Three years ago this weekend Fletcher’s Cove parkrun launched, marking the start of parkrun in the Washington DC area and planting the seed for re-launching parkrun USA.
In the past 3 years parkrun in the Washington DC area has grown to 6 locations, which have organized 555 events. 8,000 individuals have completed 29,000 parkruns, supported by 1,000 individuals who have volunteered on 5,000 occasions.
Beyond the numbers, each new parkrun makes a difference in individuals’ lives. The first-timers at the Fletcher’s Cove launch in 2016 included many who now have joined the parkrun 50-club or the 100-club, families who now spend Saturday mornings running together, founders of new events, individuals who have since overcome cancer or heart surgery and have used parkrun to help their recovery.
Plus a young woman who completed her first ever 5K that day and is now part of our newsletter team. She is just one of many who have been pleasantly surprised by how much parkrun has impacted their lives.
If you are doing your first parkrun this week, welcome! And we look forward to learning about your own journey.
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