Big Summer Crowd (Run Report #94)

One hundred and fifty one parkrunners came out in our summer heat and humidity just to enjoy the scene. No special event brought the crowd, but that makes it pretty special on its own. We had another 24 first timers for our parkrun (including 17 first timers for any parkrun) in a sign that our community is growing fast. Keep bringing friends and family. Get them here and more than likely they will be hooked! We have now had exactly 5000 finishers this year at College Park.

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We are catching up with our parkrunner of the month awards (a gift card generously donated by The Board and  Brew) and Abdur Rahman-Quadri takes the prize for June. When he is not running he can be found timing and giving high fives at the finish as one of our regular volunteers. Thanks Abdur!

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Many families and friend come out to swell our numbers, including first timers Molly, Greg and Carmie Naleski and the return of the Foley clan. Colette Foley was so excited to return that she got a PB and lowered the JW10 record below 24 minutes. Violet brought her mother Lilly (new PB) and two brothers, Calvin (new PB) and Felix (stroller, aka cheating). Martha Azkarov and her mother Nozomi Sakakibara come out and both got PBs. We were happy to have Michael and Alice Bender visiting from Fletcher’s Cove. Jackie Hayes brought Mimi and Sofia Veshi to their first College Park parkrun. The summer heat appears to agree with PBers Sharyn Gordon, Bonnie McClellan, Maria Ialacci, Kriti Bhargava, Anna Damm, David Bolin, Caroline Molieri, and Emily Jensenius.

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Young Mr. Ian Parsons earned his red shirt by completing his 50th parkrun, and at age 13 he is by far the youngest person to do it at College Park. Roughly a third the age of the the second youngest. I would know. Trini Molina is halfway there at 25. Reaching 10 this week: Brent Bolin, Jackie Hayes, Daniel Bartolo, Anna Damm, Daysi Cruz, and Pete Monacell. And a big group hit 5: John Jensenius, Nathan Widman, Lilly Ridge, Diego Aguilera Kelley, Lucas Aguilera Kelley, Maria Serrano, Berania Lopez, David Gang, and  Caroline Molieri. Keep it up! Those red shirts are waiting for us all.

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We said goodbye (until they come back to visit!) to some great people who have enriched our community. Lara Ehrenhofer is moving on after completing a PhD and Sabrina Alam is returning to France after spending the summer working at NASA and bringing so many people with her to our parkrun. Sabrina bravely volunteered this week after a harrowing week recovering from a concussion. We wish her well and hope for a full recovery.

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It takes an ever larger cast of people to pull off this event as the crowds grow larger. This is a good problem to have and we solve it every time with wonderful volunteers. Martha Askarov, Lucy Bills, and Calvin and Violet Ridge sorted the finish tokens (and enjoyed some games) at The  Board and Brew. Ryan Chelton and Larry Washington managed timing. Jacob Foley pulled double duty. After escorting daughter Colette through the finish he donned the yellow vest and helped scan our near record number of finishers with Sabrina. Thanks to Jim Cantwell, Kayla Hayes, Colin Phillips, Hump Plotts, Tim Ramsey, Lisa Wilson, and Andrea Zukowski as well for pitching in this week.

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This was my fourth time as run director and I might be getting the hang of it. We’ll see if they let me do it again.

Thanks and happy running!

Clark Ridge

 

 

Like a box of chocolates (Run Report #93)

 

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Forrest Gump, 1994

Between the 93 official parkruns and 33 proto-parkruns, we’ve now been meeting up on the Paint Branch Trail every Saturday morning for 126 weeks. Andrea and I are there every time that we’re in town. You might think it would get boring and repetitive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When we pack up the car and leave for Acredale Park on a Saturday morning we have little idea of who we’re going to meet.

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Well, we do know some things. We know who the volunteers for the day will be. We know that Lisa and Hump will almost always be the first people we meet, helping to set up and then heading off down the course before most people arrive. We can be pretty confident that we’ll see Frank Filteau. Occasionally somebody has told us that they’ll be coming along, or we’ve made plans with them because they’re celebrating a parkrun milestone. But aside from that we really don’t know. Around half will be regulars who are now like old friends, but we don’t know which regulars. Some will be more recent parkrunners - sorry if we recognize you but don’t know your name yet. 10-20 will be first timers, often easy to spot if they clutching a barcode printout and wondering what to do with it. We love meeting newcomers and learning about your story. Often first-timers come along with friends or family who make introductions. We love seeing people return after their first visit, bringing their kid or their mom. Sometimes we’ll see somebody who we haven’t seen in a long while. Hey, welcome back! And sometimes we meet visitors from far away who are in College Park only because of the parkrun. The parkrun tourists generally arrive a little early, so we have a bit more chance to chat with them.

All of these things happened this week. Lots of old and new friends, and lots of surprises. It was just wonderful!

On a warm but good-for-July morning we saw the biggest crowd yet for a ‘normal’ Saturday, with 143 finishers and 15 volunteers.

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One person who we knew we’d see was Cindy Feld, celebrating her 50th parkrun. Cindy is a smiling, helpful, positive presence anytime that she joins us, and she looked resplendent in the red 50 sash. To mark the occasion, Steve Feld baked lemon bars (yum!), and he ran with Cindy rather than ahead of her (security detail!), and Cindy brought along a couple of friends to celebrate with her. Also, Andrea baked two of her delicious parkrun cakes, one of which survived until Cindy had caught her breath.

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Another special guest was Pam Marcus from our sister parkrun in Kensington. Our second biggest crowd of 2018 was back in January when we gave a send off to the Kensington crew as they headed off to create a parkrun community on the Rock Creek Trail. They have been meeting every week since then, and hundreds of people have taken part. It was great to see Pam back on the Paint Branch Trail, meeting old and new friends. And also great to see her able to run again after injuries.

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We also had guests from far away. Fred Babumbo Lukwago is a South African doctor who called in on us one year ago. He normally parkruns at Uvongo parkrun, which runs along the Indian Ocean. This week Fred was back, this time bringing his wife Sarah and their two sons. Sarah did her first ever parkrun. In College Park, of all places, and she had every reason to feel good about it.

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Tim Waggett joined us from Buckingham parkrun in the UK, where he has run 138 times. Tim learned why we appreciate our summer shade so much, and why we love The Board and Brew.

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We also had THREE parkrun transplants from Oxford, UK this week. John Jensenius is a recent regular whose 85 parkruns put him in the hunt to be the first CP regular to earn a black 100 shirt. This week John came with a stroller, allowing Emily Jensenius to run with us for the first time (welcome Emily!). Both John and Emily used to run at Oxford parkrun. Meanwhile, a few seconds ahead of Emily was Jorge Santin, who also recently moved here from Oxford. But Jorge was a regular at Oxford’s “other” parkrun, Harcourt Hill parkrun, which Nick Huang visited last year. Small world!

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In other cool stroller-related stories, Erica Barnhardt set a PB. Without a stroller. Last week she was pushing the stroller while husband John was setting a PB. This week John had the stroller. That’s teamwork.

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You’re free to run or walk at whatever pace suits you. But it’s great when consistency pays off and you set a PB. 21 people did that this week. One of our favorites was Kim Fisher, who also had a big birthday a couple of days ago, and showed that 60 is no barrier to parkrun PBs. Kim was already a regular in the days before we were an official parkrun, when there were often just 6-8 people, no volunteers, no timing, and we kind of fudged the distance. She used to say, “Don’t wait for me at the finish, I’ll be too slow.” (We waited, of course.) How cool to see her a couple of years later running most of the way, with plenty of company, and over 50 people following her. Fantastic, Kim!

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Others with PBs included Cotter Rosenberg, who’s edging close to 20 minutes and leaving his old man well behind. And Kalonji Collins, who this week brought his mother-in-law and father-in-law along. Welcome back Alice (PB!) and welcome Bill. For a long time Jim Cantwell was mostly volunteering rather than running, but recently he has been on a running streak, and it’s great to see him progressing. Meanwhile, Lauren Strothers, Dominique Lisiero, Brian Koen, and Kim Bills are on PB streaks.

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We welcomed 24 first-timers with barcodes this week, and a few more without barcodes. The first-timers’ briefing was quite busy. This week’s first timers included John Rigg, recently elected as a College Park city councilman. This makes 6 of 9 city elected officials that are now parkrunners. Yet more evidence of a healthy community. Another notable first-timer was Sharyn Gordon. Husband Kirk Gordon is a regular, to put it mildly, having completed 85 parkruns already. But this week Sharyn did her first, at a speedy walk, and with a beaming smile. Welcome Sharyn!

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As you perhaps know, our advertising budget is the same as our entry fee, i.e., $0. So the marketing department is you, the satisfied parkrunners. Thanks for spreading the word and introducing us to your friends and family.

In addition to the official parkrun milestones, we like to give a shout out to folks who reach notable steps along the way. This week Gloria Cottman did her 25th parkrun. Bud Verge, John Giamalva, and Daniel Walker all did their 10th. And new 5-club members were Rebecca Purvis, Tim Purvis, Robin Walukonis, Dexter Guillaume, Niko Eidson, Isaac Scott, Susan H., and Brian Koen.

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College Park parkrun wouldn’t be what it is without the wonderful volunteers that give the event its warmth and fuzziness every week. Give it a try some time. It doesn’t feel like a sacrifice, more a fun way to create something good. So many people helped out, making my role as Run Director really very easy. Lisa and Hump took care of you out on the course. Shortly before the start Lisa called to warn about a slippery section of trail -- she’s our final course check every week. And we got a message from Hump that he had a bowl of water for the barkrunners. Wonderful idea, and the pups are now part of Hump’s fan club. Win Persina, Joel Goldberg, Clare Imholtz, Tracey Huard, and Kayla Hayes were the finish line crew. Win helped me to lead the cheering section, too. When we saw the big crowd we knew that we’d need more barcode scanners, so as soon as Nick Huang and JJ Su finished, we handed them yellow vests, and they knew what to do. Sheila Wilson-Doby was your smiling tailwalker, and Andrea Zukowski was your roving paparazza. Jen Murphy and Steve Feld sorted a bigger-than-usual batch of tokens. And much to my relief, Nick Huang relieved me of the purple parkrun laptop and took care of the results processing in no time flat.

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As usual, we showed up at around 8:30, with nobody in the park. And by 10:15 everything was gone, with no trace of what had been happening a short while earlier. Well, except for the parkrunners doing Yoga in the Parks. If you haven’t tried this yet, there are a few more weeks to go.

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Note …

Do you receive Andrea’s email newsletter and volunteer update every week? There’s no obligation, it’s only once weekly, and it’s as charming as you’d expect from Andrea. You’re less likely to receive it if you started parkrunning in our first year. To sign up, login to your parkrun profile and update your preferences.

Do you like our photos? Each week we (... “royal we”) sort and edit our favorites from the 1000+ that we generally start with. We share them on our Facebook page, but you can also find them on our Flickr feed. Here’s the link to this week’s set.

Do you receive the parkrun USA newsletter on Friday mornings? It’s a once-weekly email with inspiring stories and news about parkrun to get you in the mood for the weekend. If you don’t receive it, then login to your parkrun profile and update your email preferences.

See you next week.

Colin Phillips
co-Event Director

 

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New friends (Run Report #92)

As you read in last week’s run report, and as I mentioned in my briefing pre-run, it had been a little while since I’ve joined the fun at College Park parkrun. While Jennifer and I had a blast traveling and visiting parkrun across the pond, there really is no place like home. From the looks of it, College Park parkrun has been in very good hands. The community continues to grow, and we got to meet so many new people this week.

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We had 15 parkrunners join us for the first time this week. I love that! There were some great stories from some of those first timers. Two of these came from the team of Chimere and Peter Ighodaro Omoigui. The threat of rain was not stopping this duo from running their very first 5K. Greeting them at the finish were a couple dozen of their new friends and, of course, the PB bell, which they rang triumphantly. We learned that they first visited us a year ago when Peter’s sister Ruth, a London-based parkrunner, ran with us. Then they were spectators. So great to see them back this week as participants.

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Another first timer, at least to College Park, was Chris Heagy. I was able to meet Chris after he completed his run. He and his wife, Rebecca, had previously attended Leakin Park parkrun. They are working on running a 5K each month. Thanks for sharing your morning with us, Chris and Rebecca. parkrun is so accessible that it’s a great place to accomplish a goal like this.

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More of this week’s first-timers came with family and friends. Duane and Cotter Rosenberg are regulars, and this week they were joined by Nicholas, freshly arrived from California. They ran into each other on the trail just as Andrea was there to take their picture. Ryan Chelton brought along his dad, Shawn. Summer resident Sabrina Alam brought along a few friends, including Muyiwa Adeyeye and Stephany Paredes Mesa. And Kim and Lucy Bill brought along their friends Martha, Max, and Nozomi.

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I’m looking forward to seeing all the first timers again and continuing to get to know you.

There was some fun by those more seasoned parkrunners, too. Our first finisher was Ryan Chelton in a time of 18:43. When he finished, Ryan thought he just missed his PB by 2 seconds. Well, Ryan, it was even closer than that! Just one second. I have a feeling he’ll be ringing the PB bell soon. A few people that did cross the line with a new PB were: Dominique Lisiero, Cathy Madsen, Elizabeth Bast, and Matt Miller. Great stuff everyone.

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No official milestones this week, but lots of people reached interim milestones. Judy Mulusa and Susan Whitney both joined our unofficial 25-timer club. Jonathan Garcia became a 10-timer. And *seven* parkrunners joined the 5-timer group: Sabrina Alam, Isaac Scott, Ryan Chelton, Ryan Kneapler, Sheila Wilson-Doby, Torey Bryant, and Jaime Garay.

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A few parkrunners also made it a double day by running the Montgomery County Road Runners Matthew Henson Trail 5k, then making the trek to College Park in time for parkrun. Cindy Cohen and Adam Kiely represented the parkrun community well at both events. Word has it, there were a few that did the same at the Kensington parkrun. Fantastic!

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As with each week, none of this would be possible without the help of our hi-vis volunteer crew. The fantastic crew of finish line timers: Win Persina and Larry Washington. Amanda Mercer was in charge of finish tokens, one week after earning her own 50 shirt. Will Bobseine and Dale Morey made sure everyone’s barcodes were scanned. Course Marshal at the Golf Course was, of course, Hump Plotts, and Lisa Wilson as Turn Around Marshal. Tail walkers were Helena Santos-Collins and Sam Collins - they brought Grandma Alice to join the fun this week. First timers briefing - a much needed task this week with so many first timers - was Andrea Zukowski. Helena, Lisa, and Andrea took photos on the course, while Jennifer Murphy helped take finish line photos with Colin Phillips. We also got some help at Board and Brew from Gus Campbell as token sorter and Eric London as results processor. Thank you, everyone! If you can spare some time, please consider joining this amazing crew.

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For a full set of pictures from this week, check out our Flickr album here.

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And thanks for continuing to spread the word. We spend 100% of our entry fees on advertising, i.e., $0. Most people who join us do so because of friends, family and colleagues who encourage them to come along.

And we are especially happy to welcome walkers to our community. There’s a new piece this week in the parkrun USA blog (“Come walk with us!”) that features some familiar faces from College Park.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Brian Murphy

 

 

Big family! (Run Report #91)

Andrea and I were visiting with my family in the UK this past week. It has been a couple of years since we were all together, so it was long overdue. In some ways we felt far away from the College Park parkrun family, but in other ways it was like we were right there.

On Friday as we were sitting down to dinner, the volunteer roster was still looking a little sparse. I was a little worried. “Don’t worry”, said Andrea, “The community will come through.” Sure enough, by the time we woke up Saturday morning (still the dead of night in Maryland), there were ample offers of volunteers.

As is now usual, a few community members were taking pictures on Saturday morning (thanks Anna, Lisa, Ben, and Cindy!). No special skills needed. Just take lots and we’ll pull out the ones that came out well. After sorting and editing the photos, it feels like the next best thing to actually being there.

With family on my mind this week, I was struck by how many families are enjoying College Park parkrun together. And how many groups we see that feel like family.

Amanda Mercer celebrated her 50th parkrun this week, and got to wear the red 50-sash. She was joined by many friends from her Prince George’s Running Club family.

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Alyssa Heintzelmann also reached an official parkrun milestone. For under 18s the first official (= free t-shirt!) milestone is after only 10 runs. College Park parkrun is a family affair for Alyssa, as she generally comes along with her dad Dave.

Two people joined our unofficial 25-run club. Both first joined us late last fall and have been impressively consistent since then. For the past couple of weeks Sheilah Kast has been helping out with the post-parkrun yoga. And Elmer Hernandez has been bringing along a growing group of friends and family to join on the trail every Saturday.

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Four parkrunners joined our unofficial 10-run club, which now has 180 members. In all cases there was a family connection. Brent Bolin ran with his son David for the first time. Alyssa Heintzelmann came with her dad. Pete Monacelli ran with his wife Catherine. And John Barnhardt blazed a PB thanks to his wife Erica, who this week was the one pushing the stroller.

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This week’s 24 first timers included a lot of family connections, too. Welcome to the Schneiders. Erin ran ahead while Joshua followed the course with their daughter Samantha. Stacy Tobing brought her daughter Asiya. David Bolin came with his dad Brent. And Michael and Alison Contreras enjoyed the trail together.

Rune Horvik was a first-timer at College Park, though he has run often at Anacostia parkrun in DC. Rune learned about parkrun from a friend who organizes a parkrun event in Missouri.

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It’s great to see the many new faces who have been joining us, including lots of people who are walking the trail. As you know, you’re just as much a parkrunner whether you walk, run, or volunteer. I recently wrote an article for the parkrun USA blog about walking at parkrun. If you have friends who are worried that they might be too slow to fit in, maybe share this piece with them.

Many of this week’s 21 PBs also had a family angle. Cotter Rosenberg comes regularly with his dad Duane. Bonnie McClellan often joins her husband Mike, our May parkrunner of the Month. Elizabeth Bast was speedier than usual this week because she was not pacing her 6-year old son Silas. John Barnhardt set a speedy new PB because his wife Erica was pushing their son in his stroller. Caroline Molieri and Catherine Calvi came with the Fit for Christ group, which provides a family like level of support to other group members.

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Abdur Rahman-Quadri seems to get faster every time he volunteers. Last week he was timekeeper again, and so this week he ran faster. Ryan Chelton was perhaps pulled to a PB by speedsters Travis Boltjes and Clark Ridge. Ryan does interesting work for the City of College Park on economic development. Joel Goldberg returned from doing a triathlon last weekend. David Gang is on a roll, with a 3rd PB in 3 outings. Same for Daniel Ju, Ana Diaz, Nolvia Vasquez, and Adriana Hernandez. Great progress, everybody!

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The volunteer crew also had a family flavor. Run Director Jim Parsons was helped in volunteering by his sons Ian and Thomas, both of whom also ran. A couple of weeks ago we were celebrating Jim’s 50th run, and Ian is about to reach the same mark. Lisa Wilson and Hump Plotts ensured your safety on the course. Steve Feld was a timekeeper, and Cindy Feld went and joined the photography crew shortly after completing her 49th parkrun. All of the volunteers are valued members of our growing parkrun family: Ben Brosch (tailwalker), Frank Filteau (timing), Alexander Keller and Cathy Madsen (tokens and scanning), Anna Tinnemore (photos), Clark Ridge (equipment and setup), and Nick Huang (results guru).

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It is wonderful to see how smoothly everything went in College Park, since many of our team was on tour elsewhere with other parts of our extended parkrun family.

Brian and Jen Murphy called in on Ally Pally parkrun in north London. (The name is a local term of endearment for Alexandra Palace, former home of the BBC.) There they met up with Karen Harris and Paul Martelletti, London-based New Zealanders who had visited us at College Park parkrun a year ago. (You might recall Paul setting the parkrun USA record when they visited; he also set the Ally Pally record this week.) Brian and Jen also got to meet Karen’s friend Jenny, who is part of the team at the new Rome parkrun in Italy, where our family had met her when we visited last month.

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Meanwhile closer to home, at our sister parkrun in Kensington, MD they were having a “Bring a Friend (or two or three) Day”. Nick Huang went along as Event Director Pam Marcus’s friend. And he took with him fellow Singaporean (and last week’s run director) JJ Su. Of course, the two of them could not resist a little parkrun voluntourism, and could be found sorting finisher tokens in Java Nation afterwards.

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And for Andrea and me we were enjoying a lovely weekend with family in England, which also inevitably included some parkrunning. It was my little brother Robin who first introduced Andrea to parkrun (... and the rest is history, as they say). And my sister-in-law Linda was part of the team that first brought parkrun to the city of Bristol 7 years ago. On our two weekends in the West of England they introduced us to two of their favorite events, and we were not disappointed.

One weekend we called in at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun. We loved the out-and-back course along the shore. We also enjoyed meeting run director Sue Nicholls, who only started running at age 63 and then found she has quite the talent, becoming one of the fastest in the country in the 70+ age group.

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This past weekend we called in at Southwick Country parkrun in Trowbridge, where they were holding their 360th event. This parkrun left us feeling quite warm and fuzzy. This week many of  the 200 participants were running wearing helmets, part of an initiative to support a brain tumor charity. One of their regulars had run wearing a helmet for a long time while recovering from brain surgery. As a first-timer I got to ring their PB gong. Well, I actually delegated that to my niece. We loved their post-parkrun cafe, which is right next to the finish, and is run by and for adults with learning disabilities. And to cap it all off, right next to the cafe is a petting zoo with lots of cute animals to please parkrunners of all ages. What’s not to like!

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It’s looking like another really nice weekend ahead. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody on the Paint Branch Trail on Saturday morning. Followed by your choice of Yoga in the Parks or The Board and Brew. Perfect.

Colin Phillips
Co-Event Director, propagandist

 

 

Hello, I’m a first-timer! (Run Report #90)

“Hello, I’m a first timer”, I probably said that to another parkrunner a year or so ago at event #34. Fast forward to event #90. The day was graced with lovely weather, and it brought a big crowd, one of our largest yet for a ‘normal’ Saturday. As a first timer Run Director this week, I was ready to see our weekly event from a new perspective.

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I have been a regular runner, and I have volunteered in many different roles, but I had never been tasked with overseeing all of the different pieces that need to work for everything to go off smoothly. There were really a lot of things happening, and it was over before I knew it. From setting up the gear (thanks to Clark for storing and delivering it), to starting the event on time (apologies to those of you who weren’t expecting this), to countless conversations with volunteers and participants, to my first time in the driver’s seat processing the results (thanks to Chris for helping, and to Andrea for some key guidance from an ocean away). I was grateful for the wonderful opportunity to be a steward of the goodwill that the team has built so far. With this experience I now have a deeper appreciation of what the people who have come before me have done to make the event such a dear one.

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Among the many first timers this week, there were two Alex(es). Allister Alexander, and Alexandra Minicozzi, who finished as a first timer together with her daughter. Catherine Calvi and her big family, who came in with the tail walkers, also joined the first timer club this week. We also welcomed back the parkrunners who we haven’t seen in a while: Lisa Chilcote returned, bearing cake! It disappeared rather quickly. Thanks Lisa!

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No official milestones this week, but Amanda Mercer will join the parkun 50 club if she turns up next Saturday. Kirk Gordon and Jim Parsons both already joined the 50 club, but this week they ran at CP for the 50th time. Eduardo Valente ran at CP for the 25th time, and Trini Molina did her 25th parkrun. Two reached their first double-digit (10) run: Astrid Salguero, Jim Cantwell (PB!). A number of runners also reached the unofficial 5 club: Tara McLoughlin, Erika Barnhardt, Raphael Benitez, John Scott, George Myers, Carlos Chaverri, Sean Turner, Tina Heineman (PB!), and Jing Geng. We just love seeing new people come along and become regular members of our growing community.

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In terms of PBs and other speediness. Jim Cantwell cut 4 minutes from his PB! Great to see him finish his 10th run. He has volunteered 11 times already. Timothy Purvis: 4 PBs in 4 visits! Same for Tina Heineman, and for Pai-Kai Yeh. 3rd PB in 3 visits for Pratima Hebbar. Rebecca Purvis lowered her PB by 23 minutes. We suspect that she may have been holding back on previous visits. Lots of second timers are showing faster times. David Gang, a second timer dropped almost two minutes from his first visit, and achieved a PB in 10th position overall. All of you get a chance to ring the PB bell next time out if you have not done so already!

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Finally, I want to say a big thank you to all the people who joined me as a volunteer, and also to those who helped out in your own way at event #90. So many people helped out. Lisa and Hump kept us on course, as they so often do. Jackie and Kayla Hayes took care of tokens. Clare Imholtz and Abdur Rahman-Quadri handled timing. Great to have old hands on that one. Erin Munsell and Yancira Amaya handled scanning. Tara McLaughlin and Lori Dominic teamed up on tailwalking and photography duties, and Xinzi He also took pictures at the finish. Check out our Facebook or Flickr pages to see the cool things that they captured. Clark and Violet Ridge helped with gear, tokens, and more, and Chris McGranahan held my hand for results processing. Andrea Zukowski and Colin Phillips were away on holiday in England, doing a little parkrun tourism themselves, but they were still keeping busy from afar. I was really glad to join you and the rest of the parkrunners on a cool summer day.

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See you again soon on #parkrunday (every Saturday)!

JJ Su
First-time Run Director

 

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