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