LP #52- Happy Birthday to us

parkrun #52

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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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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!
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Some new PBs shined through as Doug Jones, Sally Waller, and Krissy Kallemyn, all in different age categories, crossed the finish line faster than ever before.
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Thank you all for a wonderful year, and we look forward to a new year of memories ahead.


Leakin Park #50

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.
Leakin Park parkrun June 9, 2018

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 #48

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 OrserJen and Cayden Givens were invaluable members of our finish line crew, while Mitch Kallemyn completed his first parkrun as our tail walker!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Milestone Alerts:

- Brothers Charles and James Haynes have finished their 5th parkrun.  Erin Presslein joins this prestigous group as well while also completing several volunteer roles.

- The Joyce family can give a shout out (or bark from Dixie) to Charlie  Joyce for finishing his 15th parkrun. Thanks for all the smiles.
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Stay Dry and Keep Running!


Run Report #47

Leakin Park parkrun #47 was remarkable in that it was our first run in the rain, and rain we had indeed. Leakin Park never ceases to amaze visitors with the variety of vistas one can view in the park. The Dead Man branch of the river looked more like an adventure park ride than the fishing hole seen on most Saturdays.
SplashThe wet weather could not dampen the spirit of the runners as 18 individuals braved the conditions. We especially want to thank our volunteers who endured the deluge to make sure the day could happen. Iman Newman provided superb leadership as Run Director, while Jo and Ed Orser manned the marshal spots and had quite the walk and wait to ensure our runners' safety. Valerie, Bridget, and Alan worked our finish line, and Tom Hornik did double duty as runner and barcode scanner. Joe Gladue wanted to spend the morning visiting friends and avoiding packing but allowed himself to be conscripted into service as our puddle splashing tail walker. Vols

The navy unsurprisingly thrived in the wet conditions as they brought out a handful of runners and another handful to serve as our cheering section. All these fine servicemen and service women helped us before going out to assist with a community service program to help victims of abuse. Thank you for all you do!

Even with the potentially challenging conditions, there were some remarkable milestones to recognize. Bob Lessick is half way to his red shirt as he finished his 25th parkrun globally. We are so glad to have you each and every week, Bob. Tom hit a different type of 25 mark as he volunteered for the 25th time.  Next time we see Tom, he will be wearing his new purple club shirt!

Two individuals were also able to better their times and bring home PBs; congratulations to Lisen Hart and Doug Jones on their perseverance. Doug was able to beat the clock by 6 seconds, and Lisen was able to trim a whopping FIVE minutes off her time!

Don't forget the upcoming events at Leakin Park parkun:

June 9th- Moms Run This Town will be taking over to celebrate the completion/graduation of their Couch 2 5k program. It will also mark our 50th parkrun. Consider donning your red to show your support.

June 23rd- OUR ANNIVERSARY celebration.We would love to see all our friends who have come out over the course of our first year and welcome them back to our parkrun. Please bring your friends and family to come celebrate this milestone. Our parkrun couldn't be what it is without our community.


Leakin Park parkrun #46

Leakin Park parkrun #46

Moms not only Run This Town in Catonsville, but they ran Leakin Park’s parkrun this week during their takeover. Thank you Robert GIVENS, Cayden GIVENS, Michael GIVENS, Zach JONES, Doug JONES, Ed ORSER, Erin PRESSLEIN, Katie REPETTI, Laura SAXTON, and Noelle SAXTON for taking such good care of us with cheers and warm smiles, not to mention the muffins!
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With all that support from our volunteers, it is no wonder that 11 parkrunners – that’s right! ELEVEN parkrunners achieved PBs! Congratulations, Joy, George, Jen, Robin, Valerie, Courtney, and Victoria for cruising around our Leakin Park course faster than ever before!

In addition to our standard PB earners, Jo, Mckenzie, and Morgan brought that little-something-extra to their achievements with new age-grade records. All three ladies’ smiles and enthusiasm make it perfectly clear that there is nothing much more satisfying than a good Saturday morning parkrun. We would be remiss if we didn't mention first time parkrunner, Nick, who scored not only an age-grade record, but also a new resident course record. We hope to see you again soon as you were a blur the first time.
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Charles and James are also extra-notable PB-earners. Charles has shaved a whopping 8 minutes off of his initial parkrun time, having earned a new PB on each outing. James, too, puts forth his very best efforts out on the course each and every time, and his PB this week showed nothing different. Congratulations to our young parkrunners who stumbled across us at Leakin Park through their involvement with a park fishing event, and who continue to support us and the park with their presence ever since.

While PBs are always a treasured achievement, milestone runs are equally fun to celebrate. Joel, Victoria, and Mary sneakered their way into our 5-run posse, while Amy brought in the double digits with number 10! Dan and Jeanette have earned a their cool ventis, while James is half way to parkrun numero ciento. Quite the accomplishments! Congratulations to all.

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