Parkour Day is Almost Here!

There is less than a month until our annual Parkour Day showcase, and I’ve been getting a few questions about the logistics of the event. This guide should give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the best day of the year.

First of all, Parkour Day is a team event. If you want to perform, your first step is to form a team of 3-5 people. If you don’t have anyone to form a team with, you may register as an individual instead. All the individual registrants will be randomly divided into teams, so be ready to make friends!

Whether you’re registering as a team or an individual, you fill out the registration form here. In this form, there is a space for a link to a video. This video should be 30 seconds to a minute long and include footage of each team member practicing parkour/freerunning. The purpose of the video is to make sure all participants know the basics of training and moving safely. You don’t have to do anything special to qualify for the showcase, and your video doesn’t have to be a cinematic masterpiece. As long as you show us that you can do parkour without hurting yourself, you are welcome to perform.

After you’ve registered, you may be thinking that you should plan some sort of routine for your performance. However, nobody knows what the Parkour Day course will look like until the day of the event. You’ll have a few hours of warm-up and practice time on the course before performances begin. You can use this time to plan a specific routine if you wish, although it’s completely fine to improvise as you go.

After practice time, it’s performance time. Each team will perform separately while everyone else gets blown away by their magnificence. Your performance is 100% yours and you’re free to do whatever you want. All state and federal laws still apply, but we’re not going to tell you your performance has to be exactly X minutes long or everyone on your team has to be in sync or anything like that. It’s not a competition, so there are no judges and no points. There is only a single requirement: have fun!

I hope this will help you all prepare for Parkour Day. If you still want to know more, you can check out this video of last year’s event by our former president, Jackie Hai. You can also send any questions to umassparkour@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Happy training, and don’t forget to register for Parkour Day by March 30th!

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