Parkrun Ireland have piloted Park Walk at various events in 2018 and on Saturday 2nd March a six week Park Walk initiative will start at all 84 parkrun Ireland 5k events.
Walkers are always welcome at parkrun so the Park Walk initiative is about breaking down any barriers for walkers to participate at parkrun. Surveys have shown that fear of being last or standing out as very unfit, alongside the associated embarrassment are the biggest barriers that Park Walk is aiming to remove.
By marketing Park Walk for a fixed time period we will hope to attract walkers of all abilities in numbers and overcome fears by providing them pier support during the initiative. From experience we also know that once they attend parkrun their fears are greatly diminished.
They are teaming up with The Irish Heart Foundation and Get Ireland Walking. The Irish Heart Foundation will produce weekly advice for walkers to be shared via social media. Both Irish Hearts and Get Ireland Walking will share information to their groups and contacts; asking people to come along and will appeal for walk leaders to volunteer.