Fit Five Friday – 5 parkruns I want to run this year

Oh, friends… it has been a WEEK.

Both Ron and I are working on huge projects (not the same company, just coincidentally both in stress periods at work) and while Ron gets to relax a tiny bit (his launched this week) I was pretty much on the verge of a nervous breakdown … with several more weeks like this.

That means I need to focus on NICE things. Things to look forward to. Things that bring me joy. Like parkrun!

It’s that time of the week again!

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Five parkruns I want to run this year

It’s nearly May which means we have 8 full months left of this year. Since I am generally at my home parkrun at Sonsbeek I can probably only get away max 1 time per month and in August and October I will likely not get any extra parkruns done simply because we are traveling (and running elsewhere *wink* ) then.

I would love to hit 30 parkruns by the end of the year, but at the very least, these are 5 of the parkruns I really want to run before 2023:

Máxima parkrun – Utrecht NL

Maybe not even fair to mention this one, but there are two reasons I want to run in Utrecht; One because it’s on the Run the Rhine parkrun challenge (yes, there are tons of challenges out there for the keen parkrunner) , and two because it’s the next nearest parkrun in The Netherlands that I’ve yet to do.

Out of 12 parkruns I’ve done 7 which is amazing considering I have been at my own parkrun for more than 6 months now. There will be a 13th coming soon though…

Amsterdamsebos parkrun – Amsterdam NL

Amsterdam is another parkrun in The Netherlands that I’ve yet to run so, of course, I’d like to tick that one off my list as well. I want to do this one in the next coming months mostly because Dani and Tori are pretty much there every week and my dear, sweet, crazy friend Elsje (whom you may remember from this post) has also started volunteering there – Elsje just moved “back” (she left as a child) to The Netherlands and lives really close to the parkrun location. It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen each other!

Wienburgpark parkrun – Münster DE

We’ve been to Münster a few times and really like it there. I think it will always be a special place for us because that’s where Ron qualified for Boston!

parkrun has only just started in Münster – tomorrow will be their 8th edition. For us it’s about a 2 hour drive, which may just qualify it for an overnight stay and a day out!

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Oberwald parkrun – Karlsruhe DE

Another parkrun with a couple of good reasons attached to it! When my dad was very young, he moved to Karlsruhe where his dad was stationed in the Army. He still has very fond memories of living there and still thinks he can speak German (he can not – ha!). I have been through Karlsruhe only once, but never really spent any time there. I believe it’s about a 5 hour drive there, so we’d definitely go on a Friday and come back home after lunch Saturday.

Oberwald is also on the Run the Rhine list, so that would get me closer to completing that challenge as well (There are 16 parkruns, I’ve done 8 so far).

parkrun Zamek w Malborku – Malbork PL

To do this parkrun would really be a dream; as I was researching parkruns in Poland last year, I noticed this one in Malbork. The parkrun itself runs along the castle wall – I mean, how stunning is this??

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Not only would this get me a “Z” parkrun (Alphabet Challenge) it would simply just be amazing to take part in it.

Malbork is definitely a bit of a trip; we could do a two day drive like we did our last Poland trip, or we could fly to Gdansk and then maybe rent a car? The logistics of it all would definitely take some thought and research.

Have you ever checked if there are any parkruns near you? Do you think it would be interesting to visit different parkruns in your state/ country/ continent?

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  1. Kim at Running on the Fly says:

    Ugh, I never think to check for parkruns in the US. I know they do exist “over here,” but they’re not on my radar. My bad. They definitely look like a world of fun (literally, LOL). I look forward to hearing more about your summer running adventures ;-)

    1. Renée says:

      Looks like there’s one an hour from you at City Park in Iowa City. The actually just started this month!

  2. Darlene says:

    that would be so cool if we did have parkruns.

    You know I would sign up for them.

    1. Renée says:

      yeah there aren’t any at all in New York, sadly. Closest to you is Boston… I know you’d be all over that though :)

  3. Coco says:

    Oh, wow, these all look amazing. What a great idea! I was so happy to get to run in NYC and Chicago this week. I love running in new places.

    1. Renée says:

      I love it too! For me the excitement gives a lot of energy!

  4. Your parkruns always sound like a lot of fun! I recently discovered there is one here in the Boston area – I really should check it out at some point.

    1. Renée says:

      yeah I just found out recently that there is one is Boston and in Cambridge! One of my Dutch park runner friends was actually there for the marathon and did parkrun in Cambridge :)

  5. There are none in Chicago. I do know the city has something similar here during the Summer.

    1. Renée says:

      oh really? even weekly summer runs would be nice!

  6. Wendy says:

    I love that you have so many parkruns to choose from! How do you find them?

    1. Renée says:

      actually wherever I want to go I just google “parkrun” + the name of the place. Or even just the country. But on the parkrun website you can click on any of the countries and you’ll get a map. I have an app as well which shows all the locations plus all the challenges :)

  7. Elsje says:

    Mentioned in your blog!! Can’t wait to see you lovely wonderful person. Xx

    1. Renée says:

      Of course!! you are famous now!! ha!

  8. […] tell you I ticked one of my parkruns off the Run the Rhine challenge but it wasn’t the one I planned to do nor was it even the 2nd […]

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