parkrun is a weekly, free, timed 5K run in a park. This all sounds like nothing out of the ordinary. There are, after all, people running in parks all the time, either alone, with friends, or as part of a club or a team. 

It may come as a surprise then that internationally, parkrun is extremely popular. Since 2004, there have been over 200,000 events worldwide, including in countries such as Australia, Germany, France, Russia, and from its country of origin, the United Kingdom. 

On this week’s episode of The Shakeout, we take a closer look at this organized run, which has been called a “global movement“, how it got started in the United Kingdom and spread to Canada, and its unique appeal that actually has nothing to do with running. 

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  • Ian says:

    It’s even bigger than that!
    Parkrun refused to open in Ukraine, so we launched runday.org. It’s a similar story in Belarus where they have Minskrun.by
    We might not share the name (or t-shirts) but the Parkrun spirit prevails 🙂

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