Uncategorized - 27th June 2019

Saying “I do” at Penticton

penticton wedding

As we ran, jogged and walked our #79th, parkrun recently, we are reminded about parkrun and what it is all about.


parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. We want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family. The format of parkrun is simple: register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.


So why did this spring to mind at event #79? Because a lovely parkrun couple decided to come to parkrun on their wedding day! We did have some knowledge of this, and so we turned up with a Bride tiara for her to run in.


“Do we have any parkrun tourists?”
“Do we have any first timers?”
“ Do we have anyone getting married?!”

penticton bride running

Once they completed their 5km run, the happy couple walked over to the beach by our starting point and met the Justice of the Peace. Their friends that came to celebrate with them gathered and they got married, while there were still others on the parkrun course!


We are not sure how many times in all the parkruns across the world that this has happened but it was pretty cool to see.


We wish them all the best and thank them for letting us be a small part of their day.


Also, we almost forgot to mention that many of our regular runners were taking part in a 12hr ultra run, either as a solo runner or as a relay team. Two parkrun teams of 5 members each manage to pull off an amazing combined 43 x 5km loops.

penticton relay

Penticton parkrun has brought the local community together and has helped to make new beginnings, new friends, and the courage to take on new challenges. Who knows what event number 80 will bring or those events after, can’t wait to see.


Cheers, and see you all Saturday!


Derek Kontkanen, Penticton parkrun

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