On Saturday morning (April 7th), participants at parks and open spaces  across the country will mark Ireland’s one millionth parkrun. Parkrun  organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs that are open and accessible to  everyone. One of the flagship initiatives supported by Healthy Ireland,

Parkrun Ireland began in November 2012 and is part of a global movement  that spans 20 countries.  Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne will mark the  occasion at a special event at one of Ireland’s newest parkrun venues in Brickfields in Drimnagh.

The Minister commented, “Reaching the one millionth milestone is fantastic  achievement for all involved across the island and I am delighted to  congratulate the people who have made this happen. The local and community  spirit of volunteering is visibly alive.”

“Promoting physical activity and getting people out and about across the  country is a step that is crucial in creating a healthier Ireland and the  parkrun initiative allows people of all abilities get involved. The  benefits of accessible, enjoyable and sociable physical activity can lead  not only to improved physical health but also to better mental health and  general wellbeing.  I look forward to seeing people across the country get  out this Saturday morning for a run or a walk. Let’s keep moving towards a  healthier Ireland”

Parkrun Ireland Country Manager Matt Shields said: “Our global mission is  to help create a healthier and happier planet, which complements the  National Physical Activity Plan for an active, healthy population in  Ireland. The milestone of one million parkruns is a great contribution to  this vision and involves people of all ages and abilities.” “We have lots of new initiatives coming that will help us to engage even  more with underrepresented groups, who often have the most to gain from  regular physical activity and volunteering, I look forward to the next
million parkruns and the contribution we can make to a healthy Ireland.”

Location include; Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, Tymon park in Tallaght and Marlay Park in Rathfarnham.

 

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