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
La semaine a été relativement calme car, dans la majorité des endroits où nous opérons, diverses restrictions sont toujours en vigueur en réponse à la pandémie de coronavirus. Cela dit, c’était merveilleux de voir plus de 60000 participants répartis sur 441 événements le week-end dernier, dont plus de 3000 pour la première fois. Les nouvelles…
It’s been a relatively quiet week as, in the majority of locations in which we operate, various restrictions continue to be in force in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. That said, it was wonderful to see more than 60,000 participants across 441 events last weekend, including more than 3,000 first timers. News from…