Parcours trails (or parcourse) are running or walking courses with obstacles aimed at making you move quickly using only your body and surroundings. It can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement (on all fours). It is a fun, creative, playful, non-competitive way to workout in an outdoor setting.
Does your park have a parcours trail?
Have you seen signs and been curious? GO! Run, jump and play through your next workout!
This year in July, the weather has been unseasonably great with temperatures in the 70s with minimal humidity. Since I work at a desk, inside, without much view of a window, after work I prefer to go outside. Cincinnati has great parks in the city, county and townships. There are five parks throughout the county park system that have parcours trails. While I’m not much for running races, I do like to challenge myself by running through the woods and stopping to complete obstacles.
This paracours trail has numbered stations throughout the trail with the ones in the middle and the end a little more challenging the beginning. Those are meant as a warm-up (jumping jacks and stretching).
I didn’t take a photo of each station because it would have slowed me down even more to take out and replace my phone each time. You can do an Internet or hashtag search to see activities on other trails.
If your city or park has a parcours and you’ve been curious, I encourage you to go! Grab a friend if you need support. With the number of warrior mud obstacle runs, I imagine this would become more popular additions to parks.
If you live in Cincinnati, give parcours trails at Great Parks of Hamilton County a try. If there are courses at parks in the area, please let me know, I might check them out!