We love Thanksgiving because it is all about family and friends. In this week’s parkrun USA roundup we celebrate the different ways that families are supporting each other and their communities. Thanksgiving is also about travel, and so we find parkrunners showing up in unexpected places, and meeting more of their parkrun USA family.
At Livonia parkrun 11 members of the Dolowy/O’Donohue family celebrated Thanksgiving by doing a 5k together. Fortunately it was free.
This may be a record for parkrun USA. (If it is not, we’d love to hear from you.)
Turkey day! Eagan parkrun was one of the two US events to offer a special Thanksgiving morning parkrun.
Thanksgiving is the biggest running day of the year, so we may offer more Thanksgiving parkruns in future years.
To add a little variety to the two-parkrun week, on Thanksgiving morning they ran the route at Eagan parkrun in reverse.
At Clermont parkrun Hector Clemente did his 98th and 99th parkruns. But even more satisfying was to see his daughters Carmen and Cristina do their 1st and 9th parkruns.
And at Renton parkrun co-event director Cathryn Burby did her first stint as Run Director, with support from husband Jon.
Cathryn and Jon recently moved across country to Seattle from the Washington DC area, and they have met so many new friends through parkrun.
Four-legged parkrun tourists!
Foxy visited College Park parkrun together with Eden Grey. They are regulars at Roosevelt Island parkrun. Foxy’s big PB was thanks to Moose, who visited with Rob Rhoton from Deep Run parkrun. Foxy even tweets about her parkrun fun at @foxyparkruns.
At the new Moberly parkrun in Missouri, they welcomed their first official parkrun tourists. Moberly is off the beaten track, so this is noteworthy.
And how fitting that the tourists were Dale and Carol Rose. Dale is a key member of the team that welcomes hundreds of parkrun tourists to Crissy Field parkrun.
Dale has volunteered 230 times at parkrun, and has run only 8 times. But he is now the first person to complete all 3 parkruns in the Central time zone.
The record turnout at Leakin Park parkrun was thanks in part to the Gottesmans, who all joined the run while visiting from Boston.
Leakin Park parkrun is currently the closest parkrun to Boston, 400 miles away. But soon the Gottesmans won’t have to drive so far. Next week (Dec 2) sees the first informal trial run by the team that’s working to bring parkrun to Jamaica Pond, a beautiful setting in the south of Boston. To find out more and get involved, check out Let’s get parkrun to Jamaica Pond.
College Park parkrun’s founder and co-Event Director Andrea Zukowski has been named as the University of Maryland’s Community Champion for 2017, rounding out a whirlwind year for Andrea. After starting running at age 49, Andrea was inspired by parkruns that she took part in when visiting in-laws in the UK. She organized 33 trial…
Winter arrived this weekend across many parkrun USA events, in the form of snow, fog, or slightly cooler rain. But this didn’t keep parkrunners from coming together with old and new friends. And it certainly isn’t stopping teams from working to bring parkrun to new parts of the country. The Rockies and New England should…