Even though it was very hot this past Saturday, our beautiful wooded portion of the course is always a few degrees cooler, and shaded from the sun’s rays. Many of our newest parkrunners remarked on what a splendid course we have. And since the woods have gotten a chance to dry up recently, everyone except our Tough Mudders ™ now loves the woods.
We embraced 13 first timers this week, 11 of which were brand new to parkrun. Welcome to Michael, Adam, Brian, Emily, Alexander, Steven, Alan, Fineas, Shaun, Alexander, and Natasha, all brand new. And welcome Cynthia most recently from Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston, and to Janet, originally from Michigan, now living in the U.K. from Huntingdon parkrun. Janet brought her parents along and her Dad Mark volunteered to be our photographer. Thank you so much! Many of the photos in this run report were taken by Mark. Here is Janet next to a certain parkrunmobile.
And here she is out on the course
In addition to Janet's father Mark’s volunteer efforts we had what might be a record nine new volunteers. Thank you all! All these new volunteers might have had something to do with the parkrun World Cup we are currently competing in. But getting people involved, encouraging brand new people to start volunteering right away, leads to stronger community bonds, and a more sustainable parkrun. Here’s to all our volunteers this week: Sam BAILO, Lynn BOVEN, Dan BOYER, Steve DANCY, Tim GALLAGHER, Spencer GREVE, Mark GRUDZIEN, Janet GRUDZIEN JOHN, Bruce HYDE, Tim KEER, Emily KINGSBURY, Kenneth LESCELIUS, Brian MARX, David NOWELL, Michael NOWELL, Emma NOWELL, John TARKOWSKI, Donald THEODORE, Alan WATSON. Here are Brian and Alan with Bruce helping pre-parkrun. .
Wouldn’t you love to join this group as well? Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org It is easy and fun to volunteer. We are missing key volunteers the next three weeks. And we have several open positions. This is your parkrun. There is no parkrun without volunteers. Please sign up.
In reverse tourist news, where our Livonia family goes out and spreads the good news, we had Bhuvi, Raghu, and Tim Keer visiting Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston. We had Thomas Priess adding to his parkrun USA record with his 57th first finish coming in 1st in his 1st non-Livonia parkrun in Mansfield, Ohio. We also watched the Styron Five enjoying their vacation by visiting the Charleston, West Virginia parkrun this week, where Josh, Adam, and Henry were the first three finishers.
And here they are out on the course, with Fashionista Baby ahead of Bowl of Cereal Baby by three lengths.
We did not have any official t-shirt milestones this week. But we did have Bruce Hyde running his 200th parkrun, all in Livonia, congratulations Bruce! Here is Bruce with friend and fellow volunteer Ken Lescelius.
In addition to Bruce we had Don Theodore not far behind running his 180th parkrun. Tim Gallagher ran his 140th. Charlotte Burke did her 75th. Ray Walsh ran his 70th. Virginia Gerstner ran her 40th. And Guy Bardsley completed his 25th. Congrats to everyone on your achievement for dedication. Now for the first finishers. We had Shawn Howse back in the house. After an almost three year absence, Shawn Howse returned and once again took it to the house. Shawn has come to Livonia parkrun 7 times, and been first finisher all 7 times. This makes 24 times one of the 3 Howse brothers have been first finisher with Tim’s 15 and Scott’s 2 added to Shawn’s 7. In 2nd and 3rd were Steve Johnson and Jeff Everett. And our 4th finisher, John Tarkowski posted the highest age grade of the week at 76% of world record pace.
Now for the ladies. Last week’s 3rd finisher was first timer Katie Kim. She had so much fun she came back again this week to be a 2nd timer, and was our first finisher. Previously mentioned tourist Cynthia Lin was our 2nd finisher, and junior parkrunner Grace Kim, Katie’s sister, finished in 3rd position on her 3rd parkrun.
In other parkrun news, Livonia parkrun is excited by our back to back victories in the parkrun World Cup, modeled after the Soccer World Cup, and run by our very own Tim Keer. We score points for certain achievements so if you qualify for one of the following achievements please make extra effort to come this Saturday, July 7th as we are in the semi-finals against Mountain Goat Trail parkrun. Here is what all the other parkruns are going to see as they eat our dust in the parkrun World Cup!
Attendance – Everyone counts, please come one and all!
New Volunteers – If you have never volunteered before, this is your chance to make your effort count double!
Milestone shirts earned – Please come and run Karen Slayton! If anyone knows junior parkrunners James Walby, Julia Sonen, Padraig O’Donohue, or Sophia Licari this is the week to bring them with you.
Age Diversity – Bring all the kids, and you wily veterans please come too
Speed Diversity – If you are fast run as fast as you can, everyone else, let’s go in s-l-o-w motion. Unless: PB’s – If you think you can get a PB, then run like the wind.
2nd Timers – If you know anyone who has been to Livonia parkrun exactly once, drag them with you at all costs.
Course Records and Age Group records – These are tough to do, but if you can do it, this is the week!