At parkrun we love to celebrate good times. Yes, we celebrate PB’s, the literal “good times” but we focus most on the happy occasions, fun experiences and milestones, no matter what the pace. To complement the recent parkrun USA blog post about walking at parkrun, this week’s roundup highlights some of our parkrun walkers from around the country and some of our other celebratory moments, including a parkrun wedding!
On Saturday at Renton parkrun, Rebecca and Ben completed their first parkrun as a married couple, having tied the knot (literally, with shoelaces) just moments earlier during the run briefing. They walked the first part of the course with family and friends then ran the rest, finishing through a tunnel of parkrun well-wishers.
We celebrate when people bring friends to parkrun! Sherry and Catherine clearly enjoyed parkrunning together at Louisville Joe Creason Park parkrun.
Happiness is completing your first ever 5k at College Park parkrun… or watching Chimere and Peter do it. They came to watch a year ago when Peter’s sister, a London-based parkrunner, was in town. A couple of months ago they started a couch-to-5k program, and Saturday was the day to do the 5k.
Saturdays on the Mountain Goat trail just couldn’t get any sweeter. They had beautiful weather Saturday morning after a late night thunderstorm but apparently the electricity was still in the air. All 4 returning parkrunners achieved personal bests, and all other participants were first-timers!
These smiling walkers at Charleston WV parkrun had barcodes in hand as they crossed the finish line. We applaud your preparedness!
Tail walking is a great volunteer role as you get double credit toward milestones! Even better, you can sometimes have a good chat with those who enjoy parkrun at an unhurried pace like at Crissy Field parkrun.
A sunny morning in Boston was a reason to celebrate at Jamaica Pond parkrun as these ladies indicated with several thumbs up!
This crew of walkers at Kensington parkrun glowed with happiness and high visibility.
Mary was flanked by supporters as she walked to the finish line at South Boulder Creek parkrun this weekend, just 2 days after her most recent chemo treatment. Mary had been training for the London Marathon when she was diagnosed with cancer. After chemo and an operation in April she started the road to recovery and, last week, agreed to join the SBC parkrun. We hear she’s one tough cookie and is already planning for London 2019. Your parkrun family will be cheering you on through this journey, Mary!
At Leakin Park parkrun, Martina educated Zola on how to be most appropriate barkwalker possible. Her training was duly noted.
Rain was a reason to celebrate at Livonia parkrun this weekend and they had a great turnout for soggy conditions. After their recent drought the rain was quite refreshing. Our friends in Livonia note that in South East Michigan drought is defined as two consecutive weekends without rain.
Lucy and Jack came to Mountain Goat Trail parkrun to walk with Chance (a return barkrunner) while their mom Erin, ran. parkrun can get everyone involved and active!
Roosevelt Island parkrun finished just before a downpour and after celebrating an excellent turnout of 59 parkrunners (and their regular barkrunner, Mia). They also had a great volunteer team led by Paul & Lynda Heran. Paul (with wings) celebrated 25 volunteering occasions!
In Durham, participants enjoyed more comfortable conditions than they’ve seen most of the summer with cooler temps, cloudy skies, and a slight breeze. They welcomed 2 tourists, celebrated 3 PB’s, and a whopping 17 newbies!
Congratulations to Phil on his 50th parkrun, who was one of those 3 PB’s!
Our enthusiastic volunteers at College Park parkrun have just as many high fives for walkers as for runners.
Sometimes parkrunners alternate between running and walking, like this little guy at Deep Run parkrun.
It was smiles all around as the Clermont parkrun walking crew set off.
Stop….in the name of parkrun! This sign at Des Moines Creek parkrun isn’t for participants, but rather in case any cars come into the small parking lot by the start of the trail. Runners and walkers, keep on going!
Mansfield OH parkrun posted this picture mid-week when they put out the call for volunteers. Happily, all of these vests were filled with volunteers on Saturday, a cause for celebration! The vests will be back out again next weekend, but until then, they can enjoy swaying in the breeze!
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