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Read more › News - 4th January 2018

It was never really about the run

When Paul Sinton-Hewitt created parkrun back in 2004 he thought he was developing a running time-trial that would enable keen runners to measure their ‘progress’ and get faster. In reality, he was building a stunningly-effective yet wonderfully-simple health-and-happiness intervention, with himself as the first targeted recipient.   For a few years Bushy parkrun rolled along…

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Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

Our New Year’s parkrun weekend in pictures

It was a big week for parkrun USA. Extreme cold across much of the country tried to thwart plans for our busiest weekend of parkrunning yet, including the first New Years Double parkrun this side of the Atlantic. Despite many cancellations it was still the largest weekend yet, with a combined 975 runners + volunteers…

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Read more › News - 29th December 2017

Winter parkrunning

With more parkrun events appearing across the US, we hear more questions from parkrunners about parkrunning in cold winter temperatures. parkrun events continue year round, but what about in extreme weather?   The short answer is that safety is paramount, for parkrunners and volunteers alike. And the local Run Director for each parkrun event makes…

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Read more › News - 20th December 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, December 22nd 2017

This week’s parkrun USA roundup is all about having fun together in snow and ice. Some say that our seasonal variation is a poor fit to a year-round event like parkrun. We say that parkrun helps us to enjoy the seasons even more.     They had 10 inches of fresh snow at Livonia parkrun in Michigan….

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Read more › News - 20th December 2017

Our parkrun USA Year in Review

It has been an exciting year for parkrun USA. We doubled in size – again! – and that was fairly predictable. We staged 543 free 5k events in 2017. But most of the highlights were things that we couldn’t have anticipated. Here are some of our highlights from the past year: our favorite numbers, our…

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Read more › News - 13th December 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, December 15th 2017

Winter arrived this weekend across many parkrun USA events, in the form of snow, fog, or slightly cooler rain. But this didn’t keep parkrunners from coming together with old and new friends. And it certainly isn’t stopping teams from working to bring parkrun to new parts of the country. The Rockies and New England should…

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Read more › News - 7th December 2017

Back to school

This past Saturday Livonia parkrun was pleased to welcome the “Run Crew” running club from Beechview Elementary School in Farmington, MI. An enthusiastic 12 boys and girls that had been in training since September to do their first 5K showed up ready and raring to go. Prior to Saturday the core team was able to…

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Read more › News - 7th December 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, December 8th 2017

We are moved and inspired by this week’s stories from across parkrun USA. If you’re looking at the top of the results table for the stories, you’re probably looking in the wrong place. Well, mostly. And in a week that set a new parkrun USA volunteering record, the volunteers have stories to tell, too.  …

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Read more › News - 5th December 2017

Run, walk and volunteer – on the same day!

My name is Kay and I am 12. I have been a Woking (UK) parkrunner for three years and I try to volunteer a few times each year. At any parkrun it is super easy to volunteer, there are even lots of roles you can do and still run. I was talking with my mum and we…

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Read more › News - 29th November 2017

The Back to Front parkrunner

Over in the UK, parkrunner Mel Gordon from Bexley parkrun was diagnosed with cancer early this year while on 243 parkruns. Having now joined the 250 Club, Mel explains how his goal of reaching the 250 parkrun milestone (5 years of parkruns!) has played a significant part in his therapy. As he has progressed from a runner chasing fast times to a walker determined to…

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