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Read more › News, Press - 26th February 2020

An army of support

When finish tokens were handed out at Kangaroo Island parkrun on Saturday, many of the participants stood up very straight and fell in line.   Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, was severely impacted by the bush fires in January – with profound loss of natural landscapes, homes, animals and tragically, human life. Last Saturday,…

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Read more › News, Press - 5th February 2020

Help us celebrate female participation on international women’s day

parkrun events all over the world are being encouraged to celebrate female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.   We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and everyone is invited…

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Read more › News, Press - 25th January 2020

World’s first parkrun in a remand centre launches in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

In a world first for a remand centre, 47 officers and prisoners at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC) took part in the inaugural Wacol parkrun today.   BWCC has become the 33rd correctional site in the world to host a parkrun, the ninth in Australia and the first in Queensland.   Queensland Corrective Services Deputy Commissioner…

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Read more › News, Press - 16th December 2019

Why we should never have to justify going for a run

With Christmas fast approaching, our Global Head of Communications, Russ Jefferys, discusses why exercise should never be used as punishment   It’s that time of year again. Christmas songs on the radio, a calendar full of festive party invitations and ironically ‘bad’ seasonal knitwear.   But in recent years, a new tradition has started to…

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Read more › News, Press - 6th November 2019

Celebrity Bev

We don’t have many celebrities at parkrun but Bev Vallance from Rosebud parkrun is making a case to be our most widely recognised parkrunner.   Bev has recently starred in a TV commercial from our friends at Medibank and is learning to manage her newfound fame. It’s a long way from when she first started…

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Read more › News, Press - 19th October 2019

Tarrengower Women’s Prison in Victoria launches parkrun

Tarrengower Prison in central Victoria has become just the third women’s correctional facility in the world to introduce parkrun.   Tarrengower is the only minimum security female prison in the state and focusses on preparing women for their release. It provides a maximum of 72 residents with programs and employment opportunities, allowing them to build…

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Read more › News, Press - 1st October 2019

parkrun offers wholehearted welcome to walkers

parkrun Australia and Heart Foundation Walking have teamed up to mark Active Ageing Week by encouraging more walkers to join in at their free local parkrun event.    Active Ageing Week, which runs from 1-7 October, aims to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities in a safe and…

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Read more › News, Press - 30th September 2019

Survey reveals health professionals prescribing parkrun to boost Australia’s health

A survey of almost 3,000 Australian-based health professionals has revealed the extent to which patients are being signposted to parkrun events around the country, as an alternative to more ‘traditional’ medication or to complement existing treatment.   Almost 2,000 of those surveyed (69%) revealed they currently prescribe parkrun in a professional capacity, with 87% of…

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Read more › News, Press - 23rd September 2019

parkrun Netherlands launching in 2020

Exciting news: parkrun is coming to the Netherlands!   In 2020, parkrun will be launching in the Netherlands, becoming the 22nd country in the parkrun family.   We are in the process of confirming start dates and locations, but there has been an overwhelming amount of interest from all over the country. Plans are currently…

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Read more › Press - 18th September 2019

6th Event for parkrun Japan

parkrun continues to grow throughout Japan with the 6th event ready to launch on 28th September in Matsuyama.   Horinouchi koen parkrun will launch with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and Tim Oberg in his new role as Asia Pacific Strategic Director participating.   Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island. and has…

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