It was another beautiful day for parkrun USA! With celebrations across the country for moms, nurses, and milestone achievements, 925 lucky runners and 158 volunteers were were enjoying the sun and making new friends. Check out our favorite photos and stories from the week. What caught our attention at the parkrun in your neighborhood?
This week’s parkrun was all about the ladies! Jamaica Pond parkrun was happy to see an abundance of women in the park this week celebrating friendship and motherhood. With 78 runners in attendance at their seventh parkrun, this event keeps growing from strength to strength.
Kensington parkrun has turned into a verdant green tunnel with the arrival of spring, which brought out quite a few new faces: seven first-time parkrunners and five tourists. Another highlight was new course records by Paula Pels (22:14) and Steven Moore (18:43). Congratulations, guys!
Whether you walk, run or roll (with a stroller that is) College Park parkrun delivers smiles every weekend!
Deep Run parkrun celebrated Mothers Day and Nurses Week with a sunny sky and post-parkrun cake this past Saturday. Maybe that’s why they had eight new PBs by one fifth of their parkrunners.
One of the best parts of parkrun is that everyone is welcome, no matter your age, your style, or your ability. At Clermont parkrun in Florida, the variety of runners come in ages 11-70 and with finish times from 15 minutes to well over 1 hour.
This weekend the folks at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun and the mayor’s office FitDC program co-hosted a Mother’s Day 5k run and it was all smiles for 128 runners and walkers in attendance. With four fantastic photographers on the course, there was no shortage of photos to choose from. Thank you to their photographers Hakan Lonaeus, Robin Larner, Alejandro Maldonado, and Michael Bender.
41 runners (of which 12 were first-timers) beat the heat and came out to Durham NC parkrun #249 and delivered many personal bests. Next week will be the 250th event for Durham, so help them celebrate this milestone by bringing a friend.
Mansfield parkrun’s very own red-caped crusader and first inductee to the parkrun 50 milestone club was Jon Fulwider. Event Director Karen Crane says, “Jon is often our first finisher and is very encouraging to the other parkrunners. He is the reason we show up no matter the weather, as he will run in any depth of snow, any cold rain, any freezing temps, etc. The times we have cancelled, he ran anyway! He also runs with us to set out the cones and do trail clearing, or to pick up trash prior to events. He’s a good guy and we’re really happy that he is our first 50 club member.”
One of the wonderful parts of the global parkrun community is that no matter where you find yourself, you’re always in the company of family. This weekend, Susan Thompson completed her 100th parkun while on tour in San Francisco at Crissy Field parkrun. Despite being a tourist, she was welcomed like every other participant and cheered across the finish line by friends both familiar and new.
Just a couple of weeks ago this team was running through snow but it looks like spring has finally arrive at Aspen parkrun in the mountains of Colorado. Each week this new parkrun event grows with one third of participants attending for the first time this week.
Due to unexpected flooding, Livonia parkrun had to cancel this week though that hardly stopped a few parkrunners from attempting the course with a freedom run. While some of the course was still passable, Lynn Boven and his dog Cooper quickly discovered that some parts were easier to go around than through!
Moberly parkrun in Missouri had a surprise visitor this week: Karin George from Northampton in Western Massachusetts. Karin (in black) was visiting for a graduation ceremony and stopped in to complete her fourth ever parkrun. But this was more than a quick parkrun stop; the Moberly team shared with Karin how to start a parkrun in her hometown and Karin gave the Moberly team something to remember her by – a new course record!
At Renton parkrun in Washington state, the community welcomed their first inductee to the Junior 10 club: Leyla! Sporting a shiny new 10 cape, Leyla and her dad Nick (in blue) were all smiles on the trail and Leyla even earned a new PB.
Saturday was all about the moms at Leakin Park parkrun where their local chapter of Moms Run This Town partnered with Moms and Muffins for the morning and set out food and water at the finish line. With 39 parkrunners on the course, a quarter of them set PBs and they had four new age-category records! Maybe they were running for muffins?
It was a hot and humid day at Joe Creason parkrun in Louisville, Kentucky but that didn’t stop this crew from giving it their best. Already on their 3rd event they see a mix of experienced hands and first-timers.
Frequent Eagan parkrunner and Mom Michelle Pahl volunteered this week as Minnesota parkrunners continued to enjoy the warmer temps. A big Thank You goes out to everyone who stayed after parkrun to help clean up Thomas Lake Park!
Charleston WV parkrun welcomed 24 finishers plus one freedom runner named Bill. Bill has been very involved in the local running scene for decades and still does what he can with heart health issues. Although his walk was short it was great to see him supporting this new event. Event Director Adam Patnoe said, “The coolest thing about today’s parkrun is that I didn’t know about half of the people beforehand. I actually had to ask people if they were there for the parkrun because I expected we’d only have 5-10 people show up this week. Awesome feeling!”
See you next week.
Viveka from Sweden is a self-proclaimed non-runner, but she shared the story of how she became a parkrunner. She volunteers more than she participates and more often walks than runs, which is true for many parkrunners around the world. No matter how you participate, if you do, you’re a parkrunner and you’re always welcome. …
If you’ve arrived at parkrun during event set-up or have volunteered for your local event, you’ve likely watched a Run Director pull all of the parkrun gear out of a Mary Poppins-esque bundle. It’s true that parkruns happen with minimal equipment and intentionally have a small footprint. Each event has the same tokens, stopwatches, scanners,…