See you tomorrow, 13 January, at parkrun!

What's up with this weather?!
Looks like it will be more like 33F instead of 60+ tomorrow morning, but it should still be the first Saturday morning above freezing!
See you at 9am for our next Anacostia parkrun!


Anacostia parkrun #6

Teens Run DC was thrilled to host parkrun for the second time on Saturday. As we head into the winter months, our runners have continued to substantiate TRDC’s longstanding claim that we are all-weather program; on a chilly December morning, twenty-one TRDC youth participated in the run, along with 12 volunteers, four staff, and two board members. parkrun has provided a wonderful opportunity for the TRDC community to meet some terrific new folks, and we look forward to getting to know many more local residents and members of various DC running groups through parkrun.

As always, a special thanks to the volunteer crew: Alee Wade, Alex Bureau, Darrell Stanaford, Dave Heerema, Linda Hocker, and Steve Hocker. An extra special shout-out to Alex Bureau, who was recruited for the volunteer team on the spot; Alex successfully recorded the names of all runners without bar codes as his ungloved hands slowly froze into a state of noncompliance. (Runners: remember to bring your bar codes!) We need help this coming Saturday - so please let us know if you can volunteer.

Greg Gorman and Frank Filtreau hurried over from College Park and joined us after CP was cancelled due to ice on the course - thankful for the sunshine along our Anacostia River!

Shirley Samashima and Ian Squires both completed their 5th Anacostia parkruns and lead the growing group of parkrunners proud to call themselves Anacostia regulars. Speaking of whom, with TRDC taking care of the volunteer roles, dedicated Anacostia volunteer Jennifer Flather got a chance to run.

The fastest time of the day (21:31) was set by Ted Poulos, who has completed an amazing 55 parkruns over the past two years; Saturday was Ted’s first venture into the Anacostia parkrun scene and we hope to see him again soon. Ted was followed closely by parkrun USA Country Manager, Darrell Stanaford, in a time of 22:19. Brittney White was the first female finisher in 28:51.

Teens Run DC will be back to host again in January- we look forward to seeing you all then! And, with TRDC on holiday break from regular practices, we hope you will see some of our members at Anacostia parkrun during the coming few weeks too.

Finally, lot's of running options available on New Year's Day:  At 9am right here in Anacostia Park Mayor Bowser will be holding her Fresh Start 5K. parkrun will have a table and be spreading the word about parkrun to the community - please help us if you're available.

Also on New Year's Day, there will be a special parkrun double:  at 8:30 am Leakin Park parkrun takes place in Baltimore, followed by College Park parkrun at 10:30.

Jen Edmond, Run Director


Let it snow!

Hello Anacostia parkrunners! Of course we will run tomorrow, 9 December, even if it snows. Be careful and allow extra time for travel if it is snowy.


Run Report #2 – Thelma Jones leads the way!

Hello Anacostia parkrunners!

What a wonderful first two Saturdays of parkrun in Anacostia we have had!
On the 4th Teens Run DC hosted and their kids and mentors put on a great show. They are going to host again on December 16th, but some TRDC folks will be out each Saturday for a run before their regular training across the river at Navy Yard.

Last Saturday Thelma Jones and her families - both her personal family and her breast cancer support network - led parkrun on a chilly morning. But that didn't stop anyone, starting with seven year old Seneca, from having a great time. Did anyone see the deer last Saturday?  They got their pic on Facebook too!

This coming Saturday will be our third parkrun.  Have you been out and joined us yet? Walkers are just as welcome as joggers and runners.

Volunteers are also very welcome. Our friend from Roosevelt Island Joyce Adams will be there to help train new volunteers. But we need local parkrunners to give the run briefing, help time the run, give out the finish tokens and scan parkrunners barcodes. It's easy - please give volunteering a try! Please send us an email offering to help out.

We also need a tail walker - the person who promises to walk the 5K slower than the slowest walker.

The weather is looking warmer than last weekend and the bit of rain is only showing up after lunch.

So, grab your friends (they can signup at the event) and come out for a beautiful morning on the River!

The Anacostia parkrun team

The Inaugural Anacostia parkrun run report!

Last Saturday, on a cool November morning (perfect weather for a 5K), 53 individuals completed the fast and flat course through Anacostia Park at the inaugural Anacostia parkrun. We were thrilled to welcome many first-time parkrunners for this exciting kickoff event! It was really a classic parkrun, with 9 parkrunners under 18 years old and 11 50 or older, including four participants 65 or older.

Many thanks to the great team of volunteers who stepped up to make this run happen on Saturday:


Also, a big shout out to Simon & Anna Wraight for trekking all the way out from Charles Town, West Virginia with their girls to be a part of this inaugural event! Fun fact: the Wraight's now-2-year old daughter Molly was a newborn when she attended the first ever Fletcher's Cove parkrun in January of 2016 and her little sister Fiona was born in time to join them at Saturday's inaugural Anacostia parkrun. Thanks for the ongoing support from the tiniest members of the parkrun community!

Congratulations to Travis Boltjes for finishing first in an impressive 16:21 and to (former Teens Run DC Coach) Malik Wheeler for coming across next in a very speedy 18:39. Also, congrats to (Teens Run DC Mentor) Pamela Simmonds for being the first female finisher in 22:44!

A quick note on Teens Run DC: Our community runs through Anacostia Park on a regular basis during Saturday morning practices; last year, we used the riverwalk trail for a series of informal 5K time trial runs; and we host our annual Mentoring Matters 5K in the park each May. This is a special place for our program and we are so excited to help get this new parkrun site up and running. On Saturday, eight TRDC youth members, along with 10 TRDC volunteers, and 4 staff members completed the run and we look forward to having many more Teens Run DC participants present at future parkrun events. We already have our sights set on the next run we will be hosting on Saturday, December 16.

This coming Saturday we expect Thelma Jones and the volunteers from her breast cancer fund to turn out in force to host parkrun and bring out a lot of walkers.

Thanks again to the volunteers and runners for making Saturday's parkrun a terrific inaugural event. We hope to see you all out there again...remember, this is both a seriously fast and flat course (read: get ready to PR) and a picturesque one for lovers of riverviews and boats.

-Jen Edmond, Run Director & Teens Run DC Director of Programs

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