Creekside parkrun in Archdale to mark first anniversary Saturday. 'Everybody is so encouraging.'

If you haven't participated in a Creekside parkrun 5K, Saturday will be a special day to visit. And thanks to event organizers and volunteers, parkruns are free.

Creekside parkrun in Archdale to mark first anniversary Saturday. 'Everybody is so encouraging.'
The Creekside parkrun 5K is held on Saturday mornings in Archdale (photo courtesy of Perfecta Visuals).

Creekside parkrun in Archdale will celebrate its first year this weekend. Here's what you need to know:


Creekside parkrun 5K, a weekly free and timed race hosted in an Archdale Parks and Recreation Department venue that is open to runners and walkers


Creekside Park, 214 Park Dr., Archdale


Creekside parkrun 5K participants before they begin their run (photo courtesy of Perfecta Visuals).

9 a.m. Saturdays (first-time participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. for a course briefing; an event briefing for everyone is at 8:55 a.m.)



Getting your barcode

Participants are required to complete a one-time registration at to obtain their free personal barcode. The barcode is scanned at the completion of each event to calculate results. The barcode also includes the participant’s emergency contact information. No signup is needed for each week's event.

About parkrun

These weekly events are hosted at 55 locations across the United States and at hundreds of parks in 23 other nations.

"Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last," its web site states. "Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate."

Creekside parkrun superlatives

First event: Sept. 17, 2021

Number of events: 45

Average number of participants: 22

Attendance high: 54

Q&A with Creekside parkrun co-event director Joyce Wolford

Q: What you have observed and learned in the first year of Creekside parkrun?

JW: "When I envisioned having a parkrun here in the area, I really wanted it to be an event where entire families could feel like they could come out and do something together. And it really is like that. We have several entire families who come, even grandparents, their children and their children. From very young to much older.

"The camaraderie that is created in a parkrun event: Everybody is so encouraging. When I've done parkruns in other places, it's so nice to be trudging along – even when I've run, I am certainly not fast – to have people along the way saying, 'Good job. You've got this.' That's the kind of atmosphere that I had hoped for. But it's certainly something that just has to happen organically. … The first time that I actually got to run Creekside parkrun myself and I saw that happening organically along the path, everyone's encouraging to one another, it just did my heart good. It was exactly what I had hoped for, for this event, for the people in the Triad.”

Runners and walkers are welcome for the Creekside parkrun 5K, and so are barkrunners (photo courtesy of Perfecta Visuals).

Q: What would you like to see happen over Creekside parkrun’s next year?

JW: "I just want to grow the community. We're averaging 22 people each week, and I think that's a very good number. The Triad has a lot of avid runners and walkers who sign up for races and seek out races. I just think right now, Creekside run is a well-kept secret and there's just so many people who don't know about it. I hope that we can help get the word out even more and grow our community.”

Q. What challenges do you need to conquer?

JW: "All parkruns are weekly. We only cancel if the weather makes conditions unsafe. We even operate in the rain. Occasionally we've had to cancel because of other events at the park. But parkrun is a weekly event all over the world. I think probably the biggest challenge is having a large enough volunteer pool that you're not burning out your volunteers. We have lots of folks who are regular volunteers; they're volunteering almost every week. And some of those folks don't ever care about doing the 5K. And that's great, they are very regular volunteers. And then we have some other folks who are really, really interested in doing the 5K every week but they take a turn as a volunteer. So once a month, once every couple of months, they're volunteering at the finish line. That's how it really needs to work, but we've got to build up more and more people who are interested and willing to do that.”

Q: What if participants just want to walk?

JW: "Parkrun internationally is working on a push to encourage walking for October ... so that everybody feels welcome to come out. … Since the beginning, we've tried to encourage that in almost every social media post we make. We'll say something like 'walk, jog, run,' to help people understand that they are more than welcome to walk."

Additional North Carolina parkrun sites

Little Sugar Creek Greenway parkrun, Charlotte, 9 a.m. Saturdays

Durham parkrun, Southern Boundaries Park, Durham, 8 a.m. Saturdays

Learn more

Creekside parkrun on Facebook

@creeksideparkrun on Instagram

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Running Shorts resources

Click on the links below to get more information from Running Shorts.

Race Days: Road and trail races in the Triad
A listing of road and trail races, plus a few triathlons, across the Triad.
Running groups in the Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and more
A directory of running groups across the Triad that are free to join and would welcome you.
Tracks in the Triad: Here’s where you can run and walk
A guide to tracks in Guilford and Forsyth counties that are considered open for runners and walkers.

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