Run Report #43

Leakin Park parkrun #43 brought us beautiful weather and even more beautiful volunteers. Thank you, Arthur LIEN, Bridget MCCUSKER, Kristie METZ, Mackenzie HORNIK, Michael WILLIAMS, Sally WALLER, Will JONES, and Zach JONES for making another week of parkrun so warmly (figuratively and literally) possible.
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Leakin Park was happy to introduce parkrun to those who discovered our hidden gem. The Ringgolds heard about us through the community association and decided to share the adventure with barkrunners Bruno and Bree. The Haynes brothers, Charles and James, stumbled upon us while fishing and knew they needed to return to fill their passion for running. The brotherly love carried over to Ray Gladue who joined brother and Leakin Park regular Joe to the park. Welcome one and all!
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Ray traveled in from Philadelphia, but his trip may have been one of the shorter treks in comparison as we welcomed the Cunningham/Day family hailing from London. Ashlyn and Tim could not leave the US without getting a parkrun in, so travel to Baltimore they did. The two also wrangled up brothers Sean and Patrick to join them for a morning run.
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The pleasant Saturday spring morning allowed us to welcome Sai and Arrabi out of the winter doldrums while two of our local running clubs, Moms Run This Town and the Baltimore Road Runners Club were well represented by Sarah, Rian, and Sally.
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Count Von Count would be proud of our achievement in the multiples of five category as Sai brought in parkrun #5, Astha and Malisha joined our 10+ club, Sally earned parkrun 15, our parkrun tourist Tim jumped to 35 runs, and our hometown parkrun split-between-College Park-and Leakin Park fave, Gus, showed off what 70 parkruns looks like. Whew, we ran out of fingers!
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Congratulations to Leakin Park parkrun regular, Jon Hermansen, for hitting a PB this week. Jon's time was such a remarkable feat, it proved to be the second fastest time ever run at Leakin Park. Great work, Jon!
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Run Report #42

parkrun #42 happened in no small part because of our spectacular volunteers: Will JONES, Zach JONES, Doug JONES, Arthur LIEN, Kristie METZ, Charles MUSE, Ed ORSER, Jo ORSER, and Michael WILLIAMS (with help via papoose from Risdyn)! We love that we had so many volunteers volunteer this week that we almost could have held an arm-wrestling tournament to decide who got dibs. Fortunately, we have built such a generous community that everyone was willing to give another a go at any chosen position. Thank you, volunteers, for your support of parkrun and everyone’s involvement.
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Our numbers this week belie us just a tad. While we had 23 finishers, we had 33 starters, and since we are not about the race, we were truly excited to see new faces willing to start their activity-journey with us. Ten of our community members came out to do what they could to get out and moving and enjoying Leakin Park as a part of their day. One lap today, and maybe next week, and perhaps two laps in the near future, but in any case, we are proud that our community is excited to join us.
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Congratulations to Councilman Kristerfer Burnett for achieving a new PB on his fifth parkrun! While this week’s PBs tried to compete with the weather (a touch tough to come by), our participants were out showing the best of family and community this week. David and Sheka traded in quicker run times for quality friend and family time. Sheka’s daughters enjoyed both chaperoning and being chaperoned as they enjoyed our beautiful spring parkrun day.
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In fact, there weren’t many participants this week that were not partnered with their next generation. Bruce and Kristen enjoyed another week at Leakin Park parkrun together; Tom and Mackenzie, and Genevieve and her father all represented the Hornik family well on the course; Michael finally got to return (with good reason for his hiatus) as he acclimated baby Risdyn to parkrun’s tail-walker role. She’s a quick study! Joe introduced godson Nick, up from Charlotte, to parkrun. While Nick is more accustomed to providing sports coverage, he enjoyed his opportunity to put work to leisure with the added inspiration of the park. Stacey and her gaggle reveled in the glory of cresting Mt. Orser with well-deserved high-fives from our stalwart turnaround marshal, Ed.
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Not to be left out or out-done, Husband-Wife partners Tony and Rachel, Charlie and Allison, Joel and Courtney, and Bridget and Art toured the course with grand support for one another.
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Let’s not forget about style points on the week. With the clear runaway, parkrun core team member Iman showed how to crank out one of his best times since the beginning of winter with panache! Chris Fell brought us his parkrun tourist style all the way from Australia and achieved his best parkrun finish place earning his first number 2 finish token! Chris, it was terrific meeting you and having you join us for tater tots at Bullwinkles! And WOOOHOOO Leakin Park parkrun finisher number 1,000! Yes! We reached our 1,000th finisher with local parkrunner Charlie Joyce, but his finish was not the only place we took note of him. Charlie frequents our parkrun with an apparent reserve of energy for showing off all the best ways to enjoy our course.
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Stay tuned for glorious reports following upcoming events, including a Moms Run this Town take-over, supporting community food efforts with Courtney Rothwell and her team coming in to take over our volunteer positions; Leakin Park parkrun #50 will be here before we know it, and our one-year anniversary fast approaches! So many wonderful community members and milestones to acknowledge, and the perfect place to do it.

 

Run Report #41

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The cool breeze and flurries of the week brought memories of months gone by, yet April’s disguise didn’t slow down our parkrunnners or our volunteers. A HUGE thank you to the Hornik clan, who filled a large number of our volunteer positions. Thank you Tom, Genevieve, Mackenzie, and David. Jo and Ed Orser manned their marshal posts while Bridget McCusker and Alan Robertson joined the start-line crew. Bob Lessick is becoming quite the expert in our tail-walker role while continuing to enjoy the course and earn runs towards his total. If you are ever interested in volunteering, please talk to one of our finish-line helpers, and we can certainly find a role for you as part of one of our future runs.
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One of the highlights of each week has to be the celebration for those earning a Personal Best (PB). Jason Tarleton and Rob Hankard (accompanied by Pokey) each improved his time from their first runs. Anthony Walker partnered with Astha to score his PB. And in ever impressive style, Ken Witcher and Rian Hart both hit PBs even after 10+ runs, no easy feat.
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We were excited to welcome two new members to our parkrun family while we also cheered on our friends who hit milestones. David Platt crossed into the 20+ club while Tiffanie Loggins and Rian Hart both hit the double digit 10+ club. Congratulations all.
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Our parkrun community has truly grown into a local family, and that family was on display with all the duos accompanying each other around the course. As mentioned, Astha Jain and Anthony Walker not only work together professionally but also have discovered the joy of running together. Keypher Strombeck and Ken Witcher pushed one another to strong finishes, and Rob and Rian each scored PBs by partnering up.
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A thank you from our parkrun and the Friends of Gwynns Falls to all those who stayed after in order to help clean the stream. Our park keeps looking great through your efforts.

 

Run Report #40

Leakin Park parkrun had yet another amazing week of volunteers making our event possible. Thank you, Will JONES, Zach JONES, Doug JONES, Allison JOYCE, Arthur LIEN, Kristie METZ, Jo ORSER, Ed ORSER, and Amy RYAN. We often see our volunteers in plain sight offering selfless support to our participants, but what is less noticeable is our volunteers before they ever put on a vest. Our volunteers’ efforts begin well before our Run Director says go, so special thanks to those who look out for the rest, even when they think no one is looking.
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While our volunteers get to show us their personal bests sporting the yellow vest, our Personal Best achievers this week include, Derek Pinchbeck, Damon Chalk, Dan Parry, Molly Conway, and Virginia Joyce. In achieving their personal bests to date, Molly did so as she finished 6th overall (but first female finisher!) on her 6th parkrun and Virginia achieved an age-grade record as well! Not to be left out, Charlie (with barkrunner Dixie) finished 12th on his 12th parkrun! Congratulations on your successes, one and all!
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Speaking of successes, we would like to recognize our Milestone successes – those parkrunners who join us time and again: Sheka Kanu and Bethany Sharpless ran their way to parkrun finish #5, Robin DeStefano sprang her way back into parkrun #15, Bob Lessick added to his international parkrun by hitting hitting #20 at Leakin Park, and our homegrown parkrunner Iman Newman crossed the finish line for milestone #25. We love having so many of our community members show their repeated participation in our event as we know the satisfaction they feel in their accomplishments and hard work is addictive and keeps them coming back!
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We had a four for four (or is it four of fur?) this week, too, with four of our four-legged barkrunners joining us to strut their stuff. Special welcome to Ernie on his first barkrun, newly saved from a shelter and immediately adopted by our parkrun family, too. Savannah joined us on a day pass with Tail Walker Amy, but she [Savannah] wanted to show off, so she joined Core Team member Doug Jones for a brisker tour of the park. And a happy pup she was! Dixie and Martina happily kept their two-legged companions company, although they both have run our course often enough that it is no doubt they could do it alone themselves.
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Run #39- Is It Spring Yet?

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As our first spring run, everyone was excited for the possibility of some warmer weather; however, the winter grip still held on with chilly temperatures and some snow lingering.  Have no fear, though, as our volunteers prepared the course and created a warm environment for all.  Our parkrunnners came out to enjoy the morning even if it meant wearing a snow cap or two.

As always, a huge thank you to all our volunteers.  This week’s run was made possible with a significant contribution from the United States Marine Corps, which brought RYAN Altman, RICKY Tabarez, and LESLIE Paz to assist with our finish line duties.  BRIDGET McCusker had the opportunity to tail walk to visit our three marshals ED Orser, KRISTIE Metz, and TOM Hornik.
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Congratulations to JOE Gladue for being our first runner to reach the 25 parkrun mark, all of which have been accomplished at Leakin Park.  Some belated congratulations to JO Orser and CHARLIE Joyce who both crossed into the double digit club in their last run and who now have completed their 11thMOLLY Conway has now completed a parkrun 5 times as well -  very elite company.
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As we have become more established at Leakin Park, our run has attracted a growing number of return visitors; however, we still love to see new faces.  ROB Hankard and POKEY Hankard were our sole first-timers, but both ran like pros as Pokey’s legs moved at full speed around the park.
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It would be impossible not to recognize DAN Parry’s efforts.  Dan is the model of consistency as he tries his mightiest not to miss a week at Leakin Park, and every week he runs so perfectly that nearly every run is within only a few seconds of his best. This week Dan was able to break through with a new PB!  Congratulations, Dan.
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Park time is perfect family time.  A quick shout out to BRUCE and KRISTEN Kane who run so well together.  Another tandem team to note is STARSHA Goforth and running buddy and dog aficionado AIZLEY.
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As the spring kicks into gear, we hope to see everyone at Leakin Park enjoying the friends, community, and the park of parkrun!

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