News - 24th July 2019

Holding each other accountable

Todd and Jim Harris cover

Rex Plex North parkrun’s local volunteer reporter Fern Hopkins shared the following story on their local parkrun page on social media and we wanted to share it with you! It has been lightly edited for clarity.


Several years ago, Jim Harris, 71, had multiple-bypass surgery. As a result, he and his family knew that he needed to become more active.  


Jim’s son Todd, 41, a long-time runner, got his dad to join him on runs as often as possible. Then parkrun came to Pensacola. Since they started coming at the 2nd event they have both been regular participants. Last Saturday was Todd’s 15th, and Jim’s 14th event.


Over the last several months, Jim’s PB has just continued to improve. His goal was to complete the course in 45 minutes, and on Saturday he clocked in at 43:26! Go, Jim!


Todd said he likes that he and his dad keep each other accountable. Jim contacts Todd on Friday evenings to make sure he’s planning to go to parkrun the next day, and on Saturday mornings he picks up Todd bright and early. After finishing, they go to a weekly family breakfast.


Jim and Todd Harris 3


parkrun is an activity both father and son look forward to each week. “It’s a really nice tradition,” says Todd.


We couldn’t agree more. 


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