We welcome another new parkrun to the family on Saturday August 17, taking us to 35 in Canada. Step up Breakwater parkrun, Kingston! Megan Clemens and John Sadler are the dynamic duo behind Ontario’s newest parkrun, and got in touch to tell us some more about their event.
Who are the Event Directors of Breakwater parkrun?
Megan: I’m a 4th year Biology student at Queen’s University with my sights set on medicine. I’m starting a thesis project in computational microbiology this fall, so any non-running time I have is spent in the lab! I’ve only been running for a couple of years to keep healthy and be social. I’ve since completed a few half marathons and am training for my first full marathon now.
John: I’m a computer programmer / analyst at Queen’s University and was an avid recreational cyclist in my spare time to keep in shape. I started running in 2017 with thoughts of racing duathlons, but during my training I was surprised to discover my love for running. I had a 10k goal for the year, but completed my first half marathon and full marathon within 10 months of starting to run. I’ve now ran 3 half marathons and 3 full marathons and have my sights set on qualifying for the Boston Marathon next!
How did you get started?
John: I first heard of parkrun while browsing running sites on Facebook and thought it sounded like a great idea. As I researched further, I learned of the possibility of starting a parkrun in my town and completed the online form requesting more information which has lead us here about a year later!
Megan: I also reached out to the “start a parkrun” information email on the parkrun website regarding bringing a new event to Kingston. Our local parkrun Ambassador, Linda Newton got us in contact with both of us, and set us up as a team! I first heard of the event through an American running page I follow and requested more info regarding setting one up basically before I even started seriously running. So the timing worked out great!
What makes Breakwater parkrun worth a visit?
The best part about this course is that it’s BEAUTIFUL! Breakwater Park has recently been totally redone, making it an accessible and safe waterfront. The whole route is along Lake Ontario, including two loops of the brand new Gord Edgar Downie Pier.
We’re a friendly group, and can’t wait to see you at our inaugural!
Megan Clemens and John Sadler, Breakwater parkrun Event Directors
Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking. The first weekend of October 2019 saw the 15th anniversary of parkrun. To mark the occasion, parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey,…
This past spring, Tiare Baird was looking to get more involved in the Whistler community, so she started a search for volunteer opportunities. She stumbled across an energetic Aussie (who also happened to be the Whistler parkrun Event Director) and her Saturday mornings haven’t been the same since, thanks to the people she’s met…