It was a pretty fantastic start to our busiest week of parkrunning ever in the US, with 94 events in an eight day period. More Americans ran, walked, or volunteered than ever before at parkrun this weekend. That’s pretty cool. But the best part is the great stories that we found of people coming together to help each other out. That’s what keeps us coming back week after week.
At a rain-soaked Third Creek Greenway parkrun David and barkrunner Scout were special first-timers.
David is part of the team that brought parkrun to Knoxville, TN. He was scheduled to be tailwalker at the inaugural parkrun four weeks ago. But he had a bike accident en route to parkrun and ended up in the ER instead. So it was great to see him in good shape this week!
Maureen and Kara came to College Park parkrun in different ways.
Maureen’s parkrun crazy brothers brought her along last month when they were visiting from London. She has been back almost every week, walking and then run-walking to a PB every time.
Kara came along because her son’s middle school running group wanted to find a free 5K to round out the season. They found themselves run-walking the trail together, and finished hand-in-hand.
This is what it’s all about, folks, Bringing people together.
Unexpected attendance record at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD. Word is spreading about the fun Saturday morning community in this gem of an urban wilderness.
At Renton parkrun the run director for the day was stranded at home, locked out of her car. And her co-Event Director was stuck at home with her foot in a boot.
No worries! After more than 100 weekly events, the community sprung into action and everything went off smoothly.
Bonus fact: Blake (right), husband of the booted and grounded co-Event Director, completed his 25th time volunteering in the process. He and Cam are going to look great in their matching purple parkrun shirts!
At Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco, CA they celebrated they reached two milestones on the same day: 250th free, weekly event, and 20,000th finisher.
Congratulations to Ashley Sutcliffe on becoming the 20,000th finisher, and 9,414th person to complete Crissy Field parkrun.
At Charleston WV parkrun Callie tried her hand at barcode scanning, with dad Jamie as her assistant.
Every day is a time to be thankful at parkrun. There were extra reminders on hand this week at Mansfield OH parkrun.
At McAllister parkrun in Lafayette, IN they were celebrating 6 months of volunteer-led parkruns.
Taking out the trash is a chore. Volunteering at parkrun is fun. And you get to hang out in some pretty nice places like the course at South Boulder Creek parkrun.
In addition to all the Saturday morning volunteers, there are the volunteers that keep parkrun USA humming behind the scenes. Eden Gray has the role of Chief of Staff to barkrun correspondent Foxy.
This week Eden was back at Sippo Lake parkrun in Canton, OH, and clearly back from injury, as she ran her fastest parkrun since New Years Day 2018.
Thank you, and congratulations!
Annie and Keosha left the kids and met up for a run together at Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, MD. Great way to start off the weekend.
More and more people are coming to Durham, NC parkrun. Natalia and Ross first came along at the start of November and they have not missed a week since then.
They seem to be having a good time.
St Francis International School in Silver Spring, MD started a running club for middle schoolers this year. They were looking for a 5K for the team to round out the season. They were amazed to discover that their local parkrun is open to all, takes place every week, and is free. The kids had a great time at College Park parkrun.
We love meeting first timers at parkrun every week. And we really love it when they become second timers, like Megan at Renton parkrun in Renton, WA.
Michelle and Jill have both covered the course at Pensacola’s Rec Plex North parkrun much faster. But this week seemed like the right time for a friendly stroll in the woods.
At Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, WA Dean celebrated his birthday with a PB.
… they also had birthday cake for Dean. It would be rude not to partake.
It was the start of ski season in Aspen. Looks like they had good ski conditions. And it made for pretty parkrunning, too.
Many of our courses follow trails with nice wooden bridges. As we approach frost season, watch out for slippery bridges. This picture from Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun in Cleveland, OH shows how the rising sun leaves frost in the shadows of the bridge.
Beautiful scenes from the woodland trail section at South Boulder Creek parkrun in Colorado.
Wet morning at Northside Beltline parkrun in Atlanta, GA.
Crisp November morning for the start of Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, OR.
Always good lakeside views at Howard Temin Lakeshore Path parkrun in Madison, WI.
After 55 runs and 30 times volunteering at College Park parkrun, Larry got his first taste of parkrun tourism this week at Byxbee parkrun.
A lot has changed in Palo Alto since Larry lived there in the 1970s. House prices have gone up a little. But prices for the local 5K have never been better!
Last week Melissa received finish token #383 at Fulham Palace parkrun in London, UK. This week she received token #4 at Mountain Goat Trail parkrun in Sewanee, TN. She was a few seconds faster and close to her fastest ever parkrun time, despite stopping along the trail to take pictures.
Big day at Jamaica Pond! The City of Boston has completed $5M in trail and park improvements and the pond is reopening. After parkrun and coffee the Jamaica Pond parkrun crew joined Mayor Marty Walsh, parks commissioner Chris Cook, and parkrunning councilman Matt O’Malley to celebrate the reopening.
JP parkrun’s Thanksgiving parkrun on 11/28 will be back at the pond. Then 11/30 will be the last Saturday at Arnold Arboretum before returning to the pond for good on 12/7.
At Deep Run parkrun in Richmond, VA Lori celebrated her 50th parkrun with her parkrun partner and stroller pilot.
You don’t need to climb the Observation Tower during Weedon Island Preserve parkrun in St Petersburg, FL. But we highly recommend a visit before or after your parkrun.
All smiles at Clermont parkrun in Florida, where they’re looking forward to a big Thanksgiving morning parkrun on Thursday.
Clermont parkrun has been holding Thanksgiving events since 2013, and last year they saw an attendance record on Thanksgiving morning. So they’re going to be dusting off the high numbered finish tokens this week!
See you on THURSDAY for our special Thanksgiving Day parkruns in a dozen US cities. And on Saturday at all locations.
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