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Staying Connected with Victoria parkrun, Kitchener

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While Victoria parkrun, Kitchener, like all other global parkrun events, has been on hiatus due to Covid-19, several core volunteers have taken it upon themselves to keep the local parkrun community connected. Liz Vernon-Wilson has created the no-parkrun news, a bi-weekly (non) run report that has been posted on the website.

In it, various strategies for maintaining the parkrun spirit during this time of physical distancing have been shared. From online parkrun challenges, to fun facts and trivia and even a commemorative video to celebrate what would have been two years of Victoria parkrun, Kitchener, members of the parkrun community have been able to stay in touch. Julia, one of the event directors at Victoria parkrun, Kitchener, together with Liz, thought we would share some of the highlights of the no-parkrun news below.

 

First off, we’ve been able to hear about some creative ways in which people have been able to keep up the routine of Saturday morning 5km walks/runs in the safety of physical distancing. Examples of people using yards, driveways, neighbourhoods have been encouraging and have shown much innovation. Speaking of innovation, this photo shows how the Percival family definitely got creative!

 

 

Another way to stay connected is keeping up with some of the social media parkrun challenges that have been circulating. We’ve enjoyed learning about the parkrun roadside challenge here at Victoria parkrun, Kitchener. If you haven’t heard of it before, it requires a bit more planning than the typical pre-planned Saturday morning route. This challenge involves running a 5km route on which you encounter street signs that spell out the word PARKRUN.

 

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Once you run a PARKRUN route, you can try other fun street sign challenges – such as BARCODE, COFFEE, or a fun suggestion by one of our frequent participants – GEESE.

 

Speaking of parkrun challenges, the alphabet challenge was a popular one pre-Covid 19. Parkrun enthusiasts would visit parkruns with names starting with each letter of the alphabet. Liz reminds us in her no-parkrun news that there is no reason this can’t be done virtually! Be it focusing on Canadian events only, or going global, starting with ‘A’ (for example Avery Beach parkrun in Huntsville, ON) you can spend a week learning about a new parkrun’s history, route and interesting features online!
Finally, as we conclude our summary of the no-parkrun news, we will leave you with the Twelve Weeks Off parkrun, written by Liz Vernon-Wilson, set to the tune of a favourite holiday song:
On the first week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me An emoji showing “snoring comfortably”.

 

On the second week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”.

 

On the third week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Three parkrun signs, Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”.

 

On the fourth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs, Two running shoes, And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the fifth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Five spelling challenge routes,
Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs, Two running shoes, And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the sixth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs, Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the seventh week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the eighth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Eight volunteers clapping, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the ninth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Nine socks a-sweating, Eight volunteers clapping, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the tenth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me,
Ten sprinters lapping, Nine socks a-sweating, Eight volunteers clapping, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the eleventh week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, Eleven barcodes scanning, Ten sprinters lapping, Nine socks a-sweating, Eight volunteers clapping, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”

 

On the twelfth week off parkrun, my running buddy sent to me, A reminder of: Twelve finishers drinking coffee, Eleven barcodes scanning, Ten sprinters lapping, Nine socks a-sweating, Eight volunteers clapping, Seven water bottles, Six (Canadian) geese a-laying, Five spelling challenge routes, Four personal bests, Three parkrun signs Two running shoes And an emoji of “snoring comfortably”.

 

Content from Liz Vernon-Wilson & the Percival family

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