News - 14th March 2018

A barkrunner profile: meet Foxy!

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Every week at parkruns around the world a special kind of runner (also known as the barkrunner) joins the pack. This week we catch up with one of those special runners: Foxy from Roosevelt Island parkrun.

 

Foxy is an enthusiastic runner, but also is a regular volunteer, and recently took on the run director role for the first time, helped by her human, Eden Gray. Foxy even tweets regularly @foxyparkruns, sharing stories about her own parkrunning and other parkrunning pups.

 

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Foxy! I turned 8 years old on February 14th – now you know why I am a total sweetheart! I was born in South Carolina, but pretty soon after, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue found me and made me an online profile: Single Puppy, Looking for Love! My mommy saw my picture and knew I was a catch, so she said, “Better put a ring on it! Adopt, Adopt, Adopt!” And that is how I ended up in northern Virginia.

 

You’re a great runner. When did you start running seriously?

Well, I have always loved being active, taking nice long walks, going on nature hikes, doing yoga, and swimming in the local creeks. I would often sprint after squirrels or birds during these adventures. But, it was not until 2015, when I was 5 years old, that I started running longer distances.

 

Where is your favorite place to go running?

Hmmm, I would have to say Roosevelt Island parkrun. I absolutely adore trail running, especially when I can get a little mud on my paws, but Roosevelt Island takes it up a notch with that fabulous boardwalk! Whenever I get to the boardwalk, I get an extra spring in my step and quicken my pace!

 

Speaking of Roosevelt Island Parkrun, you have volunteered on several occasions. What’s your favorite role?

I loooooove being the tail walker! I get a little antsy if I have to sit still for a while, so I would rather walk around cheering on all my parkrunner peeps out there! You guys and gals are so freaking awesome!

 

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Favorite toy?

My Christmas moose. He honks!

 

What song do you jam out to?

I’m a Lady by Meghan Trainor. It just makes me want to dance!

 

What is your go-to recovery fuel?

Greek yogurt, especially if it is topped with bits of banana!

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes, I tweet – @foxyparkruns. I post pictures of me and other barkrunners. It will make you smile!

 

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“What’s a puppy run director do ? Well, you dress to impress and then get to the course early. You supervise event set-up and survey the course for hazards. You greet all the parkrunners at the start and finish and tell them how fabulous they are. Then you nap.”

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