New Year’s Day parkrunning at Fletcher’s Cove!

Fletcher's Cove parkrun will hold a special parkrun on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1st, at 10:30 am.

New Year's Day, along with Thanksgiving Day, are the only occasions in which parkruns can take place on days of the week other than Saturdays. While we haven't yet made a decision on Thanksgiving Day, 2019 (!), we are happy to announce our first ever New Years Day parkrun!

New Year's Day is also the only day of the year in which you can run more than one parkrun, if you are lucky enough to live in an area with multiple events, as we are in DC. On this day, parkruns will also take place in Kensington and in Leakin Park (Baltimore,a bit further but doable) at 8:30, as well as in College Park, at 10:30, so there are a few opportunities for doubles!

We will meet for a special New Year's Day post run brunch at Black Coffee, which has confirmed it will be open Jan. 1st!

Please note - and appreciate! - the later start time of 10:30, and help spread the word!



Run Report #127 — Here comes the sun!

Over the past couple of weeks, Washington DC has been inundated with more rain than sun but despite forecasters' cynical predictions, the predicted storms for Friday never arrived, bequeathing our parkrun #127 a glorious clear morning and a towpath free of muddy puddles and slippery stones. At least it started pleasant and clear, but it is late July in DC and the heat and humidity didn’t take long to surface. Nevertheless, the 47 jolly parkrun and 1 barkrun finishers - including 6 first timers - notched up 15 personal best times. Best of all were the hearty bevvy of volunteers, more than half of whom hailed from the generous Foxley-Chico family – full salutes to them as they graciously gave their time on the eve of a trip to Scotland.  Mind the wee midges as you embark on highland adventures!

Dan Owen, RD #127


Run Report #123 — The Heat Has Arrived

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,

Henry Wigglesworth


Run Report #122 – Superheroes run Fletcher’s!

The rains held off this morning for the sixty enthusiastic runners who dodged puddles and mud to complete Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #122!

This week we welcomed 23 FIRST TIMERS – more than 1/3 of the field! We hope you all come back again. We also welcomed parkrun tourists from New Zealand, who definitely traveled the farthest to run Fletcher’s Cove.

Congratulations to our cookie baker extraordinaire - Nancy Edson - who donned the Superparkrunner cape for her 50th run. Way to go, Nancy! And a shout-out to first place finisher, Michael Wardian, who also happens to be marathoner, ultra-marathoner and record-setter, including (my personal favorite) fastest marathon while pushing a jogging stroller.

Thanks to today’s volunteers, Sarah Appleton, Carter Beach, Michael Bender, Alice Bender, Melissa Bodeau, Nancy Edson, Andres Falconer, Roger Potocki, Manuel Rivera, and Henry Wigglesworth. Have you volunteered yet? If so, thank you and please sign up again. If not, try it! You’ll meet great people, see runners smile when you cheer them through the finish line and have the satisfaction of giving back to the parkrun community.

Every Saturday, we also gather at Black Coffee on MacArthur Boulevard for post run analysis and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.

Check out our Facebook page for photos and news

Remember to print out and bring your barcode if you want to get your time and credit for your parkrun milestones. Print and laminate it or get fancy and order a card, tag or wristband from parkrun-Barcode.


Run Report #117 – Draining the swamp (sort of) …

After a week of seemingly continuous rain, the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic Park Tow Path was nothing but puddles, puddles, and more puddles for this week’s parkrun. Swamp-like, so to speak.  And looking a lot like the Preakness that took place later in the day, and the Kentucky Derby two weeks prior.  The rain gods were ‘sort of’ smiling on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun as the rain became only a drizzle by our 9:00 a.m. start.

Hardcore is the only word to describe the 21 runners who braved the elements. Of the finishers, six have run more than 50 parkruns and one has run more than 100. Today’s top finisher was Robin Larner with a time of 20:30. Running in his 88th parkrun, Jeff Neradka came in second at 24:45. The third finisher and top woman was Mary Lowe Mayhugh with a time of 26:45. You can see all the run results at

Special thanks go to the Kingsbury Center’s Innovation 5K. They had priority use of the Tow Path for their 8:00 a.m. run, but graciously agreed to share it with Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.  And in the spirit of kindred runners, we entered a team in their 5K – Team parkrun: Cindy Cohen, Susan Crammond, David Donahue, Andres Falconer and Henry Wigglesworth.  Cindy finished first in the Adult Women’s Division; Andres was 3rd in the Adult Men’s Division.  And Henry graciously stepped in midway through the race, to course-correct the midpoint turn-around.  Final note: Not getting enough puddles, puddles, and more puddles – Cindy and Andres double ‘dipped’, running Fletcher’s Cove parkrun on short rest!

Thanks go to volunteers Tita Chico, David Donahue, Sylvia Lesic, Nico Foxley, Tomas Foxley, Jason Legum, and Manuel Rivera. Please sign up to volunteer in a future run. Your help will be greatly appreciated by your fellow runners!

As with other Saturdays, the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun does not really end when the last finisher crosses the line. It continues with fellowship at Black Coffee on MacArthur Boulevard.  Join us!

Finally, an important reminder:  We are now enforcing the parkrun policy – No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions. It also means you will note get credit for your next parkrun milestone. So remember to bring it, wear it, wristband it, laminate it and have it with you every Saturday.

-  Joseph McKenzie, Run Director #117

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