News - 29th August 2023

It’s a great time to parkrun!


As we approach the end of the summer, there couldn’t be a better time to get outside on a Saturday morning and join the parkrun movement. From Oulu in the north of Finland, to Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark, there are plenty of events to choose from. It’s continuing to get more accessible for you to find one regardless of where you are in the Nordics.
Let’s explore the reasons why now is the perfect time to embrace parkrun in the Nordics:
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1. It’s more popular than ever
parkrun is growing! Our average attendance across the region is at an all-time high and continues to grow.
So get out there and join in. The energy and community among participants creates a friendly atmosphere that you’ll want to return to time after time.
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2. Embrace the Great Outdoors
The weather is (generally!) still on our side during this time of the year, providing the perfect backdrop for parkrun events across our territories. The setting for each parkrun is so different across events. Each event offers something unique, from formal parks to shady forests, around lakes and along rivers.
3. Thriving Communities
With more people joining the movement, the parkrun community grows even stronger. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals looking to stay healthy, be active, and have fun together. The sense of belonging that comes with being part of this welcoming community will motivate you to keep coming back.
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4. parkrun tourism
parkrun is a great way to get around the country and travel to cities and parks that you’ve never visited before. There’s no better way to start your mini-break than with a parkrun on a Saturday morning!
Some people have completed all of the events in the individual countries in the Nordics, but no-one has yet managed to complete all of the Nordic parkruns…
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5. Get your next milestone
How many parkruns have you completed? 1? 15? 115? Regardless of how many, there’s always a milestone to work towards. We want to join in celebrating your achievements with you, and when it comes to 10 (for children), 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500 (1,000 maybe?), you can join each milestone club!
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6. You don’t have to run…
You can walk or volunteer! We have found that volunteering provides as much, if not more, benefit to running or walking a parkrun. Volunteering enables you to contribute to the local community and make meaningful relationships. It’s a great way to improve personal skills and experience the joy of being part of a local community. Reach out to your local event to see how you can get involved.
So many reasons to get out, and this is an excellent time of year to join. Remember to take your barcode with you (printed out, or on your phone) so you can be included in the results!

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