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The Changing Seasons

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At Beachstrip parkrun we just celebrated our 24th event on November 11. It was our first event in subzero temperatures and decisions as to whether to go through the winter have been on everyone’s mind.

 

Since May we have seen a slow but steady increase in our participation rate with many new friends being made. We still see new parkrunners each week as well as the regular attendance by parkrun tourists. We will see in the next couple of weeks the first people to hit the 25 volunteer milestone and the shirt orders will go in in short order. I would hate to see this momentum and weekly visit with our many new friends come to a halt.

 

Cold winters are a reality in Canada and to get the most out of our communities we have learned to embrace this time of year with fun outdoor activities like tobogganing, skating and skiing, snowshoeing and yes running. Acknowledging that staying warm and safe during this time of year can sometimes be a challenge, particularly for our younger and older parkrunners as well as our new Canadians, we have decided to continue through the winter with a focus on safety. Our hope is to continue the spirit of parkrun, building community connections and supporting all those that desire to participate and enjoy our Canadian winters to the fullest.

 

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Following the Environment Canada guidelines We will make the call each week based on Environment Canada’s guidlines:

 

  • Daily predicted low of -15 degrees Celsius without wind-chill
  • Environment Canada issues an Extreme Cold Warning for outdoor activity (when temperature or wind chill is expected to reach -30 degrees Celsius for at least 2 hours)
  • Extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm
I am looking so forward to continuing our Saturday morning tradition, bring on the snow, we are ready!!

 

Wayne Arnold
Director, Beach Strip parkrun

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