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  • This page is for enquiries about starting brand new parkrun events.

    Please select the country you're enquiring from/about, read the country specific details, and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

    If you've queries regarding existing events, please contact parkrun via our support website

 

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  • Our goal is for there to be a parkrun everywhere in the UK that someone would like one. We have no desire for our events to be large, rather we have a vision of many small events across many small communities, each providing a free to attend opportunity to engage with physical activity in a supportive environment.

    Not considered races, parkrun events are free to attend, weekly, timed 5km runs. Results are presented in time order however there are no performance related prizes or medals and the first person across the line is termed the ‘first finisher’ not the winner. They may cover any reasonable surface such as tarmac, gravel paths, grass, forest trails, pavement and meadow but they do not run on public highways. Although some parkrun events will be certified as 5km, in most cases this is not guaranteed especially as courses can change from week to week in order to accommodate local conditions. In England and Wales all parkrun events take place on Saturday mornings at 9:00am, in Scotland and Northern Ireland they take place on Saturday mornings at 9:30am.

    parkrun events look to support rather than compete with paid races and although runners of all abilities are welcome, the focus is on recreational running and increasing participation.

    Already operating in over 200 UK locations we understand that parkrun is about so much more than a free, weekly, timed 5km run. It’s about friendships, families and bringing people together to help one-another achieve sustainable and healthy lifestyle changes. As we grow, the challenge of helping local governments, health services and owners of open spaces understand the benefits of parkrun is becoming easier however in places it can still be a challenge. The key therefore to starting any parkrun is to find the right person to lead that event as a local volunteer, to champion its benefits to their community and to slowly but surely build a strong volunteer team to deliver the event going forwards. We will support that person and their team through local parkrun volunteers, parkrun staff and our well established IT support system. It’s important to remember however that each of our events must be driven by a core local team of committed and passionate parkrun volunteers.

    Here in the UK we operate as an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by commercial sponsors and various other supporters. In order to survive financially we look for local organisations to contribute towards the establishment of events in their area and currently seek to achieve a £3,000 (including VAT) start-up fee when establishing an event. This is always a one-off cost and we commit to supporting every event indefinitely from then on.

    The time it takes to set up a parkrun from the moment we receive our first enquiry varies significantly depending on the specific challenges of that location. Typically this process takes around three to six months from start to finish, sometimes longer, but we never rush a team to get started and always wait for them to be ready, trained properly and confident in themselves that they are fully prepared.

    Finally, you must be prepared for parkrun to change your life. Starting an event is the most amazing journey but please don’t take our word for it, feel free to contact any of our event teams around the UK (a direct email is on each specific web page) and ask for their thoughts, insights and knowledge around what it means to join the parkrun family.

    Thanks for your time in reading this, if you’re still interested in setting up a parkrun near you then please contact us via the form below.

    Anita Afonso, Head of New Event Development (parkrun UK)

  • Our goal is for there to be a parkrun everywhere in Australia that someone would like one. We have no desire for our events to be large rather we have a vision of many small events across many small communities, each providing a free to attend opportunity to engage with physical activity in a supportive environment.

    Already operating in hundreds of locations around the globe we understand that parkrun is about so much more than a free, weekly, timed 5km run. It’s about friendships, families and bringing people together to help one another achieve sustainable and healthy changes to their lifestyle. As we grow the challenge of helping local governments, health services and owners of open spaces understand the benefits of parkrun is becoming easier however in places it can still be a challenge.

    The key to starting any parkrun is to find the right person to lead that event as a local volunteer, to champion its benefits to their community and to slowly but surely build a strong volunteer team to deliver the event going forwards. We will support that person however it’s important to remember that each of our events must be driven by a core team of committed and passionate parkrun volunteers.

    parkrun Australia is set up as a not-for-profit Incorporated Association and is supported financially by its sponsors. In order to survive financially however we do look for local Councils and other organisations to contribute towards the establishment of events in their area. This is always a one-off fee and we commit, thanks to our sponsors, to supporting each event indefinitely from then on.

    The time it takes to set up a parkrun event from the moment we receive our first enquiry varies significantly depending on the specific challenges of that location. Typically this process takes around three to six months from start to finish, sometimes longer sometimes less, we never rush a team to get started and always wait for them to be ready, trained properly and confident in themselves that they are fully prepared.

    Finally, you must be prepared for parkrun to change your life. Starting an event is the most amazing journey but please don’t take our word for it, feel free to contact any of our event teams around Australia (their direct email is on their specific web page) and ask for their thoughts, insights and knowledge around what it means to join the parkrun family

  • We have a goal that there will be a parkrun in every village, town or city that wants one. We are excited at the prospect of there being more than one parkrun in your location. We believe that it is everyone’s right to get up on a Saturday and run in a 5km timed event without paying for the pleasure.

    We are working diligently to get councils and parks authorities to understand the nature of parkrun. We want them to understand that parkrun delivers all the health and fitness benefits that they also prescribe. These events address a host of other concerns by which these organisations are measured. This process is becoming easier as parkrun catches on.

    So, what do we need then? The single most important thing that we need is for an individual to come forward and to lead the charge to bring a parkrun to their neighborhood. We work with these folks to provide all the know how to make an event a possibility. Starting with the establishment of a course to the creation of a team of volunteers, we provide all the knowledge to make this a possibility.

    Opsætning af en parkrun begivenhed koster os omkring € 6000. Dette omfatter alle udgifter til udstyr, den ekstra web og hosting omkostninger og alle de interne omkostninger, som kræves for at skabe begivenheden. Vi ser på de råd, NHS, og andre kommercielle organer til at finansiere 50% af start-up omkostninger for hvert arrangement. parkrun begivenheder opretholdt gennem vores sponsorat model

  • We have a goal that there will be a parkrun in every village, town or city that wants one. We are excited at the prospect of there being more than one parkrun in your location. We believe that it is everyone’s right to get up on a Saturday and run in a 5km timed event without paying for the pleasure.

    We are working diligently to get councils and parks authorities to understand the nature of parkrun. We want them to understand that parkrun delivers all the health and fitness benefits that they also prescribe. These events address a host of other concerns by which these organisations are measured. This process is becoming easier as parkrun catches on.

    So, what do we need then? The single most important thing that we need is for an individual to come forward and to lead the charge to bring a parkrun to their neighborhood. We work with these folks to provide all the know how to make an event a possibility. Starting with the establishment of a course to the creation of a team of volunteers, we provide all the knowledge to make this a possibility.

    Setting up a parkrun event costs us about £6,000. This includes all the equipment costs, the additional web and hosting costs and all the internal costs required to create the event. We look to the councils, NHS, and other commercial bodies to fund 50% of the start-up costs for each event. parkrun events are sustained through our sponsorship model

  • Celem Stowarzyszenia parkrun Polska, które jest wyłącznym organizatorem inicjatywy parkrun w Polsce, jest umożliwienie organizacji biegów wszędzie tam, gdzie będzie takie zapotrzebowanie bez względu na liczbę uczestników oraz wielkość miejscowości lub miasta. Pragniemy, aby idea parkrun służyła wszystkim; mieszkańcom zarówno dużych, jak i mniejszych ośrodków na terenie całej Polski. Wierzymy, że każdy ma prawo do uprawiania biegania bez konieczności ponoszenia kosztów związanych z udziałem w imprezach biegowych. Od roku 2011, kiedy rozpoczęliśmy organizację pierwszych edycji parkrun w Polsce, nasza inicjatywa spotkała się z zainteresowaniem ogromnej liczby biegaczy w różnych częściach kraju. Mamy nadzieję, że jej uniwersalność oraz dostępność sprawi, że w najbliższym czasie będziemy świadkami powstawania kolejnych miejsc, gdzie będzie można brać udział w parkrun.

    Parkrun to bezpłatne, cykliczne biegi organizowane w każdą sobotę na dystansie 5km z pomiarem czasu otwarte dla każdego bez względu na biegowy staż czy też osiągane rezultaty. Do udziału w parkrun zapraszamy zarówno juniorów, jak i seniorów oraz całe rodziny. Mile widziani na trasach parkrun są biegacze z wózkami, czy też biegnący w towarzystwie czworonożnych pupili. Biegi parkrun zlokalizowane są w dostępnych częściach miast i miejscowości (często w parkach) na trasach, których pokonanie nie powinno sprawić nikomu problemu. Jeżeli zaczynasz swoją przygodę z bieganiem, parkrun jest doskonałym miejscem do postawienia pierwszych biegowych kroków.

    Organizacja biegów parkrun opiera się na wsparciu biegów przez samych uczestników, którzy zapraszani są nie tylko do biegania, ale również pomocy w prowadzeniu biegów. Udział biegaczy w organizacji kolejnych edycji biegów sprawia, że parkrun to oddolna inicjatywa tworzona przez biegaczy dla biegaczy. Dzięki zaangażowaniu uczestników parkrun oferuje wspaniałą atmosferę oraz możlwość przynależności do szerszej społeczności ludzi aktywnych, kochających bieganie.

    Koszt zorganizowania nowej lokalizacji parkrun w Polsce to średnio ok. 4,500 PLN przy czym jest to koszt jednorazowy, który ponoszony jest tylko przed rozpoczęciem biegów. Koszt związany jest z koniecznością zakupu sprzętu pomiarowego oraz wyposażenia trasy biegu. W przypadku nowych lokalizacji, o powyższą kwotę należy zwrócić się do lokalnych władz oraz firm prywatnych, które są zainteresowane działaniami na rzecz lokalnych mieszkańców i chciałyby wesprzeć organizację biegów na swoim terenie.

    Jeżeli pragniesz włączyć się w niezwykłą inicjatywę jak jest parkrun prosimy o wypełnienie oraz przesłanie poniższego formularza.

  • We have a goal that there will be a parkrun in every village, town or city that wants one. We are excited at the prospect of there being more than one parkrun in your location. We believe that it is everyone’s right to get up on a Saturday and run in a 5km timed event without paying for the pleasure.

    We are working diligently to get councils and parks authorities to understand the nature of parkrun. We want them to understand that parkrun delivers all the health and fitness benefits that they also prescribe. These events address a host of other concerns by which these organisations are measured. This process is becoming easier as parkrun catches on.

    So, what do we need then? The single most important thing that we need is for an individual to come forward and to lead the charge to bring a parkrun to their neighborhood. We work with these folks to provide all the know how to make an event a possibility. Starting with the establishment of a course to the creation of a team of volunteers, we provide all the knowledge to make this a possibility.

    Setting up a parkrun event costs us about $6,000. This includes all the equipment costs, the additional web and hosting costs and all the internal costs required to create the event. We look to the councils, health boards, and other commercial bodies to fund 50% of the start-up costs for each event. parkrun events are sustained through our sponsorship model

  • We have a goal that there will be a parkrun in every village, town or city that wants one. We are excited at the prospect of there being more than one parkrun in your location. We believe that it is everyone’s right to get up on a Saturday and run in a 5km timed event without paying for the pleasure.

    We are working diligently to get councils and parks authorities to understand the nature of parkrun. We want them to understand that parkrun delivers all the health and fitness benefits that they also prescribe. These events address a host of other concerns by which these organisations are measured. This process is becoming easier as parkrun catches on.

    So, what do we need then? The single most important thing that we need is for an individual to come forward and to lead the charge to bring a parkrun to their neighborhood. We work with these folks to provide all the know how to make an event a possibility. Starting with the establishment of a course to the creation of a team of volunteers, we provide all the knowledge to make this a possibility.

    Setting up a parkrun event costs us about €6,000. This includes all the equipment costs, the additional web and hosting costs and all the internal costs required to create the event. We look to the councils, NHS, and other commercial bodies to fund 50% of the start-up costs for each event. parkrun events are sustained through our sponsorship model

  • We believe that everyone should be able to get up on a Saturday morning and run in a 5km timed event without having to pay for the pleasure. We would therefore encourage all our cities, towns and smaller communities to embrace the parkrun ethos and join this global running community. Once Councils and Park Authorities understand the nature of parkrun and how parkrun delivers health and fitness benefits they are generally willing to help new events come to fruition.

    So, what do we need then? The single most important thing that we need is for a committed and enthusiastic individual to come forward and to lead the charge to bring a parkrun to their neighborhood. We work with them to provide all the know how to make an event a possibility. Starting with help to establish a course to the creation of their team of volunteers, we provide all the knowledge to make this a possibility.

    Setting up a parkrun event does have a cost but our sponsors kindly cover these and parkrun events are sustained through our sponsorship model. This includes all the equipment costs, the additional web and hosting costs and all the internal costs required to create the event.

  • Наша цель — организация забегов parkrun в России везде, где есть желающие заниматься бегом. Для нас очень важно, чтобы parkrun развивался во всех городах, вне зависимости от их размера или расположения, чтобы каждый мог заниматься бегом в благоприятной для этого обстановке.

    Забеги parkrun проводятся каждую неделю, они совершенно бесплатны, и участвовать в них могут все желающие. Дистанция забегов всегда одна и та же — 5 км.

    В parkrun не так важен результат, как само участие. Результаты, конечно, фиксируются и выкладываются на сайт, однако никаких призов и медалей нет, так же, как нет победителей и побеждённых. Трассами для parkrun могут быть любые подходящие для бега поверхности: асфальт, гравий, трава, лесные тропы и луга, парки и набережные.

    Хотя все забеги, как правило, начинаются в девять утра, это время может варьироваться в зависимости от местных условий.

    Забеги parkrun проводятся не с целью выяснить, кто быстрее, а чтобы помочь бегунам поддержать друг друга. На parkrun приходят спортсмены разного уровня подготовки, от профессиональных марафонцев до начинающих бегунов, только что решивших заняться спортом. Кто-то находит на наших забегах достойного соперника, кто-то приятного собеседника для неторопливых пробежек. Для многих parkrun — это уже не просто еженедельная пробежка на 5 км, здесь находят новых друзей, собираются всей семьей, общаются, поддерживают друг друга, помогают менять свой образ жизни в лучшую сторону.

    Движение parkrun растёт и развивается, однако обустройство забега на новом месте может занять некоторое время и потребовать от местных организаторов определённых усилий. Поэтому, начиная parkrun, очень важно найти подходящего человека, который сможет сплотить вокруг себя крепкую команду единомышленников, сможет набрать достаточное количество волонтёров для проведения мероприятия. Только в этом случае parkrun начнёт развиваться. Мы будем рады поддержать любые начинания, предоставить необходимый инвентарь и IT-платформу, провести обучение волонтёров, а также помочь в переговорах с администрацией парков. Однако необходимо понимать, что проведение забегов parkrun возможно, в первую очередь, только благодаря работе сплочённой команды местных активистов и преданных добровольцев.

    Мы работаем как автономная некоммерческая организация, поддерживаемая спонсорами и другими заинтересованными лицами. Мы вынуждены придерживаться согласованной стратегии развития и текущему бюджету. Поэтому организация забега parkrun с нуля на новой территории может растянуться на продолжительное время, которое зависит от многих факторов. На это может уйти примерно от трёх до шести месяцев с момента первого контакта с нами, но иногда и больше.

    Будьте готовы к тому, что parkrun изменит вашу жизнь. Никогда не стесняйтесь обращаться к нам, команде parkrun России, с любыми вопросами по организации и проведению parkrun в вашем городе.

  • At the moment we are not accepting requests for new countries to start.

    Before starting a new parkrun country there are many issues to consider. While we at parkrun would like as many people taking part in parkrun as possible, we are also keen to protect the essence of our movement. parkrun is always free to the participant, takes place every Saturday morning of the year, is open to everyone even allowing people to run with buggies and a dog on a lead. We require that each event is run by volunteers and that there is a community supporting the event. Where we do operate, then there should be as many parkruns available in that territory as possible. There are other terms that are applicable too.

    To ensure all this, we need to make sure the framework is right to protect all that parkrun is, and that the financial support is in place. That takes considerable time and effort, both in the prospective country, and for ourselves to support the new country, and the effort to get everything setup in our systems (eg. translations). We're a very small team, and we feel we'd like to keep it that way, so availability and prioritisation of resources becomes a major issue for us.

    We realise this might disappoint, but we'd rather be honest and up front about the challenges we face in growing parkrun internationally.

    Consequently, at the moment, we are not accepting requests for new countries to start.

 

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