News - 6th January 2020

parkrun profile: Crissy Field

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There are more than 2,000 parkrun events, but Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco is one of the most iconic locations anywhere in the world.

 

Core Volunteer Mia Hartley takes us on a tour of her home event…

 

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I started running parkrun after a friend emailed my husband and me an article about parkrun in the UK and told us about the Crissy Field event over four years ago.

 

We loved the setting and the concept and have gone back every Saturday when we are in town. We are part of the core group of volunteers so we volunteer whenever there is a need.

 

My favorite part of the run is the social aspect afterwards – getting coffee and donuts and chatting with people and getting to be friends with them and being excited about their results.

 

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Our course is flat out-and-back course over gravel track and asphalt along the waterfront with the bay. The setting is beautiful and the people are really friendly and welcoming with lots of tourists parkrunning too.

 

When it comes to famous landmarks, they’re about as famous as you can get! Both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are in view.

 

For our post-parkrun coffee, we head to The Dynamo Donut coffee hut. It is less than 100 metres from the start/finish of our course, so it’s the perfect spot. The coffee is excellent and so are the donuts!

 

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There are a number of local heroes, but Dale Rose – our default Event Director – is the epitome of a quiet leader who does all the things necessary for the event to take place and doesn’t care if he gets credit for its success.

 

Whenever Dale is in town he is the Run Director (only once every quarter does he actually get to run the thing!), which we all take for granted. He is very welcoming to all the parkrun visitors and he makes sure the event runs smoothly.

 

Crissy Field parkrun has had a great impact on the local community. The people of San Francisco are in general may be more active and fitter than the average American community, but parkrun gives them a regular venue to do their active thing and get to know more people too.

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