With a very warm summer behind us and the crispness of fall in the air, parkrun enters a new ‘season’ of changing leaves, squirrels chasing after acorns to stock for the winter and the cool northwest breeze beginning to blow and remain present until next spring. For parkrun, this is very exciting time as well with the anniversary of the very first parkun held in Bushy Park, London.
On October the 2nd 2004 13 people completed a 5k run in Bushy Park, London, and parkrun was born. Our family now numbers over 350,000 people across 178 events in ten countries and on October the 6th this year Bushy parkrun will celebrate their 8th birthday.
When Paul Sinton-Hewitt organized the first ever parkrun (then known as UK Time Trial) for 13 runners in Bushy Park on October 2, 2004 I’m sure he would never in his wildest dreams have thought that 8 years later folks across the globe would be coming together metaphorically speaking to celebrate this seemingly inconspicuous event. But that is exactly what we have planned for the first Saturday in October (this year it is the 6th) which will from this day on be known as ‘World parkrun Day’!
So what does this all mean?
Firstly, it is a celebration, and every good celebration needs a cake… or several cakes! And tea! So, for those of you that are that way inclined, we encourage you to bake a cake and bring it to share with your fellow parkrunners. As they say, many cakes makes light work!
Secondly, and most importantly, we think parkrun is worth sharing. So bring a family member, friend or work colleague that hasn’t been to parkrun before. I’m sure you all know someone that will love it but for whatever reason just hasn’t managed to make it down yet.
So that’s it. We are pumped, so please join us in making the inaugural International parkrun Day something really special for the parkrunner’s our volunteers and for the Livonia community.
Run Happy. Run Often.
Rick and Lori (email us)