Anacostia parkrun is canceled for Saturday, May 19. River flooding along the course is expected as a result of heavy rains throughout this week and extending into the weekend - NPS will be closing the park. The next Anacostia parkrun will take place on Saturday, May 26, as scheduled.
We’ve finally found our way into some consistently nice weather! Saturday morning was perfect for a run along the Anacostia River, with the Teens Run DC team hosting once again. Thirty-four parkrunners were in attendance, including 13 first-timers and a lovely group of runners from the UK!
Special thanks to first-time volunteer Rune Horvik, who helped with course set-up, breakdown, and finish tokens, and congratulations to the 12 runners who claimed PB times on this course!
A reminder that there will be no Anacostia parkrun held next Saturday, May 12, as Teens Run DC will be hosting their 3rd annual Mentoring Matters 5K event in Anacostia Park (it’s not too late to register: visit www.teensrundc.org/5K). TRDC looks forward to hosting again on the following Saturday, May 19, along with their community of youth runners and volunteers - we look forward to seeing you then!
What a beautiful morning it was last Saturday!
Not only were almost 20 parkrunners and volunteers out on the Riverwalk, but we were surprised to discover a 5K race taking place on Anacostia Drive and enthusiastic Earth Day volunteers working to make the park even cleaner after last week's trash gathering that our own Tyrone Cook and Scott helped out at.
It really was a perfect morning for running, with cool temperatures and only a gentle breeze to remind us of the river.
Thelma D. Jones was back with her group, including her grandson Seneca, who again helped out by handing out the finish tokens.
And several parkrunners took advantage of the conditions to achieve personal bests (PB's). Kevin Abernathy visited from the NoVA running club to break 18 minutes.
And we had several tourists from much farther away: James Gaule came from Ireland to do his fastest parkrun among his 24 completed so far. And Nancy Stuart and Ruth Thomas came from England to do their first parkruns in the U.S.
We also had three local ladies complete their first parkruns ever: welcome to the parkrun family Fran Thomas, Margaret Nixon and Toni Douglas!
The award for most runs among our regulars goes to Nakia McFarlane, who completed her 14th, followed by Kit Arrington who did her 8th. And Shannon Firth was back to complete her 4th.
We hope to see all of our regular parkrunners back this coming Saturday, including Shirley who promises to resume her Saturday parkrun routine. :)
Tyrone will be your host this Saturday - come out and enjoy the parkrun community in Anacostia!
The parkrun team
Teens Run DC hosted parkrun for the third time on Saturday, 1/27, with 47 parkrunners in attendance, including 20 Anacostia first-timers and 17 completing their first ever parkrun! We also welcomed our first TRDC canine participant, Penny, who served as an exceptional tail walker.
There was a great showing of volunteer support at Saturday’s run and we really appreciate everyone who helped make this event happen. Thank you to Alee Wade, Alex Bureau, Dave Heerema, Ben Meyer, and Steve Hocker, for taking on a variety of volunteer roles; special thanks to long-time TRDC community member, Chauncy Minor, who handled the finish tokens like a champ.
Congrats to Rune Horvik, Sean Dixon, Tony Nelson, Nadia Grenier, and Anita Handy on achieving new personal best times! Jennifer Flather, consistent parkrun attendee and frequent volunteer, also ran a PB at 43:24. Jennifer has participated in 8 of the 11 Anacostia parkruns held thus far and it has been great to see more and more “Anacostia regulars” showing up from week to week!
While Saturday’s temperature was ideal for running, the wind played a larger role than usual, as reported by several parkrun finishers. Congrats to first finisher Andrew Evans, who completed the course in a speedy 19:02, despite the significant headwind faced on the return trip.
Thanks again to all of the volunteers and parkrunners who helped make for another terrific event on Saturday. Teens Run DC looks forward to hosting again in February; until then, happy running!
-Jen Edmond, Run Director
Thanks to our valiant National Park Service we expect Anacostia Park to be open tomorrow in any case & our volunteers will be there to host Anacostia parkrun!
All you walkers, joggers & runners - see you at 9am tomorrow.
Start line is near 1901 Anacostia Drive - across from the Parks Police building.