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Our parkrun Week in Pictures, April 27th 2019

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Another parkrunday is in the rearview mirror, but we had a wonderful time celebrating exciting new milestones and birthdays. As ever, of course, the best part of parkrun isn’t earning a medal or a shirt, but the friends that we make and the communities that we build together.

 

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At Livonia parkrun, Sam became the second person at parkrun USA to earn his lucky green 250 shirt. Sam’s done 247 of those parkruns at Livonia – he’s definitely loyal!

 

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Only 249 more runs to go for Livonia parkrun’s first timers to catch Sam. But, we’re just as happy to celebrate a first parkrun…welcome!

 

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Barkrunner Hazel only made it 3k this week at Eagan parkrun’s second birthday, as she’s still getting into summer shape. But, she was super excited to see mom Melissa finish after the full 5k!

 

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Meanwhile, Kailash celebrated HIS birthday at Leakin Park parkrun. Happy Birthday!

 

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50 runners, joggers and walkers joined South Boulder Creek parkrun this week, including a whopping 34 first timers AND one who set a new course record! Can you imagine running 15:39 for 5K at 5400′ elevation? (No, us neither!)

 

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At Mansfield OH parkrun, Tim joined the 50 club. We’ve seen a ton of milestones coming out of Ohio lately and we’re looking forward to even more.

 

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Every Saturday, the trail Mountain Goat Trail parkrun gets decorated. We love this one: “We build others up because we know what it’s like to be torn down.” We love that parkrun is a place where we can always come to build up ourselves, our friends, our families, and our communities.

 

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At Des Moines Creek parkrun, they had two visitors from Wales. Both named Tim. Both usually run at Cardiff parkrun. But neither had any clue that the other would also be in the Seattle area on parkrunday this week. What a great coincidence!

 

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They had a great turnout at beautiful Depot Park parkrun in Gainesville, FL. 48 participants, including 9 first timers, 15 new PBs, 2 completing their 10th parkruns, and Steve visiting from the UK completing his 320th.

 

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At parkrun we offer an iron-clad You-Will-Not-Finish-Last guarantee. But with friendly tailwalkers like Sandra at Clermont Waterfront parkrun, we understand the temptation to stay on the trail as long as you can.

 

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At Leakin Park parkrun, they know that parkruns only happen because of the great volunteers who make it possible.

 

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At Durham, NC parkrun, there were smiles all around, as everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather and some good conversation after parkrun.

 

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Sometimes, we spend our parkruns with the people we know best, like these two future parkrunners at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.

 

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And sometimes, you decide to volunteer with your family. This week, Amy and her kids were the turnaround marshals at Sippo Lake parkrun. What a great cheering squad!

 

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The weather is already getting warm at Terry Hershey parkrun and they’re looking forward to moving to their earlier summer start time next week. 

 

Remember to check with your local parkrun to see whether and when their start time changes. Information can be found directly on the event’s webpage.

 

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Charleston WV parkrun cancelled parkrun Saturday to make way for the Charleston YWCA’s annual Race to End Racism. Several parkrunners took part in place of parkrunning (and it looks like there were even some awards). Next week, Charleston will celebrate their first anniversary.

 

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Someone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine at Himmel parkrun’s 25th event.

 

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Lynn and Steve have done all of their previous parkruns at Cross Flatts parkrun in Leeds, UK. Of course, their first parkrun tourism — and voluntourism — just had to be thousands of miles away at Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor. Why? Because it was established by their daughter Stephanie. 

 

Oh, and for good measure Stephanie also set a new female course record this week.

 

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We love the start line photos from Des Moines Creek parkrun every week. It always looks like the assembled parkrunners are about to have SO MUCH FUN.

 

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Sonja and Kadija both completed their 5th College Park parkrun this week. Always together. Always smiling. It’s a great way to start the weekend.

 

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At College Park parkrun they don’t see many International tourists, and Event Director Andrea Zukowski is proud of her Polish-American heritage. So she was excited to welcome Marcin, who usually runs at parkrun Kraków in Poland. He’s headed to Boston next weekend, and you can guess where he’ll be found next Saturday morning.

 

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They had an ace crew of token sorters on hand at Sippo Lake parkrun’s second event.

 

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The weather could not have been more perfect for a run or walk this weekend at Kensington parkrun!

 

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Paul gave the RD’s briefing at Roosevelt Island parkrun this weekend to a rapt audience.

 

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Even high-vis heroes…need superheroes? Not only that, but Renton parkrun had a visit from their local first responders to talk about how to prepare for an emergency at parkrun.

 

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A family that parkruns together stays together.

 

At Aspen parkrun Shelley and Jason celebrated their 18th anniversary together, just a couple of weeks after celebrating the first anniversary of putting on a free, weekly 5K for their community every week.

 

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A beautiful spring morning brought out a strong crowd at Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, VA. At parkrun, the hanging around afterwards is just as important as the running, walking, and volunteering.

 

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There was another 5K taking place in the park at the same time, but the parkrunners who made it to Anacostia parkrun were treated to a beautiful morning along the river.

 

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See you next week, from Crissy Field parkrun.

 

(And whoa – big boat!)

 

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