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Read more › News - 8th September 2020

The time to act is now

We face the prospect of living in a world where being apart becomes normal, and where the risk associated with social interaction and participating in physical activity is deemed to outweigh the benefit.   parkrun’s Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington tells us why the time is now for resuming parkrun.   Following…

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Read more › News - 4th September 2020

parkrun Australia COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 September

In this week’s global COVID-19 update, we outlined a move to sub-national opening which allows us to open parkrun events across any State or Territory where our Framework is clearly in line with guidelines, and we have formal approval.   I am pleased to confirm that with approval from the Northern Territory Government Department of…

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Read more › News - 3rd September 2020

Rapid review of evidence for outdoor transmission of COVID-19 published

We’re excited to publish the findings of the rapid review of evidence for outdoor transmission of COVID-19, commissioned by parkrun and undertaken by the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (spear) at Canterbury Christ Church University.   Led by Professor Mike Weed and Dr Abby Foad, the review looked at evidence of incidents…

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Read more › News - 1st September 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 1 September

Those of you who have followed these weekly updates since early April will know that, whilst we wouldn’t rule anything out, our initial preference has been that we would only start entire parkrun countries at a time. This was based on a number of factors, but largely that the complexity of supporting numerous varied regulations,…

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Read more › News - 27th August 2020

Keeping the volunteering spirit alive

While parkruns have been on hold, most of us have been able to keep walking, jogging and running while sticking to the restrictions in place in our local areas.   Backyard marathons, virtual runs, walking all the streets or the boundaries of our suburbs and (not)parkrun – there’s been plenty of incentive to keep moving…

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Read more › News - 25th August 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 25 August

From the beginning of this challenge we have believed in taking a pragmatic and considered approach, that protects the spirit of parkrun, and prioritises the safety of everyone who comes into contact with our events. At the same time, we have developed our understanding of the risks of returning such that we can appropriately balance…

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Read more › News - 18th August 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 18 August

Last Friday we published our COVID-19 Framework FAQs, following on from the publication of our COVID-19 Framework which outlines how parkrun will return in locations where there remains an underlying level of Coronavirus infection and/or social distancing requirements are in place as set by public health bodies.   We have been delighted with the response,…

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Read more › News - 11th August 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 11 August

On Friday last week we published our provisional COVID-19 Framework, describing how parkrun events are likely to return where there remains an underlying level of the virus.   We intentionally published the Framework in advance of it being appropriate to open any of the 21 parkrun countries that remain closed, to enable us to progress…

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Read more › News - 7th August 2020

COVID-19 Framework

Earlier this week we announced we had completed our COVID-19 Framework, describing how events will operate in countries where an underlying level of community infection still remains.   We’d also like to stress that as part of our strategy to return we took the decision to separate defining the way events should be reopened, from…

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Read more › News - 4th August 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

Over the past week we’ve continued to make positive progress and are excited to share a significant step forward today.    We have now completed our operating framework describing how parkrun events around the world will operate in countries where there remains an underlying level of COVID-19. This has been achieved through closely working together…

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