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Dundalk's Junior Parkrun celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday August 21st

Dundalk's Junior Parkrun celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday August 21st

Dundalk's Junior Parkrun celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday August 21st

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The sports pitches at Dundalk Institute of Technology will be in full celebratory mode on Sunday August 21st to mark the first anniversary of Junior Parkrun in Dundalk,

Planning for Junior Parkrun  started  back in January 2020 with the support and help of Louth Sports partnership and Parkrun Ireland, but due to the pandemic, the inaugural event for children aged four to fourteen years didn’t take place until August 18th 2021.

Junior Parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly family event that takes place every Sunday morning. Children travel from neighbouring counties to attend and  there have also been children joining from different parts of the country, Wales, England and even Australia, who are here on holidays.

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Over the past fifty Sunday, and average of 29 children have taken part in Junior Parkrun each week, with a total of  256 children having attended to date. They have run, jogged, walked, or skipped 2928kms which is the distance from Dundalk to southern Greece.

Junior Parkrun is run by a volunteer core group with support of parents, grandparents, and other members of the Parkrun community volunteering weekly to help marshal, distribute finish tokens, scan barcode or time keeping. There has been a total of 87 volunteers so far and their help has been vital to keep the event going and very much appreciated.

Anyone who would like their  children to attend, can simple register at www.parkrun.ie

Members can then take part in a Parkrun  anywhere in the world. An incentive for children to participate regularly is the milestone wristbands which they get when they achieve half, full or ultra-marathon distance. 

For Dundalk Junior Parkrun’s first birthday on Sunday August 21st, there will be   special guests in attendance and refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information contact dundalkitjuiors@parkrun.com or follow on Facebook.


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