We had much to feel good about across parkrun USA in late December. Not only was it holiday time for so many people, but also the weather was great for running and walking across much of the country. Holiday parkruns brought out a lot of smiles, a lot of family and friends, and quite a few costumes, for good measure.
Here are our favorite pictures and stories from December 22nd. The last two weekends of 2018 saw the highest parkrun participation since the summer surge.
The river was up, but that didn’t stop the crowd at Charleston WV parkrun from holding their first ever Ugly Sweater parkrun. They had to use their old course, because of flooding, and welcomed a very special visitor, Pam, from Lismore parkrun in Australia.
There are a LOT of Christmas-themed outfits in the parkrun photos this week, but we think that Karlis’, a Swedish visitor to Leakin Park parkrun, might be our favorite.
At Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, Santa gave the run briefing…
…but not everyone was impressed.
But, some barkrunners really got into the holiday spirit. At Des Moines Creek parkrun, there were some amazing outfits, complete with bells. And really big smiles, which are always the best parkrun accessory.
There was a big party at Deep Run parkrun, complete with 10 PBs, 8 volunteers, 5 first-time parkrunners, 2 visitors, 1 cookie-decorating station, photo booth props, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Some elves snuck out of the workshop a little early to help out at College Park parkrun. Thank you, Lillian, Angela, Teresa, and Lisa for being great tailwalkers and marshals this week.
Hello, Joe Creason parkrun! You’re looking very festive, as well.
The volunteers were clearly having a great time at Roosevelt Island parkrun. Want to join them some week? After all, being a high-vis hero isn’t just for Christmas: it’s the gift that keeps giving all year ’round.
At Des Moines Creek parkrun, everyone had a chance to catch up with their friends over festive treats and the giant vat of hot chocolate (not pictured). This Christmas and every day, we are all so grateful for the friends we make at parkrun.
At Livonia parkrun, it might have been a little too cold to catch up with friends outside, so a huge group of parkrunners headed to their local coffee spot to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
It’s a little warm in Durham, NC parkrun for sweaters, so they opted for festive chalking instead.
Some parkrunners are just so excited to cross the finish line, that they just need to do a victory dance. We’re sure that this barkrunner had a great week at Renton parkrun.
You know what your parkrun USA roundup team wants for Christmas? More great photos and stories from across the country to share every week…and we’re so glad that Des Moines Creek parkrun’s resident photographer could help us out. (If you’d like to help with this weekly roundup, feel free to drop us a message; we’re always looking for new volunteers. And it’s fun!)
Santa came early this year at Mansfield OH parkrun. Wes put up a new coat rack at the Start/Finish line, to help keep everyone’s extra layers nice and dry. His lovely gesture was quickly rewarded with a new PB and a new age group record.
There were really warm smiles at Anacostia parkrun, despite the wind. Looking good, Tonie & Valerie!
Where else was there a celebration going on? Well, at South Boulder Creek parkrun! It was a particularly great day for the Lew family: two of them celebrated their 50th parkrun and a third family member set a PB.
Saturday Dec 22 was Soroush’s first-ever parkrun. The reviews are in: Kensington parkrun gets a big thumbs up.
After weeks of rain, it was finally dry in most of the US…except at Aspen parkrun, where nine hearty parkrunners and four volunteers got to run through freshly fallen snow. We’d bet that a few of them headed straight for skiing afterwards.
How much would you smile if you knew it would help you set your third PB in a row? It clearly worked this week for Katelyn and Cheryl at Depot Park parkrun. What a huge accomplishment!
And they’re off at Jamaica Pond parkrun. Somewhere in this crowd were 14 people who were about to set new PB times and another 14 who were taking part in their first-ever parkrun.
See you next week! (Kensington parkrun)
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. …
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