The center of the parkrun USA world skewed west this weekend, as we were thrilled to see Byxbee parkrun in Palo Alto, California get off to a great start. Maybe now that we have an event within sight of the Googleplex (really!), even more people will *search for* their local parkrun and *find out* about our amazing communities…(groan)!
But it wasn’t only in Silicon Valley where cool parkrun stories were happening. Here are some of our favorites from across parkrun USA this week.
The launch of Byxbee parkrun in Palo Alto, CA drew an enthusiastic crowd of 130 runners and walkers, plus plenty of strollers. And, we know that they were excited to finally welcome parkrun to their community.
Some of the Byxbee parkrun participants had already experienced nearby Crissy Field parkrun, but for most it was their first ever parkrun. Welcome!
Daryl has created a Personal Progress Program for herself this fall. Step one was to run her first 5K, and boy did she accomplish that goal. Leakin Park parkrun can’t wait to help with her next steps too!
Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, VA welcomed a big group of students from Clover Hill High School. The cross-country team, perhaps? No, it was the show choir. Some ran, some walked, many did a bit of both. What a fantastic way for teens to get active in their community in a non-competitive setting.
Bob & Vicky were part of the core team from the Lafayette Lions Club that worked to bring McAllister parkrun to life. They’ve been stalwart volunteers ever since the event launched. And now, they’ve finally walked their first parkrun with help from guide dog (& barkrunner) Finn.
Don was the first person at Rec Plex North parkrun to volunteer 25 times and this week he debuted his snazzy new purple parkrun shirt. It looks great, Don!
At Aspen parkrun, Mykenzie got to enjoy talkwalking with her grandma Carol, visiting from Australia.
At Des Moines Creek parkrun, it was school spirit week to celebrate back to school. A surprising number of people showed up in purple, including this future University of Washington Husky, who also found that there are even better ways to cross the parkrun finish line than in your stroller.
Beautiful morning at Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor. Their 46th event, and Scott’s 46th finish. Will he make it to 50 without missing a week? (He already has a red parkrun 50 club shirt because he started parkrunning at Livonia parkrun.)
This might have been Carlos’ first official parkrun, but that’s only because he didn’t register for a barcode until after he’d finished last week’s event. We’re so glad that Monica brought you along to Roosevelt Island parkrun.
First-timer Pamela was in great hands with Blake at Renton parkrun.
Well, we’re glad to see that someone is taking parkrun seriously…and it isn’t the RD or the ED who photobombed this shot of the scanning table at Clermont parkrun!
Stand tall. Ring your bell loudly. Oak Grove parkrun.
We spotted some more high vis heroes having fun at Jamaica Pond parkrun. We can’t decide what we like best, the smiles or the dimple…cones.
We love this shot from Weedon Island Preserve parkrun, because it’s a great reminder that it can be so easy to make sure that volunteering is accessible to everyone, if we just remember to ask whether someone needs a chair. And, volunteering is a great way to stay connected to your parkrun community when you’re injured.
Barkrunner Autumn enjoyed her role as tailwalker this week at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun in Woodstock, VT. Her human, Jan, enjoyed being pulled along for the ride, too.
Alex was stylin’ at Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ.
At Louisville Parks Joe Creason parkrun in Louisville, KY they welcomed guests from Charleston WV parkrun: Adam and Ashlley, together with Rebecca and David. Great opportunity for sharing tips and tricks.
Cath and Stef helped us set a new record for volunteers this weekend. They completed their first ever parkrun at Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor in Michigan, and they took part as volunteer tailwalkers. We love this!
The highlight of the day for Leakin Park parkrun was certainly Kristie’s 50th celebration. Kristie was part of the team that helped bring parkrun to this West Baltimore gem.
A surprise visit from Mom, Dad, Andy Rooney, and Cosmo made the day ever the more special. parkrun time is certainly good family time.
Great news from Depot Park parkrun in Gainesville, FL. The store right in the park is now opening early to welcome parkrunners. It’s a fantastic place to hang out with parkrun friends for a coffee and a chat (and process results). … and that looks like a couple of parkrun tourists who we caught up with last week far away in Missouri.
Tisharia, Jocelyn, and Ja’niya are friends and teammates from Chadler Park Academy. They look so ready for the upcoming cross country season after their workouts at Livonia parkrun.
We love seeing new parkrunners grow in confidence and predict that pretty soon, these two won’t be doing any of the Perrigo parkrun course in a stroller!
You know who else is ready to do their first parkrun? The team at Northside Beltline parkrun in Atlanta, Georgia. This weekend, they were putting their shiny new parkrun equipment through its paces, and looking forward to their official launch on Oct 5th.
See you next week! From Byxbee parkrun.
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