It was a wet one this week across much of parkrun USA. In some places it was A Very Wet One. But that just gave us more ways to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. We also celebrated birthdays, milestones, new arrivals, and fond farewells. Here are some of our favorite pictures and stories from the week.
Of course you could stay home when it’s raining during parkrun.
… but then you’d be missing out on the fun.
To celebrate the 3rd birthday of College Park parkrun in Maryland they decorated cakes with a little personalized flag for each milestone shirt earned in the past 3 years. It turns out that you need a lot of cakes to hold 140 flags.
What’s this? A nighttime parkrun?
No. At Clermont Waterfront parkrun they had their most “intimate” parkrun crowd in almost 3 years, thanks to Tropical Storm Nestor. As the early morning light tried to break through, all 45 finishers got a thorough soaking.
The tropical storm was no deterrent to Maureen Mannion, who was celebrating her 50th parkrun, and probably her most memorable.
72-year old Maureen tries to walk a couple of miles every day, Why does she love participating in Clermont Waterfront parkrun? “It offers a punchline to my week!”
Everybody got a little wet thanks to Tropical Storm Nestor at Weedon Island Preserve parkrun.
Very special guest Run Director at Renton parkrun’s 100th event. Kortney Thoma was briefly in town and will soon be living in rather-less-rainy Australia.
But it is thanks to Kortney’s tireless efforts in 2016-2017 that there are parkrun events in the US Pacific Northwest. Now there are 2,700 registered parkrunners in the US PNW, and this week they reached a milestone, together reaching 8,021 parkruns or about 25,000 miles, a full circumnavigation of the earth.
Thank you, Kortney!
Is that a waterproof course map at Northside Beltline parkrun in Atlanta, GA? We hope so, as their morning was as wet as in Florida.
Ruth has lots of friends at Mansfield OH parkrun, but she recently started traveling around to meet new friends at other parkruns. This week she was meeting new friends at Charleston WV parkrun.
Elizabeth has been searching high and low for new US parkruns to try, having visited two-thirds of all US events. This week she definitely went high. At 8,000 feet above sea level, Aspen parkrun in Colorado is the highest parkrun in the world.
Tailwalking with a buddy is definitely A Thing. Ric and Kristen enjoyed their walk at Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI
Sometimes you need to pause tailwalking to bust a quick dance move. We think that’s what’s happening here, but we’re not 100% sure. Thanks to James and Nicole for tailwalking this week at Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston and making sure no one finishes last at parkrun!
parkruns are easier when you run them hand in hand with your best pal! Byxbee parkrun
This barkrunner at Mansfield OH parkrun remembered to thank the volunteers along the way.
It’s getting to be time for volunteers to pull out the warmer gear across the northern states. This group at the new Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun in Cleveland, OH was well prepared
There was a record-sized crowd this week at Himmel parkrun in Tucson, AZ, where they welcomed the Tucson Village Farm 4H Healthy Living Ambassadors.
It was a PBpalooza this week at College Park parkrun, with nearly 50 PBs. Partly due to the perfect fall weather. But mostly because the boys of DeMatha High School were back. They came out for a pre-season time trial in August, and their training has clearly been going well.
Beautiful setting for the start of Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI.
Beautiful reflections on the lake at Lillie parkrun, Ann Arbor.
Enjoying the fall along the trails at Sippo Lake parkrun in Canton, OH.
All ages are welcome at parkrun. Ages 4 to 65 million.
But please bring your barcode, ideally with your ICE details in your parkrun profile. Just in case the T-rex at your parkrun is less friendly than this one at Kensington parkrun in Maryland.
Freya’s mom and her big sister have completed over 100 parkruns between them at Mansfield OH parkrun. So it’s no surprise that she wants to get out of the stroller and walk, too.
While it’s getting chilly in some parts of the country, it’s perfect weather for an outdoor post-parkrun coffee at Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, TX. The barkrunners are pretty happy about that.
What do you do when the pre event setup volunteer forgets one of the poles? Why you improvise!
All that running and walking may be a pretext for the post-parkrun coffee at South Boulder Creek parkrun.
John Brackney loves the community at South Boulder Creek parkrun. But he’d love to have a parkrun event closer to home, so he’s part of an effort to start a parkrun closer to Denver, CO. Know of anybody who would like to be involved? Send us a message!
Joe and Jono very recently moved from London to Knoxville, TN. This week they drove the 400 mile round trip to Atlanta to check out Northside Beltline parkrun. Next week they’ll be much closer to home, as they’re part of the team that is launching Third Creek Greenway parkrun in Knoxville.
See you next week. From Renton parkrun.
Don’t forget your barcode. Halloween costume optional.
Amy Van Wyk was born with a congenital heart condition, requiring surgery in her childhood and twenties. In September 2018 she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, aged 36. Here she tells us how she’s adapted to living with a heart condition and cancer, and how keeping active with weekly parkruns has been a great coping…
Cleveland, Ohio is home to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (OECR) parkrun and the prestigious Case Western Reserve University. A group of PhD students from the university have made parkrun their Saturday morning routine! The students all hail from MD, China, NJ and MA and are studying in the departments of Genetics…