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The current position regarding COVID-19(Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events are available on each Country's blog.

Additional parkrun Days

Each year there are two days where event teams may choose to hold a parkrun on another day.

January 1st

parkrun events may choose to put on an additional event on January 1st each year.

The Special Day

Each country can nominate one special day per year on which they can stage additional events. This can be any day of the year but should coincide with a public holiday, festival or celebration.

Currently, the chosen special days are:

Region Name of Day Next Date List of Events
Australia Christmas Day 25 December Australia Special Events
Canada Canada Day 1 July Canada Special Events
Denmark Christmas Day 25 December Denmark Special Events
Finland Christmas Eve 24 December Finland Special Events
France Christmas Day 25 December France Special Events
Germany German Unity Day 3 October Germany Special Events
Ireland Christmas Day 25 December Ireland Special Events
Italy Christmas Day 25 December Italy Special Events
Japan Greenery Day 4 May Japan Special Events
Malaysia Malaysia Day 16 September Malaysia Special Events
New Zealand Christmas Day 25 December NZ Special Events
Norway Christmas Eve 24 December Norway Special Events
Poland Boxing Day 26 December Poland Special Events
Russia Orthodox Christmas 7 January Russia Special Events
Singapore National Day 9 August Singapore Special Events
Southern Africa Freedom Day 27 April South Africa Special Events
Sweden Swedish National Day 6 June Sweden Special Events
United Kingdom Christmas Day 25 December UK Special Events
United States Thanksgiving Varies USA Special Events


Start times on these additional days must be at the same time as the normal event.

It is not compulsory for events to hold a parkrun on either of these days, even if they are a Saturday. The choice is up to the event team and should be based on the ability to hold a safe event on one or both of these days.

Only one event is allowed per venue on each of these days. This means any venue with both 5k and junior events, will need to decide which of the events they would like to hold. Should this occur on a Saturday, the 5k event would get priority, as with Sunday then the junior event would get priority.

Any event planning to deliver a parkrun on either of these days is to ensure that their respective landowners are informed and they have permission for the additional event(s) to go ahead.

It is essential that the event is able to provide an adequate number of volunteers to ensure that the parkrun can take place safely.