Wanaka parkrun

Sports / Community Event - parkrun Wanaka support volunteer

Organisation Summary:

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.

parkrun started 13 years ago in London with a group of friends and it has grown to over 1300 events across 19 countries and over 4 million registered participants – and Wanaka is the latest location to join the parkrun family!

parkrun Wanaka takes place every Saturday morning at 8am (9am in winter), starting and finishing at the picturesque Wanaka Station Park, followed by a post-event coffee at Edgewater.

See www.parkrun.co.nz for further information.


As parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to make it happen, we require 3-4 volunteers each week to assist on run day.

An event volunteer could help with all or some of the following tasks:

  • Setting up the course before 8am (putting out cones and signage, checking the track for hazards)
  • Marshalling on the course, ensuring runners take the right turns/direction
  • Operating the stopwatch to time runners as they finish
  • Barcode scanning at the finish line
  • Photographing participants around the course
  • Being a tail-walker to ensure all participants finish safely and collecting cones/markers following the last runner/walker

If you have skills you wish to share and some energy and enthusiasm we would love to hear from you.

Located in Wanaka.

Time Commitment:

parkrun happens every Saturday of the year however we are looking for a pool of volunteers to help out as often or as infrequently as they can – we will put the call out to our registered volunteers each week or arrange a roster to fill dates.

Skills required:

An interest or passion in community events and running/walking/fitness. 

An outgoing, friendly personality with the ability to show initiative. 

Any relevant experience related to the above tasks would be gratefully accepted, or a willingness and enthusiasm to share the parkrun spirit!

Skills gained:

Event volunteers will work alongside the Run Directors to deliver an efficient, safe and fun event each week. They will learn about the global culture of parkrun and how to coordinate the event – over time there may be an opportunity to take on a Run Director role and volunteers will learn skills applicable to other community based events.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Saturday Morning