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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, June 1st 2019

June 1st was a big day in the US! It was the 7th birthday of parkrun USA, two brand new parkruns launched, 353 people completed their very first parkrun, and for the first time ever, 6 US parkruns had over 100 finishers. Bring on summer!     Did somebody mention birthdays? Josie celebrated her 12th…

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Read more › News - 30th May 2019

Healthy Communities, Fit Cities

Recently the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released its annual American Fitness Index rankings of 100 major cities. It is interesting to look at the cities where parkrun is already making a difference, and the cities where parkrun could make a difference. How does your city stack up?     All cities recognize the value…

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Read more › News - 30th May 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, May 25th 2019

There was so much happening this Saturday at our busiest day of parkrunning yet, with over 2,000 running, walking, or volunteering at parkrun USA. The numbers are fun, but the stories are even better. Plus, this week a couple of bonus caption contests.     Renton parkrun: “A few weeks ago Theresa was volunteering at…

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Read more › News - 30th May 2019

Jamaica Pond parkrun at the Arboretum

Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston is a hit with locals and visitors, with over two thousand taking part in little over a year. Our concern upon hearing that the pond would be closed for the summer for trail repairs turned to excitement when we learned of JP parkrun’s temporary home down the street.   Jamaica…

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Read more › News - 22nd May 2019

Meet us at the red barn!

Perrigo parkrun, which launches June 15, 2019, aims to build a healthy, friendly community in the rapidly growing city of Redmond, 20 miles east of Seattle.   With an increasingly diverse population, of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, the city and the community have long been ready to embrace parkrun as a way to bring…

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Read more › News - 22nd May 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, May 18th 2019

On our busiest weekend of parkrunning yet, with almost 2,000 finishers and volunteers, we had so much to celebrate: friendships, anniversaries, new events, families … and sun! And with our just-show-up approach, you never know which of the 45,000 Americans with a parkrun barcode might show up again after some time away.     At Leakin…

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Read more › News - 22nd May 2019

Apricot Gallery

We are often asked how we are able to offer parkrun events every single week, for free. What’s the catch? The appearance of new parkrun “apricot shirts” in the US this week is a great way to start our series on How We Keep parkrun Free Forever. And an excuse to show off your apricot…

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Read more › News - 15th May 2019

I don’t like to run, so why do I love parkrun?

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.  …

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Read more › News - 15th May 2019

The parkrun kit

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,…

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Read more › News - 15th May 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, May 11th 2019

It was a perfect Mothers’ Day weekend across parkrun USA. Kids made their moms proud, moms made their kids proud, and over 1,800 people enjoyed running, walking, or volunteering on a beautiful Spring morning.   5 new US parkrun events are starting in the next month. If you’re a regular reader of these weekly roundups,…

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