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We recently published our new global five year strategy that sets out the direction for the future.


In order to record a walker, jogger, or runner’s attendance we ask them to bring a scannable barcode on the day, and we scan that after they have crossed the finish line. Our global policy is No barcode, no time, no exceptionand it is important that all events abide by this rule.

When people register for parkrun they are directed to print their barcode, which includes guidance that they must present it in order to receive a result.

Bringing a printed barcode has been a fundamental part of parkrun since 2009, and allows us to produce accurate results, shortly after each event, and at no cost to the participants.

What are some of the other reasons we ask for a ‘scannable’ barcode?

  • We always include people’s names on their barcodes, and this helps to build connections and communities.
  • The scannable barcodes have “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) data. Having the name and ICE details readily accessible allows us to use this information if needed to help keep participants safe.

What if someone brings their scannable barcode but it won’t scan?

It is absolutely ok for volunteers to write down and manually enter barcodes that won't scan. The barcode may be muddy, sweaty, scrunched, or the scanner won’t read it. If the person has their barcode, the volunteer can add their name, but the parkrunner should be asked to reprint their barcode for future events and, if appropriate, be informed of the parkrun key tags, cards and wristbands.

For event teams

Download the manual Barcode Sheet.