parkrun USA Newsletter 7th March 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this issue, it's been an interesting few weeks weather-wise, parkrun Russia launches and I pontificate about parkrun, a few feedback from the field comments and we celebrate our parkrunner of the month.

Since November, I am sure you'll agree this winter has been a challenge with the relentless snow, ice, rain and cold. We've even learned a new winter term 'Polar Vortex'. While the weather has been less than desirable it has not dampened participating in parkrun events this winter. It takes a special kind of person to get up early on a Saturday morning in such conditions and come out to parkrun to run, walk or volunteer… Very, Very special!

parkrun offers everyone so many opportunities to become a special person to those in your community and to better yourself not only physically, but as important mentally and socially. Those new and somewhat reluctant parkrunners, having completed many a parkrun are now chasing new parkrun PRs, and those with just a bit more a few more years of experience are now transitioning their running to a new level competing in road races of all distances, cross country and track meets, swimming events in murky rivers, lakes, private and public pool clubs, and competing in triathlons. I've also had the amazing opportunity to run with my wife Lori, my nieces Olivia and Elizabeth, and my sons Drew, Alex and Adam. I have made new friendships with parkrunners and event managers from around the world. At the prompting of Livonia parkrun regular and ultra marathon standout Lynn Boven, I am even considering competing my first 50k trail race later this year. With the extreme snow, ice and cold I have canceled several Livonia parkruns due to the unsafe conditions. I have heard from a number of Livonia parkrunner's who are not shy about expressing their feeling of loss on those Saturday mornings. Even though parkrun may have been canceled they still meet for coffee and communicate an open invite to the parkrun community. My wife Lori and I have even been elected as race directors for a very popular local 5k road race later this spring. Without having parkrun in my life, I very much doubt I'd have experienced any of this.

I've made lots and lots of friends (and a few more friendly rivals). Twenty-fourteen looks set to be an even better year and parkrun USA will continue to be the catalyst for everything I plan to achieve… and I’m sure I won’t be the only one!

parkrun - always a run, never a race

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

your local event’s website


In addition to the all important 'latest results' list that we pour over each week there is a plethora of other information to be found on your local event’s very own website.

Each parkrun’s website contains useful tips about how parkrun works, course safety in general, a course map accompanied by a description, details of on-site facilities, any future cancellations, directions to the venue by various modes of transport and where to head for afterwards to join in the post-parkrun chat.

You can also view the volunteer roster, see who made parkrun happen for you as we thank our amazing volunteers each week and find out how you can get involved too.

Many events also upload weekly run reports, stats and photographs and some parkrun teams utilize the 'links' tab to inform their community of local running clubs, forthcoming local races and other local services of interest.

event news


I want to share with you a commentary from Mr. Mark Thompson, Braunstone parkrun Run Director and parkrun UK Ambassador which appeared in the most recent parkrun UK newsletter. I am certain this rings familiar with many of you.

"While I’ve have a Facebook account, between Sunday and Friday I can very much take it or leave it. People living out every minute of their life, the same videos and jokes shared, and then getting hit by adverts for things that Facebook have decided I must want!

But on a Saturday, everything changes. Facebook suddenly comes alive! 95% of my news feed is stories about parkrun. Happy and inspiring stories. I feel like I know people that I have never met and love places that I have never been. I’m sure people will have had days where they feel a bit flat after parkrun, bad weather maybe, a bad run or volunteering challenges to overcome. If that does happen, then I urge you to look at Facebook, Twitter or parkrun event various Run Reports for a selection of positive stories from parkrun events. I’m sure that within minutes you will have found a story of happiness and inspiration that reminds you what a great community we are all part of. There is a theory that only bad news spreads quickly. I would suggest that parkrun day is proof that this isn’t the case and that great and positive news can spread just as quickly, if not more so!"

On behalf of Tim and Karen at Clermont, Julie and Martin at Durham, NC and Rick and Lori at Livonia we encourage you to share your parkrun experiences and stories!

Please check your event's news pages and email messages for the most up to date information including cancelations;

Livonia parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/news or https://www.facebook.com/livoniaparkrun)

Clermont Waterfront parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/clermontwaterfront/news or https://www.facebook.com/clermontparkrun)

Durham, NC parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/durhamnc/news or https://www.facebook.com/DurhamNCparkrun)

Whether you are new to parkrun, just keeping up with what's going on at your local event or doing some research before a spot of parkrun tourism it's a great place to start!

parkrun USA events are expected to be activated in several cities this spring including Brooklyn, NY; Boston, MA; Denver, CO and Washington DC

Welcome to parkrun Russia as our newest parkrun country. Two events have been activated just outside of Moscow. These are Kolomenskoe parkrun and Severnoe parkrun. Please visit parkrun Russia to learn more (http://www.parkrunrussia.ru) Dobro požalovat'!

feedback from the field


Harold Matthews, Plymouth, MI - "Livonia parkrun was well represented at the Super 5K on Sunday."


Kim Wisser Zamora, Livonia, MI - "These cancellations are throwing me off man!....just sayin'....that being said....I must admit having last Sat off and having a lazy Sat morning relaxing and doing something different for exercise - much later in the day I might add -- wasn't SO horrible.....I am going to quit typing now and plan my day out -- but I do NOT want to get used to this....looking forward to re-appearance of safe running and walking conditions! oh yeah...and to seeing more Livonia parkrunners and walkers also!


Elaine Bartlett, Sheffield, UK - "Great doing Clermont Waterfront parkrun again with you all today, we'll see you again at Christmas!"


Andrew Trigg, Trowbridge Wiltshire, UK - "Hi All, I'm travelling to Washington from UK at the end of the month and am hoping to be able to come and give you guys a visit at Durham NC parkrun before I return. Hope it warms up before then!"


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:  Kelly Jones

Age:  30

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC

Occupation:  Speech-Language Pathologist

Number of runs:  10

Favourite volunteer role:  Scanner, for now, although I haven't tried anything else yet!

What do you do at parkruns:  Run; try to improve my time.

How has parkrun changed your running:  The friendly competition has definitely made me faster. I'm also a bit more dedicated to runs during the week, because I have a goal time for weekend runs.

What do you like about parkrun:  So many things! It's a fun time, friendly folks, free. I like that it happens every week. It's a great motivator to have something scheduled, particularly on those rainy or really cold days.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The funniest moment was an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, but the most memorable was probably the first one, just because it seemed like such a great, open group of people, and I was excited to have found a new group of runners.

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 30th December 2013

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter Wood Creek Elementary School Woodchucks running at Livonia parkrun; Clermont Waterfront adds a Christmas Day parkrun we welcome 2014 and share some we've some amazing feedback from the field, and we welcome in 2014.

As we near the end of 2013, I am sitting in my living room reflecting upon the success parkrun USA has achieved despite no sponsor support and general lack of interest from corporate America. 2013 saw the launch of successful parkrun events in Clermont, FL and Durham, NC. parkrun USA also saw the first 50 and 10 club parkrun participation awards to Jennifer Greve and Alexander Brauer, both from Livonia parkrun. I fully anticipate several more 10 and 50 parkrun club awards in 2014 including Clermont and Durham.

As parkrun USA continues to grow, it becomes clearer and clearer that we are really more about community engagement than running, which although sounds odd for a running event and somewhat unintentional, is absolutely the case. Many parkrunners could or would run anyway, lots wouldn’t and I know there are thousands of amazing stories where we’ve been the difference between someone running or not but when I see the real differences we make to people’s lives it’s almost always about friendship and support through the creation of small but perfectly formed parkrun communities. Mr. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder and CEO of parkrun was spot on with his comment of how life-changing parkrun will become to me, my family, the volunteers and those of you who join us every Saturday morning. It is my goal to see parkrun USA replicate the growth and sense of community enjoyed in the nine other parkrun countries. Here's a little something to keep you motivated over the winter months and to introduce one of your running / walking mates to the wonderful experience that is parkrun!

Here's wishing you all the best in 2014 and much health and happiness.

See you at a parkrun soon.

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

event news


Please check your event's news pages and email messages for the most up to date information including cancelations.

Livonia parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/news or https://www.facebook.com/livoniaparkrun)

November 23rd saw Coach Charlie Garnett and the Wood Creek Elementary School Running Club venture out for their first parkrun experience. And what an experience it turned out to be as parkrunners were greeted with a sleet storm which quickly changed into a fast moving snow squall with blowing winds. Everyone looked forward to the hot chocolate and coffee after.

Clermont Waterfront parkrun Christmas Day 2013 prediction run

Clermont Waterfront parkrun has followed the parkrun UK tradition of adding a Christmas Day parkrun to their event calendar. A nice turnout for a brisk 5k run before heading home to enjoy Christmas treats. Special thanks to Toni Richardson and Jason Coulter for taking the times and calculating the results which allowed the rest of us to run. Not surprisingly we had no juniors today or overseas visitors and well done those who went to midnight mass and still managed to turn up at 7:30. A really nice event with Karl Riecken not only being the fastest but predicting his time better the rest of us. Karl predicted 18:00 flat and finished in a time of 18:22.

Please visit the Clermont Waterfront parkrun page for more news and results (http://www.parkrun.us/clermontwaterfront/news or https://www.facebook.com/clermontparkrun)

Durham, NC parkrun last Saturday before Christmas run

What a morning for a run! Not too cloudy, not too sunny, not too cold, not too hot: 54°F and great conditions for a new course record...

Congratulations go to Fred for being a first time Durham, NC parkrunner, for being first across the line, and for doing so in a faster time than anyone else has yet at Durham, NC parkrun with a time of 16:37; well done! Other first-timers included Larc, Michael, and Ben, though all have experienced parkrun overseas and already know the joys of a 5k with a lovely group of people. In other happy news, Kelly, Will, and Zoe all bagged new PRs, making it a nice day to smash some records. Now, on to the rest of the stats:

Men's placings:
Fred WARD (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:37 - first appearance.
Larc WARD (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:34.
Barton BECHARD (VM45-49) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was third over the line in 18:12 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Women's placings:
Kelly JONES (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 24:50 - second time in 6 appearances.
Zoe PILLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 28:22.
Gerty Cori WARD (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (14th overall) over the line in 30:40.

Please visit the Durham, NC parkrun web page for more news and results
Durham, North Carolina (http://www.parkrun.us/durhamnc/news or https://www.facebook.com/DurhamNCparkrun)

feedback from the field


Annie Moore, Livonia parkrun
"I'm a little chicken about this weather on Saturday morning. The biggest reason I am considering going is because of the Ugly Sweater contest. You know I would hate to miss a good costume party!"


Dawn Smith, Livonia parkrun
"Thank you for welcoming and encouraging Wood Creek Elementary School Run Club today! And thanks for the blizzard too! The kids will not forget this special day."


Philip Susann, Durham, NC parkrun
"Dan and I had a great time and thanks to the great volunteers and for the special treat at the end."


Penny Armstrong, Durham, NC parkrun
"Thank you for the warm welcome and thanks to Tom for the yummy treats. It was great meeting everyone, thanks for the insider travel tips."


Ady King, Clermont Waterfront parkrun
"Just completed the Clermont Park Run whilst staying in Orlando. A fantastic welcoming atmosphere and extremely well organized and a credit to the Park Run community. Despite being a relatively new Park Run this one sets the standard too how they should be run. I didn't set a PB but certainly had fun running the nice flat course.... The heat and humidity is tough for us UK runners and the water provided at the end if the race was most welcoming.... Keep up the good work."


Vicky Charlton, Clermont Waterfront parkrun
"Thanks so much for the warm and friendly welcome you gave me, my husband, and our daughter, this morning. What a beautiful parkrun you have, and fab weather too, a far cry from what we're used to back in the UK. If any of you are over in Scotland, be sure to come to St Andrews parkrun, where we can return the kind hospitality. Good luck for the future, and to the continued success and growth of your parkrun at Clermont."


Kevin Molloy, Canberra parkrun, Australia -
"Two weeks ago I ran my first ever parkrun at Ginninderra. My son had run two previously and was excited for me to join him. I had no idea what to expect since, these days, I only run 1-2 races (mostly 5 & 10K) a year. After running on Nov 23 and thinking about the event and the series ever since, I can honestly say that parkrun is the best thing that has happened to the running movement in decades, possibly ever. I sincerely hope it becomes more and more popular around the world and Australia. The stats seem to indicate that anyway. Most of the time I run by myself or in small group, 3-4 times a week, purely as a lifestyle choice. I basically stopped running races a few years ago for many reasons, but mainly because they take up too much time (hours for a 25 minute run), usually a pain in the bum to commute to and from, too much focus on bling and elite runners and too many newbie runners complaining about everything from cotton count in the t-shirts, to weakness of the sports drink, to age awards not going deep enough. parkrun is exactly the opposite to all of this hype. You show up 5 minutes before the start, you chat with a few others, you stretch (maybe) and then you run. The organizers only show up 30 minutes before the start and they all know exactly what to do. Finally you get your time, chat some more, have a coffee if you want, and go home. An hour later the results are posted and within 24 hours you receive an email with more running stats about your performance than any of the glamour events ever give you, and all for free. How good is that? What is even better is that newbie's are given a special cheer, disabled runners are encouraged, kids, strollers and dogs are even welcomed and it’s all on a trail or track, so no fear of encountering your typical angry motorist running 5 seconds late for a fast food pig out. The kid factor is wonderful. There are not enough regular distance events for kids in Australia. Clubs do offer some activities but clubs can be intimidating and only cover a tiny percentage of the population. A child can be introduced to a 5km (foundation distance for all distance races both on and off roads) in a non-intimidating format, run with their parents or guardian, so as to be encouraged along the whole distance. They are not crushed in the rush and receive great accolades when they finish. They can repeat this experience every week anywhere in the country and get used to the whole experience of a race including the feeling of discomfort at the half way mark. After doing this a few times they soon learn the hurt disappears as they get closer to the finish line. I have run marathons (including the Boston Marathon), I have started a running club in USA, started a 5km/10km event which grew to 3000 participants after ten years, and ran the City to Surf about 20+ times. I started a running web portal in USA in 1995 which grew to 300,000+ subscribers (coolrunning.com) and all of this is great and good for bragging rights, but I’m more excited about parkrun than any of this. I wish the series the very best and hope to participate in the Ginninderra event every time I’m in Canberra as well as the Bulli event. I might even consider starting up one in Picton if we can find the critical mass. Cheers and great job!"


Russell Ellis, London, United Kingdom
"Thanks for a great run and such a hospitable welcome. We can't wait to come back to Livonia parkrun."


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

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 November 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this month’s newsletter parkrun continues to receive global recognition, nearly fifty thousand parkrunners participate on international parkrun day, we bring you ‘Feedback from the Field and celebrate the very first 50 club member from the Western Hemisphere.

Here we are nto November! Halloween behind us, Thanksgiving and the Christmas hustle and bustle closing quickly. Where has the year gone! One minute we’re running around in sun-block and shades and suddenly here we are, in the North at least, wrapped up in our Saturday best hats and gloves. The changing seasons do bring so much to our wonderful venues and you can’t really beat a crisp, fresh morning tramping through frosty autumn leaves under a bright blue sky or along the beach front enjoying cool ocean breezes.

Earlier in October, parkrun celebrated its ninth birthday with our self-proclaimed global parkrun day which saw 48,250 parkrunners taking place around the world. Who would have imagined on that first day nine years ago as 13 folks lined up to run the inaugural event that we would now be overseeing over 45,000 runs a week and have in excess of 630,000 parkrunners registered. Even more mind-blowing is the fact that each week over 4,000 volunteers take the time to make this all possible. From the first 13 parkrun pioneers and first ever volunteers, it is amazing to think how far we've come;

Number of events - 1 (Now 26,246)
Number of runners - 13 (Now 437,744)
Number of runs - 13 (Now 3,441,584)
Average number of runs per athlete - 1 (Now 7.9)
Average runs per event - 13 (Now 131.1)
Total distance covered - 65km (Now 17,207,920km)
Number of clubs - 6 (Now 3,074)
Number of locations - 1 (Now 324)
Total run time - 0 Years, 0 Days, 4 Hours, 52 Minutes, 58 Seconds
(Now 177 Years, 300 Days, 11 Hours, 39 Minutes, 59 Seconds)

Thank you for your parkrun support and passion.

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information including upcoming holiday parkrun special events.

Livonia parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/news or https://www.facebook.com/livoniaparkrun

Clermont Waterfront parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/clermontwaterfront/news or https://www.facebook.com/clermontparkrun

Durham, North Carolina (http://www.parkrun.us/durhamnc/news or https://www.facebook.com/DurhamNCparkrun

Volunteer News


Here is a super ultra-exciting once in a lifetime opportunity to make new friends, change people’s lives and generally do something wonderful. Volunteering opportunities at your parkrun. You can select a timer position, finish funnel organization, finisher token distribution, course marshalling or even a pacer position.

Please do rest assured that you are more than welcome to take part in parkrun without ever volunteering; we’ll never pressure you to get involved. But it’s an amazing thing to do, you’ll really enjoy it and every one of our events depends on people just like you receiving their volunteer emails and joining in.

north america's very first 50 parkrun club member


Jennifer Greve Livonia parkun

Jen began her 'reluctant runner' journey at the #4 Livonia parkrun event - walking the course with her husband Spencer in just over 50 minutes. In the weeks which followed nearly each parkrun effort presented a new personal best as Jennifer's current personal best is 33:24. Still reluctant to describe herself as a runner, Jennifer has ventured onto the road race scene around SE Michigan and has begun running 3-4 days or more per week in addition to her yoga classes. Jennifer's next running goal is to break 30 minutes for the 5k course at Livonia parkrun. Congratulations Jennifer on reaching your first parkrun milestone - 50 parkrun club member.

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun usa -
My dad is visiting from the UK and has been speaking enthusiastically about park runs "back home" (he volunteers weekly on the Isle of Wight). I'm a keen runner (although currently injured) and would love to get California's first park run "up and running"!
Katie Eldridge, San Jose, CA


Hi parkrun usa -
I have been running for twetny five years. There is a very active running community in the Phoenix area with the main running season from October to April. Several locations including Granada park in Central Phoenix attract many runners in the fall and winter months. I have been given provisional approval by the Park Department to use this park venue to host a 5k run. This location is free of any obstacles or traffic. I am a real advocate of parkrun and have participated several times at parkrun events throughout the UK. The Phoenix metro area could easily host several parkrun events every Saturday. What does it take to get this rolling?
Michael Brenna, Phoenix, AZ


Good Morning parkrun usa -
I'm moving to San Francisco for 6 months shortly and from what I can tell you guys don't have a park run there. I attend the Brighton (UK) runs and was looking to carry on in San Fran but it doesn't seem like you have one set up. If it's feasible I would like to help you guys set one up over there. Rich Bourne, San Francisco


parkrun usa -
Hi All, many thanks for the great reception last week - a pleasure to meet you all - we would love the opportunity for Livonia parkrun to road trip this way sometime. The North is much better than that London place Keep in touch and we'll make it happen.
Lee Simpson, Newcastle, UK


Hey parkrun usa -
My husband, Steve, is going back over to the US tomorrow and is going to join you at Durham parkrun next Saturday!! He's really looking forward to it. Jaqy Halstea, UK


Hi Clermont Waterfront parkrun usa - I just wanted to say a massive thank you for bearing with me for turning up 15 minutes late to yesterday's run, and for letting me still participate. You have a great event going, and I am already looking forward to my 2nd run with you, even if it isn't for a while. The Merthyr connection makes it all the better. James Ashely, Clermont parkrun


Clermont Waterfront parkrun usa - Thanks so much for the warm and friendly welcome you gave me, my husband, and our daughter, this morning. What a beautiful parkrun you have, and fab weather too, a far cry from what we're used to back in the UK. If any of you are over in Scotland, be sure to come to St Andrews parkrun, where we can return the kind hospitality. Good luck for the future, and to the continued success and growth of your parkrun at Clermont.
Vicky Charlton, St. Andrews, Scotland


Hi parkrun Durham,NC -
Thanks for your hospitality today guys. Really enjoyed the run and look forward to seeing parkrun USA and Durham, NC parkrun go from strength to strength. Michael Richardson, UK


Hi parkrun Durham, NC -
Thank you for making us feel so welcome, really enjoyed my first parkrun. Might leave it a few weeks till I do the next! Becky Louly, Durham, NC


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

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 July 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, anticipation is a common theme, new parkrun USA events activate, and we bring you ‘Feedback from the field ‘and’ parkrunner of the month returns.

Whilst sitting for coffee with Livonia parkrunners the past weeks, a common theme has presented. A theme of enthusiasm, excitement, commitment, happiness and just about any other similar adjective which comes to mind. However, one stands above the others, ANTICIPATION. Anticipation of reading the results to compare age grades not only at your event but globally. Anticipation of meeting new parkrunners and building new friendships. Anticipation of testing your new fitness against the clock. Anticipation of Saturday morning parkrun in my community. You get the picture. parkrun is truly a unique and wonderful event with a global presence. We have full schedules of work and family responsibilities which occupy our physical and psychological resources each week. The anticipation of parkrun each Saturday morning helps make the Monday thru Friday grind go that much quicker. If you’re fortunate to get out several times a week for a run or walk, perhaps a favorite course, training partner, a piece of training kit or new pair of running shoes will make your run or walk that much better. When your runs or walks become better, you become a better (and healthier) spouse, family member , employee, friend ; when you become a better person, the world then becomes a better place. This Saturday before you head off to the bbq or picnic, come out and celebrate the Independence Day Holiday Weekend with your fellow parkrunners!

I anticipate another great parkrun Saturday for you.

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

Volunteer News


Here is a super ultra-exciting once in a lifetime opportunity to make new friends, change people’s lives and generally do something wonderful. Volunteering opportunities at your parkrun.

On the right hand side of this email you’ll see the title ‘your profile’ and below that a box with a button marked ‘manage my profile’. If you click on that button you’ll get to your profile page where you’ll see another button marked ‘email options’ and if you click on that you’ll find a dropdown menu where you can select your event and click on ‘opt in’. Once you’ve made your selection please click on ‘save opt-in events list’ in order to confirm your selection. It’s easy to opt out of receiving emails but I’d rather you didn’t so I’ve written this bit really small.

Please do rest assured that you are more than welcome to take part in parkrun without ever volunteering; we’ll never pressure you to get involved. But it’s an amazing thing to do, you’ll really enjoy it and every one of our events depends on people just like you receiving their volunteer emails and joining in.

event news


Livonia parkrun

Has now moved back to the summer start time of 8am.

Clermont Waterfront parkrun

A fantastic start with nearly 400 registered parkrunners. Clermont Waterfront parkrun offers a historic downtown district and is still much the same as it was in 1960. Tim and Karen Bowler are the event managers and have a great management and volunteer team with a nice out and back waterfront course.

This past week, of 54 runners 13 were from “across the pond” with Scotland producing this week’s quickest parkrunner to cross the line. Gear for Multisport owners Kimberly and Kevin Grogan have kindly donated a whiteboard for us to use with pertinent information about each week’s parkrun. Most importantly Megan Naile, and their business Naile Computer Systems, have provided a laptop for parkrun use. So there is now a computer which anyone doing the results can use.

Clermont Waterfront parkrun will be canceled on the following dates due to other community events using the parkrun course:

July 13th
August 10th
September 7

Durham, North Carolina parkrun

parkrun begins Saturday June 29. Julie Messina and her Durham parkrun team and community have put together a great course, shaded and out/ back. Post run coffee or breakfast is at Foster’s Market, just a short distance from the finish line. Please check the parkrun website for registration and course information.

feedback from the field


I currently live in Fayetteville, AR which has great running parks and a fantastic running tradition both with the University of Arkansas cross country team and local running clubs. parkrun has made my life richer through running. I'd love to help spread the message in the US. Adam Mastrelli.

We are hoping to be able to attend a parkrun while we are on holiday in USA. as we really enjoy the atmosphere and friendly people at their runs.
Thanks Carolyn Jarrahby


Hi from Northern Ireland. Just wanted to say Hi, and thanks for hosting a great run on Saturday. I really enjoyed heading down to the park and everyone made me feel very welcome. If I'm in the Detroit area on a Saturday morning again any time, I will make sure to drop by, and drag a few of my colleagues along next time! Hopefully Livonia will be the first of many parkruns in America; I wish you good luck with everything in the future. All the best. Ian Barrett


It’s awesome as always. Although we soft tarmac British parkrunners get found out by a real cross country parkrun. Stephen Ferguson


I Wanna do Livonia parkrun. Boohoo!! Nicky Best


Many thanks for making me feel so welcome today at Clermont Waterfront parkrun. You have a great setting for your parkrun and a great bunch of people running and volunteering. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you all this morning. If you ever find yourself in the North West of England would be glad to host you at my home parkrun at Marple. Gareth Hurfurt


Thank you to all the team, especially Karen and Tim for your hospitality at the Clermont Waterfront parkrun event this week. Never thought I'd see the day when I'd get up at 5.30am to run, but it was so worth it. See you all next week :) Sharon Ashmore


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:  Darci Merollis

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  Livonia, MI

Occupation:  Dispatch assistant for a crane rental company

Number of runs:  This was the toughest question (I had to look it up). I've done 26 parkruns.

Favourite volunteer role:  Course marshal and/or finish line cheerleader - the scanner/stopwatch stuff is way too much pressure! I'd much rather stand on the course and tell people where to go. ;)

What do you do at parkruns:  Run with my friends! And then drink obscene amounts of coffee afterward.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I've run more outside this winter than I have in years. On the advice of a fellow parkrunner, I've also set some running goals for this year (a first for me).

What do you like about parkrun:  I really like the social aspect. I used to view running as my "alone" time, but parkrun introduced me to running with a group. I look forward to our Saturday morning runs - and the fact that if I don't show up, I'll hear about it. My parkrun peeps keep me accountable. They are some of the most encouraging people I've ever met. And they can dish out tough love when necessary, i.e. telling me that I need to quit with the excuses as to why I'm not running and just hit the road.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The most memorable moment was the day that we were all happily running then were hit with stinging, pelting chunks of ice. That was definitely a surprise. The funniest moment was the day after we had gotten a bunch of snow. I had been struggling through the snow for the first mile, but finally found my groove. I was happily cruising along when I turned the corner by the building and found myself in a drift up to my knees. The top half of my body kept going, but the bottom half did not and I managed to face-plant right there on the course. I can't do something like that without cracking up, so I laid there laughing hysterically and trying to stand up. Then panic set in because I knew that Will and Greg would be running past me any second and I didn't want them to catch me laying there (since I'd never hear the end of it), so I had to get up, and dust myself off pretty quickly. When I finished, I found out that Lori had managed to wipe out in the same spot. Snow-angel buddies!

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 22nd April 2013

welcome to this month's newsletter


Cherish every day, every run, every minute. Hold those in Boston, and the running world, in the light. Tomorrow we will rise again and run again. Don't let those responsible diminish us or the sport we love and the goals, dreams. roads or races we choose to pursue.

Run. Often

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

Event News


USA

We’ve a new parkrun starting!! We welcome Clermont Waterfront parkrun to our global parkrun community beginning April 27th at 7am. Clermont offers a historic downtown district and is still much the same as it was in 1960. Tim and Karen Bowler are the event managers and have a great management and volunteer team with a nice out and back waterfront course

Post run coffee is at Cheeser's Palace Café just across the parking lot.
If your vacation or business travel plans take you to Orlando or Clermont, bring your running kit!

Watch for new parkrun event activations in Durham, NC; Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA in the coming months.

Multi World Record Holder Haile Gebrselassie has often said the world would be a much better place if everyone was a runner. While we want everyone to come to parkrun, we know their needs to be some incentive for you besides the great atmosphere, new friendships and post parkrun coffee. This is why there is the point’s competition for both parkrunners and volunteers. Here’s the leaderboard for Livonia through April 13th.

Livonia parkrun current standing in the Women's and Men’s annual points’ competition

Men's annual points’ competition:
William PEDERSON (Unattached) 2948 pts.
Greg COYNE (Unattached) 2464 pts.
Spencer GREVE (Unattached) 1880 pts.

Women's annual points’ competition:

Jennifer GREVE (Unattached) 3213 pts.
Kim ZAMORA (Unattached) 3123 pts.
Darci MEROLLIS (Unattached) 2507 pts.

Volunteer News


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to our volunteers. parkrun will continue to happen because of our volunteers. Every Saturday parkrun needs volunteers to set up course direction markers, marshal runners and walkers, hand out finisher tokens and scan registrant bar codes. Our rule of thumb has always been that we ask all our most regular runners to volunteer three times a year. There are roles to suit everyone including children.
Contact Us to Volunteer.

Livonia parkrun meets for coffee, hot chocolate and bagels or muffins at Bigbee Coffee - Livonia, located 33443 West Seven Mile, and west of Farmington Road. Come and join us after your Saturday morning parkrun is completed

The Seven Wonders of parkrun


Testing your fitness on a regular basis is a great way to monitor progress and enjoy the gains your hard work has deserved. Here are seven reasons why parkrun provides the perfect platform for this kind of workout.

Regular fitness test runs are great for novice and experiences runners alike. Beginner or novice runners are most likely to experience frequent improvements from consistent training. More experienced runners or advanced competitors aiming to improve their personnel bests or competitive position should lay down work for an end result months into the future. Using parkrun will keep motivation and training confidence high while focusing on fitness gains toward long term competition goals. Add in great camaraderie and parkrun offers a fantastic, weekly social, fitness activity for everyone.

1. Ideal distance

5k is long enough to be test endurance, but short enough to be incorporated into schedules without needing to lose training days in taper or recovery. You can be sure of the distance so you don’t have to worry about GPS or other inaccuracies.

2. Just run

The timing is all done for you. Just get out there and run. You even have a personal profile on the website that tracks your performances.

3. Fair test

Think back to school science lessons and how a fair test involved keeping variables constant. It’s the same course on the same time of the same day and changing these from one fitness test to another can influence performance when the variable you are really trying to measure is fitness. Factors like weather and stress levels are subject to change and nobody will improve on every outing, but the philosophy is to measure progress over a period of time, not from one run to the next.

4. Limitless learning

Running with others gives a better idea of how you might perform in a race than running on your own. Gauging your run against others can also show up a weakness to work on such as hills or starting too fast. You’ll also find a supportive community and friendly rivalry with those around you. Is someone you’ve been running with suddenly ahead of you? Find out why! Speaking to other runners at parkrun, my running club or races was the single biggest learning experience when I took up the sport.

5. One for all and all for one

With times ranging from sub 5 minutes a mile to more than 15 minutes a mile, parkrun attracts the full spectrum of ages and abilities ensuring nobody is left feeling out of place. If you think you’re not a runner, then parkrun will soon have you thinking differently.

6. Controlled environment

There are no road crossings, traffic hazards or similar external factors that can scupper an individual timed effort.

7. How much?

Finally, it’s completely free. I’ve put this at the bottom as it shouldn’t be a reason for doing this, but is a bonus.

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Feedback from the field


What a great program - let's bring it to Chicago! There must be forward thinking companies here that can see the immense value of a program like this. Paid races do incredibly well here, so I can only imagine how popular a free, weekly program would do... Come on, Chicago! Figure this out! Improving Krys


OMG! I need this somewhere close. I haven't even started running for my first race of the year yet and I'm already worried that I can't afford to race. I live a bit of competition it makes it so much more fun. Yolanda Rivera · Kennel Tech at Broadway Veterinary Clinic


I run at the local parkrun on the Gold Coast Australia. Hope you can spread it across your county 'cause it is a great way to run. Stephen Kofod · Gold Coast, Queensland


I have always had doubts about 'sponsors'. 'parkrun' is pure and healthy. No surprise that use corporate commercial interest is minimal in the land of the 'free'? market. corporate usa can't see an immediate profit in it! The customers, us, will show what we want................and we want parkrun. Joe Ellis Graves’s parkrun UK.


You would expect parkrun to be just a run in the park, but it's so much more than that, in the UK we are all proud to be part of the parkrun family and it can change lives! If only a US sports goods company realized that if they advertise on a bill board 95% of people who see it aren't interested but if they advertise at parkrun 100% are interested, we all need running shoes, shirts etc. Best wishes parkrun US, hope you crack it soon and you can share in the amazing event that we all get out of bed for every Saturday.


Drop me 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:  Lynn Boven

Club:  Team Dyno Rat

Age:  55

Home parkrun:  Livonia

Occupation:  Experimental Automotive Internal Combustion Engine Developmental Test Technician (Dyno Rat)

Number of runs:  15

Favourite volunteer role:  I'm a little shy so all I've done so far is hand out finisher tokens.

What do you do at parkruns:  Run, drink coffee, and say/do stupid things to fire up my fellow parkrunners because, "Anger is a more useful emotion than despair". (Arnold in The Terminator)

How has parkrun changed your running:  The social aspect is new for me. Ultra distance runners don't get much social contact since few are interested in 30+ mile training runs.

What do you like about parkrun:  The initial goal was to gain some speed. I'm still slow but find inspiration in almost every participant's drive to improve. Maybe I just won't get as slow as fast.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Jumping into a puddle with both feet to splash everyone as the pre-run instruction was to watch out for or avoid the sloppy mud and puddles.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No 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 brand new 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. 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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