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PICS, VIDEO: SA has parkrun fever

27 May 2017 4:01 AM
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Each week about 35 000 people throughout SA wake up early on a Saturday morning and head to the starting line for the 8am start of their local 5km parkrun.

There are 106 parkruns around the country and Joburgers have a fair number of there runs to choose from.

parkrun (yes, always spelled with the lowercase ‘p’) organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, are always free, and safe and easy to take part in.

The parkruns are open to everyone irrespective of running ability. The concept was introduced to South Africa by nine-time Comrades Marathon winner Bruce Fordyce, who has completed 263 parkruns to date.

The South African record for the quickest run is held by Adam Lipschitz and is 14:17, but many walk the routes in just over an hour.

On 18 May parkrun South Africa was awarded the Participation Event of the Year Award at the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards.

Since its inception in the UK in 2004, parkrun has grown to have hundreds of events in countries such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand and even the Camp Bastion British military base in Afghanistan.

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