Pro:Direct named as parkrun official UK retail partner
PRO:DIRECT NAMED AS PARKRUN OFFICIAL RETAIL PARTNER
Pro:Direct Running extends partnership with parkrun after 100,000 free running T-shirt success.
After successfully providing 100,000 free Milestone T-shirts over the past year to parkrunners who have earned their milestone achievement, we’ve struck a new deal with parkrun and will now serve as the official UK retail partner.
We became the official global supplier of the free parkrun Milestone T-shirts in May 2018 and are proud to say that we’ve since delivered more free T-shirts than parkrun’s previous partnerships. With nearly 40 years of experience and warehouses in various locations around the world, we were the natural choice, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to do more for parkrun and to build on the success of the milestone T-shirts.
“Pro:Direct have done a phenomenal job and in less than 12 months have helped us to deliver a staggering 100,000 milestone T-shirts around the world. Each milestone T-shirt represents a significant individual achievement of persistence and commitment – we know how much these hard-earned T-shirts are cherished by the parkrun community. We are incredibly proud to work with a company that shares our values and prides itself on delivering the best product and great customer service.” Russ Jefferys, Head of Communications at parkrun.
A parkrun Milestone T-shirt is a free incentive for parkrunners who regularly take part in parkrun events worldwide and is designed to recognise and celebrate their running achievements. The Milestone T-shirts are awarded after completing a set number of official parkruns, starting with 10 for juniors and 50 for adults, then for reaching the following milestones: 100, 250 and 500, with the 25 T-shirt awarded to those who volunteer on 25 separate occasions. To give some perspective, 500 is almost 10 years of running parkruns every weekend and we’ve already delivered T-shirts to a handful of dedicated parkrunners who have achieved the feat!
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“As a sports retailer specialising in premium product, it was important that we stood out and committed to providing great quality, fitted performance tees for the free parkrun Milestone T-shirts. In all honesty it’s a privilege to be partnered with parkrun, so it was also essential that we provided a first class product and service that fell in line with parkrun’s product,” says Paul Hooper, Category Leader, Pro:Direct running.
As parkrun’s UK retail partner, and with shared values including the promotion of healthy lifestyles, accessibility, inclusivity, and grassroots development, we’ll be able to offer more support. As the official online store, Pro:Direct Running will make available exclusive parkrun clothing and accessories alongside the largest choice of running footwear.
Delivered by local volunteers, parkrun offers free weekly timed 5K events at over 1,600 locations worldwide, and with over 5.5 million people registered, parkrun is one of the biggest physical activity movements on the planet. Each weekend more than 275,000 parkrunners walk, jog, run or volunteer in 20 countries around the world.
We are now stocking the much sought-after parkrun apricot do sheer speed tee, available to buy from prodirectrunning.com. This shirt has been in high demand since parkrun first released their now-iconic apricot range but has been unavailable to purchase for over a year.
We worked closely with the 'do' brand to give the apricot tee a complete redesign from the original models. It now comes with the promise of a better fit, more breathability and higher quality fabric.
Don’t take our word for it, though.
Below is a sample of comments left by parkrunners on Trustpilot upon receiving their free parkrun Milestone T-shirts:
"The material is a lighter, less sweaty fabric."
"Best quality and shape parkrun t-shirt."
"Considering these shirts are free and thousands are have to be produced, it's a good quality shirt."
"Great product that looks, fits and feels better than my old 50 parkrun shirt."
"Easy to order with, very quick delivery and excellent minimal packaging. Great service thank you."
"Excellent quality milestone T. So much better than the previous milestone T-shirts. Lightweight and comfortable fit."
"Great new style parkrun t-shirt. Sizing is spot on for a relaxed fit running t-shirt. Material is good, quick wicking, aubergine colour matches the old one perfectly."
Profits from the tees will be used to fund the future of parkrun, and anyone interested in purchasing one can register their interest on the dedicated sign-up page on the Pro:Direct Running website.