Thanksgiving is the largest running day in the world, with around 1 million Americans taking part in running events around the country. It is also one of only two days each year when you can do a parkrun USA event that’s not on a Saturday. (The other is New Years.)
So, before you put down $30 or $50 per family member to sign up for that turkey trot, check whether your local parkrun is offering a Thanksgiving Day event. The price, and the swag-free, community-focused vibe of a Thanksgiving parkrun are hard to beat.
All parkrun USA events have the option of holding an event on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs Nov 22), but it is up to local teams decide whether to use this option, based on permitting, availability, and other local events. The listing below reflects the best current knowledge. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
You should check your local event for confirmation and for information on the start time, which might differ from the regular start time.
All parkrun USA events will go ahead as usual on Saturday November 24th.
parkrun USA events on Thursday November 22, 2018 – view the list here
This list reflects current knowledge, and will expand as more events confirm their plans.
New Years Day is the other day when additional parkruns are possible. It’s also the one day of the year when it may be possible to do two nearby parkruns on the same day. A current listing of New Years parkruns can be found in the list linked above, but it will be updated in the coming weeks. At present we can confirm that a New Years Double will be available in the DC-Baltimore area. In the other areas where this is physically possible (Detroit, Seattle) local teams are exploring possibilities.
Sometimes news travels slowly, other times it’s oh so fast, such as when word got out about wearing tutus to parkrun on the 22nd of the month. We hear that our friends at parkrun New Zealand may be to blame. We are just as happy to welcome first-timers as folks earning a coveted milestone…
Even though she laughs at being called an “inspiration,” we thought Helen’s story, recently published on the parkrun Australia blog, was just that! Her narrative is likely to resonate with many parkrun US participants and hopefully some who haven’t made it to parkrun yet for reasons similar to those that first held her back from…