For many of us, the best part of parkrun isn’t the run or walk or the beautiful places we spend our Saturday mornings, it’s the friends that we make at parkrun. We love how communities across the US showed us, this week, that we all get by with a little help from our friends.
Alex was incredibly grateful to the new friend he made this weekend at Roosevelt Island parkrun. He was heading home when he realized that he’d lost his wedding ring during parkrun. He had no idea where he had lost it on the course. Alarmed & shocked he ran back to the finish. A successful search seemed impossible, but within seconds Wams appeared holding a ring which she had found on the ground! What are the odds?
What to do when the scanner suddenly breaks down, like it did this week at Charleston parkrun? Easy peasy. 11-year-old Callie stayed as cool as a cucumber, and neatly wrote down the finishing positions, names, and barcode numbers of every finisher. We get by with a little help from even 11-year-old friends.
Mike McClellan, of College Park parkrun, became just the 2nd octogenarian in the US to reach his 50 parkrun milestone. He only missed the honor of being the first by a couple of weeks, and that’s only because he leads such a busy life that he can’t come to parkrun as often as he would like. Hands up if you want to “be like Mike” when you’re 82 years old.
In case you were wondering, there is indeed a beautiful canal at Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun.
The heat may not have been anybody’s friend this holiday weekend but it didn’t stop anyone from coming out. Pensacola’s Rec Plex North parkrun was proud to welcome their 2000th Finisher, Michael, who must have been surprised to receive a lei and applause when he finished.
As it turns out, Allyce was also surprised with the news that SHE was Anacostia parkrun’s 2000th finisher.
Meanwhile, William Scott was taking a break from Anacostia parkrun to try out College Park parkrun. William biked from home, so that’s a duathlon completed by 10:30 AM by this septaugenarian.
Stephanie has done over 200 parkruns. But after years of doing parkruns in the UK and the Washington, DC area, there’s nothing quite like visiting the recently launched parkrun in your home town, Canton OH: Sippo Lake parkrun!
At Deep Run pakrurn, these two parkrunners were happy to see eye-to-eye.
Des Moines Creek parkrun had a visit this week from Councilman Jeremy Nutting and his family. They wore stars and stripes, in honor of the 4th of July.
The best things in life should be shared. This message was used last week at Mountain Goat Trail, and recycled this week at College Park.
This wonderful parent-teen pair helped out this week at Des Moines Creek parkrun.
At Fletcher’s Cove, it’s time for coffee and brunch with friends.
If you don’t like running in the heat, it’s a great time of year to try out the tail walker role, like this crew at Jamaica Pond parkrun.
Dr. John Mandrola (in orange) is an internationally recognized cardiologist who is based in Louisville. He’s now a regular at Joe Creason parkrun, and this week came along with his son, Will, wife Staci and sister, Missy. Now that’s the way to model good habits.
At Durham NC Chris Gould became the oldest US member of the 100 club. He’s in the 75-79 AG.
Kensington parkrun ‘got their freak on’ with a little volunteer dancing at the finish line this week.
Alex Brauer (center, in black) ran in the 2nd ever parkrun to happen in the US, back in June of 2012, in the 11-14 AG. His dad Rick was the pioneer who kicked off parkrun in the US with the creation of Livonia parkrun. This Saturday, Alex broke the Livonia course record. Perfect.
Moberly parkrun got a friendly visit from some Eagan parkrun tourists on their way through Missouri.
Perrigo parkrun was lucky to make a new friend in Kenny who was visiting from South Africa. He was able to step in and take over when the scanning volunteer had trouble with the equipment and a line started to form. He truly embraced the parkrun spirit in stepping up to help.
At Renton parkrun, Akhil was celebrating his 10th parkrun, so he got to wear the junior parkrunner cape of honor. He then went on to set a new PB and be first finisher! It must have been all that excitement over the milestone and the cheering from his parkrun friends.
Wouldn’t you love to ring this amazing looking PB bell at Perrigo parkrun?
Sally earned her 50 sash at Leakin Park parkrun, but since she doesn’t necessarily like the spotlight, she insisted on a group shot with all her friends who helped her celebrate. What a great parkrun family!
At Sippo Lake parkrun, everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the Fourth of July weekend!
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends when volunteering, like when you’re learning how to use the Virtual Volunteer app to scan barcodes.
Scott Revord has run all 36 events at Lillie parkrun, and this week he celebrated his 50th parkrun, as part of a record crowd at Lillie parkrun (and a record crowd for parkrun USA).
At Mansfield OH parkrun, John was celebrating another important event: his upcoming “new age group” birthday. He wanted to squeeze in one last parkrun in his age category, before his birthday later this week.
When all of the parkrunners east of the Rockies have crossed their finish lines, Crissy Field and all 3 of the Seattle area parkruns havn’t even started yet. Good morning, west coast!
Some say that man’s best friend is a dog (although the cats of parkrun USA disagree). This barkrunner is clearly motivating his human friend to get up the hill at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun.
Speaking of barkrunners….siblings Carmen and Patrick are regulars at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun, each regularly achieving personal bests. This week, they decided to slow it down on the hot day and bring puppy Luna to parkrun to do her longest walk to date.
Oak Grove parkrun in Oak Grove, KY continues to make new friends but keep the old at their events. What a great (and patriotic turnout)!
Many parkrunners find that it’s much easier to process the results when you have a friend around to help. We love the teamwork on display at Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX.
Friendly faces and beautiful places at South Boulder Creek parkrun!
See you next week!
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