We know that many women and girls face very real barriers to taking part in physical activity. From the fear of walking or running in public, of coming alone, to feeling nervous about what to do on arrival, or worrying about coming last.
This International Women’s Day we are encouraging more women and girls to take part in a (not)parkrun event on Saturday 5 March 2022.
On Saturday 5 March 2022 parkruns around the world are coming together to celebrate women and girls. Grab your friends, bring your family, call your neighbours, and head out to log a (not)parkrun on Saturday 5 March.
What is (not)parkrun?
Well, it’s not parkrun. It’s not about walking, jogging, or running at your regular parkrun location, and definitely not necessarily doing so on a Saturday morning.
And it’s not a replacement for parkrun, or in any way planning for a ‘new normal’ where parkrun events don’t exist (we definitely will be back).
(not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based.
It works a bit like the parkrun ‘Freedom run’ – an opportunity for you to self-declare the date and time of a walk, jog or run and at the same time represent your home parkrun. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.
There’s no need to re-register to take part in (not)parkrun, your existing parkrun profile will allow you to log and view your (not)parkruns.
We’ve put together a simple guide and some FAQs here.
(not)parkrun is entirely separate to, and different from, parkrun. Participating in (not)parkrun does not count towards parkrun milestones and there are no volunteering opportunities at (not)parkrun – this is simply a walk, jog, run initiative.
parkrun events are welcome to promote it, but there’s no requirement to do so. If events have their own ‘virtual parkrun’ established they are welcome to continue organising that as well.
parkrun will be back. In the meantime, and just for fun, we invite you to participate in (not)parkrun this International Women’s Day.
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