News - 27th May 2021

The return of parkrun


We are super-excited to finally be reopening several of our parkruns this Saturday. After 14 long months where we have not been able to stage a single parkrun, this small step is a giant leap in the history of parkrun South Africa. Undoubtedly as important as the day we started parkruns in South Africa with that first event back in November 2011.


We have deliberately chosen some of our smaller parkruns that are also, geographically far distant from any of big metropolitan areas. This will ensure that we are in no danger of transgressing any of the current lockdown level 1 regulations. These parkrun communities and volunteers are extremely excited about this major step, and they are all ready and raring to go on Saturday morning.


We would like to encourage parkrunners from around the country not to travel to attend these parkruns. We are keen to have a quiet, low-key start to the new beginning of parkruns in South Africa. After this first Saturday we will be able to reassess the situation and plan the journey forward. It is our intention to gradually add more parkruns to the list of reopened parkruns.


I would like to request everyone to please check the websites and social media platforms of events for more information and cancellation notices. We are not publicising a list of which parkruns are currently reopening.


A great deal of work has gone into this seemingly inconspicuous new beginning and I would like to thank the teams at parkrun Global, parkrun SA and to each of the selected parkrun teams for their invaluable enthusiasm and hard work.


Finally, I would like to ask everyone to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 parkrun framework and the government legislation around Covid-19.


Cheers for now,




Bruce Fordyce

CEO, parkrun Southern Africa

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