News - 16th March 2022

parkrun is coming to Ekeberg!

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When parkrun came to Norway, a new world opened up for me and my family. Imagine being able to run, jog or walk 5 km for free and get a time, and then go to a café together and get to know the other participants better! It didn’t take long until we begun volunteering at parkrun and became more familiar with the concept and the wonderful people there.
The habit was so ingrained that when Covid came to Norway and everything shut down, we continued running every Saturday closer to home – at Ekebergsletta. Soon I began thinking: this is a wonderful recreational area. What if we continued to run here in the future and got more people to join us?
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The location is perfect. Excellent public transport, good parking, a café right by, beautiful views, and a nice flat course, which is a good contrast to the hills at Tøyen.

Last but not least, this would be great for the people of Southern Oslo. It would be a low-threshold event, the like of which I have missed for years, after only finding clubs for more serious runners. The pandemic has shown how important it is to be physically active, which feels difficult when there aren’t any options close by. It has also been clear that it is important to have good social networks. This isn’t easy for everyone, and parkrun provides a great place for people to get together.
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The City of Oslo have granted permission for parkrun to go ahead in Ekeberg, and the plan is to start this spring. The closest café is also interested in welcoming us. All we need is you! Everyone is welcome at parkrun, regardless of whether you are training for an elite event or want a slow Saturday walk. We also need volunteers. This usually just involves giving us an hour of your time once in a while, whenever it suits you. However you participate, I promise that you’ll go home with a big smile on your face.
If you’d like to learn more, look up the group “Team Ekeberg parkrun” on Facebook.

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