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.
Viveka from Sweden is a self-proclaimed non-runner, but she shared the story of how she became a parkrunner. She volunteers more than she participates and more often walks than runs, which is true for many parkrunners around the world. No matter how you participate, if you do, you’re a parkrunner and you’re always welcome. …
If you’ve arrived at parkrun during event set-up or have volunteered for your local event, you’ve likely watched a Run Director pull all of the parkrun gear out of a Mary Poppins-esque bundle. It’s true that parkruns happen with minimal equipment and intentionally have a small footprint. Each event has the same tokens, stopwatches, scanners,…