Is 2023 going to be the year you do your first 5k parkrun?
Whether you’re a complete first timer, or you’ve been coming for years as a volunteer parkrunner, here are seven quick tips to make sure you kick 2023 off in a great way.
1) Wear something comfy
You don’t need expensive sports gear and a brand new pair of trainers for parkrun. Just wear something you feel comfortable in.
2) #DFYB (Don’t forget your barcode!)
If you haven’t already, register for parkrun and take a scannable version of barcode to get it scanned once you have completed your 5k. Don’t forget, parkrun is and always will be free, for everyone, forever.
3) Bring a friend or family member
You are never alone at parkrun, but if you’re nervous about being on your own for your first 5k, why not bring a loved one with you?
4) Arrive early
For your first time, we’d recommend getting there 15 minutes early to listen to the First Timer Welcome, get to know the course, and have a quick chat with the parkwalker volunteers (look out for the blue his vis!). Part of the parkwalker role is to help answer any questions you might have if you’re feeling nervous.
5) Choose from over 2,200 locations
At parkrun, you’re a little spoilt for choice with more than 2,200 events across over 20 countries around the world to pick from. You can find your nearest event here.
6) Make it yours
parkrun can be whatever you want it to be, so complete it your way! There are ways to get involved that do not involve completing 5k, and there is no pressure to complete the whole course (although we think you’ll surprise yourself!).
You can also just head down to your local parkrun event and watch what’s going on, soak up the atmosphere and get to know your local team. We can never have enough spectators to cheer everyone on.
For anyone starting out on their parkrun journey, or thinking about building up to the magic 5k distance, our simple and easy walking plan Strive for five can be found here. You can do that anywhere, any time.
Once you’ve finished your 5k, you’ll feel fantastic!
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