Join oth­ers for a weekly parkrun

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

If you’ve ever been out for a stroll or a jog, or walked your dog around An­der­son Park early on a Satur­day morn­ing, you’d be for­given for won­der­ing why there were so many peo­ple walk­ing or run­ning around the park.

Ev­ery Satur­day, just be­fore 8am, 50 to 90 peo­ple con­verge on An­der­son Park to take part in the global phe­nom­e­non that is parkrun. There are parkrun events each Satur­day in coun­tries all around the world. It is al­ways run over 5km and open to all run­ners, jog­gers or walk­ers — in­clud­ing dog walk­ers.

There are now 25 parkrun events through­out New Zealand, says An­der­son parkrun Event Di­rec­tor, Trish Cum­mins.

Par­tic­i­pants can walk or run at what­ever speed they choose over the mea­sured course. An­der­son parkrun’s course fol­lows the path­way around the perime­ter of the park for two laps, with a shorter lap to fin­ish. All par­tic­i­pants are timed and a full results list is distributed by email af­ter the event.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what parkrun­ners wear — what mat­ters is tak­ing part be­cause parkrun is all about in­clu­sive­ness and well­be­ing. We want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to feel part of a real lo­cal com­mu­nity brought to­gether by our events, and be­long­ing to one global parkrun fam­ily,” Trish says.

All events are over­seen by a core group of vol­un­teers and all parkrun­ners are en­cour­aged to vol­un­teer when they can, to help with tasks such as time­keep­ing.

The parkrun for­mat is sim­ple: reg­is­ter once (­der­son), print your bar­code, turn up and take part when­ever you want. The same bar­code can be used at any parkrun any­where in the world.

“One of the great­est things about parkrun is that at ev­ery event there is bound to be some­one from an­other part of New Zealand or an­other coun­try — parkrun tourism has grown out of the pop­u­lar­ity of world­wide parkrun. At An­der­son parkrun, we also hold ex­tra events on Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day. We have al­ready had en­quiries from peo­ple in Aus­tralia who are plan­ning their Christ­mas hol­i­day around parkruns.”

Satur­day morn­ing parkrun at An­der­son Park.

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