It’s always fun to celebrate a record-breaking number of parkrun US participants, and even more so when you think about the people behind the numbers and their stories! We aim to share snippets of some of those stories with you each week through pictures, and this week’s set is a treat.
The Louisville Parks Joe Creason parkrun crew looked ready to have a great event!
Anacostia parkrun’s Run Director may have had help “orchestrating” the run briefing from a mystery conductor!
What are they all looking at? Participants at Crissy Field parkrun were treated to a pre-parkrun show of whales and dolphins near the start of their course.
“Ain’t No Party Like a parkrun Party”
At Jamaica Pond parkrun there were birthday cakes. There were party hats. There was a Coronation.
City Councilor O’Malley proclaimed our 1st birthday as “Jamaica Pond parkrun Day”.
With over 150 parkrunners, 21 volunteers, 3 barkrunners and two strollers, Jamaica Pond was the place to be when it came to community gatherings!
The folks who participated at Aspen parkrun celebrated their parkrun morning in style, too- with cool shades to protect their eyes from the sun glare off of all of that snow!
Fur’s always in style when you’re a barkrunner, like this eager pup at Mansfield OH parkrun.
Hm, what about wet, muddy fur? SURE! In case you were wondering, Livonia parkrun’s “puddle” is 42 strides long (not that it’s a competition, of course). And it’s difficult to run through – you have to really lift those legs (unless, of course, you have 4 legs and good balance and enjoy running in shallow mud).
At Anacostia parkrun they had much drier weather and these two seemed pleased with that!
Though it’s nice to have good weather for parkrun, it’s more important to have a good attitude for parkrun, which these three Kensington parkrunners certainly do, based on their smiles.
Here’s another trio having fun at Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun! Think they’ll be back for more parkrun in the near future? We do!
Sometimes you can make a new friend on the course. These two young ladies Renton parkrun became fast friends as they covered the miles together.
Sometimes you goof around with an old friend on the course. Terrell and Trent had a friendly sprint to the finish Mountain Goat Trail parkrun.
Maybe you’ll even find a Mayor (or two) at parkrun. That was the case at College Park parkrun on Saturday, and both sported recently-earned 50 shirts!
Several members of the Harvard track and field team participated in Crissy Field parkrun and got a break from the cold New England weather. Hey guys, have you been to Jamaica Pond parkrun yet?
It was a family affair at Charleston WV parkrun. 3 generations of Copes crossed the finish line together, lead by Luther Cope in the 80-84 age-group.
The Saecho Family brought along their exchange student to Renton parkrun who is from Tokyo, Japan. It just so happens that there is a parkrun starting in Tokyo next weekend!
This trio at Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun were first-timers and showcased the event’s new chalkboard after their run.
Chelsea, a first timer ran with her friend Mykenzie on her 3rd Aspen parkrun. Sunglasses, hats and mittens to…
Sunglasses, ears and a PB bell at Des Moines Creek parkrun!
At Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor Yuma and his mom Sachi celebrated their amazing achievement of reaching 50 parkruns together. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits!
Here they are, somewhat drier with their certificates! They started parkrunning together at Livonia parkrun, and then Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor launched closer to home.
Lauren was thrilled to sport the 50 sash at Kensington parkrun, and we look forward to seeing her in her official red 50 shirt, soon!
Lauren started parkrunning at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, and then Kensington parkrun launched closer to home.
But you don’t necessarily need a sash, crown, or other adornment to be thrilled to be part of parkrun. It’s that awesome, plain and simple! The people of Himmel parkrun are learning that very quickly.
At Fletcher’s Cove parkrun it was a (flying?) sprint to the finish for this young man!
Jamaica Pond parkrun finish line volunteers saw a similar rendition of the finish line sprint…
And at Deep Run parkrun there was a little finish line dancing.
These walkers at Des Moines Creek parkrun did a little litter pick-up along the way. We think you’re both perfect role models for keeping the trail clean. Thank you!
At Crissy Field parkrun the bridge always provides a stunning backdrop.
Depot Park parkrun is going strong with an impressive contingency of walkers, including these two who shared stroller duties on Saturday.
“Running in a winter wonderland…” At South Boulder Creek parkrun, they woke up to a surprise of about 4 inches of fresh snow which made for a stunningly beautiful run for the 14 runners, walkers and barkrunner who braved the elements.
Anything goes at parkrun and people have worn all kinds of outfits, but neckties are rare. Some of the Roosevelt Island parkrun crew were a bit silly this weekend, dressing in wacky attire in honor of April Fool’s Day.
It doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as you have your barcode! Volunteers from the soon to be Sippo Lake parkrun were visiting Mansfield OH parkrun on Saturday and showed that they’re prepared for their event to start!
Speaking of being prepared, Leakin Park parkrun partnered with the Baltimore City Fire Dept for CPR training and a mock emergency event that involved a simulated “injured” participant on the course. Their 42 finishers, 10 volunteers, and numerous spectators definitely had a full morning.
“Thank you to the Baltimore City Fire Dept for the education and professionalism! Not to mentioned our volunteers (and our simulated “injury”). You really helped us build a happier, healthier community today!” -Leakin Park parkrun
Our volunteers are always at the ready to help support our participants. Des Moines Creek parkrun
And we like to start the habit of volunteerism early! Deep Run parkrun
It’s fun to see our volunteers getting creative…like these tail walkers at Terry Hershey parkrun!
Thank you to all of our volunteers each week who help make parkrun possible. Renton parkrun
These volunteers at Rec Plex North parkrun were happily processing results post-parkrun at their local coffee spot.
The Fletcher’s Cove parkrun crew enjoyed their first outdoor coffee get-together of the season!
See you next week, from Himmel parkrun!
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