This week’s parkrun USA roundup is all about having fun together in snow and ice. Some say that our seasonal variation is a poor fit to a year-round event like parkrun. We say that parkrun helps us to enjoy the seasons even more.
They had 10 inches of fresh snow at Livonia parkrun in Michigan. That’s just an invitation to be more creative about parkrun footwear choices.
They also had plenty of fresh snow at Mansfield OH parkrun, where Frieda enjoyed her first parkrun with Patrice, who was running her 26th.
We’ll start with the bad news: College Park parkrun had to cancel due to ice. But then there’s the great news: within an hour of the cancellation announcement, College Park parkrunners had found their way to four other area parkruns. Some tried out the new Anacostia parkrun, some went to Fletcher’s Cove parkrun or Roosevelt Island parkrun, and others tried out Leakin Park parkrun. Some, like Steve and Cindy Feld, strapped on their ice cleats and enjoyed the quiet trail at College Park anyway.
At Roosevelt Island parkrun the rough trail was perfect for running in the light covering of snow.
No boardwalk this week, though. They didn’t want anybody falling into the icy Potomac. So they instead had the rare treat of running past the memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, a president who shared our love for the environment.
The C&O Canal Trail was also a perfect place to run on light snow for Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.
Zoe and her dad Paul were first-timers this week at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, and Zoe’s smile says it all.
Just a few miles away in South East Washington DC, the morning sun melted the ice at Anacostia parkrun, where Teens Run DC were again running the show.
Teens Run DC promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of underserved youth through a mentoring and distance running program. parkrun USA is proud that they are a key community partner at Anacostia parkrun.
More parkrun USA tourism. At Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore the locals welcomed Tsegaab Hailemichael and other College Park refugee parkrunners.
Leakin Park parkrun this week celebrated its 6 month anniversary. One of their goals is to get people to visit this under appreciated urban wilderness. They’re doing better than that, because the strong parkrun community is getting people to return again and again.
At Eagan parkrun in Minnesota they are so thankful to the City of Eagan for clearing the trails used for parkrun.
We couldn’t resist a few more pictures from Livonia parkrun.
Thomas Preiss was first finisher for the 48th time this week, but in by far his slowest time. On firmer ground he might take 17 minutes or so for the 5k, but in this week’s snow it took almost half as long again.
There’s a reason why Lynn Boven has done more US parkruns than any human, and why Cooper has done more US parkruns than any other dog. Nothing keeps them from their Saturday morning fun.
At Livonia parkrun they also welcomed the cross country team from Chadler Park High School. Tiana and Naja showed that snow is no barrier to a good sprint finish.
And parkrun USA ambassador Rory Murphy couldn’t have been happier with the white carpet that they rolled out for his first visit to Livonia parkrun.
Never one to over dress, Rory started with a long sleeve apricot shirt, but soon found that it was too warm for such extravagance.
At Mansfield OH parkrun they were so appreciative of the warm base that parks department lets them use in colder weather. And we’re sure there must be a story behind that box of bells.
Meanwhile, at Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco, the white stuff was spray from the Golden Gate, on a very blustery day.
At Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, VA Eden Gray got in a spot of parkrun tourism, and set a new parkrun PB for good measure.
It was a perfect, crisp morning at Durham, NC parkrun, where they extended a warm welcome to a group from Black Girls RUN!.
At Moberly parkrun in Missouri word is starting to get around about this new thing in town called parkrun, and people are coming back, bringing friends and family.
A few things have changed since April Lopez did her last parkrun a few months ago. She moved to the US, and welcomed a new member to the family. This week she did her 102nd parkrun in the snow at Roosevelt Island parkrun while husband Eduardo and 3-month old Tomas took care of finish token duties.
Eduardo is part of the team that launched Roosevelt Island parkrun, so he was thrilled to bring the whole family to the island for the first time.
Kalah was the youngest parkrunner at Renton parkrun this week, but she may have had the biggest smile. She completed the 5k with her sister and parents.
Dad Ben is part of the core team at Pioneer parkrun in Perth, Western Australia.
“I’ve just destroyed 3 plastic cones and now I get to lick every parkrunner for the next hour. Life is good!”
Quinn the Bulldog, a happy volunteer at Renton parkrun.
It was a very cold morning in Boston, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits for the latest trial run at Jamaica Pond, where word is starting to spread about the friendly weekly Saturday 5k, and they are looking forward to when it turns into an official parkrun.
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Stay warm, and see you soon. There’s no parkrun USA newsletter next week. So, if you want to see the weekly photo roundup, you’ll need to come find us on Facebook.
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