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Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. Now it has grown into an international family of over half a million runners (and counting!) but it is all still based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, 5km, for everyone, forever.
Parkrun is truly open to all and encourages people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.
It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, those taking their first steps in running or Olympians to come together on a regular basis to enjoy the pleasant parkland surroundings and get physically active into the bargain!
Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once!
Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!
Many runners will grab a post parkrun coffee before heading off to enjoy the rest of their weekend, so join in and start your weekend with an active boost!
Parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. The aim is to get as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by parkrun events, as well as the global parkrun family, with the ambition to have an event in every community that wants one.
GET UP. GET OUT. GET RUNNING!
Number of events: 42,643
Number of runners: 665,021
Number of runs: 6,627,079
Number of locations: 3,011
Total run time: 344 years, 93 days, 15hours, 10mins
Total distance: 33,135,395km
Want to join in or set up a parkrun near you?
More information: http://www.parkrun.com/