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Our parkrun week in pictures, March 31st 2018

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What a big weekend for parkrun USA! We welcomed a new parkrun to the family, set new national records for the number of parkrunners and volunteers, and spotted a lot of bunnies in some glorious spring weather.

 

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Boston  City Councilor Matt O’Malley cut the ribbon to launch the inaugural Jamaica Pond parkrun. It was great to have you, Councilor: without the great support of our local government partners, parkrun simply would not be possible.

 

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The century-old Jamaica Pond Boathouse makes a great backdrop for photos at our newest parkrun, on a beautiful spring day.

 

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Harriet was one of 44 people who completed their first-ever parkrun at Jamaica Pond this week. She also happens to be British Consul General to New England, showing that parkrun in Boston is a much better way to build US-UK relations than holding a tea party….

 

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To celebrate their inaugural, a local bakery made Jamaica Pond parkrun a “wacky cake” (so-called because it does not contain eggs, butter, or milk). Somehow, they managed to cut it into 95 pieces, but now the cake standards are very high for all future parkruns.

 

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Yes, you did! Check out this fantastic card that the Jamaica Pond parkrun community made to celebrate their inaugural parkrun and congratulations to the entire team in Boston.

 

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It’s exciting for everyone when we welcome a new parkrun to the family. Here’s College Park parkrun saying hello ….

 

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… Mansfield OH parkrun, who are really good at recycling …

 

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… Renton parkrun, who are showing their Boston sports pride (but where’s the Boston Marathon kit?) …

 

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… and, finally, Moberly parkrun, who reminds us that #pahkrun is the official new hashtag of Jamaica Pond parkrun.

 

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In addition to a new parkrun, we also welcomed 281 people to the parkrun USA family. Here are just a few of them, attending the first timer’s briefing and getting a warm welcome at Livonia parkrun.

 

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Saturday was an exciting day at Anacostia parkrun, where Chris became the first “local” to reach an official parkrun milestone, by completing his tenth parkrun. Chris runs with Teens Run DC, a mentoring and distance running program that has embraced Anacostia parkrun as one of their regular training sessions.

 

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College Park parkrun has a new bit of kit to make everyone else jealous – a PB bell. Congratulations to everyone who rang it this week, including first-timers Janis and Jennifer! Who thinks their local parkrun needs a PB bell, too?

 

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Iman became the second person to have completed 25 parkruns at Leakin Park parkrun this week. He’s also a regular volunteer, who has served as run director. The race is on – will he be the first Baltimore resident to collect a 50 shirt?

 

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Another first for Kensington parkrun: their first student volunteer. Volunteering at parkrun is great for so many reasons – you give back to your community, meet tons of great people, have a lot of fun, and you can even earn credit for school or scouts.

 

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This was Kabara’s second-ever parkrun and she’s already hooked. This week, she brought along first-time barkrunner Higgins to take on tail wagging, er, walking duties at Kensington parkrun.

 

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Roosevelt Island set two new all-time records yesterday. Not only were there more parkrunners than ever before, but more volunteers, too! Here are just a few of yesterday’s high viz-heroes: Joyce, Nick, Lynda, Svetlana, Mary Robert, Paul, Marianne, and Rosemary.

 

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Lisa & Trinity look like they’re having a great time walking at Mansfield OH parkrun. As a bonus, their future parkrunner managed to take a snooze during the 5K.

 

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And Catherine pushed herself to a new PB on the Mansfield OH parkrun course.

 

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This little bunny got into the Easter spirit at Renton parkrun, all while making sure that her grown-up didn’t stray beyond an arm’s reach. After the parkrun, the junior parkrunners all got to take part in an Easter egg hunt.

 

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We couldn’t put it any better, Durham, NC parkrun. We love watching this family grow, too.

 

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Deep Run parkrun is a great place to make new friends and find a synchronized stretching buddy.

 

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These runners at Crissy Field parkrun all know that it’s important to listen to the run director’s briefing. We just want to know what everyone’s looking at….

 

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Even on a foggy, grey day, our high-vis heroes light up every parkrun!

 

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It’s a well-kept secret, but parkrun volunteers really do have more fun. Joy was tail walker at Clermont parkrun, one of a record number of volunteers across parkrun USA.

 

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See you next week! Maybe by then, the fog will have lifted for the parkrunners at Crissy Field.

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