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Read more › News - 8th July 2020

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parkrun’s reopening in New Zealand on Saturday was a double celebration, not just of the return of our beloved Saturday morning activity, but of the rest of the global parkrun family we all belong to.    The occasion was marked by many events ‘adopting’ a parkrun country by dressing up in that nation’s colours, flying flags, making food…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

parkrun in New Zealand is back! It was heartwarming, and reassuring, to sit back at the weekend and flick through the smiling photos and uplifting comments on Slack and social media from events across the country, as well as reading several articles in the media celebrating parkrun’s return. It’s been a journey but we’ve got…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

Spotlight on: USA

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the US! Having recently celebrated eight years since the first event took place, here is the story of parkrun USA…   The parkrun culture is communal, supportive,…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

Improving your mind and parkrun finish time with meditation

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, the ability to reduce stress and build resilience has never been more relevant or important.   Dr Carolyn Ee is a GP, researcher, health and wellbeing advocate and runner. Dr Ee tells us more about meditation…   What is meditation?   Over the past few decades…

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Read more › News - 2nd July 2020

Survey of NZ parkrunners reveals impact of lockdown and support for parkrun return

A survey of more than 1500 parkrunners in New Zealand has revealed extensive support for the decision to reopen parkrun events, and overwhelming optimism about returning to parkrun this month.   A staggering 97% of respondents signalled their intention to return to parkrun as walkers or runners within the first four weeks, with 65% expressing…

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Read more › News - 30th June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

Since the New Zealand Government announced on 8 June that there would be no limits on public gatherings, or social distancing requirements, we have been working with event teams in preparation to reopen parkrun events this Saturday, 4 July.   We’d like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this challenging and uncertain…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Stretching for strength and mobility

Physiotherapist Laura Penhaul talks us through some more advanced strength and mobility exercises, all of which can be done without the need for expensive equipment.   Calf raises   Start off by doing your calf raises with both feet on the floor and do them slowly – each calf raise should take 6 seconds. Once you’ve mastered that,…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Spotlight on: Singapore

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Singapore! Event Ambassador Dominic Watkins gives us the low-down…   When Carol Cunningham, founding Event Director of Albert Melbourne parkrun in Australia, was offered a job transfer…

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Read more › News - 23rd June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

In last week’s update we confirmed that all parkrun New Zealand events will reopen on Saturday 4 July and we are working closely with event teams to achieve this.   To support the Ministry of Health’s NZ COVID Tracer app, each parkrun event will display a QR code poster to help walkers, joggers, runners and…

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Read more › News - 22nd June 2020

Spotlight on: Norway

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Norway, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Norway.   parkrun Norway started in August 2017, exactly a year after parkrun…