It was all about celebrating our great nation at last week’s parkrun, as many events celebrated with a red and white theme. And what would have been a more fitting day to set a new Canadian participation record? 493 runners and 100 volunteers attended our 16 events on Saturday – awesome stuff!
Here are some other highlights:
Meadowvale handed out Canada flag stickers to their participants. As well as bringing a bit of Canada cheer, it had the unexpected benefit of helping their timekeeper to distinguish between parkrunners and other morning park users (or as we like to call them, parkrunners we haven’t yet met). Perhaps it will become a weekly feature!
Congratulations to Canada’s youngest parkrun for having Canada’s youngest ever first finisher! Lachlan, who is only 10, finished first at River Oaks’ 2nd event. He finished in 22:28 and achieved a 70% age grade - it was only his 4th ever parkrun, and a personal best time. Well done Lachlan! He and his Dad Tilo were visiting a friend in Oakville, who came along and jumped into a volunteer position on the day. It was great to also see 6 first time parkunners on the results page!
Nose Hill hosted Daphne Austerberry (in the VW75-59 age category), who ran her 250th parkrun. Daphne lives in the UK, but her sister Wendy Cheng is a core volunteer and runner in Calgary. Events tend to do one or two ‘test runs’ before they ‘officially’ open up as a parkrun, and both Wendy and Daphne took part in Nose Hill’s test run a week before they opened to the public – but as the results of test runs don’tcount, this was Daphne’s first recorded run at Nose Hill.
Ominous skies at Richmond Olympic didn’t dampen the celebration spirit, as these cheerful snaps show:
A couple of events have been in touch to tell us about some new parkrunners in training! One of Kanata parkrun’s core volunteers, Tristan and his wife Ally welcomed a Canada day baby.
Big congratulations also go to Travis McMaster (Whistler Event Director) and his wife Kara on their new arrival, Euan Joseph. He was quick to assures us that baby Euan is not named after Euan Bowman, our parkrun Canada manager…
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