On Saturday October 6th we held our 312th Livonia parkrun of the last six and a half years. It was a somewhat rainy day, with some small lake-sized puddles to run through, and it was our first 9 a.m. start of the fall. We welcomed 53 parkrunners, and 18 volunteers.
Why are we giving a shout out to the Windy City you might ask? The title of this run report, “Chicagoland”, has a double significance this week. First of all, with Chicago’s area code being 312, and it being our 312th parkrun, there is that connection. That is a good way to remind everyone that this Saturday will be our 313th parkrun, and we are celebrating all things Detroit. Detroit’s area code is 313, and we are asking everyone to come dressed in their finest “D” clothing to help represent.
Another significance of the Chicagoland title is that this past weekend was the Chicago marathon. parkrunners from around the world flocked to run the Chicago marathon, which was on a Sunday. What do you think these parkrunners did on the day before the marathon? That’s right, they ran Heritage Harbor parkrun which is about 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. This 66th running of Heritage Harbor parkrun saw their 2nd highest ever attendance, and they set the parkrun USA all-time record for most parkruns per parkrunner, meaning lots of milestone t-shirts earners were in attendance, in fact seven 250’s, thirteen 100’s, and ten 50’s.
Let’s get back to Livonia now shall we? We enjoyed the pleasure of meeting the following people for their 1st time ever at any parkrun. A big hello to Oscar Alvarado, Mark and Kristen Waterbury, Michael Lafave, Matt Carney, and Ronnie Maynor. Plus Dave Bilson who has not registered, and who we hope has our #20 token, which is missing, and Dave came in 20th place…hmmm
Time to thank the volunteers. As AC/DC once said, “For those about to Volunteer, we salute you!” Salutations to Sam BAILO, Guy BARDSLEY, Thomas BARYLSKI, Lynn BOVEN, Stephen BRAVERMAN, Michael CAMILLERI, Karen CLARK-WATSON, Tim GALLAGHER, Spencer GREVE, Jonathan HYDE, Bruce HYDE, Tim KEER, Patrick STARR, Krista TANNER, Yuma TSUBOUCHI, Graham John WATSON, Jessica WATSON, and Lewis WATSON
If you notice four Watsons on that volunteer list it is because we had the honor and pleasure of hosting the Watson family from Strathclyde parkrun in Scotland, who were in town for a wedding. Graham Watson was amused by the Amercian custom of holding a rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding. Graham proclaimed, “Rehearsal dinner? I don’t need to reherse, I’ve been eating dinners my whole life!”.
We were running short on volunteers this Saturday, October 13th for our Detroit Day run. But a late Friday plea email did generate sufficient volunteers to cover the basic roles. Thank you for that! In future weeks feel free to volunteer earlier in the week to make the Volunteer Coordinator’s life a lot less stressful. If you can help October 20th or beyond, please send an email to Livoniahelpers@parkrun.com Volunteering is fun, easy, and a great way to give back, and be more connected to our parkrun community.
For the first time in a month, we did not have any official milestone T-shirts earned. Shout outs none the less to those with round number parkruns such as our esteemed Lynn Boven, who with his 245th parkrun, is only 5 short parkruns away from the first ever parkrun USA 250 shirt. Other shout outs as well for namesake pairs Steve Dancy who ran his 130th parkrun, and Steve Boyak who did his 75th along with Scott Maxwell and Scott Howse who both ran their 30th parkruns. Here is Coach Steve Boyak coming out of the woods.
Speaking of Scott Howse, it is time to congratulate our first finishers. Scott returned to the first finisher position for the first time since May of 2016, and it was his 3rd time overall. Scott added to the total Howse brother numbers now standing at 31 between Timothy, Shaun, and Scott. In 2nd was boy wonder Patrick Starr, and in 3rd was another kind of boy, Brad BOYer. Sometimes ex-pat Tim Evans who finished 4th was our high age grade of the week at 67% of world record pace. Here is Tim with the double thumbs up.
For the ladies, Century club runner Allison Roth finished first for the 4th time. Veteran Charlotte Burke, who brought her daughter Michelle to parkrun was 2nd, and tomorrow’s token hander outer, Sachiko Tsubouchi came in 3rd. In other parkrun news parkrunner Michael Camilleri hosted the World Mental Health Day Still I Ran 5K fun run on our same parkrun course last Wednesday. It was a very nice, well attended event. Here is our start line photo. See Livonia parkrun’s Facebook page for additional Still I Ran pictures.
More huge news in Ann Arbor! While Stephanie Evans is doing her first ever, full length Ironman Triathlon this weekend (140 miles), her Lillie parkrun, Ann Arbor website went live. Ann Arbor is now an official dot on the parkrun USA events map. In fact, the Ann Arbor dot nearly blots out the Livonia dot. It’s all good, as we love having a sister parkrun so close by. The official launch date is November 3rd for the Lillie Park parkrun, Ann Arbor. We are all so proud of, and excited for, Stephanie. Meanwhile they are still continuing the practice parkruns which are now also at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Lille Park in Ann Arbor. Last week our own Kathy Hall paid a visit and checked out the Lillie parkrun. Here is Stephanie getting psyched for her Full Ironman debut.
Remember tomorrow is Detroit Day, the 20th is Pi Day, and the 27th is Costume Day. Jen and Karen will be dressed up for sure.
As usual, we had a great turnout after parkrun at Biggby coffee. Please join us there anytime. As we close out this LONG run report, we join Shaun Toupin in waving goodbye and saying, hope to see you soon!