How to get a parkrun barcode on a Garmin watch, an Apple Watch, or your smartphone
The main theme for this article is ‘How to get your parkrun barcode onto your Garmin watch or Apple Watch‘. It really is straightforward for any Apple Watch and many Garmin watches like Fenix 7, Forerunner 965 and Epix 2.
TL;DR: Apple – use dfyb.run to put a scannable QR code into your Apple Wallet
TL;DR: Garmin – get the parkrun barcode Widget from Gasteropod.
TL;DR: At the end of this article are some more advanced parkrun-related resources for your watches
Full details, images and steps on how to do each of those are shown below. Difficulty Level? Fairly easy.
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Apple: How to get your parkrun barcode onto your Apple Watch or Apple iPhone
OK, the solution to how you get your parkrun on your Apple Watch is super cool and super clever and it’s also the same steps to get it onto your iPhone. I was seriously impressed with this and in both cases, the end result is your Barcode in your Apple Wallet.
You will be familiar with your parkrun barcode but might not know that the parkrun scanning machines will also correctly scan a QR code. Remember that.
So what we are going to end up with will be a parkrun barcode and QR code in your Apple Wallet on your iPhone and because your wallet syncs to your Apple Watch the QR code will be there as well.
Once you have your race finish token/barcode you can use either your iPhone or Apple Watch to complete the scanning process with the volunteer. Here’s what you do in detail…it’s straightforward so have your iPhone ready and you need to know your parkrun athlete number too.
This is best done on the Safari web browser on your iPhone – go to this site https://dfyb.run and fill in your details, like this…
Step 2 – if you used Safari on your iPhone
Your athlete code is generated in seconds and all you have to do is tap the ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ button shown below.
If you decided to go to the dfyb.run site in some other way you will now have to scan the QR code shown below but the eventual destination remains your Apple Wallet.
Step 3 – *OR* For those of you who can’t use Safari on an iPhone
You will now need to use the camera on your iPhone to scan the QR code. This takes you again to the dfyb.run site where you are prompted to add your details and barcode/QR code directly to your Apple Wallet. Just click the Add button shown below.
Step 4 – You’re Done! – Check it works
Check the parkrun Pass is in your wallet by double-tapping the iPhone on/off button. Scroll between your cards and passes with your finger. Cool
Note: Sometimes that method of bringing up the Wallet does not work. Instead, search for the Wallet ‘app’ on your iPhone.
Step 5 – Show the parkrun QR code on the Watch
For those of you who have an Apple Watch, your parkrun pass will be automatically copied to it from the iPhone Wallet. There is normally nothing else to do. If you’ve never used the wallet on your watch you might have to go through the process of adding a credit/debit card and setting up a pin number. You only have to enter the pin number once after putting on the watch so it is no huge inconvenience and it’s for security in any case.
To show your pass to the parkrun Volunteer, simply double-press the large side button on the Apple Watch. Scroll to your blue parkrun pass with the Watch’s digital crown, as shown below, and then tap to show the QR code to the Volunteer. Simple!
How to get your parkrun barcode onto your Garmin Watch
Your watch must support Garmin CIQ Widgets.
All recently purchased Garmin watches should work for this and most that are up to about 5 years old should also work.
Not to be outdone by your fellow parkrunners who just happen to have an Apple Watch you can match what they do and go a step or two further. We are going to use Garmin’s Connect IQ ‘app store’ to download the parkrun barcode app by Gasteropod.
Go ahead and click that link if you are on a desktop computer and use Garmin Express, otherwise, you will need to use the alternative route offered by Garmin’s Connect IQ Store App on your smartphone. Go ahead and search/download the Garmin Connect CIQ App if you haven’t already done so. Search, find and install the ‘parkrun barcode’ app (widget), making sure you install the one by Gasteropod that already has 50,000+ downloads. you should see screens on your phone that look similar to these…
Enter your parkrun personal details and you are done!
Use the bottom two left-side buttons on your watch to scroll through all your widgets until you find the one for the parkrun barcode (the method to scroll through widgets depends on the watch you have, Forerunners work in the way described). Press the ‘start’ button to display a fullscreen barcode and you are fully sorted. Well, if the scanner will scan your shiny glass you’re sorted. Maybe bring a paper copy the first few times…just in case!
Advanced parkrun tricks on your Garmin Watch
If you’ve got this far you are in the parkrun A-Team. Welcome on board.
A simple barcode is not good enough for you and nor is a 5k run in the park. You want racing bragging rights. When you’re having that post-run coffee and cake, no one who beat you today really believes you have an age-graded score of over 80%. Mostly they don’t believe you because a) they’re young and beat you by over 3 minutes and b) they just don’t think they’ll ever have to rely on age-graded results to get any kind of self-imagined glory. Maybe, just maybe their age-graded score is quite a bit lower than yours.
You know who I’m talking about? Yep, me too.
Well, YOU need the “parkrun Results” widget, also by Gasteropod. By now you know how to find, download and configure it. You’ll also find the added bonus that the widget doubles as a means to also display your barcode.
Here I’ve used the athlete ID of Mike Trees – see parkrun Masterclass – check out this article on how to run 5K faster and some of Mike’s parkrun tips & achievements), he is an Age Group Triathlon World Champion too – yes, annoying!
Uber-advanced parkrun apps on your Garmin Watch
I can sense that’s still not quite good enough for you. Fear not, Gasteropod has yet another widget. This is a neat ‘parkrun finder’ which lists nearby parkruns in descending distance order from your current or recent location.
If you have one of the newer, snazzier Garmins like this Garmin Epix 2 you can click on the course to see a fully detailed route map of each course listed. With older watches, you will either get no course or a simple breadcrumb/line course.
Q: What is the Hardest parkrun and the Easiest parkrun?
You have mastered parkrun tech. Now, you just need to master parkrun courses and training. This post looks at the difficulty of UK parkruns and ranks most of them by ascent difficulty.
Some will say that the sandy Great Yarmouth North Beach is the hardest parkrun whereas these stats suggest Lanhydrock is harder because of the ascent. Either way, both are much harder than normal!
parkrun Course Insights & Videos
Here is a quick overview of many UK parkruns with where to park and a speeded-up video of the course. Enjoy
Links all here: the5krunner.com
A parkrun PB – How to run a parkrun PB
It soon becomes difficult to get a parkrun PB.
There are over 100 tips in this link; some are silly, some are fun and some are based on deep sports science. Many of them will make you faster.
How to run a Sub-20 minute parkrun
The strategy to run a sub-20-minute parkrun is easy. Just do 4x 3:59 kilometres and speed up just a tad for the last km. After that statement of the obvious, it’s even more obvious that the secret lies in the training and how to apply it on race day.
If you would like a personalised 6-week or 12-week 5k plan that is specifically geared towards your parkrun Saturday then try this.
Free plan: here
Detailed, personalised plan: here
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