Live Better

parkrun around the world

Woman jogging past the Eiffel Tower

Do you love travelling but hate missing your regular Saturday morning jog? Are you hesitant to go running on holidays because you’re worried about getting lost? Let parkrun be your travel guide, running buddy and personal trainer all in one.

Originating in the UK over a decade ago, parkrun is an international organisation that coordinates weekly, timed runs in parklands all over the world. It was created to provide free, accessible, non-competitive group training for runners of all ages and levels, from beginners to athletes, from young to old.

There are now parkruns in 11 countries, with more sure to be added soon. So if you’re travelling around the USA, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, France, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, or any state and territory in Australia, you may well have a parkrun near you at each stop.

To help you with your parkrun travel bucket list, we’ve picked five destinations with parkruns that we’d love to visit. Bon voyage!

1. Yelagin Island, St Petersburg, Russia

The first parkruns in Russia took place in Moscow in 2014, and there are now events all over the country. Our top pick is the parkrun held on Yelagin Island in St. Petersburg. The island is located at the mouth of the Neva River and has a rich history – from its time as a retreat for the ruling class in the 1800s, through to its present-day operation as a public park, offering many activities to St. Petersburg locals and tourists alike.

2. Nibe, Denmark

There have been parkruns in Denmark since 2009, and they are all held in stunning locations around the country. We’re quite keen to visit Nibe, a tiny, cobblestone-paved fishermen’s town in the far north of the country, on the Jutland Peninsula.

Nibe has a colourful past stretching back over 600 years, full of stories about vikings and explorers. Don’t miss the Troldkirken (Troll Church) just outside Nibe – a prehistoric rock formation which legend says was placed there by an angry troll.

3. Langebaan, West Coast National Park, South Africa

Since the inaugural parkrun in 2011, several parkruns have sprung up all over South Africa, where even the intense heat isn’t enough to stop eager runners. We’ve set our sights on Langebaan, a small town in the Western Cape province on the Langebaan Lagoon, part of the West Coast National Park.

As with most of South Africa, the area is known for its wildlife, in particular for its native birdlife, and along the lagoon you’ll find antelope, mountain zebras, mongoose, ostriches, flamingos, pelicans, African penguins and whales. We’ll see you there!

4. Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France

parkrun is relatively new to France, starting in 2015, but it’s now held in seven locations around the country. We fancy visiting the run in Bois de Boulogne, the second largest park in the French capital.

With a storied history stretching back to Napoleonic times, the park features many attractions and activities including manicured gardens, greenhouses, horse racing tracks, an amusement park and a zoo. It also features tennis courts, where the French Open is annually held. Plus, it’s the perfect spot for a post-parkrun picnic.

5. East Coast Park or West Coast Park, Singapore

The first South-East Asian country to host a parkrun, Singapore now has two parkrun locations to choose from: East Coast Park and West Coast Park. Our pick is East Coast Park, a stunning “urban getaway” famed for its multitude of activities and beautiful flora. Have a post-run swim at the beach, a picnic under the coconut palms, and finish up with a barbecue under the stars. You can even stay in the park, in a holiday chalet amid the trees.

Visit to find out where else in the world parkrun can take you – and don’t forget to make sure you’re travelling with a good insurance.

Latest Articles


How to start riding or walking to work

Fit exercise into your day on the way to work.

Read more

Why women should do weights

Strength training isn’t just for muscle bros.

Read more

Why getting active as a family is so good for you

From a weekend bike ride to playing chasey in the backyard.

Read more

What are Kegels?

And why you need to do them.

Read more

How sport can inspire recovery and connection

Jocelyn takes aim at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Read more
youtubeui-checkbox-tickui-checkbox-emptyui-checkbox-crosstwitterui-checkbox-tickWellbeing and mindfulness 1Physical Health 1Positive psychology 101 1Wellbeing and mindfulness 4All about gut health 1Understanding Genetics 4Planning for Pregnancy 2During Pregnancy 3The mind-gut connection 4The mind-gut connection 1New Parents 3Page 1Group 10During Pregnancy 2Page 1Physical Health 2Planning for Pregnancy 1Positive psychology 101 1Positive psychology 101 4Planning for Pregnancy 4Understanding Genetics 1Physical Health 4Planning for Pregnancy 3Nutrition 4New Parents 1New Parents 3 CopyMovement for your mind 4Wellbeing and mindfulness 2Nutrition 2sob-icon__mind-bodysob-icon__man-with-laptopAll about gut health 2Positive psychology 101 3Positive psychology 101 2Physical Health 3Wellbeing and mindfulness 3All about gut health 3genetics-changing-what-your-givenUnderstanding Genetics 2During Pregnancy 1Movement for your mind 2Movement for your mind 1Movement for your mind 3During Pregnancy 4