Please see below a press release following the above event.
There was excitement in the air as Dundalk parkrun hosted its own celebration of International parkrun day on Saturday 1st October. This marks 12 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt established parkrun for the first time at Bushy Park, Teddington in the UK. Dundalk parkrun started on 6th June 2015, and since then 1,206 different runners have completed 5,453 runs between them. This week’s parkrun in Dundalk saw an impressive 136 athletes run, jog and walk the course in ideal conditions supported by 16 volunteers. We had hoped the lure of cake at the finish line would entice people out of bed this morning and it seems to have worked. Once again our volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to help with the smooth running of the run and without them there would be no event.
Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Paul Bell, attended parkrun starting the run briefing by congratulating everyone on taking part in the run. He praised the efforts of all the volunteers weekly for helping the local community get active. That parkrun was a huge asset to Dundalk it self which was seen by the huge crowd that had attended. Paul also had the honour of starting the run off on a special day for parkrun globally . Saturday saw a number of first timers including local TD Peter Fitzpatrick Peter is a keen athlete as evidenced by his involvement in organising Fitzer’s 5k every February in Dundalk. At the start line, he remarked how parkrun is a great idea for the local community to get fitter. He reminded everyone that the core aim of parkrun is the enjoyment of running. We could not agree more! Indeed, we encourage everyone to register with us and come some Saturday morning to take part in some way. It’s not just for runners.
The finish line was buzzing with excitement as finishers celebrated with tea, coffee and cake, which were served by our wonderful volunteers.
Dundalk parkrun takes place on the playing fields beside the wind turbine in DKIT every Saturday at 09:30. It’s free and is for people of all abilities, not just runners. For more information visit http://www.parkrun.ie/dundalk/