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Our parkrun week in pictures, August 18th 2018

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In this week’s roundup from across parkrun USA we celebrate — and share — our beautiful venues. We welcome new family members, and we take a sneak peek at communities that can look forward to a local parkrun of their own in the not too distant future.

 

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Severe recent flooding damaged some key sections of the course at Leakin Park parkrun, and closed off the roads into the park. The parks department worked with the parkrun team to find a solution, putting the closed road to good use.

 

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We always share our courses with other users, and never close the routes to others. Typically that means walkers, cyclists, and critters. This week at Charleston WV parkrun they shared their start/finish area with a jet ski festival. 

 

It seems that the parkrun equipment is easier to transport than the jet skis.

 

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Walkers enjoy the big hill at Deep Run parkrun.

 

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Running the high five gauntlet at Renton parkrun. One of the benefits of a course that passes the start/finish in the middle.

 

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Last week we found the Mansfield OH parkrun team on tour at Kensington parkrun in Maryland. They were inspired by the double out-and-back route that makes for more interaction along the course. So this week they tried it out back home.

 

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No recount needed. The new course setup at Mansfield OH parkrun was popular.

 

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Sometimes it’s the little details of our venues that matter. Like this tree stump at Jamaica Pond parkrun that’s perfect for the first timers briefing. Somebody commented that Dan’s briefing was so entertaining it was like a best man’s wedding speech. Quite fitting, as Dan is getting married this week. (Congrats, Dan!)

 

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Speaking of tree stumps, this humble tree stump along the Kensington parkrun route authored a charming run report on this week’s event.

 

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At Kensington parkrun they also tried out a new post-parkrun coffee spot. Car Wash Coffee is a new neighborhood hangout, in a converted car wash. What’s not to like!

 

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Yes, our coffee spots are just as important as our 5K courses. This one at Crissy Field parkrun is rather nice.

 

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The finish of Des Moines Creek parkrun is pretty sweet, too. After a long smooth downhill, you’re welcomed by friendly volunteers at the water’s edge. And then after cheering in other finishers, you can walk 1 minute to Des Moines’ wonderful quay side farmers’ market.

 

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This smooth downhill helps get the legs moving at Joe Creason parkrun, where this week they welcomed their second largest crowd yet.

 

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New kid on the block. They’re ready for the start of the very first Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun, the first parkrun in New Jersey.

 

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The Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun team were pretty excited for their big day. They had been working towards this for a LONG time.

 

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The Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun finish token sorter was relieved that the first event saw a manageable turnout. Thanks Claudia!

 

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At College Park parkrun last week they surprised Enrique with the parkrunner of the month award. This week he surprised them by stepping up as debut run director. This wounded warrior had an ace team of volunteers on hand to keep everything running smoothly.

 

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To celebrate his Run Director debut, Enrique brought along his mom, Dottie, who said the 5k was the longest walk she has done. Fantastic!

 

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The 5 members of the Gibson family loved their visit to Crissy Field parkrun. Mom Caroline is a regular in the north of England, but youngest daughter Isabel chose a pretty cool place to do her first ever parkrun.

 

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Beautiful way to start off the weekend at Clermont parkrun, where the summer tourist surge is starting to calm down. Still the largest US parkrun this week, with 136 finishers, including a new course record.

 

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Tim’s long drive from Florida back home to Michigan “just happened” to put him at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun on a Saturday morning. This makes Tim the first parkrunner to complete all 4 off-the-beaten-track parkruns in our recent parkrun USA Road Trip story.

 

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Tim Ramsey reached an impressive milestone this week. In tailwalking this week at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun he completed his 1,000th race. Yeah, we know about the run/race issue, but when your 80 parkruns include 40 after heart surgery, tailwalking at most of the DC area parkruns, you can call it what you want. parkrun USA country manager Darrell Stanaford took a trip to Fletcher’s Cove to congratulate Tim.

 

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On a fine summer morning Durham, NC parkrun saw one of its largest ever attendances.

 

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The summer is a great time to enjoy the trail at Eagan parkrun in Minnesota.

 

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parkrun is all about making new friends. Renton parkrun

 

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When your mom is tailwalker, and your dad is run director, it’s fun to sprint the final stretch. South Boulder Creek parkrun.

 

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A couple of big college football towns are among the many communities that will soon have a parkrun to look forward to every Saturday. This one is putting the course through its paces.

 

Watch this space for updates. But in the meantime, #goblue#gogators.

 

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See you next week!

 

 

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