World Athletics and parkrun to collaborate in legacy-based partnership
World Athletics, the international governing body, has signed a partnership with parkrun, the multi-national organisation which organises large-scale weekly runs.
Parkrun, founded in 2004 in London and now spanning 20 countries with its events, will work with the governing body to create a series of permanent parkrun events in cities and countries which are set to stage top-tier World Athletics Championships in the coming years.
These include the World Championships in Oregon in 2022, and in Budapest in 2023.
World Athletics will work to provide support from the country’s or city’s government for these events.
The partnership’s combination of resources aims to “grow the sport of athletics and deliver good health and fitness outcomes for communities around the world”, according to a statement.
Jon Ridgeon, World Athletics’ chief executive, said: “We have just approved a strategic plan that has the main objective of using the power and accessibility of athletes to create a healthier and fitter world… We’re determined to leave tangible community legacies in all of our future host cities.”
Nick Pearson, parkrun’s chief executive, added: “It is exciting to see this approach embraced by World Athletics, and we look forward to working with stakeholders in the host countries… to support and develop a network of parkrun events.”
Parkrun is currently shut down worldwide because of social distancing restrictions caused by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, but earlier this month the organisation confirmed that its New Zealand events would start up again in July.