Run Report #103 – Growing parkrun

It was a great winter day for a run in the nation’s capital. Temps in the mid 40’s. No wind. Ice ponds turned to puddles. Frozen earth, softening. And only a threat of liquid sunshine at race time.


We welcomed 40 parkrunners, with one First Timer – William Cavanaugh. We hope to see you back soon, and often, William! And on a rare day, we had no out-of-town guests …


The liquid sunshine did arrive around 11:00 a.m., as a small group of veteran Fletcher’s Cove parkrun volunteers gathered for coffee at Kristina’s on MacArthur Boulevard. Led by Event Directors, Andres Falconer and Henry Wigglesworth, the conversation was how to grow the base of Fletcher’s Cove runners, and in turn, grow the base of volunteers. Watch for forthcoming information, but a couple of notes for the immediate consideration of our ‘regular’ Fletcher’s Cove parkrunners :

Spread the word to your running buds. Encourage their trying out parkrun. Refer them to to register and join us at Fletcher’s Cove (

Volunteer! If you haven’t tried, please consider helping out on an upcoming Saturday. You will have lots of support. The volunteer positions are easy to learn. You indicate your interest at You can see upcoming volunteer opportunities at

Help us identify outlets to promote parkrun – your community civic associations, social media networks, running groups, etc. Copy and share the below flyer:

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Look/listen for the resumption of post-run coffees.

Your ideas?? Send to


Now back to last Saturday’s run. Alejandro Maldonado led the way with a time of 20:58. Zoe Cachion was first in the Female Division at 24:48. New Personal Best achieved by Sylvie Mortimer, Reetia Lepisto and Marie Reid. Great job, all!


We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this week’s event a success: Alice BENDER, Stephanie COOMES, Nancy EDSON, Andres FALCONER, Nico FOXLEY, Sylvia LESIC, Rodger POTOCKI, Mariana RAHAL and Tim RAMSEY. Couldn’t do it without y’all!

Have a great week. See you soon.

David Donahue, Run #103 Director



Run Report #102

What a chilly but crisp morning!  After the run I had to wait half an hour for my toes to defrost.


This weekend, we had just under 40 runners on the course, several of which today was their first run with us.  We had seven first timers, a few of which were visitors from Alaska, New York and Massachusetts.  This week there were also five personal bests- way to push yourselves in 20 degree weather!

Andrew Evans was the first male and first finisher while Mary Mayhugh was the first female finisher.  Several seniors attended the run, dashing past the competition: congrats to Timothy Reid and Patrick Coady!

If you’d like to volunteer, check the future roster for available positions and shoot us an email at


Run Report 101


This week, 63 people completed the course and enjoyed the lovely weather.  The first finisher both overall and for the men was Robert Wolfe, while the first female finisher was Katie Beach.

There were nine personal bests as well as nine first timers who were greeted with loud cheers from the finish line.  Andres Falconer (pictured in red below) also achieved a personal best: he is now one year older than he was last year!  After finishing parkrun, he went home for a surprise birthday party.



It was a great Saturday for the kids, since we saw many of them helping their parents volunteer for the run.  Many thanks this week to: Stephanie Coomes, Andres Falconer, Julia Figueredo, Kirsty Lonergan, Jeff Neradka, Claire O’Connor, Dan Owen, Mariana Rahal, Steven Schonberger and Olivia Skerlj.  Parkrun wouldn’t exist without you!

If you would like to volunteer, check the future roster for available positions and then shoot us an email at



100th Parkrun and 2 Year Anniversary Run Report

Claire Wigglesworth Wishing Everyone a Happy 100th Parkrun

Today was our 100th Parkrun!  Thanks to everyone who could make it!

Runners Cross the Starting Line

93 runners and nine volunteers showed up on this lovely morning to celebrate not only 100 runs, but our 2nd year anniversary.  We begun the festivities with the usual speech which was then followed by some words ,  singing alternate lyrics to “500 Miles” and then started the run.

Runners Pass Hockey Players

This week’s Parkrun has been full of firsts: there were 18 personal bests and 13 first timers.  The first male runner to finish was John Crumbliss who earned a personal best, followed by Henry Wigglesworth.  His daughter, Claire Wigglesworth was the first female runner to finish, followed closely by Gabrielle McKenzie who also scored a personal best.  The first in the 11-14 age group to finish was Alcaro Orlove Rodríguez.  The runners also had a chance to see some hockey players coming to make the most of the icy canal before it melted.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who worked to make the 100th Parkrun special: Carter Beach, Susan Crammond, Julia Figueredo, Jason Legum, Sylvia Lesic, Dan Owen, Rodger Potocki, Ian Ross, Olivia Skerlj.

Pizza Party!

After the run, many runners went to freshen up, and then we reconvened for the Pizza Party!  The Wigglesworths provided a fantastic chocolate cake while the folks at 7th Hill provided excellent pizza.


Run Report #99


Happy 99th parkrun: we're almost at 100!

After several icy parkruns, today's run was relatively balmy. This week, we had 39 runners, joggers and walkers, two of which were first timers, and seven of which achieved personal bests! This week we had representatives from two clubs besides the Fletcher's Cove Parkrunners: Cathie Fagerstrom joined us from DC Roadrunners and Carla Freyvogel came representing the Washington Running Club.

Due to a technical error, Henry Wigglesworth finished the run in nine minutes, breaking the 5k world record. After fixing that amusing mistake, the stats are as follows: Matt Perkins was the first male and first runner to finish, scoring a new personal best. The first female finisher was Kerstin Fagerstrom, who also finished first in the 11-14 age bracket.

This week our very own Susan Crammond finished her 50th parkrun (46 of which she ran at Fletcher's Cove parkrun)! Congratulations on the parkrun milestone!

Many thanks this week to our volunteers: Nancy Beck, Stephanie Coomes, Fred Fagerstrom, Andres Falconer, Julia Figueredo, Alex Foxley, Mariana Rahal, Tomasita Villarroel and Ashley Ward!

A FESTIVE REMINDER: Remember to stick around after the run next Saturday (January 20th)!  We'll be going up to 7th Hill Pizza at 11 am to celebrate 100 runs and the two year anniversary of Fletcher's Cove parkrun!  Event director Henry Wigglesworth and Andres Falconer are also both celebrating birthdays this week: they are both turning """"21"""".

Julia Figueredo (Today's Run Reporter)


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