A study investigating the benefits of parkrun has just been published to reveal evidence that the event has a positive impact in terms of all-inclusive involvement, with women, older adults and overweight people well represented. Just as importantly, parkrun is seen as an attractive event for non-runners.
Collating the evidence provided by 7308 participants, SparkLe (Study of Parkrun on Lifestyle and Exercise), which was published in the Journal of Public Health, states the event is a 'cost-effective community-based intervention for improving public health.'
The paper also suggests that parkrun is notable for encouraging vigorous exercise and provides the opportunity and support for users to then become regularly active.
While there has been an upturn in popularity in mass participation events, the authors claim there has been a lack of research evaluating the impact on sustained physically active - making the SparkLe study all the more interesting.
You can access the findings from the paper here.