We were ecstatic to welcome 1,102 finishers across USA parkrun events this week for our largest weekly turnout ever and nearly double for the same weekend last year! The proof is in the pudding: parkrun USA is growing! Continue reading to hear from parkruns around the country and see the many faces that made this week special.
Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston parkrun might be one of the new kids on the parkrun block but they are already attracting an enthusiastic community! With 44 runners this week across ages 4-70+, it was all smiles on the course with 12 new age group records too!
One of parkrun USA’s best kept secrets is Moberly parkrun, a small town in Missouri. With a beautiful course set in the trees, a small but growing community, and a chance at the elusive first finisher token, Tim Gallagher (Event Director at Livonia parkrun in Michigan) drove 600 miles to meet Event Director Regina Cross and the entire Moberly team. Tim says, “I had the pleasure to meet parkrun vanguard Regina Cross who had never been to a parkrun when she started one in Moberly. I helped set up the course and ran in 90 degrees, humid, and hilly conditions, but it was so worth it!”
In summery Florida, there’s always a large turnout at Clermont parkrun but this week they were helped by the three day weekend and a little known tourist attraction down the road called Disney World. Whether you’re visiting Clermont or a regular runner, you can always find a welcoming crowd and a helpful volunteer staff.
Crissy Field, California
116 runners and walkers descended on Crissy Field below the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend and set an impressive 18 new personal bests! A special congratulations is in order for Michael Dorsi who earned his 50 parkruns shirt this weekend! Michael has finished 48 of his 50 runs at Crissy Field along with 14 volunteers shifts. We have a feeling that 25 volunteer shirt might not be far behind this weekend’s achievement!
Jamaica Pond, Massachusetts
Proving to be a popular event with both locals and tourists, Jamaica Pond had a great weekend with 67 runners, 13 tourists, 14 first-timers, and six shiny new personal bests!
Fletcher’s Cove, District of Columbia
The team at Fletcher’s Cove demonstrated some great leadership and spur-of-the-moment problem solving this weekend when a serious case of damp equipment decommissioned one timer and both scanners! But it was no problem for their great volunteer team who wrote down every name and position, and Alex Foxley added their 66 runners in manually. Incredibly, by the time the Event Director reached the finish line (he was out marshaling), both timers and scanners were working perfectly. Either the sun dried them out or the parkrun Fairy was working her magic!
In the northwest corner of the US at Renton parkrun, regular runner, volunteer and parkmom Abby Ruelas brought out her small running team of Madelynn, Jocelynn, and Bennett (all under 10) to help her as tailwalker. Afterward at the Whistle Stop Ale House, Co-Event Director Cathryn Burby helped this week’s Run Director and future Co-Event Director of the soon to launch Des Moines Creek parkrun (June 9) Earl Harper practice the results processing.
Mountain Goat Trail, Tennessee
After fearing they would need to cancel for weather, Mountain Goat parkrun was unexpectedly blessed with a beautiful morning, their biggest turnout and a 4-minute personal best! They also had two surprise tourists from Clermont parkrun who stopped in on their way to Chicago and gave everyone a taste of the parkrun spirit in the form of wonderful company and encouragement. Thank you Bill and Frances Post! Also, thank you to this week’s youngest volunteers who helped hand out tokens and set up the course.
It seems there was a mix up when Mansfield put in an order for Ryan Gosling! This gaggle of geese and their troop of goslings were on tour at parkrun this week along with Ashley Heestand (from Chicago) and Dan Richards (Bromley parkrun) who engaged in a bit of friendly competition all the way to the finish line with just one second between them. We hope Heritage Harbor is next on your list, Ashley!
Anacostia, District of Columbia
After a couple of weeks with cancelled events, the Anacostia community was happy to be back on course!
Leakin Park, Maryland
This week Jo earned her 25 shirt and a huge thanks from the Leakin Park community. Jo and Ed have volunteered almost 60 times between the two of them and run a dozen others. To hear more of their story, read here: http://blog.parkrun.com/us/2018/05/23/all-ages-welcome/ Also a big thanks to the Givens family who kept everyone stocked up on smiles.
A big congratulations goes out this week to Harold Matthews who completed his 100th parkrun — all at Livonia! To celebrate the occasion, 80 other local runners attended along with 11 first timers. We hope they were inspired by your achievement!
Joe Creason, Kentucky
Joe Creason had over 30 finishers for the first time in their short history with many people discovering parkrun for the first time. Thank you to the regular Joe Creason participants (5), first time participants (21), parkrun tourists (Durham, NC and Halls parkrun), and volunteers. Congratulations to Calista, Catherine & Melanie for grabbing a personal best on the course today.
There’s no shortage of action on or off the parkrun course, whether you’re meeting new dogs or parking bicycles! parkrun is so much more than just running!
Durham, North Carolina
We love the huge crowd this week at Durham who just one week ago celebrated their 250th parkrun! Our favorite shirt of the day was this one that says “Never Give Up” – whether you’re a first time runner or a seasoned marathoner, we hope you find support and encouragement at every parkrun you attend.
It was a big weekend for Eagan parkrun with 69 participants but it couldn’t have happened without their volunteers. They only need 36 more to reach 500 volunteer occasions; can you help them out? Get in touch to volunteer next week at email@example.com.
Deep Run, Virginia
Deep Run had a great showing this weekend of 35 runners including four first timers and one tourist from Renton parkrun! Whether you run with your best friend or man’s best friend, we hope you come to parkrun and have a great time!
Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
Hot and humid was the name of the game this weekend at Roosevelt Island! Remember to take it easy and walk if you need to on extra hot days.
College Park, Maryland
As volunteer caretakers of College Park, a team of volunteers gathered up trash after this weekend’s parkrun. It turns out the garbage was floating on top of some very mucky water that was 1 to 3 feet deep. After some improvising that took care of most of the big litter, Clark Ridge declared that he was goin’ in (after calling to ask his wife to bring dry clothes and shoes). Kim Fisher also went above and beyond today, bringing a) her truck to haul away the garbage, b) her wading boots, and c) her ingenuity. Thank you Kim, and everyone who helped today! Next time though: trash picker sticks!
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