Read more › News - 24th April 2019

Supporting our Parks and Trails

Sometimes landowners are surprised when prospective parkrun teams approach them, asking for permission to hold 52 events per year, for free. Increasingly, though, parks authorities are eager to work with us, because parkrun communities are such good stewards of the parks and trails that we use.   Here are just a few things that local…

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Read more › News - 13th November 2018

Happy Birthday Renton parkrun!

With another circle around the sun complete we are this week celebrating the first birthday of Renton parkrun. Renton, a town on the south side of Seattle, was the first parkrun event in the Pacific Northwest, but the warm community that quickly formed already inspired a second parkrun in nearby Des Moines, with more on…

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Read more › News - 12th September 2018

The First Time

When the Run Director at Renton parkrun welcomed a pair of young adults on Saturday, she quickly discovered it was an important occasion for one of them.   “This is her first 5K,” said the young man clad in a Seattle marathon finisher’s shirt, looking at his friend. She nodded. “I’m kind of nervous,” she…

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Read more › News - 25th July 2018

A parkrun and a wedding

Shortly after launching Renton parkrun in November 2017, the event team welcomed an energetic and passionate parkrun couple to the local family: Rebecca Adams and Ben Oxwell. The two had been dating long-distance between the US and Australia for 15 months but were happy to share that they intended to get married mid-2018 when Ben’s…

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Read more › News - 23rd May 2018

All Ages Welcome!

parkrun is for everyone. This simple core value means that each Saturday, you’re likely to see people of every age from babies in strollers to octogenarians. Glance at an event’s results page and you’ll see a variety of age groups represented. Look at the photo album to see that no matter what their age, they…

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Read more › News - 23rd May 2018

Pregnant parkrunning

Last month, the findings of the largest ever study of running in pregnancy were published thanks to the contribution of 1,293 women parkrunners from around the world.   While the majority of US parkruns didn’t exist at the time of the study, we decided to reach out to a few new mothers who ran before,…

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…