Read more › News - 18th September 2019

Being around as long as possible

Bernie O’Connor and her family love parkrunning together at Armagh parkrun in Ireland. Bernie’s daughter Jodie has autism and needs one-on-one support.    Like many other parents of special needs children, Bernie sees staying fit and healthy as a way  to be able to support her daughter for as long as possible. Her local parkrun…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2019

Building community on the Atlanta BeltLine

Moving to Atlanta from the UK, Sammie Buzzard was disappointed to learn that parkrun hadn’t reached Georgia yet, despite having over 1,500 locations worldwide. The free, weekly, timed 5 km Saturday morning runs had become a regular fixture of her life back home.   The fact that parkruns are open to all abilities, and are…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, September 7th 2019

We were so excited this week to welcome the new kid in town: Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, Oregon. The team there has worked for more than two years to bring the event to life, so it’s really special to see it finally hold its first official event. Welcome to the parkrun USA family!…

Read more › News - 11th September 2019

A sense of belonging

When Matt Kirk and Nancy Desmond visited parkrun events in the UK and closer to home in Ohio, they were both struck by the sense of community at these free, weekly 5K events. They both separately resolved to bring a parkrun to Cleveland, OH. After discovering their shared ambition, they set to work on what is now…

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Read more › News - 4th September 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, August 31st 2019

We are over-indulging for the Labor Day holiday — on parkrun stories. There are just *so many* to share from one of our busiest ever weekends, with over 2,500 taking part across 36 US communities, with many more on the way.     Kaylie’s big day! She started out at Renton parkrun from the very…

Read more › News - 4th September 2019

Summer Summary 2019

As we move from summer towards fall, we keep on parkrunning and parkwalking. It’s what we do. But it’s fun to look back on what has happened this summer, in our busiest few months ever.   And it’s a good excuse to pull out some of our favorite pictures from around parkrun USA.   Participation…

Read more › News - 4th September 2019

It’s not just for other people

Rebecca Morris, a parkrunner in the UK, has never been the sporty type. Here, she shares her story of how she went from someone who had given up trying, to becoming the very best version of herself.    Reaching my 50th parkrun in July of this year was one of my proudest personal accomplishments.  …

Read more › News - 28th August 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, August 24th 2019

This week we welcomed a new parkrun to our parkrun USA family - Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI. We also saw more people volunteering and more people coming back to parkrun than ever before.   We love that we are gaining around 2,000 new registrants per month but it’s especially encouraging to see parkrunners…

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Read more › News - 28th August 2019

From Addiction to a New Healthy Habit

In high school and college, long distance running was a hobby for Peter Wachira and something he really enjoyed. However, when he lost his mother his world changed.   Peter shares the story of how parkrun helped him overcome alcohol addiction and soaring blood pressure. This week his friends at Anacostia parkrun in Washington DC…

Read more › News - 21st August 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, August 17th 2019

Strollers, selfies, signs, … and snorkels. We’re out there in all weathers, in more and more healthy communities across the US every Saturday morning. Here are just some of our favorite pictures and stories from our fourth consecutive week with 2,000+ finishers supported by 300+ volunteers.     Feeling good about the shaded woodland course…

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