parkrun is all about creating healthy communities, and the post-parkrun coffee meetup is a valuable part of that. It’s a chance to meet new people, or to catch up with old friends, all while enjoying an unhurried start to the weekend.
The places where parkrunners meet up across the US every Saturday morning are as varied as the communities that they serve. They are large and small, hip and quirky, down-to-earth and practical. But most of all they provide a welcoming place to hang out, some protection from the elements, and ideally some wifi for getting the week’s parkrun results sent out to parkrunners before the coffee mug is empty.
We traveled the country in search of the perfect post-parkrun coffee, and here’s what we found.
At Livonia parkrun, the oldest parkrun USA event, more and more parkrunners are joining the post-parkrun coffee at Biggby’s.
At Eagan parkrun, the coffee shop provides welcome relief from the Minnesota winter weather. And there’s a grocery store conveniently attached, so you can kill two birds with one stone.
At Heritage Harbor parkrun in Illinois the Red Dog Grill directly overlooks the start/finish area and the marina. And in the warmer months the outdoor deck is perfect.
Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco is conveniently located next to Dynamo Donuts, which always has a long line of customers around 9:45 on a Saturday morning. It’s a perfect place to relax outside by the bay. If you get there early enough, you might be able to snag one of the delicious quiches that they make in very limited quantities.
Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Florida meets up for brunch at Cheeser’s Palace, which has charmed hundreds of visiting parkrun tourists on their visits to Clermont. The owners so appreciate the parkrunners that they baked them a couple of special cakes to mark their 200th event.
At Roosevelt Island parkrun, the recent opening of Central Coffee has been a boost to the community. The owners reserve a wing of the store for parkrunners on a Saturday, and it’s a great place to celebrate special occasions, such as when both Event Directors reached their 50 parkrun milestone on the same day.
Roosevelt Island may be the only parkrun USA event where you have to cross state lines to get from the parkrun to the coffee shop. Don’t worry: it’s a pleasant 10 minute walk on the Mount Vernon Trail.
At Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, Bullwinkle’s Saloon lays on a warm welcome for the parkrunners every Saturday. The breakfast menu is whatever the proprietor has on hand. And you won’t find better tater tots anywhere in parkrun USA.
Like many other teams, the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun crew likes to process the week’s results over coffee. They meet up at Kristina’s Pastries.
The post-parkrun meetup at the Whistle Stop Ale House in Renton, WA is a great place for adults and kids to catch up. They are so welcoming to parkrunners that they specially added a vegan option to their menu, to the delight of the regular vegan crew that attends Renton parkrun.
At Mansfield, OH parkrun the local parks authority has been kind enough to open the community center adjacent to the start/finish area for parkrunners on a Saturday. It’s great for indoor briefings in the winter months and for a low-key coffee meetup.
Up in Boston the Jamaica Pond team has been testing more than just their parkrun course. They have also been putting City Feed and Supply through rigorous testing. It has passed with flying colors, and will soon debut as New England’s first post-parkrun meetup venue.
And finally, at College Park parkrun in Maryland, Saturday morning is not complete without a visit to The Board and Brew, where they have coffee, brunch, and a huge library of board games for recovering parkrunners.
The Board and Brew likes parkrun so much that they provide the monthly parkrunner of the month award. And on busier days, such as when Paul Sinton-Hewitt visited in May 2017, they have hosted up to 60 parkrunners at a time. The walls of this coffee shop are filled with artwork, including a collage of pictures from College Park parkrun.
So what is the perfect post-parkrun coffee? Surely you didn’t think we would be drawn on that one! The best post-parkrun coffee is the one in the parkrun community where you feel at home. If you haven’t joined your local post-parkrun meetup yet, give it a try some time.
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