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Five Reasons Why I Love Parkrun

vibrant representation of a Parkrun event, capturing the inclusive and joyful spirit of the community. The image shows people of all ages and fitness levels participating, with some running, jogging, and walking. There are also dogs, children, and strollers, highlighting the family-friendly nature of Parkrun.

Parkrun has become a beloved global phenomenon, drawing participants from all walks of life to its weekly 5k events. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for a fun and social way to stay active, Parkrun has something for everyone.

Here are five reasons why I love Parkrun:

1. You Don’t Have to Be a Runner to Do Parkrun with Friends You Haven’t Met Yet

One of the most beautiful aspects of Parkrun is its inclusivity. You don’t have to be a runner to join in the fun. Walkers, joggers, and runners of all speeds are welcome, making it an ideal event for anyone looking to get some exercise in a friendly and supportive environment.

Every week, you have the chance to meet new people who share a common goal of completing the 5k, regardless of their pace. This sense of community is incredibly uplifting. You start the run as strangers, but by the end, you’ve shared a collective experience that brings you closer together. Whether you’re pushing a stroller, bringing along the kids, or simply enjoying a brisk walk, there’s a place for you at Parkrun.

2. Parkruns Are Literally Everywhere

It’s true – within a 5km radius of my house there are 4 Parkruns.  They are quite literally everywhere. Meaning you can pick one and make it your home, or go and visit Parkruns all over your City, State Nation or the world.  You can be a Parkrun tourist if that’s your thing – meaning you can keep up your routine, even if you’re travelling for work or leisure.

Each Parkrun location offers a unique experience, from scenic countryside trails to urban park paths. It’s a wonderful way to discover new areas and enjoy nature, all while participating in a structured and well-organized event. The consistency of the event format means you know what to expect, making it easy to join in wherever you find yourself.

3. Parkrunners Love to Celebrate Small and Large Milestones

One of the most motivational aspects of Parkrun is the celebration of milestones. Whether it’s your first run, your 50th, or your 250th, Parkrun acknowledges these achievements with cheers, applause, and often, a special milestone t-shirt. These milestones are not just about the numbers but about the commitment and perseverance they represent.

Regulars know each other’s milestones and make a point to celebrate together. It’s not uncommon to see cakes, banners, tutus and other forms of recognition for personal bests or significant attendance records. These moments create a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that is truly special.

4. Dogs Are Usually Welcome

For many people, their dog is their best running buddy, and Parkrun welcomes them with open arms. Most Parkrun events allow dogs, provided they are kept on a short leash. This policy makes it easy for dog owners to combine their morning walk with a social and fitness activity.

Having dogs at Parkrun adds an extra layer of joy and enthusiasm to the event. Dogs are natural mood boosters, and their energy is infectious. It’s also a great way to meet fellow dog owners and share tips and stories about your furry friends. They even say that tue love has been made when first the dogs meet, followed by the owners ❤️

5. Stay on for a Coffee (Usually)

One of the best parts of Parkrun is what comes after the finish line: the social coffee. Many Parkrun events have a tradition of gathering at a nearby café or mobile coffee vendor at the park. This post-run coffee is the perfect opportunity to chat with fellow runners, share experiences, and build friendships. Coffee often becomes brunch.

Whether you’re waiting for your times to upload to Strava, discussing your latest personal best, upcoming events, or just catching up on life, these coffee gatherings are a delightful way to extend the Parkrun experience. It’s not just about the run; it’s about the community and the relationships you build along the way.

Parkrun is much more than a 5k run. It’s a global community that embraces everyone, celebrates achievements, welcomes our four-legged friends, and fosters social connections. Whether you’re an avid runner or someone looking to make new friends and stay active, Parkrun offers a warm, welcoming environment that keeps you coming back for more. So lace up your shoes, bring along your dog, and join in the fun – there’s a Parkrun waiting for you.

Parkruns Closest to Myomasters Massage

  1. Jubilee Way – a lovely lap around Wynn Vale Dam – watch out for Mt Jubilee at the start! 
  2. Anstey Hill – run through this beautiful suburban conservation Park, arguably the 2nd hardest Parkrun in Australia!
  3. Carisbrooke – an amazing out and back, mostly flat course along the Little Para River in Salisbury Park.
  4. Lochiel Park – a nice fast, flat out and back course along the Torrens River Linear Park in Campbelltown.

David Clayton is the Principal Remedial Therapist at Myomasters Massage located in Hope Valley in the north east of Adelaide.  He has a passion for supporting humans to live the lives they were to born to live using massage and soft tissue therapies.  He has a particular interest in assisting people to recover from stress, anxiety and trauma using compassionate and nurturing touch.