This weekend more people than ever before took part in more parkrun USA events than ever: 2,158 finishers + volunteers at 35 events across the country. We celebrated new launches, bittersweet departures, dads of all ages, visitors from near and far, and so many happy humans and barkrunners.
Here are just a few of our favorite pictures and stories from the week. If you missed out this weekend — fear not, we’re back again in just a few days.
We were thrilled to welcome Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, WA as the 35th member of the parkrun USA family. With two other parkrun events already in the Seattle area, plus more across the border in Vancouver, it was a Pacific Northwest parkrun party this week, with a mix of local first-timers, regional and long-distance tourists.
Perrigo team members Kerstin, Melani, and Dean (front) could not have been happier with the day.
One parkrun tourist from down the road, and another from around the globe at the Perrigo parkrun launch, but these two were no strangers.
Nikol is a regular at nearby Renton parkrun. Michelle is an event director at Northampton parkrun in the UK. But Michelle won the parkrun lottery when she planned her two week trip to Seattle. She happened to get the timing right to visit Renton on the first Saturday, the Des Moines Creek parkrun birthday celebration last week, and the Perrigo parkrun launch this week. Nice!
This week’s 35 events were brought to you by a record 347 volunteers.
Our parkrun volunteers come in all sizes (even if our volunteer vests might not).
At College Park parkrun Samantha is a regular volunteer, so she has her own pint-sized vest. This week she was simply enjoying the trail with her parents and two younger siblings, but she chose to wear her yellow vest anyway. We like your style, Samantha!
For six-year old Grady it was his first ever parkrun finish this week, enjoying the trail with dad.
… But that’s not all. It was also Grady’s 25th time volunteering at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun, so he’ll soon be the proud owner of a loose-fitting purple parkrun volunteer shirt. Nice job, Grady!
Bittersweet morning at Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston. They’re loving their temporary summer home at the Arnold Arboretum, but this week it was time to bid farewell to Ann Carbone, one of the founders of the event, and somebody who played a huge role in getting the event started. Ann is retiring and moving south, to somewhere with less icy January parkruns.
Naturally, Ann (orange vest) was still volunteering this week. But the team gave her a guard of honor along the course.
It’s Week #4 at the new McAllister parkrun in Lafayette, IN, and they’re welcoming new parkrunners every week.
Nothing new about this parkrun. At Livonia parkrunin Metro Detroit, this week they celebrated their 350th free, weekly event. And they celebrated Bruce, who has been there for 250 of them. For those five years of Saturdays, Bruce becomes only the 3rd person in the US to earn the coveted green parkrun milestone shirt. Great job, Bruce!
At Durham, NC parkrun Richard celebrated 100 parkruns and brought treats with him for the celebration. Well done Richard!
Kristoffer and Noah celebrated their Father’s Day together at Kensington parkrun. Together, this awesome father/son team now have 50 parkruns between them!
Happy Fathers Day from Andrew and Myles atMansfield OH parkrun. Myles ran his first parkrun on Father’s Day weekend, and who better to run it with than Dad!
Fathers’ Day fun at Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, VA.
A father and son finish at Rec Plex North parkrun. Fatherly love at it’s best: Victor says he let his son Jacob “win”! But Victor has double the amount of parkruns under his belt (2-to-1), so in our book he’s still ahead.
Eduardo was part of the team that got Roosevelt Island parkrun started, so he was thrilled to bring his son to the island this Fathers Day.
Celebrating the dads at Sippo Lake parkrun.
There was so much coming together at parkruns across the country this week. Spot the local atMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun #3 in Woodstock, V this weekend.
Eliza (UK flag) is a Vermonter who is now based in the UK. She’s back in town to spend time with her mom. Imagine her delight when she found there was a new parkrun starting in Woodstock! Meanwhile Geraldine is a South African who is now local to Woodstock. She created this new event to help bring people together in her community. It seems to be working!
At Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD Norm was visiting from London. More than just a casual parkrun tourist, this was Norm’s 15th different parkrun USA event. When you’re that serious about your parkrun tourism, you get to see parts of the US that most visitors wouldn’t experience.
With new parkrun USA events starting all the time, we expect there will be plenty to keep Norm on his toes for the foreseeable future.
These first-time parkrunners at Charleston WV parkrun were visiting from Washington DC. And it was in Charleston that they learned that there are five parkruns to choose from every weekend back home. Spoiled for choice!
At Anacostia parkrun they also welcomed visitors from the London area. Lynn usually runs at Chelmsford parkrun and her daughter Charlotte, spending some quality parkrun time together while on their travels to the DC area.
At Renton parkrun they welcomed visitors from far and wide. Jon came all the way from Montsouris parkrun in Paris, France. Coincidentally, Roosevelt Island parkrun event director Joyce was visiting Jon’s home parkrun in Paris on Saturday!
More visitors. These bikers had almost completed their ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC along the C&O Canal towpath. They took a quick breather to find out what all the commotion was about at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.
We’re fortunate to hold events on some spectacular trails, so we’re delighted to share them with whoever else is out enjoying them on a Saturday morning.
Hydrating for the summer heat at Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ. It’s not for nothing that they start at 7am in the summer months.
Somebody brought water for the parkrunners atTerry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX.
(Please bring a cup if you can — we like to leave the parks without a trace.)
It’s always a fun time at the post-parkrun coffee meetup at Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor in Michigan.
Post-parkrun coffee and donuts at the finish ofAspen parkrun in Colorado.
After running or walking a 5K at 8,000 feet of elevation, a little refueling is in order.
This barkrunner was stylin’ at Des Moines Creek parkrun in Washington State.
Perfect day for a run with your barkrunner atLouisville Parks Joe Creason parkrun.
… or at Oak Grove parkrun, also in Kentucky.
This young parkrunner was in full flight at Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun, where he contributed to a new attendance record this weekend.
High fives for everyone at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the boardwalks atWeedon Island Preserve parkrun in St Petersburg, FL look rather nice.
See you next week, from the new Perrigo parkrun.
In apricot, that’s parkrun ambassador Kortney, enjoying a walk on the Perrigo course with a friend. Kortney started working on bringing a parkrun to Redmond, WA back in 2016, so she had every reason to feel very proud of the new community that she saw forming at Perrigo this week.
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