We’ve been working on an exciting new project to bring parkrun to life in print!
The parkrun magazine will challenge everything you thought you knew about ‘running’ magazines. A publication that is inclusive, representative, supportive and kind; that, like parkrun, strives to change the face of physical activity.
The parkrun magazine will launch here in the UK in summer 2022. It’s bursting with content, not just about parkrun, but how to live a healthier and happier life beyond the weekend events.
We hope the publication will be a big hit with parkrunners, and an enjoyable and informative read for those who might be taking their very first steps into physical activity. The first issue even has a special pull-out that can be given to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues considering coming along for the first time.
It’s an opportunity for us to bring even more stories to life; stories from events, individuals and communities, as well as hints and tips for supporting our mental and physical health.
We’ll be profiling courses, celebrating parkrunners, sharing interesting facts and putting together incredible photo albums.
There’ll also be features on how parkruns have impacted their local areas, and on important wider issues like parkrun’s contribution to social prescribing and how insight drives decision making.
We’ve decided to put our stories in print because, whilst we know you can find out lots about parkrun online, we’re really conscious of how important it is to take time away from screens and consume information at the pace you choose. Bringing words to life on paper gives them the space to be enjoyed in any surroundings, at any speed, and then passed on for others to enjoy, anytime and anywhere.
To start with, the magazine will be issued twice a year, free of charge; it has 48 pages and is printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited paper. We’ve collaborated closely with industry experts and printers to ensure we produce the magazine in a way that is sustainable and kind to the environment.
The first issue will be out in June. A small number will be available from parkrun events (if they have opted to receive copies), but to guarantee you get yours there will also be the ability to order a copy straight to your door, for only the cost of the postage. More details of how to do that will follow.
We hope you’re as excited as us about this new project, and the opportunity to make even more people happier and healthier.
Russ Jefferys, parkrun Global CEO said:
“For decades now, the ‘running’ and ‘health’ magazine sector has too often been complicit in perpetuating a toxic image of physical activity; of exercise as punishment, of counting calories, and of having to look or be a certain way to take part. To get beach body ready, to feel the burn, or to lose weight.
We are committed to changing this.
It’s time to really challenge what it means to be physically active, what you wear, or how you take part. We believe you don’t need to be young, thin or toned, or have the latest equipment. We believe that you should be able to find kit that fits whatever your shape or size, and you don’t need to be afraid, you don’t have to win, or feel competitive.
It’s time for a ‘running magazine’ to be inclusive, representative, supportive and kind. A publication that celebrates joining in, showing up, and taking part, no matter what that might look like.”
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