What do London, Sydney, Copenhagen, Capetown, and Athlone have in common? Well, these are some of the wonderful locations worldwide that host a parkrun event.
Parkrun is a global network of weekly 5km timed runs or walks in local parks that take place each and every Saturday morning all year round. Currently there are 699 and counting parkruns worldwide, with almost 1.2 million people taking part in events since its inception.
In July, Athlone Parkrun started on the grounds of Athlone IT. The route covers a mixture of trail paths and grass, providing locals and visitors with a safe and fun environment for the perfect Saturday morning jog or walk.
Walkers and runners of all abilities are encouraged to register and take part. There are no prizes and results are age graded. The focus for September 12 is for runners to bring a friend to encourage beginners to get involved.
Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the Parkrun web site where runners can track their progress. All participants must register for the event on www.parkrun.ie/athlone/ Once registered, participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part in any of the global events without having to re-register.
Joining a Parkrun event is totally free. It is not about racing, it is about getting fitter and healthier and moving more. Facilities available to participants include public toilets in the indoor athletics arena, onsite campus café, and car parking.
For more information call Clodagh on (086 ) 3801099 or email [email protected].