News - 8th July 2020

New Zealand and Canada Day

New Zealand and Canada Day

Last week there was lots to celebrate – Canada Day, Independence Day, and the return of parkrun in New Zealand!


We were thrilled of the news that parkrun could start again after a near four month global absence.  New Zealand have transmission of the disease under control so that opened the door for parkrun to return.


Many of the events adopted a parkrun country to represent, and we were excited to hear Balclutha parkrun had chosen Canada.  Balclutha had 33 participants return to Naish Park for their first timed 5k since March.  Maple leaf flags were on show and Canadian desserts were on offer at the finish line.




As New Zealand were preparing for their return, some of our Canadian events kept busy during June, and many found ways to celebrate Canada Day. July 1st is normally an extra day for us to have an event, but of course there was no opportunity for that this year.  Many events took to doing a (not)parkrun, and others reflected on last year’s photos.  Here’s a quick round-up on happenings in June and Canada Day.


Nose Hill parkrun were well represented on Canada Day with volunteers wearing brilliant red and white gear:


Nose Hill parkrun on Canada Day


Richmond Olympic invited a throwback to last year:


Richmond Olympic parkrun Canada Day


Kiwanis gets a special effort award in celebrating Canada Day, with some ‘unique’ Strava Art:


Kiwanis parkrun on Canada Day Strava Art


And Meadowvale have been keeping creative, having recently in June completed their painted rock display:


Meadowvale parkrun on Canada Day



The following parkruns celebrated their birthday in June:


Bellevue parkrun – 3rd

Gillies Lake parkrun – 1st

Whistler parkrun – 3rd

River Valley parkrun – 1st

Victoria parkrun, Kitchener – 2nd

Frédéric Back parkrun – 3rd

Nautical parkrun – 1st

Eramosa River Trail parkrun – 1st

Churchill Parkway parkrun – 1st

River Oaks parkrun – 2nd

Sunnidale parkrun – 1st


We love that so many parkruns have been embracing (not)parkruns, and that many have been hosting online virtual coffee catch-ups.  In some cases, like Kanata parkrun, it has been possible to meet for coffee in person!


Congratulations New Zealand on your return to parkrunning.  We hope that we can join you very soon!

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