We love to celebrate personal milestones, involving large number of parkruns. But the biggest milestones often involve just one parkrun, or a part of a parkrun. And communities reach milestones too. Here are some of our favorite pictures and stories from this week at parkrun USA.
At Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ they were thrilled to see co-Event Director Malcolm Coomber complete the course for the first time. Malcolm’s leg issues have kept him to timekeeping every week at Himmel parkrun until now.
At College Park parkrun the biggest cheer of the day was saved for the final finisher. Rebecca shared that six months ago it was tough to walk down her block. She heard about parkrun and followed online, but got up the courage to take part after seeing stories online about others finishing the course for the first time. Last week 3k was enough, and this week she walked the full 5k, with a group of supporters with her the whole way.
Your local parkrun is there to help you get active in your community, no matter how far you go. Patrick enjoyed the community support at Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun so much the first time out that he was back for more. Wonderful, Patrick!
Jennifer and Sarah were first-timers this weekend at Anacostia parkrun … as co-Event Directors. They were set up early and eagerly waiting to see who would join them.
… and of course lots of their parkrun friends joined them at Anacostia parkrun. For Tona it was her first time as tail walker. And she was joined by Shannon, who was back at parkrun for the first time since breaking her leg. This week’s walk was some way off her best time of 21:00, but it may have felt like just as much of an achievement.
At Mansfield OH parkrun Amanda is on her 48th parkrun, so she wasn’t going to let a little arm issue keep her from getting closer to the 50-parkrun milestone.
When your older sibling is completing Crissy Field parkrun, you just want to join in the fun for those last few yards.
At College Park parkrun Frank and Jake looked dashing in their milestone sashes.
Frank did his 100th parkrun just 721 days after his first parkrun, the fastest ever to reach 100 in the US. And he also missed 4 runs to volunteer. That’s consistency!
Jake became the first in his family to join the 50 club. But since the family already has 225 parkruns between them, we’re expecting a few more red 50 shirts in the family in 2019.
In case you were wondering how long it takes for the free parkrun milestone shirts to arrive, Crissy Field parkrun has the answer. Desmond recently ran his 100th parkrun (almost all of them at Crissy Field), and this week he was “back in black” for the 101st.
Not quite a scarlet letter. But Stephanie’s red shirt and number is a pretty good clue that she loves Mansfield OH parkrun.
At Mountain Goat Trail parkrun Kerline and Em were marking their 25th time on the trail, the first in this new parkrun community to reach this point. The MGT crew know that Saturday mornings wouldn’t be the same without these two.
What was Ken celebrating at the finish of Leakin Park parkrun this week? Was it his first time back at parkrun in a year? Was it his 3rd PB in 3 outings? Or was it that he had just been told that he’s the 2000th finisher at Leakin Park parkrun? Perhaps it was all of them. Come back again soon, Ken!
The fog was so thick at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun that you could barely see the boardwalk. Just part of the magic of the Mountain Goat Trail.
The snowflakes couldn’t keep the community away from their parkrun at Deep Run parkrun.
The rain dampened the trail, but didn’t dampen spirits at Durham, NC parkrun.
The cheering section at the turnaround at Jamaica Pond parkrun.
Ice on the trails at Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor forced a cancellation. Perfect excuse for a road trip to visit friends at nearby Livonia parkrun.
We go ahead in all weathers as long as it is safe. But after a foot of snow fell overnight at Aspen parkrun, with no end in sight, they had to postpone the fun until next week.
The snow and ice tried to block the celebrations and meeting new friends at Renton parkrun. What to do?
… why, head on down to their favorite café for a little parkrun crafting with friends, of course!
The post-parkrun café was bustling in Pensacola, FL after the 2nd week of Rec Plex North parkrun, where they had 148 finishers in the rain. Seems that Pensacolans are catching the parkrun bug.
Rare view of the turnaround point at @clermontparkrun, where the weather looked just perfect.
Feeling the joy upon finishing Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, where they came close to a record turnout despite a rainy morning.
Hoping that the run briefing is, well, brief, on a chilly morning at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.
The post-parkrun coffee at Mea Cuppa (love it!) is part of the fun at Charleston WV parkrun.
Amber had never heard of parkrun before it came to her community in Kensington, MD. This week she stepped up as Run Director for the first time (literally — great balance, Amber!). And next week it’s husband Chris’s first time at the helm.
Look who has a fancy license plate at Roosevelt Island parkrun. These two were run directing this week, and the barkrunners were out in force.
See you next week! From the magical forest trails at Rec Plex North 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. …
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,…