Twenty six happy parkrunners took part in our latest iteration of parkrun fun. We were on our 2nd week of our new and improved winter course. No one got lost, and no one went the wrong way. We think this course is a keeper.
In social media news, Livonia parkrun is now on MeetUp.com If you are on MeetUp go check us out under either the running/sports or social tabs, join our group, leave a comment, invite your friends.
We had a special guest tourist this week. Just like last week we had one person from down under, Rob Carstairs from Melbourne, Australia. Rob has done 122 parkruns, and is a Run Director at the Highlands parkrun. This was his first parkrun outside of Australia, welcome Rob!
Speaking of tourists, our regular First Timer Briefing giver and overall helpful person, Tim Keer went back to the U.K. to run at Cambridge parkrun. He commented that they had 72 first timers the day he went, way more than our usual total number of runners. This was out of 588 total parkrunners, wow. If you haven't seen the article on Tim Keer at the parkrunUSA Facebook page, it is a must read. Also Mark Maisonneuve did some touristing down at Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Florida on New Year's Day and the Saturday after. How nice! Welcome back to both of you.
In milestone news, we only had two parkrunners with a number of parkruns evenly divisible by 5 (and over 15, unless juniors). That was our returning Florida snowbird, Mark Maisonnueve, who ran his 30th parkrun, and our elder stateswomen, Virginia Gerstner, out parkrunning for the 4th Saturday in a row in very cold conditions, who completed her 25th parkrun. Yeah Virginia!
Another word on Mark. He is the one who keeps our entry on the RunMichigan.com calendar up to date, and he fields calls from people checking out our parkrun on that racing calendar. Thanks Mark! He also is somehow (I don't know exactly how) involved in the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge, where if you do so many Michigan fitness events during a year, you complete the challenge and get some swag. Livonia parkrun counts toward the challenge so anyone can sign up, just Google the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. Nancy Nordlie came to this week's parkrun specifically to help her complete her challenge.
A big thank you to this week's volunteers: Sam BAILO, Lynn BOVEN, Leonard CONSTANTINE, Bernadette DABROWSKI, Tim GALLAGHER, Spencer GREVE, Bruce HYDE, Kim ZAMORA. We were light on volunteers this week, which we can handle with only 26 parkrunners, but once the weather turns nicer, we will need more volunteers to handle everyone. Bring a friend to parkrun, if they don't run they can volunteer, it is easy and fun.
And in a nod to Headquarters, the fastest runners are going last in this week's report. Our first finishers was first timer Kevin Pline. Besides our visiting Australian, Kevin was our only first timer this week, welcome Kevin, hope you return. In 2nd for the 2nd week in a row, and 4th time overall, was our professional runner up Josh Styron. In 3rd was Josh's son Adam, beating out his brother Henry who finished 6th. Patriarch of the family Josh also had our highest age-grade of the week at 71% of world record pace.
For the ladies, doing her first parkrun of the year was our first finisher Theresa Tonev, who has now finished 1st eleven times, good for 8th place on the all-time Livonia list. In 2nd was Andrea Zelten who lent us her friend, Bernie, to be our guest photographer. In 3rd was our Fitness Challenge chaser, Nancy Nordlie. Since like last week we only had four female finishers I am happy to acknowledge Virginia Gerstner as our 4th finisher.
Hope to see you Saturday!