - 22nd November 2021

Scanning on mobile devices

Since the personal barcode system was introduced in 2009, over 60 million instances of participation have been recorded at parkrun events around the world.   Over that time we have insisted that in order to record a time, all finishers must present a printed barcode (either in the form of a paper printout or an…

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Read more › News - 17th November 2021

Don’t look for inspiration, look to inspire

Born with a rare genetic eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa, causing slow vision degeneration, Shayne Allen said his life motto was not to look for inspiration but to inspire.   Shayne started taking part at Woy Woy parkrun in Australia in 2019, and this is his story.   Despite having less than five per cent central…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2021

Celebrating four years of parkruns in prisons

Every Saturday morning, hundreds of people who live and work in prisons, young offender institutions, and remand centres are walking, jogging, running and volunteering as part of the global parkrun family.   Four years on from the launch of the very first parkrun in a correctional setting — Black Combe parkrun at Haverigg Prison in the…

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Read more › News - 12th November 2021

Australia update – 12 November

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in some Australian states and territories, we want to share the latest news on what this means for parkrunners in areas where events have been paused.   ***   Australian Capital Territory This weekend we welcome back our events in the ACT. All participants are strongly encouraged to check…

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Read more › News - 11th November 2021

That place where strangers become familiar faces

Feeling inspired by something a fellow parkrunner said to her, Caroline Southwell let her thoughts spill into a poem…   parkrun That place where strangers become familiar faces and those known faces become the friends we never knew we needed.   Where some of us see the same people, week in and week out, and…

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Read more › News - 11th November 2021

We are hiring!

We are hiring! We are looking for a full-time Operations Assistant to join the parkrun Team in the Gold Coast office.   From quiet beginnings, parkrun has grown into a worldwide social movement with the community at its beating heart.   Committed to breaking down barriers to participation in regular physical activity and bringing communities…