This is the last newsletter of the year and so I would like to thank everyone for helping to make 2018 such an exciting year for parkrun SA. The bare facts are that we opened 50 new events in the year bringing our total number of Southern African parkruns to 178. There were 2,150,000 runs and walks in 2018 (30% up on 2017). There were 105,000 volunteer instances (45% up on 2017). We had 225,000 new registra
parkrun SA recently hit 750 000 members. Statisticians predict that parkrun SA will reach 1 million members long before the end of the year. From 26 members to 750 000 in 6 years, says Bruce Fordyce, CEO of parkrun SA and 9 times Comrades winner.
Why not kick-start 2018 with a run? Not sure where? Well, one of the best ways to start the New Year off is to join in at one of the various parkruns countrywide that will be hosting extra parkruns on 1 January 2018. You can go solo, take the family along or even just the family dog. Up to you. But get out there and make the first day of 2018 count.
What a week of celebrations it has been for parkrun SA, with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt visiting South Africa and joining in on the 6th birthday celebrations.
Paul, creator of parkrun, was instrumental in helping parkrun SA CEO Bruce Fordyce and his wife Gill map the first SA parkrun route at Delta Park in Johannesburg 6 years ago. Paul founded the very first parkrun in Lon