parkrunning together (Run Report #124)

There are often people who say that running is a solitary affair. If you are a parkrunner you probably want to dispute that. One of the things that people often say about this parkrun is how there is a strong sense of community and support, as people come to the parkrun with all their friends and families, as the Saavedra-Argueta-Reyes families did this weekend. CP-parkrun-124-249

And if you are a regular to this parkrun, you know that there are plenty of counterexamples on the trail. Plenty of parkrunners run and walk together, with a friend or Mom or Dad or even the dog. Sometimes pairing or teaming up provides the extra boost to push us to hit PBs. A closer inspection of the photos this weekend by co-event director and photo guru Colin Phillips revealed a pretty clever strategy by some of the younger PB-ers: they ran with faster adults, instead of with their parents, which is usually the case. Congrats to David King / Clark Ridge, Violet Ridge / Xander and Tara Mease, Lucy Bills / Ben King.

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Another excellent example was newcomer Rebecca White, who had previously struggled to cover the length of a block, completed the 5k with the support of Lori Dominick and Misha Bernard, who have 50 parkruns between the two of them. (Valerie Silensky was another supporter.)

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We also celebrated a few other parkrunners. Our parkrunner for February is Katie Hirsche, who has been our first female finisher for 20 times. Katie is also a trooper, often volunteering to scan barcodes right after she has her own barcode and token scanned. Another stalwart volunteer we recognized was Larry Washington, who volunteered for the 25th time, thus earning himself a purple t-shirt; Larry set a streak of volunteering after he had to stop running last year due to an injury. In terms of 5k milestones, Jake Foley ran his 50th, while Frank Filteau ran his 100th, earning red and black t-shirts respectively. Fun fact: Frank is the fastest person to hit the 100-parkrun milestone in the US (721 days after starting). Congratulations!

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We will be celebrating more milestones over the next few weeks -- Marvin Perdomo is at nine 5ks, Aileen Kroll and Sheilah Kast are both at 49, and Colin Phillips at 97. And several others are making good progress toward earning their t-shirts. Jolene Bowman, Marina Goldgisser, Alondra Saavedra joined the unofficial 5-club, Cathy Madsen and Doug Hamilton the unofficial 25th.

Finally, my thanks to the volunteer crew and Andrea Zukowski for organizing everyone. It was a windy morning, not the most pleasant to stand around in, but at the finish funnel were timekeepers Larry Washington and JJ Su (we had no second timekeeper, but JJ wasn't running and (got) volunteered), token hander-outer and first time volunteer Dave Roeder, barcode scanners Mark Swisdak and Katie Hirsche, and our finish line photographer, Colin Phillips. Misha Bernard, Lisa Wilson and Hump Plotts made sure that everyone stayed safe on the trail. In warmer environments and over breakfast at the Board and Brew, Neil Jograj, Julie Russell, and Dottie Jograj sorted finisher tokens (and found an extra token #63 -- presumably someone kept the token by mistake some previous parkrun and brought it back?). CP-parkrun-124-26

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That's it for this week's report, and see you on Saturday. Don't forget your barcode!

Nick Huang
Run Director

 

However far you go (Run Report #123)

Sometimes the most notable achievements at parkrun are from people who only cover part of the 5k.

The official records show that Judy Barnes’ first parkrun was our 27th event, in Spring 2017. But she had joined us many times before that. Her husband Marvin would run regularly, and Judy would walk part of the trail while he was running. In sorting the weekly photos I noticed that Judy was appearing further and further along the trail. Then at some point she figured she might as well continue all the way to the turnaround. This week she wore the red 50 sash for completing College Park parkrun for the 50th time. We have no photographic evidence that Judy has *ever* broken into a run, but we have ample photographic evidence of people running to keep up with her long stride. We were thrilled to celebrate her this week.

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Meanwhile, Rebecca Vandenbroeck White was starting her own parkrun journey this week. We share her story because she was inspired by reading the stories of other members of our community. Rebecca walked with tail walker Misha Bernard about one mile down the trail, then turned back. Misha took a picture as a marker for the next time out. Rebecca shared that 6 months ago she could barely walk a block, so this is enormous progress. We are impressed that Rebecca took the plunge by joining us, and we are looking forward to welcoming her back.

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Did you know that almost 40% of the 2700 who have registered for College Park parkrun have not completed the course? Some people have moved away, some had schedule conflicts. Or injuries. But we suspect that there are lot of people who, like Rebecca, were unsure whether they would fit in, unsure whether they should take part in an event with ‘run’ in the name. We understand that, and we hope that everybody will feel that they fit in.

You may have noticed that we don’t call parkrun a “race”, and you won’t hear us talking about “winners”. It’s not because we’re allergic to friendly competition. It’s because getting there first isn’t our main focus. You’re just as important if you’re completing the course in 15 minutes or 60 minutes.

Staying on the theme of inspiring walkers, we enjoyed meeting first-timers Lucy and Laurie. They have been running buddies and PG Running Club members for decades, but Lucy recently developed balance issues, and so walking is the right pace nowadays. Laurie ran the 5k while Lucy walked with Andrea. Then Laurie ran back to meet them. It was wonderful to meet them, and we’re looking forward to seeing them with us again.

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Among other first-timers this week we welcomed *7* members of the Bowman family. Matthew (PB!) and Jolene have joined us before, but this week the whole family came along. 4 kids completed the 5k, and one wisely hid under a warm blanket in his stroller.

Did we mention that it was cold this week? Again. And with an icy wind blowing from the north. So it was all the more impressive that 110 parkrunners joined us on the trail.

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Among those 110 were JJ Su and Nick Huang. What a difference a week makes! Last Saturday they were running together at Bishan parkrun in Singapore. They were both home around the Chinese New Year. This week at College Park it was in the 20s Fahrenheit. Last week it was in the 30s Celsius.

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And we were fortunate to be able to enjoy the nicely repaired trail already. A couple of weeks ago we could see the trail falling into the stream. We were worried that there might be months of trail blockages ahead, but our friends at Prince George’s Dept of Parks & Recreation were quickly on the case. We figured that they might just repair the stream bank, which had been eroded after some big trees came down. But they did much more than that: they actually moved the stream! They straightened a couple of bends that were causing the trail erosion, so now the stream is about 30 yards to the west of its former position shortly before the turn-around. Wow. Thank you, PG Parks!

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Aside from Judy’s official milestone, a number of people reached unofficial milestones this week. Dan Sarmiento and Bud Verge joined our unofficial 25-club, which is now more than 100 strong. Matt Gembecki is a new member of our unofficial 10-timer club. And Christian James, Matt Perkins, and Darrell Stanaford joined our nearly 500-strong group of 5-timers. In Matt’s case it was also his 25th parkrun overall, so he is halfway to 50. As for Darrell, it was his 93rd parkrun. He is parkrun USA Country Manager, and so he visits many different parkruns. Good to see Darrell and his wife Svetlana join us at College Park this week.

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After last week’s snowy parkrun, this week was more PB friendly. There was certainly little danger of overheating. John Ramsey has done 84 parkruns, almost all at College Park, so PBs have become harder to come by. But fellow PGRCer Erin Munsell paced him to a 30-second PB this week. Impressive. Maria Cecil took a chunk from a PB that she set in late 2017. Teresa Perdomo continued to edge closer to the 30-minute line. And Ben Gieske dipped under 25 minutes for the first time. He looked a little strained at the finish, but this may be the only time we’ve seen a grown-up outsprint a junior parkrunner. Impressive! Meanwhile, Naomi and Jason Petralia continued their streak of PBs - 3 times in 3 weeks.

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This week’s volunteer crew was especially resilient, and we were glad to have a box of hand warmers ready to share with them. Lisa and Hump were away this week, so Yancira Amaya and Kim Fisher did a great job of filling their roles on the course. In the absence of Hump’s traffic cone, Kim improvised with a step stool and a box of wet wipes. It seemed to do the trick. First-time volunteer Josh Weiss is grounded from running for a month or two, while recovering from shoulder surgery. He and Carlos Gough did a great job of keeping their fingers moving as timekeepers this week. Josh’s well-wrapped arm may have been the toastiest limb at parkrun this week, and we didn’t even try to thread a yellow volunteer vest over it. Alex Swisdak gave out tokens (and Valerie Silensky and Neil Jograj sorted them). Our barcode scanners worked in shifts, with Wei Gao and Jay Bao trading off duties while they could stay warm, and Katie Hirsche jumping in shortly after finishing as first female for the 10th time in the past 12 events. Misha Bernard showed that tailwalking is about much more than taking a walk. All this happened under the watchful eye of Run Director for the day Jim Parsons.

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Beyond these roles, Andrea and I did the things we normally do over the course of the week: coordinating volunteers, managing event communications (run reports, photos, social media), and telling the story of the community. If there’s one area where we could really use some extra help it’s in these not-on-Saturday-morning roles. It would also be great if anybody could help with outreach to specific groups, e.g., walkers, students, or with communications in languages other than English (especially Spanish). All of the roles are fun and rewarding, and they can fit around your schedule. Talk to Andrea or me if you’d like to know more.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week for our #124th event.

Colin Phillips
Co-Event Director

 

 

 

Ridge-a-palooza (Run Report #122)

When College Park parkrun started in late 2016 we always knew where to find Clark Ridge: at the front of the pack. He was there every week, and he was generally leaving everybody else in his wake. Clark has first-finished at parkrun 45 times, more than (almost) anybody in North America. At this stage, parkrun was a place to enjoy running fast.

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But at some point, parkrun became something different. Clark’s daughter Violet started to come along some weeks. It was a time to enjoy running together, and sometimes stopping while Violet leapt into puddles. Occasionally Clark’s son Calvin would join, and his wife Lilly. And his dad Doug has joined us a few times when visiting from Delaware. And then at some point baby Felix came along, and with him a running stroller. And Clark joined the core volunteer crew and would take turns as run director, scanner, and more. parkrun was turning into a family and community affair.

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This week was a veritable Ridge-a-palooza. Violet and Clark somehow managed to align things so that they reached FOUR official parkrun milestones on the same day.

Calvin did his 10th parkrun

Violet did her 50th parkrun

Clark did his 100th parkrun

AND Clark volunteered for the 25th time (he gave the first-timers’ briefing before running)

Not to be left out of the fun, Lilly Ridge created an amazing cake that we all enjoyed. And 1-year old Felix got pushed through the snow in his stroller, and then enjoyed running around in the soft snow afterwards (and eating cake).

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For good measure, Violet reached this milestone on the same day as her 10th birthday party (the birthday is Sunday). We think this makes her the second youngest American 50-clubber. And for good measure she was joined on this week’s run by the youngest, 6-year old Xander. And a bunch of other friends came along for the fun. It was quite the party.

Congratulations to all of the Ridges on the quadruple milestone, which must have taken some planning. And more importantly for being such an important part of this community.

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The other big story this week was the trail. Two things put this week’s parkrun at risk, but both worked out wonderfully.

The first problem is that the Paint Branch Trail is falling into the Paint Branch Creek, a short distance before the turnaround. The problem started when summer storms brought down some big trees, destabilizing the creek bank. Then further storms started undercutting the trail. And then in the past few days the trail literally started falling into the creek. We were concerned that the trail might be inaccessible for a long time, but our friends at Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation are acting quickly, and repair and stream diversion efforts are already underway. A crew was even hard at work by 7:30am on parkrun morning.

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The second challenge was the snow and cold temps. Most DC-area snow forecasts turn out to be busts, but this time we got more than the anticipated dusting.

But things worked out wonderfully. I did an early morning run on the trail to check things out. The blanket of soft snow was perfect for running on, the trail was accessible for most of its length, and with the sun on the snow it was just beautiful. Yeah, the temps were in the teens, but if you wrapped up warm you soon stopped noticing. We went ahead with the regular course, except that we substituted a spur at Hump’s Crossing for the section of trail that we had to cut off at the north end.

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Unsurprisingly, it was a smaller than usual crowd this week, but the 72 who came out to walk or run had a great time, and the sun made it possible to hang out and enjoy cake with friends afterwards.

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One more official parkrun milestone this week was by Steve Feld, who volunteered for the 25th time and wore the purple superhero cape while tailwalking. Cindy Feld also tailwalked and photographed. Steve and Cindy are wonderful members of our CP parkrun community. We’re sorry that they are in the process of relocating to N Carolina, to enjoy retirement closer to family (and further from DC traffic). But we’re happy that they already are regulars at the Durham NC parkrun, and we’re looking forward to more parkruns in NC in the not too distant future. They have promised to visit us in College Park.

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Clara Cornelius holds the distinction of being this week’s sole first timer at CP parkrun. Welcome, Clara!

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The shortage of first-timers created a little challenge. Clark Ridge’s V25 milestone depended on him giving the first-timers’ briefing before running.  But when we called for first-timers we didn’t get the normal crowd of newcomers. So some seasoned parkrunners generously stepped forward for a refresher course from Clark on how everything works. Problem solved!

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We didn’t expect anybody to set a PB on the snowy course this week, but some second-timers managed it: Matthew Bowman, and Jason and Naomi Petralia.

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On days this low we are especially grateful to the volunteers. Hump and Lisa took care of the course. With their experience it’s so much easier to respond to last-minute course challenges. Steve and Cindy Feld were tailwalkers. Dan Walker and Sam McGranahan kept their hands warm enough to keep clicking the stopwatches. Kim Fisher, Elliott Hamilton, and Katie Hirsche took care of tokens and scanning. Kim is a seasoned volunteer, Elliott was trying his hand for the first time, one week after joining the 50 club, and Katie zipped around the course as second overall finisher, seconds from her PB despite the snow, and then jumped right in as scanner. Valerie Silensky sorted tokens. Andrea Zukowski saved me from my results processing limitations, and I did propaganda.

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Thanks to everybody who joined us this week, and we’re looking forward to seeing everybody back on the trail next Saturday. Exact course configurations may vary, as we’re closely following the progress of the work on the upper reaches of the trail, but we’re confident of being able to go ahead.

In other news, did you know that our sister event, Kensington parkrun, this week inaugurated a new course. It’s still on the Rock Creek Trail, but starts a mile or two closer to College Park, at the intersection of Beach Drive with Cedar Lane. Now flatter, faster, with a bigger playground, and importantly no more Very Large Puddle. College Park regulars Erin Munsell and Carly Mills went over to check it out, and feedback on the new course was great. We’re looking forward to visiting!

See  you soon!

Colin Phillips
Run Director

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A new perspective (Run Report #121)

It was a clear, beautiful morning, when 95 stalwart souls braved the cold and came together for the magic we call College Park parkrun. The trusty crew of volunteers found that once they used a hammer to get past the frosted top layer, the stakes for the starting flag and finishing funnel went into the ground smoothly.

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This was my first time as Run Director and so I got to see things in a different light than usual. I was very grateful for the volunteer crew that made it a great experience. As someone who usually walks the parkrun, I was impressed and encouraged by the community and support shown by all finishers whether they were first or last. Rarely did someone finish and then rush off. They almost always spent time cheering on other finishers and talking around the finish line. Breakfast and hot drinks at the Board and Brew afterward continued the camaraderie and support seen on the course. After a few hiccups, the results were processed, tokens sorted, and emails sent out. This truly is one of those experiences where “a good time was had by all” is an appropriate description.

For our photo album from this week's event, look here.

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Volunteer Kim Fisher ran the course before parkrun and reported back a few questionable areas containing possible ice. So we dispatched Lisa Wilson with additional cones to mark them off for you.

As the crowd swelled near starting time, friends caught up on their week apart and new faces were welcomed. Two parkrunners completed their 50th parkruns this week. We noticed Elliott Hamilton before the start, so we were able to applaud him and give him the red 50 sash. Somehow Alan Mulindwa snuck in and wasn’t noticed until the turnaround. Congratulations to both!

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Aside from the official milestones, Kim Fisher joined our unofficial 25-timer club. She’s halfway to 50. We had no new members of the unofficial 10-club this week, for the first time in a few months. And one new member of the unofficial 5-club, that’s first finisher Sam Phipps.

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Even though the temperature was just below freezing, there was no wind (except that generated by runners!) and a few even wore shorts to run! Those who finished early were quite warm when they finished and they hung around to cheer on other finishers and chat for a while. We marveled at Sam Phipps’ speed as he whizzed around the course, dragging Matt Perkins to a PB in his wake. But we got a bit more worried as he stood around in shorts for the next 45 minutes. We learned that Sam runs to and from parkrun from Silver Spring. So hopefully he warms up on the run home.

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This week’s hardy volunteers were Lori Dominick, Gus Campbell, Clare Imholtz, Andrea Zukowski (who was on hand to give me cover), Barbara Gusack (tailwalker), Hump Plotts and Lisa Wilson (marshals), Neil Jograj (token sortin), Colin Phillips (propaganda), and me. Extra shout-outs to Kim Fisher for her early course check, and to Katie Hirsche who was jumped in as a second barcode scanner just moments after finishing the run, AND brought delicious shortbread that she had baked for us!

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Thank you, College Park parkrunners (and barkrunners) for another amazing event!

Anna Tinnemore

 

MORE NEWS

 

1. Our sister event, Kensington parkrun, is moving to a new venue, slightly closer to College Park, and avoiding the course flooding issues that have challenged them in recent months. The new course is still on the Rock Creek Trail, but now it uses a flat section starting by the playground at the intersection of Beach Drive and Cedar Lane.

 

2. Due to pieces of trail that are starting to fall into the Paint Branch Creek, shortly before Lisa’s turnaround spot, we will likely need to make some course adjustments over the next month or two. Still 5k, still free, friendly, and starting and finishing at the usual place. We’ll keep you all posted.

 

3. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program is partnering with DC-area parkruns, including College Park, throughout 2019, with the aim of encouraging more people to get active in their community. MSABC participants will be challenged to complete a dozen parkruns by the Fall. We would love to hear from any CP parkrunners who could help out as occasional “pink ambassadors”, helping to welcome MSABC participants, and maybe accompanying some of them on the trail. Many are likely walkers, with a few runners too. Drop us a line at collegeparkoffice@parkrun.com if you might be able to help.

 

4. Later on Saturday many of the CP parkrun run directors and most frequent volunteers came together at The Hotel at UMD to receive the 2018 Chair’s Award from the College Park Community Foundation, in recognition of the impact the event has had in the community. We barely recognize them when not in running gear! Congratulations to the entire community that has made this possible. parkrun USA has a new blog story about this award.

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Quadruple Holiday parkrun Report (Run Reports #115-#118)

It has been such a busy couple of weeks of parkrunning that we’re wrapping up our holiday parkrunning in one big report. It’s our New Years gift to you.

In the 15 days from Dec 22 to Jan 5 we held 4 parkruns in College Park, including our New Years Day special event. In that time we saw 627 finishers, supported by 63 volunteers. 20 of you ran or volunteered at all 4 events. And some of you did a 5th event by taking part in a New Years Double parkrun. And there was no shortage of milestones and inspiring achievements to celebrate. So buckle up …

On December 22nd we held a festive pre-holiday parkrun. Santa joined us, an elf with jingly bells on his hat haunted fast-finishing Francisco. And we had elven tailwalkers, too, dancing to celebrate the sun.

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On December 29th we had more sun to wrap up a great year of parkrunning in College Park, where we saw over 5700 5ks completed in 2018 (an increase of 40% over 2017). Three of our regulars completed their 51st parkrun of the year: John Ramsey, Frank Filteau, and Gus Campbell.

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On January 1st we were amazed at the crowd of 243 finishers. Not only was this an attendance record for College Park, it was the first time that we ran out of finisher tokens. Well, full disclosure, we had higher numbers somewhere in our gear box, but we were more focused on protecting the cakes than on tokens, so we didn’t realize that until later.

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43 parkrunners did a New Years Double by starting the day at Kensington parkrun or Leakin Park parkrun, and so many people joined us afterwards for a big community brunch at The Board and Brew. It was great to come together with folks from other local parkrun communities. What a fantastic start to 2019 for our community.

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Just a few days later we were back for our first Saturday parkrun of 2019, where we celebrated FOUR 50-milestones, and introduced our new “parkrun Patronus” sign, with a terrapin, of course.

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Our photo albums from all events can be found HERE.

As usual, beyond the numbers there were some great stories that inspired us over the holiday season.

Many of our regulars are familiar with young parkrunner Xander Mease and his always-upbeat attitude at parkrun. But on New Years Day he and his family were even more inspiring. Xander and his mom Tara did the Kensington-College Park double, proudly wearing their new red 50 shirts (a bit of a loose fit for a 6-year old). We gave the December parkrunner of the month award to Tara, for being an awesome parkrun mom. Xander’s grandma Janet was there too. This time she took a break from her recent speedy PBs, as she was looking out for her own mom, Ellie, who is 85. Turns out that Ellie was quite the runner in her time. That was at a time when women’s running was less common. Janet credits Ellie with inspiring her and subsequent generations to become runners. At parkrun Ellie set off pushing her own wheelchair, and made it most of the way to the turnaround. Quite the achievement, and we’re so happy that Ellie was able to join us. We’re fairly sure that this is the first time that we had 4 generations from the same family doing CP parkrun on the same day.

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Our 4 January 5th 50 milestones all come with stories of their own.

Erin Munsell was inspired to get active when living for a time with her aunt in Kensington. That just happened to be Cindy Conant, one of the speediest masters runners in the country. Cindy encouraged Erin to try out her first ever 5k in spring 2017 at a low-key community event in College Park called parkrun. Now Erin has done 50 parkruns, and she recently ran her first half marathon. Aunt Cindy came along to celebrate Erin’s milestone, and paced her to a new PB, at a pace that would have been unimaginable 18 months ago. And she brought along the whole family to join the fun. Erin now runs with Prince George’s Running Club, where her friends include JJ Su, who also celebrated his 50-parkrun milestone on the same day, and was part of Erin’s pace squad.

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This week is the 3rd birthday of Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, which introduced parkrun to the DC area. Andrea and I took part in that first event, and started holding weekly meetups on the Paint Branch Trail the very next week. Looking through the results from the Fletcher’s inaugural we also find Evan Hirsche doing his first parkrun. Quite a speedy runner, he went around in 31 minutes, because he was accompanying his 12-year old daughter Katie. 3 years on, Evan did his 50th parkrun with us on Jan 5th. He’s still running close to Katie, and enthusiastic barkrunner Sophie. But nowadays Katie holds our age-group record for 15-17 year olds, and they can be found speeding around towards the front of the pack.

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Anna Tinnemore was our 4th new 50-club member. Anna is a UMD grad student and one of the people who helps to make CP parkrun welcoming to everybody. She can run if she’s so inclined. But she’s just as likely to walk the trail, accompanying different people in different weeks. We were thrilled that this week she was joined by Neil and Jules, two friends that she met via parkrun.

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There was also some traveling going on over the holidays, and that created opportunities to catch up with other parkrun friends. On Dec 29 Andrea and I were with family in Michigan, so we dropped in on Lillie parkrun in Ann Arbor. There we ran into CP local Sharlene Deskins, and Roosevelt Island regular Cory Kind. It was great to see both of them with us in College Park on New Years Day. Then on January 5th I was in New York City for work, and had a chance to call in on Rory Murphy, one of our earliest regulars at CP, and now Event Director at Delaware & Raritan Canal parkrun, new New Brunswick. Better yet, I got a ride from the station from Adrian Dover, a regular tourist at CP who is often in NJ these days. Wonderful!

Many other parkrunners reached official and unofficial milestones over the holiday period.

Jeff Lunsford got to wear the purple superhero cape on January 1st, as it was his 25th time volunteering at parkrun. Jeff first joined us in early 2017, then went on to become a key part of the Kensington parkrun team, where he regularly leads the show. He did a New Years Double of his own, volunteering at both Kensington and College Park.

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7 new people joined our unofficial 25-timer club: Maia Swisdak, Misha Bernard, Bonnie McClellan, Clare Imholtz, Helena Santos-Collins, Keri Pierce, and Maria Cecil.

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16 new people joined our unofficial 10-timer club. Actually, one of them was Dinah Cohen, and as a junior parkrunner this counts as an official milestone. Magdalena Duhagon, Jen Charles, Heather Shrader, Kristine Rogers, Jesse Melchiori, Jeff Bowser, Maya Aleschnik, Dottie Jograj, Kimberly Bills, Lilly Ridge, Raffaelle Simpson, Abba Milkii, and Mike Roberts. A special extra shout out to Joyce Adams, who joined the group of 10-time tourists at College Park parkrun. Joyce is event director at Roosevelt Island parkrun in DC, and we’re always delighted when she’s able to join us. On January 1st she was *so* helpful as Andrea and I figured out the results.

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And a remarkable 28 new people joined our unofficial 5-timer club over the holidays. Kathy Zentek, Polly O’Rourke, Greg Ervin, Chris Van Vlack, Christina Ferguson, Louis Roberts, Paul Christoph Schemionek, Marvin Perdomo, Jair Jackson, Delia Reyes, Stewart Mayhew, Erica Olmsted-Hawala, Autumn Miller, Vivienne Miller, Angela Taylor, Mara McMillen, Cristian Arteaga, Jen Kubit, Nozomi Sakakibara, Martha Askarov, Josh Weiss, Lara Pagano, John Maneval, Dottie Li, Jessica Rojas, Firehun Necha, Jon Sutton, and Jonathan Butacci.

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With such big participation in parkrun over the holidays we were so happy to see how many different people stepped forward as volunteers. The hundreds of people who have volunteered at CP parkrun are what makes the event so special for our community. So thank you to all of the following for their holiday parkrun volunteering: Joyce Adams, Yancira Amaya, Jenn Augsburger, Janice Bernache, Jim Cantwell, Cindy Cohen (2), Carleton Conant, Cindy Feld, Steve Feld, Kim Fisher, Jake Foley (3), Saul Goldberg, Carlos Gough (2), Diana Gough, Ellen Hamilton, Evan Hirsche, Katie Hirsche, Neil Jograj, Aileen Kroll (2), Jeff Lunsford, Nina McGranahan, Judy Mulusa, Brian Murphy (2), Jen Murphy, Teresa Perdomo, Colin Phillips (4), Meredith Phillips, Abigail Phillips (2), Hump Plotts (4), Abdur-Rahman Quadri, Calvin Ridge, Clark Ridge (2), Julie Russell, Elizabeth Sheridan, Valerie Silensky (2), JJ Su, Janet Tate, Daniel Walker, Larry Washington, Lisa Wilson (4), and Andrea Zukowski (4).

… wow.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS

Saturday January 12th is the 3rd anniversary of parkrun in the DC area, and Fletcher’s Cove parkrun is inviting everybody to a post-parkrun pizza party at 7th Hill Pizza on MacArthur Boulevard at 11am. You could go try out FC parkrun on the C&O Canal towpath. Or you could do CP parkrun then zip into DC for lunch.

Saturday January 26th is the 6th annual Awards Gala for the College Park Community Foundation, at The Hotel at UMD. CPCF is a pillar of the local community and one of our launch supporters. We’re excited to share that this year CPCF is giving their Chair’s Award for an outstanding community organization to … College Park parkrun. There will be many familiar faces from parkrun at the gala, and we invite you to join us there. Ticket sales (HERE) raise funds that CPCF then uses for its community grant-making programs.

Well, now that we’re all caught up with this quadruple run report, it must be almost Saturday again, right? See you soon!

Colin Phillips

 

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