Not so calm before the storm – Eagan parkrun #90 Run Report

Saturday, 9 March, 2019

Six parkrunners(1)

As the 9:00 start drew near, and with a major storm coming later in the day, it was obvious that the gradually increasing wind was going to present a challenge for our hearty group of twenty-four.  Unfortunately, more than one parkrunner today was deceived by the weather forecast, and dressed for what was anticipated to be the "nicest" day of the week.  This may have included Trevor Luyt (below), who never complained, and almost looked comfortable in his...shorts!  - which, I suppose, is not surprising for a 113-time parkrun veteran, but might surprise you when you learn that he hails from North Beach parkrun on the northeast coast of South Africa!  Unfortunately, there is no Accuweather temperature index for running against the wind down a quarter-mile straight-away in an open field of snow.  If there was, the warning might have read:  "31 degrees, but feels like 50 below."  (At least that was the sentiment from our winter course marshals today.)

Trevor shorts (1)

With packed snow covering a large portion of the three-loop winter course, the track was arguably better than has been for the past few weeks.  The snow storm that hit the Twin Cities later in the day, however, will likely cause that to change.  In anticipation of thawing and freezing snow over the next few weeks, it would definitely be a good idea to check the Eagan parkrun website (www.parkrun.us/eagan) and social media for cancellations each Saturday morning before you make the journey to Thomas Lake.  We will do our best to have any cancellations posted as early as possible on Saturday mornings.

We welcomed at least five* first-time parkrunners today, bringing our historical total of individual finishers to 979.  One particular standout was Rita Johnson (below in black stocking cap), who deserves special recognition, and truly epitomizes what parkrun is all about.  Her husband was overheard saying that today's event was Rita's "first."  When asked if it was her first parkrun, or her first 5K, he simply said, "It's her first anything!"  Apparently, Rita has been secretly training on her own for a while, and this week she was ready to knock out her first 5k.  She had plenty of support on hand as well, not only from her husband and carload of friends, but from everyone present at the finish line when she crossed.  In fact, her finish might have been the loudest ever at Thomas Lake to date!  Congratulations are definitely in order.  We truly hope you return soon, Rita!  We promise Spring will get here...eventually!

Rita and supporters(1)

With a little better snow pack on the course, and no stroller this time, Joe McCauley was back for his second parkrun at Thomas Lake.  Under these improved conditions, Joe managed to shave a whopping 16:14 off of his debut time from just a few weeks ago.  Also back for a second go at it was junior parkrunner John Lutterman (JM 11-14), who took a pre-event loop around the course with Dad (first finisher and barcode scanner Mark Lutterman) (above center) to warm up and inspect the course.  John also achieved a parkrun PB, despite the strong winds and insane wind chill.  We can't wait to see what both of these parkrunners are capable of this Spring when course conditions are even more favorable.

As always, a BIG THANKS to our volunteers this week:  Nate Damro (course setup and timekeeper), Mark Lutterman (barcode scanner), Nancy Wilson (finish tokens), and Ed Anderson (tail runner and post-event clean-up).

*There may have actually been 6 first-timers today, but we are not sure.  Our 18th finisher did not scan her finish token, so the mystery remains!  If you are our mystery parkrunner, please send us an e-mail at eaganoffice@parkrun.com and let us know, so that we can add you to the results for Eagan parkrun #90!  Also, if you happen to find the #18 finish token in your pocket, we would be elated to get it back!  No questions asked!  ;-)

Keep warm everyone. Happy running!
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Eagan parkrun #87 Run Report – Polar Vortex

parkrun 87 is in the books and all 14 runners and 7 volunteers are now thawing out.  We had one first timer from Bloomington, Jim Gonnella who decided that the perfect first parkrun was when it was 2 degrees!  We promise its warmer in the coming months, but for today Jim earned some frozen eyebrows!

Parkrun 87

Jim Leffelman and son Mike enjoyed the tropical temps as Mike completed his 10th parkrun!

Parkrun 87

And congrats to Francine LePage who completed her 75th parkrun this week!

Finally, thanks to the brave popsicles, er volunteers today!  Steven DREGER • Michelle HORN • Anna DREGER • Scott HORN • Edward ANDERSON • Henry SCHAEFFER • Andy BORNE

 

Broom Ball Anyone? – Eagan parkrun #75 Run Report

Another great morning for a run and this parkrun had a group theme.  All the way from Australia, the Australian Broomball Team was in Minnesota for a tournament in Blaine and stopped by to get a quick warmup before hitting the ice. They are joined in this picture by another visitor Josh from Australia who just happened to pick today to come to Eagan parkrun. Thanks for coming out!
Parkrun 75We also had Faculty members from the nearby Oak Ridge Elementary School who hit the trails and had a blast.  Thanks for coming out ladies of Oak Ridge on the Move! Parkrun 75

We also introduced our newest family member, Ruby to the parkrun family. She enjoyed watching the runners, smelling the grass and getting attention from the finishers! (She's the red one with four legs...)
Parkrun 75

Thanks again to our fantastic volunteers, we could not do parkrun without you! (Literally this time as Naveen showed up and helped keep some of us from trying to do two things at once!) Thank you to Steven COX, Melissa DAMRO, Michelle HORN, Scott HORN, Naveen KUMAR, Anita PAGEY, and Nancy WILSON.

 

Great times at Thomas Lake – Eagan parkrun #79 Run Report

Great morning for a post-Thanksgiving run to burn off some of that pie!  The rain overnight went away just in time for our 35 runners to enjoy very mild conditions.  (Hey, its almost winter in Minnesota.)  We welcomed back some stalwarts of our Eagan parkrun family and it was all lead by Daisy Islas who not only was our first finisher but also posted a PB!  Great job Daisy!  In fact, Daisy started a trend as our first four finishers and seven runners overall bested their times.  Congrats to Adam Burnett, Beth Claybaugh, Joshua Picotta, Isiah Picotta, Hayley Bujalski, and Tad Dolphay for their PB's.
Daisy

We also had some first timers, including Michael Picotta and Samantha Damro, youngest child of Eagan parkrun founders Nate and Melissa.  Great job Sammy! Parkrun 79To keep things exciting (as if a PB wasn't enough), Josh Picotta ran the course while juggling, never breaking stride! Parkrun 79

Thanks to our outstanding volunteers, Scott, Michelle and Sophie Horn, Tom "Turkey" Anderson, Francine LePage, Linda Kaye, Skip Schaeffer and Naveen Kumar. Parkrun 79

 

GUEST RUN REPORT WRITER – THANKS EDEN! – Eagan parkrun #72 Run Report

Eagan parkrun #72

Eagan parkrun - Event #72 - 10/6/18

The saying “Minnesota Nice” is a very fitting description of the community at Eagan parkrun.  As a touristing parkrunner based at Roosevelt Island parkrun in the DC-area (with roots in Florida!), the chill in the air in early October caught me more off-guard than I care to admit, but the spirit at parkrun never fails to warm the heart.  The hot coffee before and after didn't hurt either!

At event #72, Run Director Andy welcomed all-comers and made the announcements while barkrunner Gus serenaded eagerly in the background.  A few minutes later, we were off to explore the peaceful, meandering course. The overcast sky created a beautiful contrast to the bright colors of the leaves, which were starting to transition to their autumnal glory.  

Eagan parkrun #72Due to an injury, I walked the course and was pleasantly surprised to be joined by a touristing parkrunner - Nikol from Renton parkrun in the Seattle-area.  The boisterous barkrunner Gus and his mama, a local parkrunner, completed our walking group. The best part about walking the 5k at parkrun is that you have more time to enjoy the journey.  Given I was touristing, I made a point to stop along the way to snap photos of the lovely trees and the stunning lake view. I also made a point to ensure the Eagan parkrun course was completed by Faux Foxy, the stand-in for my favorite barkrunner, Foxy, who didn’t make the trip.  You may know Foxy as the barkrunner correspondent for parkrun USA — if not, check out the parkrun USA e-newsletter more often :)   Eagan parkrun #72

While we were walking, many other parkrunners were pushing hard to the line. Congrats to all the parkrunners who achieved a personal best: Mark Lutterman, Michael Groskreutz, Christopher Prokop, Caitlin McMahon, Jordan Bowen, Francine Lepage, Melissa Howland, and Molly Hapgood.  And, a great big welcome to the parkrun family for first-timers Michael Haring and Brooke Paquette. We hope you had a fabulous time and join us again!

 

Many heartfelt thanks to this week’s volunteers: Andy Borne, Seth Borne, Jacob Damro, Carol Ferrazzo, Tammy Fluto, Naveen Kumar (who hit volunteer milestone #10 today!), and Nick Rogers.  We couldn’t have parkrun today without your awesome support!

Eagan parkrun #72

 

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