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News, Press - 19th December 2018

Christmas Day parkruns


For most it’s a time for family and friends and festive cheer. But for some, Christmas can actually be quite a lonely time of year. This is where the parkrun family come into play. Not only is the free 5km run or walk an opportunity to get out and get fit each Saturday morning, parkrun is about celebrating community and friendships and each year several locations run a special event on Christmas Day.


Belinda Smith is the Event Director at Lismore parkrun. She said they have decided to host a Christmas Day event for the second year in a row to give everyone the opportunity to get involved. “We don’t want anyone to feel isolated on Christmas Day. I lost my Mum three years ago and we don’t have any immediate family around us, so parkrun is a way for us to dress up and have fun with our ‘parkrun family’,” Ms Smith said.


“We’ll do parkrun and then spend time together afterwards before everyone goes off to do their own thing. “We really enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit with other like-minded and active people.”


Belinda will be running on Christmas Day with her husband and daughter, as well as her Hungarian Vizsla, Molly.




Of the 340 parkrun locations around Australia, about half will open on Christmas day and two-thirds on New Year’s Day.


For a full list of parkrun events on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day visit our special events page.

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