Two years ago there were 7 parkrun USA events. Now there are 27. Our team of parkrun USA Ambassadors is helping groups throughout the country to bring a free, weekly parkrun to their community.
New parkrun events thrive most when a diverse team of locals work together. Creating a parkrun for your community can be an incredibly rewarding experience. So we’d love to hear from you if you would like to join a team in one of the locations on our map. We’ll put you in touch with others in your area who share your interest.
The locations shown as “upcoming” (purple) are where most pieces are already in place to start a parkrun. We’re looking forward to announcing launch dates for early 2019. The locations shown as “under development” (red) are at different stages. No guarantee of a launch, but with a diverse team they could thrive. Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if your town or city is not shown on our map? We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to start creating a local team in your area. Visit out our Start Your Own Event page and we’ll be in touch.
Even if your city already has a parkrun, you might like to have one closer to your own community. The DC-Baltimore area now has 6 weekly parkruns and 10,000 registered parkrunners, and there’s definitely room for more.
What is involved in starting a new parkrun event? You’ll need a venue where you can hold a parkrun 5k year round (no roads or road crossings). You’ll need a team to help develop the event. And you’ll need to raise some initial funding to get the event off the ground. Our ambassadors can guide you through all of these steps.
What is the benefit of starting a parkrun event for your community? For many of our event leaders it is one of the most rewarding things that they have ever done. They make a difference in their community every single week, they meet hundreds of new people, they see people getting healthier and more connected, and they feel a part of a nationwide and international family of people who share their passion.
Every parkrun weekend is special, of course, but we especially love welcoming new events to the parkrun USA family. That’s just one of the stories in our highlights from this weekend across parkrun USA. There’s something magical about the moment that a parkrun stops being an idea and turns into a living, breathing community….
On pre-Valentine’s weekend, Pensacola, FL was clearly smitten with its new parkrun. The University of West Florida welcomed 226 finishers to the newly cleared trail through its Baars-Firestone Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the largest North American parkrun launch to date, by far. We checked in with the team at Rec Plex North parkrun to…