So, if you’re reading this newsletter it means that you’ve registered for parkrun with a link to print out your barcode.
So far in Sweden we’re doing pretty well with people turning up with their barcodes – over 80% of people have had them with them so far. And if you’ve lost your link to your barcode – scroll down to the bottom of this page and you will find a link to print off a new one!
Of course if you don’t have your barcode with you, you can still run but you won’t get an official time registered for that run. Here’s a few reasons why it’s a good idea to remember your barcode:
It IS easy to forget your barcode, but we will always be there to remind you! (And a message to regular runners – you wouldn’t turn up to a race without your bib number or timing chip, so we’re sure you can remember that one thing you need for parkrun – your barcode!)
Can I just bring along the barcode on my mobile?
Sorry, no! It’s difficult to scan barcodes on mobile phones so we only accept paper barcodes.
Isn’t that a bit old-fashioned for 2016?
Maybe, but it works! parkrun has successfully scanned 18 million barcodes in over 120,000 events since we started in 2004, so it works pretty well. We embrace technology (we’re proud of our website & how you can access all your results – and it will be getting even better in 2017) but quite simply we have found that scanning paper barcodes is so much quicker and smoother than scanning mobile phones (where you can get issues with reflected sunlight, cracked screens, wet screens not swiping etc.) so for the time being we are sticking with good, old-fashioned paper barcodes.
What if I don’t have access to a printer?
Ask a friend, colleague or family member to print it out for you. You’ll probably be able to print it out at your local library.
What happens if it rains?
It can be a good idea to laminate your barcode (sticking tape over it will also work) or you can also buy a specially made parkrun barcode bracelet or credit card here: http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/. You can also leave your barcode in your bag when you run and then pick it up to get scanned afterwards.
What happens if I lose my barcode?
Follow the link below to see the different ways that you can find your barcode again and print it out:
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