Volksgarten parkrun report 16.7.22
I visited Volksgarten parkrun from Wales on 16.7.2022. Event 81 was a special parkrun to thank the local club, Vereinsgaststätte TG1881, for their support since Volksgarten parkrun was set up in May 2019. This includes being able to store parkrun equipment near the start: as a Run Director myself, I know how important this is.
I had travelled especially to meet up with some of my friends from Neckarufer parkrun, Esslingen, whom I got to know virtually during the start of the pandemic when I took part in their YouTube quiz. As restrictions have eased, we have met up at various parkruns as real life friends, while continuing with the quiz on a monthly basis. The quiz is bilingual - and I would recommend it as an extension to the community feel developed at parkrun.
I am a frequent parkrun tourist, enjoying the unofficial challenges. Volksgarten allowed me to add to my ‚Run the Rhine’ challenge; provided a V for my (second) parkrun alphabet; and was my 9th different parkrun in Germany (out of my 143 different events).
Volksgarten parkrun is a pretty 2 lap course through a city park. It was easy to get to via public transport (U-Bahn) and a short walk to the park. The toilets are not by the parkrun start. After parkrun the Eiscafe right by the U-Bahn station was open. It was good to see the Volksgarten team and parkrunners having breakfast together.
Volksgarten parkrun can be so proud of their community. The strength of their team, and the wider parkrun family, was very evident on this occasion.
Out of the 24 parkrunners who were scanned, 12 were first timers to this event, including tourists from Ireland, England, Wales, and from other parkruns in Germany. Congratulations to Thomas on gaining his Personal Best time. A massive thank you to all volunteers and parkrunners at Event 81.
With the strong sense of community and welcome received, I would happily recommend Volksgarten parkrun to any other tourists and locals.