June 1st was a big day in the US! It was the 7th birthday of parkrun USA, two brand new parkruns launched, 353 people completed their very first parkrun, and for the first time ever, 6 US parkruns had over 100 finishers. Bring on summer!
Did somebody mention birthdays? Josie celebrated her 12th birthday by debuting as Run Director at Weedon Island Preserve parkrun. We like your style, Josie (not to mention your hat)!
Livonia parkrun is where parkrun USA started 7 years ago. A lot of milestone shirts have been earned since then, including the only two 250s in the country to date (not for long)! Here is this week’s collection.
At Des Moines Creek parkrun, they are really, really, really excited to celebrate their first birthday next week!
Here are two of parkrun USA’s 353 first timers this week, enjoying the looong downhill at the launch of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun in Woodstock, VT. This is where it all begins. Before you know it, these two may be earning their red 50 shirts!
106 parkrunners and 10 volunteers showed up to help Deep Run parkrun celebrate their second birthday this weekend, absolutely smashing their previous attendence record of 62 – set at their launch! Not even the rain that started mid-event could put a damper on the birthday fun.
Deep Run parkrun Event Director Nicole had never given a briefing to this many people before, but we’re sure she did a fantastic job. We are so happy to see the impact that parkrun is having on this community in Richmond, VA.
A chunk of this week’s first timers at College Park parkrun were from nearby Galway Elementary School. They brought their own cheering section and got award certificates from their coach.
At Terry Hershey parkrun, Fran Esson led a small family take-over this week. She did a fantastic job on her first time Run Directing!
Do you sometimes leave parkrun in a better mood than when you arrived? Yeah, we do too. The good vibes were on display at Sippo Lake parkrun this week.
Brand new parkrun, brand new Event Director, and brand new Run Director! Welcome, Oak Grove parkrun. If you’re ever in the vicinity of Fort Campbell, Event Directors Zack and Tony would love to welcome you to this new event in Kentucky.
Kerline has been a dedicated parkrunner since the launch of Mountain Goat Trail parkrun, but today she donned the Run Director vest for the first time. She was very happy that it was a quiet day for her debut, and she did a fabulous job. So what did she do to celebrate a successful parkrun morning? Afterwards she walked the trail with her daughter Em, of course (Em will not miss her Saturday morning outing!).
Scott Watkins, chairman of parkrun Australia was in New Orleans for other business, and decided to drive the 200 miles to Pensacola, FL for Rec Plex North parkrun. Why not?!
What a gorgeous day at South Boulder Creek parkrun! It’s hard to beat that mountain backdrop, for drama.
They had a great morning at Eagan parkrun, where David, visiting from Switzerland, snagged this amazing shot with one of the locals.
At Mansfield OH parkrun, this super parkrun family all volunteered this week. Logan handled the tokens while Damien, Reagan and Monica (mom) had tailwalking covered.
(Mom found some pint-sized vests on Amazon; others have found them at Ikea)
Imogen got to wear the 10 cape this week at Renton parkrun, just a few weeks after her sister did the same. Watch this space for double white 10 milestone shirts!
We’re glad to see that Des Moines Creek parkrun has a great team working together on pre-event setup.
At Livonia parkrun’s 7th birthday party, the old timers were joined by some first timers. This good looking group were from Wood Creek Elementary School.
Jon is a regular at Mansfield OH parkrun, but took a side trip this weekend to complete some parkrun tourism (and his 95th parkrun). His new friends at Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ even made sure that he left with a cool new local souvenir. Pretty soon, Jon, you’ll have a nice new black milestone shirt, too.
Local parkrun tourism is good, too. Anacostia parkrun was canceled this week for another event, so these ladies took the short trip to College Park parkrun. They loved their walk on the shaded trail. Other Ancostians took the opportunity to visit Kensington parkrun or Leakin Park parkrun or Roosevelt Island parkrun.
There’s no place like home. But it’s nice to have a few parkrun choices nearby.
At Fletcher’s Cove parkrun it’s always great to see the marshal at the turn-around. You know you’re half-way finished and you get a great boost from their encouragement.
Refueling after parkrun is always a smart idea, especially when you’ve just finished your first-ever parkrun! Congratulations, Emma – we’re glad you joined us at Crissy Field parkrun this weekend.
There was a bittersweet moment at Charleston WV parkrun on Saturday. Zhora (in the grey shirt) will be returning home to Ukraine after attending school as an exchange student in Charleston. We hope that you can come back again soon, to see your parkrun friends, Zhora
See you next week (when this crowd will have moved to Jamaica Pond parkrun’s temporary summer location – Arnold Arboretum)!
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