Whether you’re finding your feet, not sure how to get started, craving some me time or are keen to introduce someone new to parkrun, here are five reasons why we love walking at parkrun to get you ready for #parkwalk!
Catch-up with friends
We know that life is expensive right now, so why not save some money and meet your friends at parkrun rather than the pub or cafe? Spend an hour walking and talking, you could even bring a hot drink from home to enjoy on the way round! You’ll feel great after – we promise!
Enjoy some ‘me time’ in a safe space
Walking at parkrun is a safe space for you to switch off from the outside world. Why not switch on a podcast or your favourite album and spend an hour or so walking in the fresh air, safe in the knowledge that marshals will guide you safely around the 5k route.
Fun for all the family
Every week walking at parkrun is an opportunity to spend some free, quality time with the family. If you’re struggling to get the little ones motivated, why not suggest a treasure hunt along the route? Encourage them to keep count of the number of marshals, who can collect the most leaves along the route or spot the most birds.
Supporting someone to complete their first parkrun
There is nothing quite like the feeling of helping somebody else to take their first step to a more active lifestyle, or to encourage someone to achieve their own goals. Why not encourage your parents, grandparents, neighbours or colleagues to walk with you at parkrun and show them how much fun they can have!
See your local area in a new way
If you’re used to running at parkrun, walking the route gives you the chance to see the location in a different light. Perhaps you’d never noticed that field of cows before, or that beautiful view in the distance.
Plus, why not bring your dog along? Many of our events welcome dogs on a short, non-extendable handheld lead. You could even take on the tail walker role, after all, you’ve got the tail! Please check local event details to check if your event is suitable for dogs.
We can’t wait to welcome you at a parkrun event. There are 39 parkruns across New Zealand, and you can find your nearest event here.
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