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Read more › News - 16th November 2017

First prison based parkrun launched in the UK

Prisoners now participate in weekly parkrun events for the first time, thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP (Her Majesty’s Prison) Haverigg, a Category C prison in the north of England that has 286 prisoners.   parkrun UK, a non-profit organization that supports 670 communities across the country to coordinate free volunteer-led 5k and…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, November 17th 2017

In this week’s parkrun USA roundup, we celebrate our largest ever group of volunteers, who turned out despite an early taste of winter in some parts of the country. And we find the many different ways that parkrun events connect communities, families and even interstate rivals.       There were record low temperatures for…

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Read more › News - 15th November 2017

Reaching all corners of the capital

parkrun has been fortunate to find fertile ground for our community-based activity in the Washington, DC area. Starting with Fletcher’s Cove in January of 2016, the parkrun movement has steadily spread around the District and surrounding region, from as far north as Leakin Park in Baltimore down to Deep Run in Richmond and including Roosevelt…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2017

Putting the weight back on for parkrun

Every week, we bring you personal stories of people around the world that inspire us to achieve, to change, or to overcome whatever life throws at us when we put our minds and our bodies to work, even if it only starts with a free, weekly 5 km run in the park.   Last week,…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2017

Persistence brings parkrun to the Pacific Northwest

“How can we bring parkrun to Seattle?” was the burning question one morning in April 2016. Tucked away in a Starbucks meeting room, three women huddled over a phone looking at park maps while wondering out loud about start dates, sponsors, marketing, and the resources they would need to make parkrun happen. It would be…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

parkrun is one of my favorite things about College Park

College Park parkrun in Maryland has had a remarkable first year. We check in with event directors Colin Phillips and Andrea Zukowski to learn about the impact that parkrun has had on their community, and on their lives.   When we launched College Park parkrun one year ago, we could not have imagined the year that lay…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

After 556 parkruns, how to keep things interesting

Danny Norman, parkrunner extraordinaire, 500-club member, and former host of the parkrun show, does an epic Crissy Field parkrun #144.   So, I had originally intended to scribe this piece for parkrun USA on the overnight flight back from San Francisco to London Heathrow, yesterday. Today is Monday. At least I think it is. My body…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

No barrier to physical activity

Towards the end of August 2017, our son Nathan (parkrunner A2139438) was complaining of excessive thirst. A pharmacist confirmed his blood sugar levels were excessively high, and after a trip to the doctor and then the emergency room it was confirmed that he had Type 1 diabetes. All this happened within an eight hour period.  …

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Read more › News - 31st October 2017

Our parkrun week in pictures, November 3rd 2017

As usual we were spoiled for choice in this week’s parkrun USA roundup. This week saw some impressive new records, some striking costumes, and some new members of the parkrun USA family.   At Crissy Field parkrun this group rounded out an impressive new parkrun USA attendance record of 256, thanks to a big contingent…

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Read more › News - 25th October 2017

Finding Motivation to Run

You manage to consistently come to parkrun (almost) every week?  Well done!  Do you struggle to find the motivation to run during the week, in between your parkruns, especially when the rising temperatures mean you come home looking more like you swam than ran?  You’re not the only one. Claire Wyckoff, a runner from San Francisco,…

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