Did you know that the last parkruns in the world happen right here in the US every week? parkruns in New Zealand and Australia happen on Friday afternoon here in the US, but our parkruns on the west coast finish up early Sunday morning down under. Time zones, how do they work?
Here is a look at the week in pictures for September 10, with a slight west coast bias:
Our best coast pals at Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland dealt with some air quality issues on parkrun day, but you wouldn’t know it based on the smiles from their volunteer crew.
The haze hanging over Palo Alto offered a little reprieve from the sun for Byxbee parkrun’s 3rd birthday celebration.
Did you know that the only place in the world where you can find Saguaro cacti is in the Sonoran Desert? These plants are ubiquitous in desert scenes but they’re only found in southern Arizona and in the Mexican state of Sonora. Tucson, the home of Himmel parkrun is home to Saguaro National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which are must-visits after your morning 5K.
Thumbs up for the tail walker who finished in 60th place at Perrigo parkrun in Redmond, Washington near Seattle. The tail walker’s job is to finish last and is typically the most requested volunteer gig. Why not join the party in the back at your local parkrun this weekend?
We love this group photo from Riverside Park parkrun in Rexburg, Idaho. Everyone looks a little chilly but we bet they warmed up once they got moving! Riverside Park had their 13th event this past Saturday and is our 2nd event in Idaho. Can you name the other?
One of our newest events, Winthrop Trailhead parkrun in Winthrop, Washington had their 8th event this past weekend. This course is a stunner and we appreciate the volunteers getting out there early to capture it in all its glory. Probably don’t have to wait too long to see this one covered in snow!
Moving ever so slightly east of the Mississippi River, we come to Cottage Grove, Minnesota and Hamlet Park parkrun. This is another of our newer events, celebrating their 18th free weekly timed 5K this past Saturday. Here is the run director on the day, but most importantly Finn. We’re huge fans of Finn at parkrun USA headquarters and hope you are too.
Joe Creason parkrun in Louisville was cancelled last weekend but a few of their parkrunners made the trip to Charleston parkrun to get their free 5K fix. What’s the furthest you’ve traveled for parkrun?
Well done to the volunteer crew who helped put on the inaugural event at Evergreen parkrun in Green Township, NJ. Look at those smiles and blue skies!
Yet another good looking Mid-Atlantic volunteer crew, this time at Baltimore and Annapolis Trail parkrun. They’re celebrating their 1st anniversary this Saturday. Way to go on one year of parkrunning!
The orange vest pops against any background, but especially here at Merrymeeting parkrun in Maine. We can’t wait to see what this course looks like once the leaves start to change.
What’s the 411? Well, you’ll have to pay attention to the run brief to find out. Even if you’ve been 100 times, you never know if there are special hazards on the course. Thanks to our volunteers this week at Durham NC parkrun who helped facilitate the 411th edition of the Research Triangle’s favorite free weekly timed 5K.
You can’t replicate the kind of joy you see here without getting your barcode scanned at your local parkrun. And you can do it every single week. For free! What are you waiting for? If you live near Canton, OH, the volunteers at Sippo Lake parkrun are ready with smiles and encouragement.
This crew at Livonia, America’s oldest parkrun, is just showing off. Look at how much fun you can have when you join the party in the back. Why not think about someone in your life who you know would love walking at parkrun and bring them out sometime in October.
That’s all for this week. Happy parkrunning!
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