Our parkrun community includes many families who enjoy bonding while being active. Even for those who come to parkrun alone, the people you see each week often feel like family. parkrunners celebrate happy occasions with each other, provide support for one another during tough times and band together to support local initiatives in the parks where parkrun takes place. This week’s photo roundup showcases some of the parkrun family at our events across the US.
The Laggs completed their first parkrun in Anacostia last week and showed up at the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun event this weekend. Where will they turn up next?
Phoebe was one of College Park parkrun’s pioneers. This week her family was visiting from CT, NC, NY, and SC, and they said “Let’s go to parkrun in the morning!” Phoebe’s mom, Anne, visited College Park for event #3 and set their longest-standing age-category record. 101 events later she returned and improved her own record.
Livonia parkrun dubbed their 313th parkrun “Detroit Day” (Detroit’s area code is 313), and they encouraged participants to wear their Detroit shirts. One volunteer wore something a little more unique as she scanned barcodes- her grandson!
There were 5 father & son duos at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun this weekend, and we’re thinking it may be more than a coincidence. The parkrun detectives are hard at work to unravel the mystery!
This weekend Des Moines Creek parkrun saw 27 runners, walkers, & joggers on their course. They gave a special shout out to their very first home-grown milestone maker, Kallan! She completed her 10th parkrun and donned a special cape for the occasion.
Goodbye, Franklintown Road, where the PBs have started to grow…
Saturday marked the last event on Leakin Park parkrun‘s alternate course (via Franklintown Road). Their 18 participants logged 4x PBs, 4x First Timers, and 2x barkrunners. Next week, they welcome a return to Winan’s Meadow!
Aspen parkrun participants were bundled up (well, most were) but still smiling as they prepared for the start of the event.
Louisville Parks Joe Creason parkrun celebrated its 25th event with some Fall weather and visitors in town for the Iron Man competition on Sunday. 11 people ran, jogged and walked 7 first timers 1 PB 3 different clubs!
Getting ready for Kensington parkrun means warming up the body through laughter. We should all try it!
A sunny Fall day in Colorado put a little extra pep in the step of this parkrunner at South Boulder Creek parkrun.
Knut Mehr at Crissy Field parkrun earned his purple shirt with his 25th volunteer role yesterday. (He also got a PB!)
The Charleston WV parkrun volunteer crew was boosted this week by a group of enthusiastic middle schoolers. On a chilly fall morning they were especially happy to warm up with hot chocolate at the new post-parkrun coffee spot.
This parkrunner was doing this week’s parkrun as a life-affirming activity in memory of Mark Arnold, a much loved member of the Mansfield OH parkruncommunity who recently passed away.
Durham, NC parkrun finally had a glorious cooler fall day in the low 50s with low humidity which resulted in speedy, happy runners. Afterwards they participated in Durham Big Sweep to help clean up their park and trail, pulling out trash, recycling and tires.
This senior first-timer wanted a picture as proof to show his wife that he had really gone and done a 5k.Mountain Goat Trail parkrun
Stephen Ferguson is an event director at the charmingly named Pocket parkrun in Cambridgeshire, UK, and he has 169 parkruns to his name. But it took a 750-mile side trip to visit Moberly parkrun to get his hands on a first-finisher token for the first time. He was pretty chuffed, as they say in England.
We’re sharing two pictures of coming home fromJamaica Pond parkrun this week. The first is of co-Event Director Laura Cornelissen, who was away at the Chicago Marathon last weekend. She was thrilled to take the role of tail walker in this week’s rainy JP parkrun.
Jamaica Pond parkrun had a parkrun tourist lead their first-timers’ briefing this week. How so? Because it was the return of event co-founder Rose Penfold, visiting from London. So she knows a thing or two about the event. Then she went and finished as the first overall finisher in the parkrun, before catching up with her JP parkrun friends over coffee.
Happy parkrunners at Clermont parkrun set off on the course on a beautiful Florida morning.
Saturday was a super fun morning at Renton parkrun as parkrun collaborated with the city’s salmon festival, welcoming back spawning salmon to the river that runs along the course. They were joined by Seattle Aquarium volunteers who had educational information and gave viewing talks next to the river after parkrun. They had a table with visuals and toys, temporary tattoos, and polarized glasses so kids could see fish in the water. 63 runners and walkers attended and at least 40 stayed to learn about the salmon!
parkrunners at Crissy Field parkrun ran by this artistic representation of a humpback whale on their route. They sometimes see the real thing in the San Francisco Bay, which is adjacent to their course!
Hi-viz heroes celebrated at Roosevelt Island parkrun’s 100th event. Andres Falconer (in the 100 shirt) dropped off the parkrun kit at his home event (Fletcher’s Cove parkrun) then hopped on his bike to make it to the RI event just as the RD said “go!” He then biked back to the coffee shop for his home event and helped process results.
See you next week!
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…
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