Read more › News - 2nd May 2017

“We have never felt so connected to our community”

Creating a parkrun in our community is one of the most rewarding things that we have done together. We feel more connected to our community than ever before, and we have met so many people near and far since we started College Park parkrun in 2016.   We come from very different running backgrounds. Colin…

Read more › News - 30th March 2017

Livonia’s Irish Invasion

We have experienced an Irish invasion at Livonia parkrun as of late with the last two parkruns each visited by a pair of Irish tourists. parkrun #232 hosted tourists Padraig O’Conner and Dominick Gratten the day after St. Patrick’s day.  This was a big deal for us but they assured us that St. Patrick’s day…

Paul Durbin
Read more › News - 30th March 2017

A unique parkrun double (or the “the lengths to which you go”)

  We often hear people say that they wish they could do parkrun more than once per week, but Washington DC area parkrunner Paul Durbin has gone to extreme lengths to make that wish a reality. On March 18th Paul did Cornwall parkrun at 8am in Auckland, New Zealand, then he flew to San Francisco…

Read more › News - 30th March 2017

Kendra’s Milestone

Kendra Phillips wears a lot of labels: police recruit, Boston Marathon finisher, mom, cancer survivor, Californian, lover of scones (especially chocolate chip), and parkrunner, to name just a few.  There’s one label that she had to retire when she first moved to Durham, North Carolina: solo runner.   “I never used to run with other…

Read more › News - 30th March 2017

Ani’s Run for the Record

parkrun’s ethos encourages us to celebrate every personal success as we seek to make running more accessible to all. We’re more likely to acknowledge the wacky achievements of globe-trotting parkrun tourists, the quirky milestones, and the “pretty” finish times than the occasional extraordinary sporting feats that take place in our runs. Sometimes, however, we report – in…

Read more › News - 30th March 2017

There’s a new parkrun on the block!

Eagan, Minnesota is the latest pin on the parkrun USA map! Eagan parkrun starts April 22, in Thomas Lake Park. Eagan is a town in the metropolitan area of the the Twin Cities, “only” a 10-hour drive from Livonia, MI, 11 hours from Mansfield, OH or, for that matter, just a 3 hour flight from San…

Read more › News - 14th March 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, reminds us our partner, the American Cancer Society (ACS).  As with many types of cancer, physical inactivity increases a person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer. In fact, there are many lifestyle-related factors you can change to reduce your risk: the links between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer…

Read more › News - 3rd March 2017

Records Tumble in February

Last summer’s high turnouts are old news in the US. parkruns broke attendance records in three out of four Saturdays – in February! 1663 runners and walkers completed the 31 events that took place last month, along with 259 volunteers.   The last weekend of February, an unseasonably warm one for over half of the…

Read more › News - 2nd March 2017

Milestones – and More

Warm February weather across the East Coast brought enthusiasm, higher attendance, and plenty of individual and collective achievements:   Crissy Field hosted 65 youth from across the Bay, members of Running for a Better Oakland. Their participation in parkrun 107, on February 2nd, helped propel the event to a record 134 athletes. Four stalwarts achieved their 50 run milestones:  Philip Gadd, Lucy…

Read more › News - 2nd March 2017

parkrun Volunteering: the Tail Runner

In this edition of the newsletter we focus on one particular volunteer role: the Tail Runner.  This is the person you see in the photographs with a hi-vis vest on, at the back of the field, taking the title of ‘last parkrunner’ at each run.   The tail runner’s duty job description is easy to explain, and very…

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