Behind the scenes, a lot has been happening in parkrun in Scandinavia over the past year. As some people may have noticed, for a while there has been a dedicated group of parkrunners in Oslo, who have been working hard to get parkrun off the ground in our neighbouring land to the west. The path to the first parkrun has not always been smooth and the choice of the first parkrun venue in Oslo has taken a little bit of time to finalise. But in the end the team were able to get permission from Oslo Council in a great venue, Tøyenparken, and the road to open up parkrun in Norway is now open! The first event starts on Saturday August 26th at 9.30 – read more details here!
Congratulations to all of those involved, Daz, Runar, Laura, Sharon, Henrik (pictured above) and everyone else who have given them the determination to keep going, even when things were going slowly.
From here, we hope of course that many more events will start up in Norway, in every town or city that wants to have one. The website for parkrun Norway is in place and so it just needs individuals or groups with the vision and drive to make parkrun a reality where they live. Of course it is so much easier to show people what parkrun is all about when you have an actual event to show them, so we hope that Norway’s ‘flagship’ parkrun in Tøyenparken will help to show the way.
We’re delighted to be able to have parkrun in Norway to join Sweden, and we look forward to sharing experiences and stories between our two countries. And a bit of parkrun tourism will naturally be on the agenda for some. As a reminder, your parkrun barcode works at every parkrun around the world, so everyone registered in Sweden will be able to use their parkrun when they travel to Norway and run there.
Happy parkrunning everyone!
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