News - 17th October 2019
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Our parkrun week in pictures, October 12th 2019

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When we look through the photos from 40-odd parkrun events every week, we love seeing so many happy faces. It’s a great reminder that, despite all of our differences, parkrun brings us together. There’s nothing more powerful than the shared joy of moving our bodies outside, whether it’s in the heat and humidity of Florida or the snow of Colorado. Here are a few great moments from parkrun this week.

 

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It only took three years, 158 events, and 20 volunteer credits before Zoe finally decided to run at College Park parkrun, where his parents are the event directors. Zoe, no matter whether you ever complete another parkrun, your entire parkrun family is here to cheer for you every single day. (But, we kind of hope that you’ll earn a 10 shirt.)

 

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At Depot Park parkrun in Gainesville, FL, we had some young runners showing off their junior parkrunner milestone shirts. Run or walk 10 parkruns (before you turn 18) and you can be as fashionable as these two.

 

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Frodo, a frequent parkrun barkrun volunteer at Renton parkrun is so happy his papa has healed up enough to run again. The timing is perfect now that Frodo has grown up enough to be able to run with him too. Great job, Frodo, on completing your first barkrun.

 

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There is NOTHING like a parkrun. Sometimes you run, and sometimes at Des Moines Creek parkrun, you fly. And we know exactly how that feels.

 

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Lillie parkrun Ann Arbor held their 50th event this weekend, so they asked everyone to wear red in celebration (just like the shirt that parkrunners receive after completing their 50th parkrun). What a great, inclusive way to celebrate this awesome milestone.

 

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It looks like someone was having a fantastic time at their second Renton parkrun We hope that you’ll join us over and over and over again.

 

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It was a very special day at Anacostia parkrun, when Cathryn, who usually parkruns near Seattle, finally got to meet Peter Wachira at his home parkrun. Peter and Cathryn worked together on a story about how parkrun helped him overcome alcohol addiction and soaring blood pressure, but it was the first time they’d met in real life.

 

Peter’s story is here: From addiction to a new healthy habit

 

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Aditya discovered Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, WA because his son has soccer practice right next to the start line. We’re so happy to have him (and what a GREAT way to spend the time while your kids do their sporting activities). Aditya, is there any chance that you’ll bring your son along when soccer season is finished?

 

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Keisha and Lee drive 45 miles from Mobile, Alabama to attend Rec Plex North parkrun in Pensacola, FL and always bring their granddaughter. Apparently, she already wants to get out of the stroller and run! Next week, Lee will be pushing her during a marathon, less than a year after he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and decided to be more active. We are so glad that you’ve made parkrun part of your fitness routine and can’t wait to see where your journey takes you next.

 

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Mansfield OH parkrun’s junior parkrunners are definitely ready to have a great parkrun, this week and every week.

 

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The West NVHAA Cross Country Team Centurions came by bus from Manassas, VA to pay Fletcher’s Cove parkrun in Washington, DC another visit after their first trip a year ago. Welcome back and we hope you’ll visit again soon. (It’s ok to come to parkrun more than once a year, we promise!)

 

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Patricia had so much fun running her first ever 5K at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD a few weeks ago, she brought the whole family this week. The extra cheers must have been the secret to scoring a PB by taking almost a minute off her time.

 

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Here’s another PB celebration, this time at Oak Grove parkrun in Kentucky – Tatiana looks elated to have gone under 30 minutes for the first time.

 

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Aspen parkrun in Colorado is already experiencing a bit of snow, but that wasn’t going to deter this group of dedicated parkrunners

 

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Amy took this week’s photos at Sippo Lake parkrun in Canton, OH, but more importantly, it was her birthday! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with parkrun friends. (Have you checked the calendar for the next time that you’ll have a parkrun on your birthday?)

 

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Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ welcomed first-timer, Mackenzie, a student at the nearby University of Arizona. We hope you’ll join us again on your study breaks, Mackenzie.

 

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Fun fact: did you know that your photos are 300% better, if you’re wearing a parkrun high vis jacket when they’re taken? Looks like you had a great volunteer crew this week, Kensington parkrun, including our official barkrun reporter, Foxy.

 

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Lucy heard that Northside Beltline parkrun in Atlanta was one of our newest parkruns, so she thought it was the perfect place for a puppy to check out this parkrun thing that she’s heard so much about.

 

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The Woltersdorf family was visiting Roosevelt Island parkrun from Küchenholz parkrun in Leipzig, Germany this weekend. They made sure that another US parkrun was included in their plans (they ran at Durham, NC last weekend) and brought along their friends who live in the DC area.

 

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Christine made the trek from Rhode Island to walk the Jamaica Pond parkrun with her son and JP regular, Colby. Please join us again, Christine!

 

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If you haven’t had the joy of running with Jon at Leakin Park parkrun yet, be sure to go and visit. He is a supreme support in helping others hit their PBs. Even after finishing his run, Jon found Daryl looking for an extra push, and she used it to cruise to a PB. We love the teamwork.

 

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Three is a magic number. Scott, Steve and Kathy make the magic that uploads Livonia parkrun’s times into the system. And they’re still smiling, which is a great sign.

 

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Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun in Cleveland, OH held their second event this past weekend and were very happy to welcome several students from nearby Case Western Reserve University for their first parkrun.

 

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The high-vis heroes came out in full force this past Saturday at Charleston WV parkrun. We hear that adorable pup was a huge help this week as well.

 

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Have you heard? College Park parkrun in Maryland will be celebrating its 3rd birthday next weekend. Walkers are always incredibly welcome, as these three already know. Külli (center) could have chased a PB this week, but she decided to enjoy the early fall weather with parkrun friends Dottie and Anna instead. Good choice!

 

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While it’s traditional to give out candy at Halloween, the Durham parkrun was giving out high-fives and we think that is infinitely better.

 

Related: have you checked to see whether your parkrun is hosting a Halloween event? Is your costume ready?

 

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They held a full dress rehearsal at Third Creek Greenway parkrun on Saturday. Only two weeks to go until parkrun comes to Knoxville, Tennessee!

 

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The parkrun USA ambassador team held their second annual parkrun conference this year near the home of College Park parkrun. The weekend was full of great discussions about what we’ve learned in the past few years about building thriving parkrun events and what we need to do to get ready to support future expansion. We can’t wait to see what the parkrun USA family can accomplish together in 2020.

 

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See you next week! from Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, OR.

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