On Saturday Fletcher’s Cove parkrun in the District of Columbia marked its 2nd anniversary and 100th run. DC Mayor Bowser ran in the inaugural parkrun and recently held her New Years Fresh Start 5K on the route of Anacostia parkrun. Her team presented parkrun with a proclamation thanking parkrun USA for its three DC events: “I’m thrilled by the opportunities parkrun provides to Washingtonians to be active and work towards their fitness goals…”
The District is the epicenter of the growing “DMV” parkrun hub that totals six events from Richmond to Baltimore, with the seventh opening in Kensington in March.
We are excited by events teams across the country planting seeds for new parkruns close to them. We believe that 2018 will be the year that multiple parkrun hubs begin growing throughout the US.
The mayor’s letter had pride of place — shared with a special cake — at a post-parkrun celebration that welcomed team members from all 5 DC-area parkruns.
The US government shutdown closed nearby Roosevelt Island parkrun, so some of their regulars were able to join the 100 parkrunners and volunteers at Fletcher’s Cove.
Every parkrun weekend is special, of course, but we especially love welcoming new events to the parkrun USA family. That’s just one of the stories in our highlights from this weekend across parkrun USA. There’s something magical about the moment that a parkrun stops being an idea and turns into a living, breathing community….
On pre-Valentine’s weekend, Pensacola, FL was clearly smitten with its new parkrun. The University of West Florida welcomed 226 finishers to the newly cleared trail through its Baars-Firestone Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the largest North American parkrun launch to date, by far. We checked in with the team at Rec Plex North parkrun to…