There was much to celebrate this weekend at parkruns across the US. Many people were running for the first time, one parkrun had its 100th event, the kids were out in force, and another event celebrated its first birthday. Read on to see the locals and read their stories!
Anacostia parkrun welcomed Saturday with 22 participants and a number of notable finishes: Shirley Sameshima finished in 11th position on her 11th run worldwide and Ted Poulos was the 200th finisher at Anacostia.
One notable stat from Renton parkrun this week was the number of kids on the course. They had 11 registered kids under 18 years old (and probably a few more without barcodes) who walked, ran, jogged, hopped, and cruised along the Cedar River Trail. Here is first-timer Ezra giving his mom a high five as she crossed the finish line!
For many participants, parkrun is the perfect time for family bonding. Hayagreev is one of Leakin Park’s youngest participants, but has already completed the course 5 times. He is now an expert in all things parkrun and helps to train newcomers.
Southwest of Chicago, Heritage Harbor parkrun was beginning to thaw and had 7 participants and two brave volunteers. Tim Smith completed his first Heritage Harbor parkrun this week and coincidentally also finished first.
At Mansfield, OH parkrun it was 40 degrees warmer at this week’s start than the last time out - and this week was barely at the freezing mark. The sun was shining and, though the snowy trail stopped many PBs, a good time was had by all as they celebrated a year of parkrunning in Mansfield!
The Hyattsville Hyperactive crew at College Park parkrun keeps on growing. This week first-timers Michelle and Eve joined “old timers” Cathy (12th parkrun) and Rumi, who did her 25th run at College Park.
Ann McKinnon is originally from Scotland and used to run at Reading parkrun in England. Now Ann lives in Massachusetts where the soon to launch event at Jamaica Pond in Boston will be her closest parkrun event. Ann is also one of the core team members for a future Hingham parkrun. Know anyone from near Hingham, MA? Have them get in touch with us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Bhuvi is amongst the recent regulars at Livonia parkrun where she always has a smile and a creative pose for the photographer. She has completed 11 parkruns since September.
Our first timers regularly comment on how friendly, inviting, and supportive our parkrun events are and we agree! We especially love it when participants finish hand in hand, helping each other finish together.
“We have run 100 runs, and we will run 100 more …”
Fletcher’s Cove parkrun had a very special weekend with 95 finishers and 10 volunteers to mark their 100th event. Leading the group sing-a-long, volunteer Dan Owen held up a sign with alternative lyrics for the song “I’m Gonna Be” by The Proclaimers.
Despite the snow and ice on the ground, the volunteer team at Eagan parkrun in Minnesota had a happy turnout of 39 runners at their 39th event with nearly half being first timers.
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…