For most, it’s a time for family and friends and festive cheer. But for some, Christmas and the new year can be quite a lonely time of year. This is where the parkrun family come into play.
parkrun is about celebrating community and friendships and each year several locations hold a special event on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
2020 presented many challenges and we felt strongly that, before making a decision on whether to continue this tradition, we needed to collect as much participation data as possible, as well as feedback from volunteers delivering these special events under the new Framework.
This insight has been considered, alongside attendance numbers at previous Christmas and New Year’s Day parkruns and current participation limits. Based on all these factors, we have made the decision that events will also be permitted to hold events on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Day.
Click here to find out if your local event is holding a special parkrun this year.
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