This week we celebrated the start of new parkrun events in Atlanta, GA and Cleveland, OH, bringing the count of US parkrun communities to 40. Welcome to Northside Beltline parkrun and Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun.
We also welcomed the changing seasons around the country, with beautiful sunrises, fall leaves, and perfect temps. There were milestones, people discovering new communities, and so much more. Here are some of our favorite pictures and stories from this weekend at parkrun USA.
Atlanta now has a parkrun. These are the pioneers at Northside Beltline parkrun. We hope to see them back next week, and the week after that, and …
The trail is looking beautiful during the pre-event check for the first Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun in Cleveland, OH.
The community at Mansfield OH parkrun was the seed for the spread of parkrun in Ohio. So this crew was excited to head out from Mansfield, pop. 50,000 to Cleveland, metro pop. 2,000,000 to help celebrate the launch of Cleveland’s first parkrun event, Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun. It’s #3 for Ohio, and there are more in the works.
To help celebrate the 15th anniversary of parkrun, at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun in Washington DC Zama created this cake with the most amazing grass frosting.
Run, don’t walk, to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun in Woodstock VT, to enjoy the fall colors around the lake called The Pogue. Those leaves won’t be around for much longer.
Beautiful sunrise at McAllister parkrun in Lafayette, IN, where they’re right on the edge of the eastern time zone.
Fall is certainly on its way in the mountains at Aspen parkrun.
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall at Sippo Lake parkrun in Canton, OH.
At Lillie parkrun, Ann Arbor one of the highlights is the downhill slope towards the boardwalk over the lake. Better yet, you get to enjoy it three times.
Little sign of fall in St Petersburg, FL at Weedon Island Preserve parkrun.
The views at South Boulder Creek parkrun are amazing in any season.
We can’t imagine why thousands have gotten up early to enjoy the 7:30am start of Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Clermont, FL.
The Durham NC parkrun crew pitched in for the local Big Sweep park cleanup operation. They pulled in quite a haul of trash from the area around their course.
We always aim to leave the park without a trace. Better yet if we can leave the park in better shape than when we arrived.
Marty and Thomas did their first parkrun at Livonia on the same winter day in February 2017. This week Marty did his 100th parkrun, and Thomas his 99th. Wonderful stuff, guys!
For Nomaan Gardee it was his 100th parkrun at Clermont Waterfront parkrun. We can understand why you’d want to keep coming back.
Milestone symmetry at Renton parkrun in the Pacific Northwest. Nikol and Dean wore their red 50 shirts together with a purple superhero cape for their 25th time volunteering. Meanwhile, co-Event Director Cathryn wore her purple V25 shirt together with a red 50 cape to mark her 50th parkrun.
Neil (right) was one of four College Park parkrunners who had completed 49 parkruns before this week. The other three ran with the red sash this week, but Neil wanted to wait until he could do his 50th with his wife Julie. So he volunteered instead. What he didn’t realize was that it was also his 25th time volunteering. So he got to wear the purple superhero cape instead. He scanned barcodes together with Mike, an octogenarian 50 clubber who is volunteering while recovering from surgery, and Yancira, a soon-to-be 100 clubber who is volunteering just because.
After completing events #2, #3, and #4, Coraline is well on her way to becoming the first parkrunner at Byxbee parkrun in Palo Alto to earn a parkrun milestone shirt.
Record turnout this week on the Rock Creek Trail (Washington DC version) at Kensington parkrun!
After completing over 200 parkruns in South Africa, Mandy was leaving behind something important when she moved to the US. How fortunate to find wonderful parkruns communities in the Bay Area. She’s now a 10-timer at Crissy Field parkrun, *and* she ran her fastest parkrun ever. Nice!
When you move thousands of miles soon after getting into parkrun, you have every reason to miss your Saturday morning community. When a new parkrun then starts up close to your new home you have every reason to feel good. We’re delighted that Lee and Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, WA found each other.
Sahana handles the city beat for the University of Maryland newspaper. The mayor suggested that she check out College Park parkrun. After learning about the stories of so many different community members and why they come together on a Saturday morning, Sahana is now looking forward to taking part as a parkrunner herself.
Road trip! For Adam and Emma from Lillie parkrun it was just a 600-mile round trip for a spot of parkrun voluntourism at Heritage Harbor parkrun in Ottawa, IL.
It’s Chicago Marathon weekend this week, so we suspect that HH parkrun may see some visitors from further away than Michigan.
Introducing a new volunteer at Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI. But wait — that’s Dale, who has welcomed nearly 9,000 different parkrunners to Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco. Little surprise that on his visit to Madison he volunteered as tailwalker.
This young parkrunner at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun in Washington DC knows that all the cool kids wear yellow vests.
For Mira it was her first time at her home parkrun at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD. And her first time volunteering with mom Rian as tailwalker. Perfect mom-daughter time.
At Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX co-event director Emma ensures that nobody takes themselves too seriously.
They’re looking forward to no longer being the only parkrun in Texas, when Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun launches in Keller, TX, Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, later this month.
The cross country team from Trinitas Christian School has found that Rec Plex North parkrun in Pensacola, FL is a great venue for a team workout. They have visited a few times, but under the radar. This week they were not under the radar as they came along in full team kit.
Walkers enjoying each other’s company at Oak Grove parkrun in Kentucky.
See you next week!
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