There is a (not)parkrun happening. You can do 5km anywhere anytime and just log onto your parkrun page and enter your time - no need for identifying area or day etc. I'm loving not having to get up at 6:30 on Saturday mornings. I'm actually doing parkrun courses. What's nice is they are posting (not) parkrun (not) results - so we get to "connect" with our parkrun buddies We're all doing different places, and not even parkrun courses. Loving it and wish they'd done it much earlier - like in April???
With the street O events, they are offering a choice of 4 start times over 2 days. Each start time caters for a maximum of 20 pre-booked participants. Today's lunchtime event was oversubscribed (lots of people woking from home, retirees etc. who prefer to run during the day rather than at night) and they might now need a second start group at that time.
Sounds great - we've been enjoying a series of 3 maprunF events. We'd always planned a winter trial run but it was energised due to COVID and has been great and a mini promotion.
As the sport demographic ages, mid-week day time events start to make more sense. Canberra has been doing this for quite a while.
Fewer tripping hazards, less mugging potential. May actually lead to increased participation.
Another aspect is that to offer the sport at different times of the week enables inroads into other groups eg stay at home parent + small children. It can be a promo time - enables someone in the family to get involved and bring the rest at the main time for the sport - and it is seen as mainstream if at weekends. However your previous concerns regarding volunteer burnout remain. A huge step forward has been the maprunF offering.