News - 21st August 2019

Our parkrun week in pictures, August 17th 2019


Strollers, selfies, signs, … and snorkels. We’re out there in all weathers, in more and more healthy communities across the US every Saturday morning. Here are just some of our favorite pictures and stories from our fourth consecutive week with 2,000+ finishers supported by 300+ volunteers.




Feeling good about the shaded woodland course at Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Florida.




At Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun in NJ event co-founder Rory Murphy was celebrating his 250th parkrun. His parkrun friends gave him a very special selfie frame, so that everybody can get a Rory selfie, even when Rory’s out of town. For good measure, they also celebrated the event’s first birthday. With cake, of course. And they saw their largest crowd to date.




At Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco, Luca completed his 50th parkrun. Nice!


In fact, Luca’s dad also joined the 50 club a couple of weeks ago. And mom and sister are just a couple of weeks behind. That’s going to be a lot of red 50 shirts in the family laundry.




At Livonia parkrun Scott finished his 50th parkrun, then waited to welcome Guy, also joining the 50 club.




Susan and Tom were getting it done at Durham NC parkrun.




The smooth, fast trail at Anacostia parkrun is a perfect place for a Saturday morning nap.




The bumpy trail at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun is less ideal for napping, but a pretty fun ride all the same.




Last week at College Park parkrun Nico rode in a stroller, as usual, while they celebrated his dad’s 100th parkrun. This week mom and dad Magdalena and Eddie were super proud as Nico ditched the stroller and did his first parkrun under his own steam. Nico was rather pleased with himself, too.




You’ll fit right in at parkrun, whatever your age, speed, gender, or speed. And however long your legs are. Charleston WV parkrun.




The run is so much fun. But can it be a little cooler? Deep Run parkrun.




At Renton parkrun Nikol took her first spin as Run Director. The morning was a great success, and Nikol has clearly been honing her RD selfie technique.




At McAllister parkrun in Lafayette, IN Dan is using parkrun to help manage his diabetes and complete his goal of losing 100lbs. He’s 90% of the way there already!




Can any events supplant Mountain Goat Trail parkrun and Durham NC parkrun as the top chalkers in parkrun USA. Well, at Joe Creason parkrun in Louisville, KY they’re mounting a strong challenge with their ‘Daisygrams’. That’s messages of encouragement from junior parkrunner Daisy.




The Daisygrams must be working. Daisy’s mom Shawn Ann started parkrunning a year ago, working to break 40 minutes. This week she broke 30 minutes for the first time, showing that MS needn’t slow her down.




Keep up, guys! Dee and Karen left *everyone* in their wake at Mansfield, OH parkrun, where both set big PBs and both set a new age-category record.




Drew led the first-timers’ briefing at Jamaica Pond parkrun. They have a LOT of instructional signs, and this week they introduced a new volunteer sign-up whiteboard.




Holly started coming to Kensington parkrun for volunteering credit. But now the whole family comes along, and she and her parents are very much part of the community..




With torrential rain at Depot Park parkrun they had as many volunteers as runners and walkers this week. But that just made it all the more memorable for the folks who came along.




It was a little bit wet in St Petersburg, FL at Weedon Island Preserve parkrun.




But Run Director Josilynn assured the parkrunners that there was nothing to worry about




There’s a time and a place for post-parkrun coffee. Post-parkrun popsicles are just the ticket right now in Tucson, AZ.




It’s a time of year when many people are moving to a new town for college and looking to meet new people. Chris Wyburn-Powell just moved 5,000 miles to start a grad program at the U of Colorado. Lucky for Chris, there’s a parkrun in town. Great way to meet new people!


In fact, Chris was one of the founders of South Boulder Creek parkrun, while on study abroad two years ago. We featured a story about Chris last year. This week he celebrated his return by volunteering as Run Director.




Elizabeth is on a parkrun USA tourism streak. So when driving her son Stephen from DC to AL for college they “just happened” to be near Oak Grove parkrun in KY on Saturday morning. Elizabeth has now completed two-thirds of all US parkruns. We’d better launch some more, to keep her on her toes!




It was Premalatha’s first ever parkrun, and she decided to volunteer as tailwalker at Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, WA. We like your style, Premalatha!




With a return visit from the crew at Tri-Star Fitness, they saw their largest ever Saturday crowd at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun.




At Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ they welcomed Juan, visiting from Hermosilla, Mexico.




It was Aaliyah’s first time at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, and she proceeded to set an age-category record.




Cheering squad led by a park ranger at the top of the big hill at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun in Woodstock, VT.




At Eagan parkrun in Minnesota Naveen ably directed a big summer crowd. After 111 events they are excited that next week’s launch of Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI will mean that they’re a mere 4 hours drive from the closest parkrun.




A growing community is working on bringing parkrun to Knoxville, TN. Follow them on “Let’s Bring parkrun to Knoxville” on Facebook, and meet them by these statues on the Third Creek Greenway on Saturday mornings.




See you next week. From Rec Plex North parkrun.


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