It's so great to see more and more new faces at Eagan parkrun. On June 30th, we had loads of first timers. The new runner briefing was bulging for sure with 18 of our 66 parkrunners joining us at Eagan for the first time! Many of them were fast too... 7 of our first 11 finishers were first timers! Nice work everyone!!!
Many familiar faces joined us too! Andrew Bentall was unexpectantly in town after some flight delays, so he came over in the am after finding a printer to print his barcode and cranked out a new PB at Eagan. It was also his 55th parkrun, most of which have taken place at Cannon Hill parkrun near Birmingham. I'm sure we'll have a parkrun near him in Rochester, MN soon enough and he can continue his parkrunning more routinely... until then, great to see you again Andrew and hope it isn't another year before you are back! The author enjoyed a nice coffee while processing the results and chatted with Stefan Jankowski and Nicole Bergh. It was Nicole's first parkrun and Stefan has continued to cut his times over 6 Eagan parkruns since last November. Great work guys and best of luck on your upcoming Triathalons!
Jeff Ferrazzo just keeps cranking out PBs. Another one at Eagan parkrun #58 and spoiler alert... given this is being written after Eagan parkrun #59... he did it again at that one! He has now knocked 9 minutes and 29 seconds off of his time from last August and his PB sits at 28:32! All done while volunteering nearly every week to help us set up as well. Thanks and congrats Jeff!
Welcome back to Elizabeth Pichotta as well who made the drive in from Owatonna (another person in need of a Rochester parkrun) and picked up a nice PB in 27:02! Hope that sister of yours gets out of bed to join us next time!
Lastly, welcome to Polly Davison, in from the UK and Melton Mowbray parkrun. Polly was over on work and managed to find a couple of UK expats for a photo op as well. Nick Rogers, originally from Scotland and the aforementioned Andrew Bentall helped Polly feel right at home!
So many thanks to our volunteers and some great new volunteers that have been joining us recently. Linda Kaye has been with us most weeks recently helping out with all Finish Funnel roles and some photography. Be sure to thank her next time you see her!
Hope you are all having a fabulous summer! It is going by fast... keep running, you just might catch it!
See ya soon,