January 13th was our first of 2018 in what is sure to be a BIG year for Eagan parkrun. We weren’t able to go the last couple of weeks due to wind chills below -20F. At those temps, frost bite can set in on exposed skin within 15 minutes. It is the decision of the Run Director that week and his/her main responsibility is always the safety of the parkrunners and the volunteers. So given this, we haven’t been running through this crazy cold stretch… but we are back and had Eagan parkrun #38 last Saturday. It was still REALLY cold, but the wind wasn’t too bad, so we felt as long as the runners were properly dressed and prepared, we could push on and get in a great parkrun. In an effort to help our super team of volunteers, we also ran the course in the reverse direction. This allowed our finishing funnel workers to sit in their cars as we waited for runners to come by on their first lap and then finish. It was a big help for sure.
It wasn’t our largest turnout, but great to see 6 parkrunners out there. Leading the pack around in a good time was Steve Cox.
Following him were Al “frozen beard” Barnicle and Andy “eye lashicle” Borne.
Jeff Ferrazzo had a nice run and was also out early to help us set up the course. If you haven’t noticed, Jeff has been dropping pounds and seconds off his parkrun time. Be sure to ask him about it when you see him… REALLY, REALLY GREAT WORK Jeff, Congrats!
We had a first timer… yes, a first timer saw that we have a 5k run and she was there. Sophia Kvam lives in a western suburb and as part of school assignment, she had to run a 5k. parkrun was just the ticket for her and it was great to have her there. We felt a little bad as she came into the finish area, was pushing it hard… only to be told that she still had a lap to go. UHHHHHHH. But she motored around and had a great push for her real finish as well. SUPER job Sophia. We hope to see you again.
Bringing up the back and helping us collect the signs on the course afterwards was our Tail Walker Amit Parnerkar. Thanks so much for your help Amit!
We had a couple of milestones or awards this week as well. December parkrunner of the month… WASN’T THERE! Oh no, no worries, I’m sure they will be there next week and the award is safely in storage, ready to be presented next week. Someone who was there, was our FIRST 25 Volunteer Club Member from Eagan parkrun. Tom Anderson hit 25 times back in late December. Great job Tom and thanks so much for all of the support you have provided to Eagan parkrun since starting to volunteer in June of last year. We’ll be looking forward to seeing that great purple shirt in the near future.
That’s about it for Eagan parkrun #38… we were able to cover all the runners and all of the volunteers in this run report. Next week is looking good at 25F. Heat wave for sure. Hoping to see more great parkrunners out. Be sure to spread the word as we continue to build our little local community, our little national community at parkrun USA and our little global community too! We are also always looking to get more people involved in volunteering. It's loads of fun and fulfilling. Keep it in mind. See ya soon!