Due to the summer rains, Leakin Park moved the course to a new location. We will begin just across from Franklintown Inn at 5200 N. Franklintown Road. We will still meet every Saturday at 9:00. We'll see you back in the park!
We are sorry to announce that we have to cancel Leakin Park parkrun for this coming Saturday (8/4) due to road closures and park access. Rest assured, our Core Team is working hard to figure out a way to get everyone back to the park safely so we can all run together again. Please continue to monitor our facebook page for any updates.
In the meantime, please consider visiting one of our sister parkruns in the area including College Park, Anacostia, Fletchers Cove, Roosevelt Island, or Kensington. Your parkrun ID works at all these locations, and parkrun tourism is always a good time. Just tell them Leakin Park sent you!
Leakin Park parkrun #52 brought with it our first birthday and a plethora of volunteers to help make our inaugural anniversary possible. Our volunteers were well represented by core team members Thomas HORNIK, Mackenzie HORNIK, David HORNIK, Genevieve HORNIK, Doug JONES, and Robert LESSICK, with stalwart Ed ORSER, as well as David PLATT, Mark PRESSLEIN, and Valerie YINGLING providing all the support we could have asked for to keep our runners and walkers alike happy, safe, and successful.
The threat of a summertime sprinkle didn’t keep the celebrations at bay. Balloons, cupcakes, orange juice, and some donut holes were all kept safe under the shade of our portable canopy, which turned out to be unnecessary on the day’s event.
While our anniversary wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers, it was our participants that helped the day be a memorable one. Forty-one parkrunners joined by three barkrunners, Foxy, Midnight, and Martina, put us at our second highest turnout to date. Eight first-time parkrunners joined eight other first time Leakin Park parkrunners as an indication that word about Leakin Park parkrun is still getting out!
We welcomed parkrun tourists from South Africa, U.K., College Park, and Roosevelt Island. U.K. visitors Nick and Roxane Pratt and Sue and Beth Garner may have shown up separately, but they were able to use Leakin Park as a union point to share the commonality of parkrun. The Skorbinskis made a family day of it, while Gus Campbell and the Hiskys brought some College Park love for our birthday, and Eden Gray and Foxy represented Roosevelt Island.
We may only be a year old, but age simply isn’t a factor when it comes to participating in parkrun. Our age ranges included everyone from 15-17 through 75-79. Sue Garner on her 77th parkrun set a Leakin Park parkrun age-grade record, but she set the highest age-grade percentile rank in the U.S. (and EVER for Leakin Park) with an 87.78% accomplishment! Kudos, Sue! Impressive work!
Thank you all for a wonderful year, and we look forward to a new year of memories ahead.
Run Report #50
Leakin Park parkrun has finally earned its own parkrun-red club shirt as we completed our 50th event. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the day possible, including some of our regular helpers: David Hornik, Ed Orser, and Kristie Metz. Additionally, the MRTT contingent was in force with Jenn Givens, Shannon Miller, Cayce Hoffman, Erin Presslein, Danielle Boessel, and Bronwyn Bates representing the moms of Catonsville.
June is a time of graduations for many, and parkrun was no different as we hosted the graduates from the Moms Run This Town spring Couch-To-5k cohort. The ladies worked hard for months to complete their first 5k, and their efforts paid off with some impressive runs on Saturday. Congratulations to all the runners and the mentors on a huge 3.1 milestone. We are so proud of Lisa Perkins, Olivia Parton, Laura and Noelle Saxton, Tracie Cometa, Shelly Leibowitz, Kelly Lennon, Melanie Clatchey, and Katie Knight. Our apologies if we missed anyone.
There were additional reasons to celebrate, including the new Personal Best times for three of our runners. Krissy Kallemyn combined mother-duty, jogging, and strollering on her way to a new PB. Jo Orser improved on her age-grade record by trimming an additional three minutes from her time. Lateesha Smith returned for a second week while continuing her training and saw her time drop as well. Congratulations ladies.
We love honoring our regular runners who push towards earning their own 50-runs shirts. Angela Hale and Etosha Dixon have now crossed the line five times each, while Sally Waller and Robin Destefano have completed 20 parkruns. Tom Hornik uniquely finished his 25th parkrun at Leakin Park but is now at run #89. Congratulations to Tony Ribeiro for being our third member of the 30+ club at Leakin Park.
While we had 31 finishers, we are also part of the journey to healthier living for many as they walk or jog one lap of the course. We were happy to welcome Roberta and Kelly Jordan from Indiana who were surprised by a visit from their daughter, Annie, who finished her first parkrun. Tony Jones came in from Georgia for a lap, and our friend Alfay Manning smiled his way around the course to recover from injury. All ages and abilities are welcome at parkrun to walk, jog, or run.
The countdown is on to our first birthday on June 23rd, so we hope everyone can come out to show their love and support to our parkrun. The more the merrier!
Leakin Park was greeted with some early summer humidity as our runners dripped their way around the river; some visitors even slinked and slithered their way across our path . . . .
A bow to our friend Bob Lessick who excelled in his debut role as Run Director. Special thanks to all our volunteers who filled in last minute to help make run #48 possible. Purple shirt award goes to Jo Orser who completed her 25th volunteering role, joining her husband Ed Orser. Jen and Cayden Givens were invaluable members of our finish line crew, while Mitch Kallemyn completed his first parkrun as our tail walker!
We love to cheer those who score a Personal Best time. Congratulations to Damon Chalk for knocking 90 seconds off his previous best. Emily Shaw not only took two minutes off her time, but also was the first female finisher in the process. Michael Givens dropped his time by more than a minute as well showcasing the success of his training regimen.
We also took the day to celebrate several of our regular runners. We bid a fond farewell to Joe Gladue, our most prolific parkrunner, as he heads off to Puerto Rico. Joe has only missed ONE Leakin Park parkrun since discovering us. We also said farewell to Keypher Strombeck and Alan Robertson. Both of these fine gentlemen have been reassigned as part of our US Navy to new ports of call, but both welcomed Baltimore as their adoptive home. Alan regularly served as our volunteer while Keypher was able to mix in running with volunteer days. Both men served as promoters of our event and often spent their time after parkrun providing assistance to other local charities.
While it isn't quite the dog days of summer yet, we were wagging our tails welcoming several barkrunners. Even though none of our furry friends completed the entire course, just as with our two-legged partners, one lap or two, everyone is welcome. Ernie Sharpless returned for his second tour of the course and was bounding with energy joining Bethany and Damon, but he only had the attention for one lap. No worries, Ernie! There is always next week. Janie Yingling also came back for her second run, and she loves watching mom Valerie run, but struggles with not cutting the course short to stay by her side. Cinnamon Haynes has tail walked the course several times already, but she was eager to accompany her sister Nevaeh Haynes at her first parkrun. Martina Hornik is certainly our most experienced barkrunnner, but could only keep up with Mackenzie for one lap before panting her way back to dad.
- Brothers Charles and James Haynes have finished their 5th parkrun. Erin Presslein joins this prestigous group as well while also completing several volunteer roles.
Stay Dry and Keep Running!