This week’s parkrun USA roundup is from our first weekend with 15 events from coast to coast. We feature lots of kids, new events, new courses, and visitors from near and far.
Next week: special Thanksgiving parkruns on Thursday in Clermont and Eagan. Almost all events go ahead as usual on Saturday.
At College Park parkrun it was Kid Takeover Day. Almost all volunteer roles were taken by kids, and the grownups had a blast.
Jonathan took excellent photos.
At College Park parkrun 11-year old Ginger was Run Director. She did a great job of giving the run briefing for a crowd of 100 adults.
Young Kayla wore her white 10 parkrun milestone shirt to Anacostia parkrun, the third DC-area parkrun that she has tried.
Henry is only 2 months old and Anacostia parkrun is already the third different parkrun USA event where he has been the tailwalker. At least his mom Stephanie enjoyed the riverside views.
This might look like easy lakeside parkrunning, but we have the utmost respect for anybody who runs a stroller up the hill at Deep Run parkrun.
This was the route of Anacostia parkrun on Sunday morning, where Andrea, Jan, and Joyce joined hundreds in the DC Girls on the Run 5K finale, and spread the word about local area parkruns.
Back at College Park parkrun Lisa Wilson completed her 50th parkrun and 54th volunteering stint on only their 58th event. Marco and Violet were her course marshal understudies this week.
The snow had cleared at Eagan parkrun, so it was two thumbs up from this young parkrunner.
And it was a beautiful late Fall morning for a parkrun with the family at Roosevelt Island parkrun.
At Clermont parkrun Hector Clemente took his first turn as Run Director.
Normally Hector is the person behind the tens of thousands of great pictures from Clermont parkrun.
With the launch of Renton parkrun there are now 18 million Americans who live within 20 miles of a parkrun. Just a couple of hundred million to go.
They also had a course diversion at Crissy Field parkrun. No, this isn’t the diversion. A triathlon was one of the events that led Crissy Field parkrun to use its alternate route.
What a way to start off your Saturday. At Crissy Field parkrun.
“Being in Washington there was really only one parkrun we could do! Thank you @Fletcherparkrun for the warm and friendly welcome.”
Well, for most of us Washington DC is the one US city where you’re spoiled for choice. But if you’re parkrun tourists Jessica, Tim, and Caroline Fletcher, then Fletcher’s Cove parkrun really is the only viable option.
These days the international parkrun tourists are not all from overseas. At Renton parkrun they were pleased to welcome Euan Bowman, Country Manager for parkrun Canada.
Euan did not have to travel very far for his first parkrun USA run. Much less far than Andres Falconer, event director at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun in the “other” Washington, who traveled a couple of thousand miles to be there.
When we look through the photos from 40-odd parkrun events every week, we love seeing so many happy faces. It’s a great reminder that, despite all of our differences, parkrun brings us together. There’s nothing more powerful than the shared joy of moving our bodies outside, whether it’s in the heat and humidity of Florida…
We all know that parkrun events are free, friendly, forever thanks to the volunteers who make every parkrun happen. Less widely known is that the local teams are supported by the parkrun ambassadors, volunteers who support new and existing events and much more besides. This past weekend the parkrun USA ambassadors team held their…