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!
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.
Thank you all for a wonderful year, and we look forward to a new year of memories ahead.