parkrun USA Newsletter 4th August 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, parkrunners reveal why they got out of bed, we go record smashing in the US, and another pretty course and strange name elsewhere in the parkrun world.

It’s nearly time to pack the car and head to the beach. But only after parkrun is all wrapped up; we wouldn’t dream of starting a vacation before noon on a Saturday! With the deadline for the August newsletter duking it out with the voices of my family, wondering what’s keeping us from the rental place just a block from the beach, I thought I’d contract the work out and get some runners to write this piece.

To get them unwittingly to do my work for me, I posed to parkrunners a simple question on a recent Saturday morning: Why did you get out of bed today? Here’s what they told me:

Phil (5 runs): The thought of meeting all you lovely people and prepping for races in the fall; I wanted to see where I am in terms of my training. I’d come out every week if it wasn’t so far from where I live!

Robby (first-time parkrunner): I wanted to run a timed event and saw the signs and chalking around the park on Saturday mornings, so my wife and I decided to try it.

Gerty (55 runs): My husband, because we do parkrun as a couples thing. And I want to get to 100.

Denise (11 runs): My kittens woke me up at 6:20, so I had no excuse not to come.

Jason (4 runs): This morning, I have no idea why I got out of bed! Usually, it’s just a habit to get up and run. I suppose parkrun is motivation to run faster without spending $20 a week to run a 5k and get a tee-shirt.

Carolyn (first-time parkrunner): My son and his friend got me out here. We’ve been planning to do it for weeks, so here we are.

Jim (39 runs and parkrun tourist): I came because I’m stupid. I’m on my way to Austin, TX and chose to come to Durham, NC because Durham (England) is nice, and there’s a Hillsborough up the road from Durham, NC. (Editor’s note: Jim’s local event is Hillsborough parkrun in Sheffield, England.)

Heiko (13 runs): I had too much beer yesterday and needed to work it out of my system.

Gordon (61 runs): It’s my job: I volunteer by chalking the course. Also, it’s good for my running and it reverses the effects of time on my body. I get out of bed to run now because, at some point, I won’t be able to.

Melinda (51 runs): I don’t even think about it anymore. If I’m in town, I do parkrun. Also, it’s for the grits bowl at our breakfast spot afterwards.

As for me, there’s no place I’d rather be on a Saturday morning. Not even the beach.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

Raise your hand if you’re not from around here and you’re staying down the road in Orlando, FL.

parkrun USA in numbers – July 2015


A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:

Number of runners - 815
Number of first timers - 348
Number of PRs - 124
Number of volunteers - 97

It was a short but busy month for parkrun USA. Despite having just four Saturdays in the month, we set a new record for runners, first-timers, and PRs in July. Our previous biggest month for attendance was May 2015 with 660. The newbie count took a big leap too, with June’s 253 eclipsed by this month’s numbers. PRs also jumped from a previous best of 98 in May 2015 to an inspiring 124 in July.

Kudos go to Crissy Field in particular for their continued growth with three out of four weeks giving them new attendance records. Clermont Waterfront barely missed their record of 119 runners on July 18 when 116 people crossed the finish line. Well done to all of the parkrun USA events, their directors, and their volunteers for all they’ve done to keep spreading parkrun in their communities!

A work of art from parkrunner of the month Joanna Gadd, expressed through the medium of cake for the enjoyment of any and all Crissy Field parkrunners

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 600 parkruns around the world. This month, we’ll visit the quirkily named Panshanger parkrun in Hertford, England. (By the way, that’s pronounced Hart-ferd rather than Hurt-ford. Yes, I know it seems silly, but that’s just how they pronounce it.)

This event sounds like it’s straight out of a romance novel set in the Victorian era. Runners access the start via Thieves Lane before following the one-loop course of dirt paths, gravel, grass, and forest trails through Lady Hughes Wood. Next, our heroines and heroes go dashing through Evergreen Wood and Garden Wood before stumbling upon the cozy Riverside Cottage. Then it’s a scramble across the bridge over the River Mimram before looping around Kings Lake and bounding through the meadow to the finish line.

Add a rakish, undercover prince, a down-on-her-luck but plucky damsel, and some pirates (I don’t care that Hertford is inland; just go with it.), and it could be the most romantic parkrun in the world. Or you could just go have a fabulous run with some fabulous people in a fabulous and scenic spot, which would also be very nice.

Panshanger parkrun is just under one year old, and 2,173 people have run with them. The records for this challenging course are held by Charlotte Davies and Paul Pollock, who also holds the age-graded record. By the last Saturday of July, Panshanger parkrun had reached 2003 registered runners and 203 volunteers since starting their event. We wish our parkrun friends at Panshanger many more enjoyable events across their beautiful course!

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5k Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5k Series #4

Durham, NC parkrun

Congratulations to Melinda Beaver for completing her 50th parkrun!

One loop down and one to go in Durham, NC

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun USA,
We had a pleasant run this morning along the Thames River in London. The Fulham Palace parkrun organizer and volunteers were very friendly, and I would guess approximately 300 runners turned up. Thanks to Livonia parkrun event director Rick Brauer for the suggestion!!
Mark Lauzon and family, Livonia parkrunners engaging in parkrun tourism

The Lauzon family and a local volunteer with a very familiar-looking stopwatch

Hi parkrun USA,
I ran my first ever parkrun with you guys at Clermont, and it inspired me to become a run director at Panshanger parkrun in the UK.
Thanks so much! – Craig Stephenson on Clermont Waterfront’s Facebook page (For more information on Panshanger parkrun, see this month’s “what in the parkrun world…”)

A star-spangled finish for Clermont Waterfront runners on the 4th of July

Thanks to Dale and the gang for another great Crissy Fields experience. Small and perfectly formed, the community feel is quite special given the proportion of tourists. Thanks for the awesome 4th of July cake, too! – Kate Driskell, parkrun tourist on Crissy Field’s Facebook page


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Joanna Gadd

Club:  Not affiliated

Age:  53

Home parkrun:  Crissy Field, though my first parkrun was in Poole, UK

Occupation:  I live the life of Riley, homemaker, and ad-hoc volunteer with organizations close to my heart such as JDRF, Hydrocephalus Association, and SF Bicycle Coalition

Number of runs:  25 in total – 13 at Crissy Field, 1 in Bournemouth, and 11 in Poole

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer and general cheerleader

What do you do at parkruns:  Run as fast as I can, which is quite slow, and hope I help newcomers and visitors feel the truth in the fact that parkrun is for everyone. I also bake a cake each week to share with whoever stays for coffee (see photo above). I love to bake so it’s Friday therapy without the calorific guilt, because I can give it all away.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It keeps me running regularly in between other events. I can be very lazy if I’m not following a strict training plan for something, but knowing I’ve got to run on Saturday keeps me on my toes.

What do you like about parkrun:  It’s sociable, inclusive, and gets you up and about, so it’s a great start to the weekend. It’s also very inspirational mixing with super-fast runners and hearing everyone’s goals and achievements in the running/sporting world.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I suppose the most memorable was when I was visiting family in Poole when they had a Santa parkrun. My sisters and brother-in-law and I all got dressed up and BOILED ALIVE in those suits!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, No result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 7th July 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we set some new goals, visit parkrun Italia’s first ever event, and meet a powerhouse of a runner at Clermont Waterfront.

At Durham’s 100th event last month, we welcomed the participants of Running Start in a graduation run that was the culmination of a 10-week ‘couch to 5k’ program. Besides graduation and celebration, there was another purpose: setting runners’ sights on a new goal. The hope was that, by introducing these new runners to parkrun, they could weather the transition more easily from group to solo running while having an outlet and structure to continue their training. (Stay tuned to find out if we succeed…)

It got me thinking about those of us who have been around the parkrun block a time or two or 50. Maybe we were once like the Running Start folks, and that first 5k was a big challenge that led us to set new goals in order to improve. And maybe, also like the Running Start grads, it’s time for a new goal. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not telling anyone to stop coming to parkrun. I’d rather eliminate white wine from my life than parkrun. But it can be a springboard for more and different running or a yardstick for those who have tried something new and want to see how they’ve progressed.

parkrun opened new horizons for me as a runner, just like it did for our parkrunner of the month, Anne McFarlane. For both of us, completing a 5k seemed as attainable as running to Alaska. But after dropping nearly 11 minutes in just 7 months of running, Anne is starting to realize that there may be other worlds that she is capable of conquering, which you can read about below.

While my running trajectory was not nearly as unstoppable as Anne’s, it started with that common thread of parkrun. It meant looking at my accomplishments at parkrun and not thinking, “Good job. Mission accomplished.” Instead, it became “If I can do that, what else can I do?” From there, it snowballs till one day, you find yourself at a finish line of a race, trying to use the finisher’s medal to weight everything down so you don’t burst with pride all over that nice volunteer handing out water.

parkrun gives us a glimpse of other goals we can reach with our running, if we let it. What will it be for you? A 10k? A marathon? Maybe you want to join a friend to try out 4 miles. Or you’ve heard it mentioned that sprints at the local track or hill repeats could bring that time down. Or you want to go dashing through the woods and pretend to be Katniss Everdeen. (I can’t be the only one who feels that way about cross country.)

For Anne and me, and surely for thousands like us around the world, parkrun has stripped away what used to seem impossible about running and made it accessible. It also made us want to take on new challenges and breathe new life into our running. Where will you let your parkrun passport take you?

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

A hip rendering of a parkrun image from what must surely be among the hippest parkruns in the world, Crissy Field.

parkrun USA in numbers – June 2015


A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:

Number of runners - 625
Number of first timers - 253
Number of PRs - 87
Number of volunteers - 85

Durham and Crissy Field both hit new attendance records in June, with Crissy Field managing to set or tie their own attendance record every Saturday last month. Well done on those strong numbers to Crissy Field and Durham!

Crissy Field’s record attendance event on June 28 gets under way.

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 500 parkruns around the world. Last month saw us visiting an event on the cusp of launching in France. We’ll stay on the continent and head south to the sunny shores of Sicily to explore Uditore, parkrun Italia’s first event.

With 7 runs completed, this event in Palermo is still young and growing in a country that is very new to the parkrun family. Giorgio Cambiano is Uditore parkrun's Event Director and welcomes any locals and parkrun tourists that make their way to Uditore Park.

The route is flat with a nice bit of shade around the course, though it would still be a good idea to remember your sunblock. Runners complete four loops and can add a few blocks onto the end of their run to get to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Uditore parkrun’s highest attendance so far is 18.

Uditore parkrun, we join the rest of the parkrun world in welcoming you to our family and wishing you much success!

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

parkrunners at Clermont’s festive finish line.

Upcoming cancellations:
July 11 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #2
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #4

Durham, NC parkrun

At Durham, NC’s 100th run on June 6, Carolina Godiva Track Club’s Running Start program joined us to hold their graduation 5k. Twenty graduates and 10 volunteer pacers joined Running Start coordinator Aline Lloyd in the culmination of 10 weeks of tough workouts. Well done, graduates, and thank you Running Start for making us part of your journey. We hope to see all of you again at parkrun soon!

Congratulations also to Gerty Ward for completing her 50th parkrun!

Livonia parkrun

Lynn Boven and Kim Zamora have both reached a big parkrun milestone: 100 finishes! Congratulations, and here’s to another 100 parkruns and beyond.

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun USA,
Thanks for the honor of putting me up for being parkrunner of the month. All week when I wasn't running I thought “How goofy is that?”. Going today and talking with all the different Livonia parkrun people reminded me that parkrun is about more than the run. Thanks for all you do, Rick and Lori.
Regards,
Steve Erickson, June 2015 parkrunner of the month


Hi parkrun USA,
Congratulations on tomorrow's 100th parkrun event in Durham, NC!  I wish I could join you to celebrate the awesome milestone but am looking forward to running with you again soon.
Wishing you all the best,
Carlos Webb


Hi, I'm going to run Livonia parkrun tomorrow. Can't wait. See you at the start :)Jakub Strzelecki Cirrus, a parkrun tourist from Łódź, Poland, on Livonia’s Facebook page


Had a great time visiting San Francisco and running the parkrun there. Many thanks. See you again soon, I hope. Back to St Anne's parkrun next week. – Dan Wallace, parkrun tourist on Crissy Field’s Facebook page


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Anne McFarlane

Club:  Not attached

Age:  56

Home parkrun:  Clermont Waterfront, FL

Occupation:  Support staff at Lake County Schools

Number of runs:  13

Favourite volunteer role:  Handing out finish tokens because I get to see everyone finishing, which is a nice feeling.

What do you do at parkruns:  I go to do the run and to socialize, too. The people there are so inspiring and they’ve encouraged me so much as a new runner.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Being new to this sport, the only runs I’ve done are parkrun and one race. But something got hold of me, and now I can’t stop running. parkrun is helping me learn to pace myself, and it’s made me want to do longer distances. I plan to do a 10k soon, and there’s talk of a 15k after that. It’s also helped me with my fitness program and to reach my goal weight with Weight Watchers.

What do you like about parkrun:  I like that we have top athletes – people that do triathlons and finish the course in 17 minutes – and we also have walkers. All of us at parkrun are there to support everyone from the first finisher to the last. I was nervous the first couple of times, but everyone’s so lovely so I’ve never felt that again. They make me feel so welcome and part of the club.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My most memorable moment was when someone – I don’t remember who – congratulated me when I crossed the finish line and commented on how much I’d improved. I felt amazing!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, No result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 2nd June 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, parkrun is knocking, a record month in the USA, and parlez-vous parkrun?

“It’s not a race.” “It’s you against the clock.” “You go at your own speed.” All of these are things we say about parkrun, and they’re all true. But it doesn’t feel like the whole story. Perhaps we’ve left something out. After all, parkrun certainly isn’t a race, but it most certainly is an opportunity.

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Running is difficult. Some of you may have forgotten that, but it is. If you don’t believe me, ask a non-runner. Or listen to your lungs when midway up a tough hill, and they’ll tell you what your brain may have forgotten.

Runners are optimists, and they fit Churchill’s theory to a T. Whether we started running in our school days or took it up later in life, we have all sized up the challenges that running has presented and replied with an emphatic “yes”. We continue to chant yes with every lacing of the shoes and every stride and every bead of sweat.

The opportunities of parkrun are for each of us to define for ourselves. It needn’t be a new PR. To run again after injury, to keep running through illnesses small or life-changing, to accept that life’s demands can turn running into an infrequent luxury, to support a parkrun friend with her/his own challenge, or simply to have a place to go where you are bound to see friendly faces: it’s not for the clock or the barcode to decide such opportunities.

We and our opportunities will see you on Saturday morning. #dfyb

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

parkrun USA in numbers – May 2015


A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:

Number of runners - 660
Number of first timers - 246
Number of PRs - 98
Number of volunteers - 101

This was our biggest month yet for all of our numbers. We saw an increase of 194 runners from our second highest month in January 2015, we doubled our number of first-timers from last month, and we had over 100 volunteers for the first time ever in the US. Thank you to all of the runners and volunteers for continuing to support parkrun and for helping it take root and grow!

A thumb’s-up for parkrun USA from this parkrun tourist at Crissy Field (near some old prison)

milestone tee-shirts update


The wait is nearly over. In case you haven’t seen the latest update on milestone tees from Tribesports, you can find the answers to all of your questions here.

Those runners who have already reached the 10, 50, or 100 milestone but have not received a shirt will get theirs sooner, with those who have been waiting the longest nearer the top of the list. A message in your profile will let you know that it’s time to claim your shirt. To check your profile page, just click on the link in any newsletter or results email that you receive.

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 450 parkruns around the world. This month, we’re dusting off our high school French to visit the first parkrun France at Les Dougnes in Cubnezais, near Bordeaux in western France. Starting by the skate park, they’ll make three clockwise loops along the main trail that encircles the park.

Granted, this may be a bit premature since the newest parkrun baby isn’t actually due until Saturday, June 6. However, it would be a shame to pass up this chance to celebrate the debut of a new event and the launch of parkrun’s 11th country. Be sure to write a quick “Felicitations!” on their wall on Facebook, and add another event to that “parkruns I want to visit” list. Good luck, Les Dougnes!

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

The southernmost parkrun in the US celebrated their second anniversary on May 9, when they presented the owner of their post-parkrun hang out spot, Cheeser’s Palace Café, with a plaque to show their gratitude for all the support they’ve given parkrun in the last two years. Then it was the turn of event directors Karen and Tim Bowler to receive a signed picture from parkrunners thanking them for bringing parkrun to Clermont. Congratulations on your first two years, Clermont Waterfront parkrun!

Cheeser’s Palace Café has been a great gathering place for and supporter of parkrunners

Upcoming cancellations:

June 6 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #1
July 11 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #2
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #4

For a list of running and triathlon/duathlon events taking place throughout the summer and fall in Clermont, the Clermont Waterfront parkrun volunteers have compiled a very useful list on their website. Click here to learn more.

Durham, NC parkrun

Special events:

June 6 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 100th event
June 27 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 2nd anniversary. Join us for the annual points competition and volunteer awards, provided by local sponsor Bull City Running Club, along with door prizes donated by other local partners. The theme is “bring and share”, so bring something to share after the run for breakfast. And while you’re at it, bring a friend and share parkrun with them!

Livonia parkrun

Special events:

June 6 – Livonia’s 3rd anniversary. So many celebrations for parkrun USA in May and June! On June 6, Livonia will celebrate its 3rd parkrun anniversary. Congratulations to event directors Rick and Lori Brauer, and to all of the Livonia runners and volunteers! Further congratulations are in order for their record turnout on May 30, when they hosted 99 finishers. Keep running, Livonia!

Change to summer start time
Summer parkrun time starts on June 6. The start time will be 8:00am through the end of September.

A record turnout for Livonia on May 30, 2015

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun USA,
My holiday is now over and we are back home to some chilly weather here in England. I would like to thank you for hospitality at Clermont Waterfront parkrun on Saturday, 16 May. My wife and I really enjoyed the morning and to run in your event was a real treat for me: the best parkrun ever for location! Hopefully, we will be back next year to do it all again. Once again, many thanks. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I would recommend any British park runners do it if they get the chance.
Regards,
Anthony Foster, Bolton parkrun


Hi parkrun USA,
Thanks for a great event this morning in Durham, NC. I just checked, and there is only 5 metres of elevation difference at our home parkrun...unlike 35 metres at Durham! We are now home to a cooler and less humid (and flat) Peterborough. We'll be along every time we are in NC!
Regards,
Laura Conway and Lee Whitton, Peterborough, UK


Thanks, parkrun, for again welcoming our elementary school run club. We were 25 kids plus adults strong today! – Dawn Smith, on Livonia’s Facebook page


Thanks again for a great welcome this morning - we loved our run. I hope you continue to attract tourists but also locals as the word spreads! Thanks also for the cakes and drinks. – Katie Tween, on Crissy Field’s Facebook page


Thank you from the Wood Creek Run Club to all the parkrun volunteers and regulars who made sure none of us got lost today! This was our club's fourth parkrun. We are so proud of our runners and grateful for parkrun's support! – Charlie Garnett, on Livonia’s Facebook page


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Steve Erickson

Club:  Unattached

Age:  58

Home parkrun:  Livonia, Michigan

Occupation:  professor

Number of runs:  34

Favourite volunteer role:  The finish line, where we cheer everyone in.

What do you do at parkruns:  Run, talk, run.  And talk some more.  It's as much social as it is athletic.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It’s increased my consistency on the weekends.

What do you like about parkrun:  The fellow runners and volunteers.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being passed at the end of the Halloween run by a Wheaties cereal box!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, No result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 5th May 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we got the beat, a technical tee is born, and Welsh kids are running amok at their very own parkrun.

Clermont Waterfront runners captured last month by a brave photographer

Runners are not generally an empty-headed bunch. Their minds seem to go from one thought to another like a sprinter hurtling towards the finish line. For many, running is a space where we clear our minds, take stock of our lives, decide what’s for dinner, or admire the sights and sounds of nature.

Sometimes, though, what creeps into the silence of running isn’t just the chirping of birds. Instead, it can be you in negative, whispering unkindly, “You should stop now. You’re doing terribly and probably won’t finish. Go eat some pancakes instead.” Few are the runners who haven’t faced this sort of self-talk, but few, too, are the runners who haven’t developed a strategy for shutting it down. One of my favorite ways to combat my inner mean girl is singing. Obviously, hills and panting preclude singing out loud, so I stick with unobtrusive silent singing in place of my usual warble.

What, I recently started to wonder, about other people? What plays on their own personal radio station in their brains? The eclectic mix tape in my head (someone please explain to the under-30s and over-50s what a mix tape is and the pain of making one) surely is unique. After all, who else would opt for Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Tiffany’s version of “I Think We’re Alone Now”? (Now you know my darkest secret.)

An unscientific survey on Facebook yielded a range of tunes that people turn to for that little extra something to get through tough runs. Some went for aural motivation that could remind them of their own strength, such as “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John, ABBA’s “Super Trooper”, or a more modern selection like Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson also got the vote of one man, who conceded that it takes a lot to admit this sort of thing. Another contributor went for the nearly wordless but iconic Rocky theme song, “Gonna Fly Now”. One obscure yet apt choice was from the 1970 Christmas movie Santa Claus is Coming to Town, called “One Foot in Front of the Other”.

Not all of us turn to music. Following a recent pre-race chat with a fellow runner about Inspector Gadget, one woman commented that she might have to inject the occasional “Go, go, gadget legs!” into her repertoire if she’s needing a boost. At most parkruns, you can simply strike up a conversation with the person running next to you to take your mind off of the pain. Then there’s this month’s parkrunner of the month, Audrey, who says she simply tells herself to suck it up when times are getting tough.

What gets you through a run? What song or saying or role model do you call on for a bit of a kick? Email me below, and keep doing whatever you need to do to keep on moving.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

Livonia runners listening to the pre-run brief

parkrun USA in numbers – April 2015


A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:

Number of runners - 424
Number of first timers - 143
Number of PRs - 75
Number of volunteers - 76

Crissy Field parkrunners alongside the San Francisco Bay

club tee update


Club tees for those under 19s completing 10 parkruns and everyone completing 50, 100, or 250 parkruns are still on track to arrive by the end of June, along with the volunteer tees for 25 events.

While you’re patiently waiting for those to arrive, you might like to dive into some fascinating facts about producing these technical tees. For example, did you know they begin life as little baby tees then grow through love and affection? Actually, they start out as pellets, which is almost as neat as baby tees. Visit Tribesports’ blog for all the details and cool pics of gigantic machines.

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we’re in Cardiff, Wales, to find out about junior parkrun.

junior parkrun is like regular parkrun, but it’s just for children between 4 and 14 years old. These parkrunners complete 2k, and these events take place in the same parks as the local parkrun. Children that participate are also able to run the regular event on Saturday mornings. Just as parkrun started at Bushy Park, so did the junior edition 6 years later in 2010. All junior parkruns currently are in the UK, with 43 locations hosting an event weekly or monthly.

Cardiff junior parkrun has had 13 events since February 8, 2015. Running every Sunday at 9:30 at Llandaff Fields, parents and guardians bring up to 200 (wow!) of their kids for this miniature parkrun. With up to 30 volunteers on hand each week, there’s plenty of help and lots of cheers for the kids. 11 girls and 8 boys have crossed the finish line first, with just a handful managing this feat on multiple occasions. Well done to all of the kids and the volunteers!

junior parkrunners and volunteers gather for a wet and joyous event last Sunday

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
June 6 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #1
July 11 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #2
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #4

Durham, NC parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
May 30 – Running of the Bulls 8k with local sponsor Bull City Running Co.

Special events:
June 6 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 100th event
June 27 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 2nd anniversary

Livonia parkrun

Summer parkrun time starts on June 6. The start time will be 8:00am through the end of September.

Durham, NC parkrun is racing towards its 100th event in June

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun USA,
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for making me and all the other visitors feel so very welcome at yesterday's Clermont Waterfront parkrun. As well as great people, you are also blessed with a beautiful setting and a flat course that enabled me to achieve a new PR, so I also thank you for that. After the run everyone continued to be extremely hospitable; I really didn't want to leave! Thanks again for creating another fond memory of my first trip to Florida that will stay with me for a very long time.
Kindest regards,
Paul Hollidge


Hi parkrun USA,
Thanks for the wonderful reception I got from all of you in Durham, NC on Saturday. A 730-mile round trip was probably totally mad for a parkrun, but the warm welcome made it worthwhile. The daylight journey home was also very beautiful. Please pass my thanks on to everyone and tell them that Durham, NC parkrun will always have its own little corner in my heart as my first parkrun outside of the UK.
Thanks again, 
Mark Clough


Hi parkrun USA,
Thanks for your support in getting me and my daughter Rebecca, who lives locally, round the course yesterday at Durham, NC parkrun. It was a great experience, and I think I've got Rebecca hooked on parkrunning. She might be back soon and I might be over here again from England next year. Good luck with your 100th event.
Kind regards,
Gary Newell


Just want to thank everyone involved with Clermont parkrun, a fantastic free event organized by incredibly helpful, friendly people. I'd thoroughly recommend anyone in the area or holidaying in Orlando to give it a go. – Gary Fielding, on Clermont Waterfront’s Facebook page


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parkrun locals and parkrun tourists lounging post-run at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge

Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Audrey Perlow

Club:  Unattached

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC

Occupation:  Attorney/compliance officer

Number of runs:  33

Favourite volunteer role:  Bringing my husband to volunteer! He often runs to the event site from our house and volunteers while the rest of us run.

What do you do at parkruns:  In the fall of 2013 I ran at parkrun to get a hard effort in, and in 2014 I incorporated parkrun into the middle of my long runs during marathon training. Now that I’m not training for a specific race I fight my inner blob daily and parkrun gets me out the door for some exercise.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I’m newish to Durham and it’s nice to be a part of a community event.

What do you like about parkrun:  Though we are just getting started, we have been to two other parkrun locations; my husband and I like parkrun touring. It is amazing that parkrun is a worldwide phenomenon. At my home course, I like that the course is an easy route to follow. No one is getting lost, kids and tourists included.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  In the winter of 2013-14 there was one parkrun held in the snow and ice that was ridiculously fun. The weather was horrible. It was the best.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, No result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 7th April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we wearily eye the big 5-0, dabble in a bit of Polish translating, and head to Florida to meet April’s parkrunner of the month.

A site seen 149 times at parkrun US locations this past Saturday morning.

parkrun gives a lot: Camaraderie. Getting to know who’s your speed, who runs at your “I’m the king/queen of the world!” pace, and who is just a marvel in motion, though you could never hope to keep up. Your alarm clock’s chance to fulfill its raison d’être for an extra day. Goals and motivation, even if the former is nonexistent and the latter has been attempting to escape for weeks. And when motivation is high, a free 5k to help you train for races and longer distances. All of this for the price of a bit of lint in your pocket.

parkrun’s flipside is that there’s plenty it won’t simply give you. Take those PRs: they’re not going to earn themselves. Then, there’s the annual points competition, which you can only enter by running or by volunteering. (If you don’t know much about the points competition, you can learn more here, then see where you rank by clicking on the points table link under the results tab of your home event.)

And what about those shirts? Why do we make it so tough to earn those shirts? I can pay for a race and get the shirt before the starting gun even goes off, so why does it take me 250km, copious amounts of sweat, and countless bad photos of me on my event’s Facebook page to get one red shirt with a big 50 on it?

The clue to unlocking the mysteries of parkrun is the very thing that defines parkrun: it’s not a race. Races (which, for the record, I adore) are where you pay, get your shirt, run, and enjoy a free half-banana. parkrun is different. Little of parkrun is about speed. At parkrun, it’s showing up that matters. Ignore that pesky Saturday alarm at your peril; sleep doesn’t earn a 50 shirt. Only the steady perseverance of running week after week is sure to gain you a place in the 50 club.

It’s no accident that parkrun isn’t a race, and it’s no coincidence that parkrun celebrates persistence over speed. Showing up and keeping going means something, whether you’re running or simply living your non-running life. The people behind parkrun and your local events are also focused on the long haul, and in showing up week after week in order to be there for those who want to run with us, whether for the first time or for the 50th time. Keep aiming for that 50.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

Durham, NC parkrun cheers for a new entrant to the 50 club. Congratulations!

parkrun USA in numbers – March 2015


A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:

Number of runners - 299
Number of first timers - 91
Number of PRs - 49
Number of volunteers - 80

Wiggle’s parkrun collection: not just for Saturday mornings


Check out Wiggle’s great new collection of parkrun tees and hoodies to help you bridge the gap from one parkrun to the next!

Wiggle now also have the limited edition parkrun photo book with images from the first decade of parkrun from around the world. Only 2,500 copies have been printed, and with over a million registered parkrunners… well, you do the math! Visit the link above for your copy.

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we’re off to the beautiful city of Kraków, Poland. This former capital city (though it handed that title to Warsaw about 450 years ago) sits in the south of the country and has architectural, artistic, and natural beauty in spades.

Running in Błonia Park just outside the center of the city, Kraków parkrun offers a flat course of just one-and-a-bit loops and lots of trees to keep the wind at bay. Situated near the Vistula River, Wawel Castle, and the soccer stadiums of Kraków’s two biggest soccer teams (and biggest rivals), it’s a popular spot for locals and parkrun tourists to visit. A bus or tram is the best way to get there since parking in this city can be scarce.

At 96 events, Kraków parkrun is just weeks away from its 100th event. The record holders for the course are Ewelina Marcisz, who completed the course in 17:13, and Casper Piech at 15:40 just four weeks before Ewelina’s record run. Nearly 1,400 different runners have joined in the event and averaged a time of 23:54.

While the views from this course might not be quite as impressive as those at last month’s featured event in Aberdeen, Scotland, the easy access of this event to a castle and such Polish delights as pierogi (think ravioli), paczki (a Polish doughnut), and the “little water” (aka vodka) offer their own reasons to visit. Na zdrowie!

Flat, straight, and wide for a sprint finish in Kraków.

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
April 25 – Lake Minneola 1/2M, 12K and 5K
June 6 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #1
July 11 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #2
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #4

Durham, NC parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
May 30 – Running of the Bulls 8k with local sponsor Bull City Running Co.

Special events:
June 6 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 100th event
June 27 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 2nd anniversary

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun US,
I would just like to thank Clermont Waterfront parkrun for a great, friendly welcome this morning. I'm currently living in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, and loved seeing the Aussie flag flying. I didn't manage to get to parkrun in January, when I was over for the Disney Marathon weekend. So when I landed on Friday night, I decided that I needed to get up early for a 'holiday parkrun'. And 13 hours after arriving in the US, I was standing at the start of the Clermont parkrun. I hope to see you again at some point, but I would extend a welcome to you all if you ever came to Australia.
Regards,
Michelle Murphy


Aren’t we lucky in SE Michigan to have a parkrun… I thought they were everywhere! – Dawn Smith on Livonia’s Facebook page


Hi parkrun US,
I just wanted to send you a short message of thanks. My wife and I really enjoyed our first parkrun outside of the UK and, despite it having been a little on the chilly side compared to earlier in the week, it was great to do parkrun without leggings, long sleeves, hats and gloves! Hopefully we'll make a return one day and you guys at Clermont Waterfront (and parkrun US in general) will continue to grow. Keep up the great work.
Regards,
Matt Boulton
A67969
Swindon parkrun


Thanks, folks: sunshine, views and a friendly welcome. – John Matthews on Crissy Field’s Facebook page

Livonia runners in pursuit of 50 runs…and beyond

Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Toni Richardson

Club:  None

Age:  63

Home parkrun:  Clermont Waterfront

Occupation:  Dental Assistant

Number of runs:  18

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish Tokens

What do you do at parkruns:  I love to cheer on all the runners and walkers and show support for their efforts even when I'm running. It's always nice to hear someone cheering you on and keeping the motivation up.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I run by how I feel and not by the clock so it's wonderful that parkrun keeps track of my time and all the other stats. I can see improvements as I look over my profile.

What do you like about parkrun:  I like that I can push myself when I'm feeling great and trying for a PB or just chill at a relaxed pace when recovering from an injury. There is no pressure other than what I place on myself.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I loved our big first anniversary celebration with all of the other parkrun runners. It was a very special occasion.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, No result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


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