Nordic Fitness Ireland

Walks for All

Nordic Walking parkrun

FREE Weekly 5K Walk

What is parkrun?

parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

At 9:30 every Saturday morning 5K events  take place in parks and open spaces around Ireland. 

parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, Nordic Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.

At Nordic Fitness Ireland we always like to promote walking parkrun as we love the community atmosphere to encourage everyone no matter where they are on their journey to a fitter life.

parkwalk at parkrun campaign - October 2022

What is the parkwalk campaign?

This is a global campaign to celebrate and promote walking at parkrun, to coincide with parkrun’s 18th anniversary (the first event took place in Bushy Park, London in October 2004). 

It’s called parkrun, not parkwalk! Why are you focusing on walkers? 

The name ‘parkrun’ might imply that events are not for people who walk. Yet, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

The founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, had a vision that parkrun would be open to everyone, no matter who they are or where they came from.

We know that walking is one of the best entry points into parkrun, especially for those who may be taking their first steps towards healthier lifestyles. Walking can help people manage or prevent health conditions, enhance mood, boost fitness and enable people to connect with others.

Our insight shows that around 9% of all parkrun participants have at least one long term health condition, but this rises to 45% for walkers.

By encouraging and welcoming walkers we can expand the incredible impact that parkrun has on a wider range of people.

How do I take part?

Registration is completely free and only needs to be done once, whether you intend to walk, Nordic Walk, jog, run, or volunteer or do a combination of all these things! Simply complete the registration form, print your barcode and head down to your local event.

There are 128 events around the country to choose from. You can find your nearest parkrun using the event map.

If we are going to be at parkrun we will add it to our calendar with the venue we will be at so you know you won’t be alone.

Be Part of the Community

There are so many reasons to take part in parkrun!

Whether you walk, Nordic Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate, you can learn new skills and enhance your health and happiness in the great outdoors whilst making new friends, feeling part of your local community and improving your fitness.

Still not convinced? Check out loads of inspirational stories from parkrunners on our the parkrun blog, or watch them on the parkrun YouTube channel.

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