When Outeniquasbosch parkrun’s first birthday was approaching, the Volunteer Core Team put their heads together to come up with ideas on how to celebrate it without being able to have a parkrun on the big day.
Fortunately, we live in the day and age of the internet and social media and what would have been a “non-event’ developed into a full-blown celebration which spanned over the course of a few days.
We shared on a daily basis greeting cards “received from far and wide’ as well as photo memories of special events and highlights. It made us, once again, realize how much fun we packed into our 25 events before all parkruns in SA were put on hold.
We invited and encouraged everybody to do and log a (not)parkrun to celebrate our birthday. We had an amazing response in this regard with Bruce and Gill Fordyce, our Chairperson Jaco van der Walt, our regional Ambassador, Alison Turrill as well as a number of (not)parkrun tourists joining in. We were absolutely thrilled to finish in 2nd position with regard to number of participants (92) and in first position for number of (not)parkruns (202) of the 225 parkrun locations in Southern Africa. Maybe the offer of a slice of our virtual, calorie-less birthday cake also served as an incentive?
Bruce also kindly obliged to our request with a video with special birthday greetings which we shared on our Facebook to the delight of many. We had loads of responses on our Facebook page with thousands of clicks and post-engagements.
Our Volunteer Core Team had a bring-and-braai in the afternoon after many doing a (not)parkrun where we not only had fun but also the opportunity to discuss face-to-face a bit the implications of the Covid-19 framework in anticipation for the day that parkrun returns.
I am sure that in future years we will think back to 2020 and be thankful that amidst all the “doom and gloom” of the Coronavirus our 1st birthday did not come and go without us celebrating it. However, there is no question that everybody will agree that a REAL slice of birthday cake tastes better than a virtual one.
With the reopening of 12 events in Tasmania last Saturday, we saw over 5,000 different people walk, jog, run, or volunteer across 45 parkrun events worldwide. Although this represents only 2% of events, 5,000 participants is a significant milestone that took us five-and-a-half years to achieve the first time around. Sadly, due to increased…
When Outeniquasbosch parkrun’s first birthday was approaching, the Volunteer Core Team put their heads together to come up with ideas on how to celebrate it without being able to have a parkrun on the big day. Fortunately, we live in the day and age of the internet and social media and what would have…