Exciting news: parkrun is coming to the Netherlands!
In 2020, parkrun will be launching in the Netherlands, becoming the 22nd country in the parkrun family.
We are in the process of confirming start dates and locations, but there has been an overwhelming amount of interest from all over the country. Plans are currently in development to see the launch of parkrun in major cities right across the Netherlands.
As part of the launch, a team from parkrun will be visiting the Netherlands between October 25-29 2019 and meeting with prospective teams and individuals who would like to be part of parkrun Netherlands.
We are grateful to have the support of the Dutch Athletics Association, who share our view that parkrun can act as a great way of increasing participation, physical activity and volunteering in the country.
We will soon announce dates and venues for the meetings to take place in October. If you would like to know more, you can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org , or if you are interested in starting an event, you can complete this form.
You can follow the latest progress by following parkrun Nederland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @parkrunNL.
What is parkrun?
parkrun is the biggest organiser of free, weekly running, jogging and walking events in the world. Over 6 million people are now registered with parkrun, and around 350,000 people take part each week. A parkrun is a free, weekly, timed event where you can run, jog or walk a 5k distance with others, organised in almost 2000 locations in 21 countries around the world.
parkrun started back in 2004 in Bushy Park, London by Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE with 13 runners and 5 volunteers helping to organise the event. From the very beginning parkrun has always been just as much about the social connections bringing people together as about the physical activity.
parkruns are community events, organised by volunteers, and free for everyone taking part. The events use a simple timing system that gives all participants a time for their 5km run, jog or walk. After each parkrun people are encouraged to head to a local café.
parkrun is all about participation and inclusion. It does not matter how fast participants are. They are encouraged to run, jog, walk or volunteer accompanied by friends, families, children or even dogs. Everybody is welcome at parkrun, whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer.
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