I love summer. I like walking barefoot in the warm evenings through my neighborhood and seeing fireflies. Of course, not everyone feels the same way so when the heat arrives in DC -- as it did today with the temperature hovering in the mid-80's at 9 a.m. -- a lot of people leave town, go to the beach, or hunker down in air-conditioned homes. But 46 dedicated parkrunners thumbed their noses at the heat today and showed up for our weekly 5,000 meter run or walk down the steamy towpath.
In what may have been a first, both the first male and first female finishers were first-timers (try saying that five times fast). Congrats to Brandon Finn (18:53) and Hannah Connolly-Sporing (20:25) who turned in very respectable times despite the heat. Hannah runs cross country at Penn and is in DC on a summer internship. Glad to have you here, Hannah, and I hope you return to Fletcher's now that you know we exist. Brandon's age indicates he is out of college by a few years but I did not get a chance to talk to him as his post-run getaway was too fast and he disappeared quickly after finishing.
Michael Piazza and his wife (sorry I did not catch her name) were visiting from Houston, and were perhaps the only ones not fazed by the hot, humid weather. Mike, who finished 4th today (21:26) went to St. Albans School where his father, Dr. Paul Piazza, was an associate headmaster. A few months ago, the head cross country coach at St. Albans, Jim Ehrenhaft, ran FC -- we love building connections with local schools and hope to see more teachers, alumni, and students from St. Albans come down to the Cove.
No major milestones were passed today but I did notice in poring over the results that Dan Owen notched his 86th parkrun today which combined with his 14 times serving as a volunteer equals 100 total parkrun experiences (TPE). This is a new statistic that I have invented (parkrun data geeks, eat your hearts out!) that captures an individual's overall commitment to parkrun. Congrats, Dan on reaching this high level of achievement in TPE. No, sorry, we don't have a t-shirt for you. But maybe we will give you a shout-out at the next parkrun.
And speaking of shout-outs, a big thank you to our volunteers today: Melissa Bodeau, Ben Brooks, Nancy Edson, Andres Falconer, Nico Foxley, Mariana Rahal, Linda Rahal, and Tim Ramsey. You all are heroes to stand out in the heat and create the opportunity for others to run. Many, many thanks.
Until next week, and enjoy the heat,