We heard about parkrun while living in England, and towards the end of our time living there, Saturday morning parkrun was an important part of our weekend routine. Back then we already discussed the possibility of setting up a new parkrun if there wasn’t one near our new home in Finland.
A year after returning to Finland, life started becoming normal again and we began going to Vääksyn kanava parkrun – and became even more into parkrunning than ever before. Even though the route in Vääksy is lovely and the volunteers are always very welcoming, the dream of having a parkrun in our hometown was growing stronger every week. When Noora spotted a post on Facebook asking, ‘Are you interested in setting up a parkrun?’, it took us only a few moments to consider – and here we are!
We love to run around the harbour area in Lahti (it’s the only flat area here) and on almost every single run we discussed a possible route for the parkrun. After learning of the route requirements and discussing route options with other people, we settled on the route going around Pikku-Vesijärvi park and the lakeside boulevard, which have lovely views of the lake. The route is half gravel path, half pavement, and as it is a popular route for walkers and runners, it’s also (mostly) well-maintained during the winter.
When discussing our dream parkrun, the question has been mostly ‘What would people in Vääksyn kanava parkrun do?’. We have always been warmly welcomed at any parkrun we have visited, and our goal for the parkrun here in Lahti is that everybody feels just as welcome, no matter their running or walking speed. We especially enjoy the social side of parkrun and wish to create a warm community for runners and walkers alike in Lahti.
Noora & Reima Eresmaa
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