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parkrun tourism in Siberia – a run report from Novosibirsk Naberezhnaya parkrun

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Jakob and Natalija Hedén are regular runners at Malmö Ribersborg parkrun. Natalia who’s from Novibirisk, travelled back to her home town with the family for the summer. And what better to take in when at home than of course parkrun!
 
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Novosibirsk Naberezhnaya parkrun marked on the map of Russia
 
Novibirisk is the third biggest city in Russia, with a population of over 1.5 million. parkrun is increasingly popular in Russia, with now over 70 events in the country, and close to 4000 people taking part each week. The first event in Novibirisk was at the start of 2018.
 
Here’s Jakob and Natalia’s parkrun review of the parkrun from their trip:
 
“Amenities: Everything from free parking to public restrooms available nearby, shops and public transportation around the corner. Very convenient.
 
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Course: the course is a very nice out and return along the shorefront, with a small loop at the turn point to prevent the turnaround from being too tight. You run the course twice to complete the 5K. It is dead flat and provides a very nice view of the Ob river and Novosibirsk downtown. The sea front is around 20 meters wide so plenty of space for runners, bikers and walkers.
 
Runners: a weekly average of around 20 runners (we were 38 on a nice summer day but in the winter sometimes there are sometimes more volunteers than runners). Everyone was very friendly and so welcoming to the visitors.
 
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Extra: there was a small warm-up before the race which also created a sense of togetherness. We also got our “lap time” from a volunteer when we rounded the start area to commence the last lap. This was a nice feature as well.
 
Extra 2: we enjoyed 32 degrees and sun and loved it but it is worth mentioning that the Novosibirsk Parkrun mid-January was held in minus 41!
 
The Novosibirsk Naberezhnaya parkrun was an amazing event for us and we truly loved the atmosphere before and after the run with people playing music, drinking hot tea (a must in Russia!) and showing genuine interest in the visitors. We were even taken on a city tour by fellow runner Vadim who really provided an amazing experience and help with making sure we made our oldest daughter’s performance on time. Many thanks!
 
We will certainly come back and as we learned that there are plans to start a run in Tomsk we will try to make that during our next holiday in Siberia.”
 
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Jakob Hedén A4661511
Natalija Hedén A4502085

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