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.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 3rd March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we hold winter accountable, check out what the cool parkrun kids are wearing these days, and do the parkrun Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.

Dear winter,

Who do you think you are? You’ve been persona non grata (but in seasonal form) for a long time around these parts, particularly when you bring your friends snow, ice, and wind chill with you and rain on my parade, or “precipitate on my parkrun”, if you will. Why can’t you be more like spring with all its fragrant breezes? Or fall with all those lovely leaves crunching underfoot? Why must you be so incredibly wintry?

You need to take responsibility for a lot that’s been going on lately. For instance, do you know how hard it is to dress appropriately for running during this time of year? Seven layers only starts to feel excessive after about five minutes, so what to do with the fleece-lined eyeball warmers that seemed like a good idea before leaving home? Then there are all the fingers and toes that you cruelly toy with. And don’t get me started on what happens when my nose is so cold that I can’t feel it and have no idea if it’s running or even if it’s still attached to my face.

Won’t somebody please think of the volunteers? At least the parkrunners get to warm up as they go, but the poor volunteers get left behind to be tortured by you. Sure, they may seem to be smiling and enjoying one another’s company. And yes, there may be photographic evidence of one event’s volunteer donning a festive hat in the likeness of a beer mug to stay hilariously toasty. But you don’t know the pain of trying to pick up dropped barcodes when manipulating your fingers is beyond your current motor skills. Or trying to clap your dead hands together to cheer on the runners, only to find there’s still a bit of life in them and the nerves are unhappy about the circumstances.

You won’t last long, winter, and your days are numbered. You think you can stay around forever, flexing your chilly muscles and forcing us to resort to treadmills? Nope. Start packing your bags. You might be able to throw a wrench into the parkrun works every now and then, but that won’t last. We’ll be back soon, and we’re bringing our eyeball warmers, our flip-top mittens, and a cute little knitted cozy for the barcode scanner with us.

And one last thing, winter: If you want to come back to parkrun, you could at least register first and bring your barcode.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

Volunteers, human and canine, braving the elements to help out in Livonia. If parkrun were a race, the volunteers would win every week!

parkrun USA in numbers – February 2015


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

Number of runners - 331
Number of first timers - 125
Number of PRs - 59
Number of volunteers - 73

Clermont’s 94 runners – the highest turnout for the month – listen to the pre-run brief.

Wiggle’s parkrun collection: not just for parkrunday 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!

And speaking of Wiggle, they’ll shortly have in their hands 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! You’ll find the book at the Wiggle link above from this Friday, March 6.

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we cross the Atlantic, travel to the east coast of the UK, and head north. Keep going. A little further. Nearly there. Okay, stop. You’re there: Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aberdeen parkrun, a port city in Scotland, started in October 2011 and has much to offer to parkrunners. The course description casually mentions sights like a local nature reserve and a beach ballroom that crop up along the out-and-back run on the esplanade with stunning views of the waterfront attractions and the North Sea. One might even think that it could be a fast and flat course, but the North Sea winds probably have something to say about that. At least you’ll be well rested for this parkrun, which starts at 9:30 due to the lateness of the sunrise this far north for months out of the year.

Over its lifetime, Aberdeen parkrun has had 4,309 different runners, who have completed 26,343 runs and achieved 5,537 new Personal Records. Course records belong to Nicola Gauld, who holds the women’s record with a time of 17:04; Ben Hukins, with the men’s record of 15:16; and Carolyn Milne, who holds the age-graded record with a 95.97% run (18:37). 212 volunteers have helped out this event in the past year. (Editor’s note: This one is going on my wishlist of parkruns to visit, though perhaps it’s best to wait for a calm day to run this course.)

A dramatic sky over Aberdeen parkrun in November 2014

in case of bad weather


The weather outside can turn frightful at any time of year. Please be sure to check your local event’s Facebook page or get in touch by email using the address on your event’s parkrun page to double-check whether a run will be going ahead in the event of inclement weather. Event directors will make every effort to alert runners to cancellations as early as possible.

A Livonia parkrunner making the most of a Michigan winter morning

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Upcoming cancellations:
March 14 – Pig on the Pond / Rib Run 5K
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

Special events:
May 30 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 100th event

feedback from the field


“Thank you all for being so welcoming! Loved my little bit of holiday parkrun tourism. And Nikki, it was a pleasure to run part of your first parkrun with you! I really hope you keep it up and get that sub 30 by your 40th!” – Holly Roper on Clermont Waterfront’s Facebook page


“Looks like the parkrun boogey: You put your right foot out and shake it all about…” – William Schmitz on Durham, NC’s Facebook page


“Just gone all goose pimply at the thought of one day visiting and running towards the Golden Gate bridge at a parkrun!” – Tracey Healey, parkrun tourist extraordinaire, 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:  Charlie Garnett

Club:  Wood Creek Elementary Run Club

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  Livonia

Occupation:  Engineer

Number of runs:  25

Favourite volunteer role:  Laminating bar codes while my daughters alphabetize!

What do you do at parkruns:  Sweat.  A lot.  Especially in the dead of winter.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Running had been a solitary pursuit for me.  It's great to make it a social event.  The people are awesome!

What do you like about parkrun:  It gives me a run to look forward to every week, as opposed to the daily grind on the treadmill.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Running with the Wood Creek Bears in my gorilla suit!

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 3rd February 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we welcome a new event to parkrun USA, talk tees, look at the numbers grow, and head back to Australia for another helping of warm-running daydreams.

After a successful pilot last month and two official events, the newest member of the parkrun USA team is up and running. Welcome, Crissy Field parkrun!

Event Director Max Metcalfe got the California parkrun party started with 22 runners finishing the course at this inaugural event while taking in amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. In attendance were 10 parkrun “debutants”, who were warmly welcomed to this international family of runners; a couple of folks who got to sample parkrun while either on vacation or when living previously near a parkrun event; and some parkrun tourists who just couldn’t resist showing up for this once-in-a-lifetime parkrun first.

Among the tourists were David Duggan, who has done 16 different parkrun events worldwide but must surely be the first runner to have done all four parkrun USA events. (A thousand and one thanks to David for his fantastic photos and run report, which I have “borrowed” for this edition of the newsletter.) Also there, volunteering and taking a break from the worst of the British winter, was UK country manager Tom Williams, along with wife Helen, who was the first lady to finish, and their two children. Welcome to all of our parkrun friends who travelled all that way to support our newest event!

There were figurative fireworks (the good kind, not the kind when people yell angrily; that’s called “talk shows”, not parkrun) to be seen on this flat and fast course when first finisher Michael Hiscott set a course record with a blazing time of 15:22, thereby running the fastest parkrun time yet in the US. No one opted to follow their run with a refreshing January dip in the bay for a quick swim to Alcatraz. Perhaps next week.

It’s wonderful to see the parkrun USA family growing and to know that this fantastic, inclusive, and accessible event is taking root in another community in this country. Please take a moment this week to tell two friends about parkrun and help us keep growing. If your friends live near a parkrun, then you’ll know where to take them next Saturday morning. If not, have them get in touch with your local event director, and we’ll happily tell them how to plant some little parkrun seeds in their own communities.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

parkrun milestone club tee-shirts to be available worldwide


parkrun milestone club tee-shirts are coming to parkrun USA! What, you wonder, is so special about these shirts? What makes them different from the others in that drawer full of tees? These are parkrun club tee-shirts, and they’re not for sale; you have to earn them. You’ll need to show up, run, and finish 50 parkruns to get your first tee. Then keep doing it till you eventually reach 100, 250, and 500 runs. Junior runners (those under 18) are eligible for a tee-shirt after completing 10 runs.

Thanks to the sportswear brand Tribesports, all parkrunners are now eligible to earn milestone club tee-shirts. Distributed through parkrun’s Wiggle site, you’ll be able to order your tee-shirt free of charge. (Please note that you will need to pay shipping and handling.) When you reach one of these milestones, you will be alerted by your results email, or find a link on your profile page. Tee-shirts will be available from March.

And remember: there’s only one way to earn these tee-shirts. We’ll see you next Saturday morning. #dfyb

winning parkrun volunteer shirt design


Tribesports will be supplying parkrun volunteers with their own milestone shirt, which will be for those who help at 25 or more events. parkrunners were invited to vote on their favorite color and design, and the winner is…

The logo won with a definitive 89% of the 28,000 votes cast. It was a bit more of a race to pick the color with this purple stunner just beating out yellow with 49%. All of those volunteers who were afraid it was going to be that (Warning! Editorializing ahead!) horrible brown color can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing they’ll stay fashionable in their prize parkrun apparel. Volunteers who meet this admirable milestone should start seeing a link to Wiggle on their profile page in April.

parkrun USA in numbers – January 2015


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

Number of runners - 467
Number of first timers - 147
Number of PRs - 62
Number of volunteers - 84

Despite two events being cancelled in Livonia due to bad weather, parkrun USA had its biggest month yet in January. Clermont Waterfront and Durham, NC both had New Year’s Day runs, Clermont numbers went crazy over the holidays with parkrun tourists visiting the local attractions and making time for their favorite 5k event, and the first two runs at Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco all helped push us well above the 400 mark for the first time. First-timer numbers nearly doubled from 75 to 147 and volunteers jumped from 54 to 84. PRs held steady with 62 in January compared to December’s 63.

The runners of Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Florida were either trying to show solidarity with Livonia, Michigan parkrunners, or it was actually a bit cold down there last week!

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we head back to Australia and further up the east coast to Wishart parkrun in Brisbane.

Wishart is located on the south side of Brisbane and is one of a dozen or so parkruns in the wider Brisbane area. With 26 events under their belts, this young run has started strong, averaging 81 runners with a record attendance of 172. About two miles of the course is in tree shade, making it one of the cooler parkruns during those fierce Australian summers. To keep people's minds from thinking about the pain, volunteers put a joke at the 3-kilometer mark and its answer at the 4-kilometer mark.

At the pre-run briefing for first-time parkrunners, the volunteers give a short history of Wishart, especially aimed for the tourists. The suburb itself was named in 1967 after an early settler in the area.

Wishart parkrun was started by event director Adrian Royce, who began his running journey at Wynnum parkrun and migrated to the closer Minnippi parkrun when it opened. At Minnippi, Adrian became an event director until one day wondering why no one had opened a parkrun near his home at Wishart. He knew that he had to do it – and the rest was history!

in case of bad weather


The weather outside can turn frightful at any time of year. Please be sure to check your local event’s Facebook page or get in touch by email using the address on your event’s parkrun page to double-check whether a run will be going ahead in the event of inclement weather. Event directors will make every effort to alert runners to cancellations as early as possible.

Livonia parkrun: running on snow so Clermont and Crissy Field won’t have to.

feedback from the field


Dear parkrun USA,
Just read your January newsletter. Well said! Loved it! I'm an American living in Sydney, Australia, and I love parkrun! I'm a Run Director at Mosman parkrun and helped to get it up and running.  We're just down the road from Curl Curl parkrun (or as the Aussies call it, "Curly").  We had a US parkrun tourist last Saturday which was awesome. We usually get the UK tourists or the odd South African tourist so it was great to have a compatriot join us. He got a huge cheer from me!  I do travel back and forth, so next time I'm over that way I'll be looking to do some parkrun tourism!
Mary – Mosman, Australia parkrun Event Director


Dear Durham, NC parkrun,
Cool is nice, but these sub 30°F conditions are a bit much. You burn more calories in the cold, right?
Bill Harris, on Durham, NC’s Facebook page


Dear Clermont parkrun,
We'll be with you in 198 days! Not that I'm on a countdown or anything!!!!! Can't wait!
Wendy Ward, on Clermont’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:  Bill Harris

Club:  Carolina Godiva Track Club

Age:  39

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC parkrun

Occupation:  Analytical Chemist

Number of runs:  20

Favourite volunteer role:  I’ve only done finisher tokens so far...so we’ll go with that.

What do you do at parkruns:  For me, it can serve multiple purposes.  It’s a social outing, it can be “junk” miles to keep that running base up, or it can be an all-out effort.  It just depends on who’s there that week and how I feel when I pull up to the starting line.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It’s changed my mentality of thinking that running in a group setting is always a race.  It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.

What do you like about parkrun:  Rain or shine, hot or cold, it’s dependable and always a go.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being one of the slower runners (and I’m fine with that!), I tend to look at the crowd that week and see if there’s anybody new that I have a chance of beating.  Last month a nice couple from Wales visited.  They were in their 60’s so I figured the husband would save me from a last place finish that week...He finished in under 21 minutes.  A week later he was back and broke 20! Impressive!  The regulars are all great people, but I really like the tourists. They are always very friendly, and it’s enjoyable and educational to converse with them afterwards.

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 6th January 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we head back to English class, get our hands on those neat tee-shirts that all the parkrun tourists wear, and visit a parkrun Down Under.

As a lifelong language pedant and a former English-language teacher, this daughter of a linguist knows a thing or two about grammar and syntax. Ask Ms. McKown who the best was at diagramming sentences in eighth-grade English class. Ask my beloved whose editing skills helped the brilliance in his reports to shine like the low, eastern sun early in the morning. Ask my friends on Facebook who won’t quit pointing out when they’ve used “your” instead of “you’re”. Now, ask who has insisted that Microsoft not ignore my spelling of “parkrun” but, rather, add it to the dictionary.

Spelling mistakes from this keyboard are rare as hen’s teeth, so I assure you that “parkrun” really is all one word and all lower case. It is not park run, nor is it Park Run. As a word, and as a concept, parkrun is small, simple, accessible, and uncomplicated. It’s about putting together two little words with gigantic themes into one little space on the page: parkrun.

Still not convinced? Let’s examine this compound noun’s constituent parts. First, we have “park”. To me, parks are about community. They’re about open, shared spaces where the flora and fauna can simply be flora and fauna and where we humans can go to stand amongst the bits and pieces of nature and feel a bit of peace in our otherwise hectic lives.

Next, there’s the “run”. It’s such a little word that escapes with the tiniest of breaths, although it requires quite a lot of gasping and huffing and puffing to actually perform. For some, it’s a goal; others see it as a way to reach a goal. For many of us, it’s a pendulum that swings wildly towards pain and away from pleasure before it goes reeling back in the other direction.

These are the little words that got put together, and now they mean something else. For some folks, this compound noun means no more sleeping in on Saturdays. For others, it means friendships. For some parkrunners I’ve met, it means a path to fitness, a way to stay strong during chemo, or a preemptive excuse for that impending cinnamon bun. But all of that is too much to say when you’re trying to do a 5k, so let’s just call it – and spell it – parkrun.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

parkrun milestone club tee-shirts to be available worldwide


For those of you who missed the big announcement that came by email on New Year’s Day: parkrun tee-shirts are coming! These are not ordinary tee-shirts, like the kind you get for entering a race or buy in a shop. These are parkrun club tee-shirts that can only be earned by turning up and running. Again, and again, and again. Until you hit 50 parkruns. Then you do it again until you hit 100 runs. Then you keep on running some more till you reach 250 runs. Junior runners (those under 18) are eligible for a tee-shirt after completing 10 runs.

Up until now, this has been something that each country has arranged for itself. Now, we can all access these wonderful tokens of our perseverance, thanks to the sportswear brand Tribesports. Distributed through parkrun’s Wiggle site, you’ll be able to order your tee-shirt free of charge.

Here’s how it will work: When you reach one of these clubs, you will be alerted via the regular results email, or find the link to Wiggle on your private profile page. The tee-shirt will ship to your address within a few days. Please note that you will need to pay shipping and handling, which is completely understandable when considering that Tribesports expect to give away approximately 300,000 tee-shirts worldwide in the next five years.

And that’s not all! (I’m sorry to sound like an infomercial.) In addition to the 10, 50, 100, and 250 clubs, Tribesports are adding a 500 club (“I ran 2,500 kilometers and all I got was this shirt…”) and a first-ever volunteer shirt for those who help at 25 or more events. In addition to supplying the shirts, Tribesports wants to hear your input on what the shirt should look like, so vote here.

Last but not least, let’s talk timeframes. The first batch of tee-shirts will arrive at Wiggle in March 2015, at which time they will open the ordering process by adding links to those who reach the milestone clubs. Volunteer club tee-shirts will be arriving a month after the others. Those of us in the US who have earned a club tee but not yet received it will be able to order one once the tee-shirts are made available on Wiggle.

For those of you who have read all of this and can’t wait to earn your first club shirt, then I guess I’ll know where to find you next Saturday morning! And certainly #dfyb (don’t forget your barcode).

parkrun USA in numbers – December 2014


Number of runners - 300
Number of first timers - 75
Number of PRs - 63
Number of volunteers - 54

what in the parkrun world…?


Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we head Down Under to the curiously named Curl Curl parkrun near Sydney, Australia.

Located in John Fisher Park just meters from the beach in New South Wales, this mostly flat course recently had its 88th event, which also saw it set a new record for participation with 247 runners crossing the finish line. Their 2,013 runners have run an average of 4.7 events each for a total of 2,103 PRs. The average time, for what the event directors promise is a quick course, is 27:19.

Runners and volunteers alike have to get up very early for the 7:00AM start. Given that it’s summer in Australia, and judging by the photos on their Facebook page, it looks like it’s still plenty hot despite the early hour. After running, runners head over to Penny Lane Café for (iced) coffee to swap parkrun war stories. The runners of Curl Curl seem to have a rich history of photo-bombing and hamming it up for the camera, so it’s worth checking out their page, particularly if the cold of winter is making you wish for a little fodder for sunnier daydreams.

in case of bad weather


The weather outside can turn frightful at any time of year. Please be sure to check your local event’s Facebook page or get in touch by email using the address on your event’s parkrun page to double-check whether a run will be going ahead in the event of inclement weather. Event directors will make every effort to alert runners to cancellations as early as possible.

parkrun: much more than just a run in the park book on sale at Wiggle.com


Debra Bourne, event director of a parkrun in the London suburb of Croydon, has put aside her writing day job to compile a book documenting how parkrun started with 13 friends in a park and developed into the worldwide, inclusive, and much loved running community it has become. Read about people’s own parkrun stories and the many ways that a simple concept in running came to resonate so deeply with so many people.

parkrun partnership with Strava


parkrun has a new partnership with Strava, an online network that connects athletes. The parkrun website allows parkrunners to connect their Strava account with their parkrun profile to help them find fellow Strava athletes through a badge in the parkrun results table.  Linking your parkrun profile and Strava account is completely optional, and you can choose to revoke it at any time. Interested? Click here to learn more.

feedback from the field


Dear Mrs. Lori, Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for setting the runs up! We LOVE running each week! It is so kind of you! We look forward to more parkruns in 2015! – A Christmas card received by Livonia event directors Lori & Rick Brauer


Hi Clermont parkrun,
It was fantastic! We love your parkrun and you are all such a lovely friendly group of people. I'm still smiling at my achievement. Now I need to conquer a sub-30 5k in Sheffield along with my first half-marathon. Thanks for your support. Enjoy the weather this weekend. We are now back in the UK and it's wet and cold. Hopefully, we’ll see you again in the not too distant future. – Elaine Bartlett, on Clermont’s Facebook page


Happy New Year from Scotland to everyone at Clermont parkrun, my favorite 5k in the world!! – Ewan Cameron, on Clermont’s Facebook page


Great way to start off the new year! – Philip Susann, on Durham, NC’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:  Tom Griffin

Club:  Carolina Godiva Track club

Age:  69

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC

Occupation:  Retired (former oil field services technology transfer specialist)

Number of runs:  15

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do you do at parkruns:  I have worked at almost all positions at Durham, NC parkrun and enjoy all of them. I have not run nearly as many as I would like due to injury and several surgeries.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Although I still follow a training routine during training runs, during parkrun events, I have learned to run more just for the fun of it.

What do you like about parkrun:  The thing I really like about parkrun is that it doesn’t matter how “good” or how fast a runner you are. All runners, or walkers, are welcomed and encouraged. I also like that parkrun events are very friendly and many runners hang around at the finish line to encourage those finishing after them. I think this is the essence of parkrun. Another thing that is unique to parkrun is the parkrun tourists. Not many weeks go by that we don’t have a tourist from some other country, many of them going out of their way to come to Durham just to participate in our event. And I have to say that I really look forward to the gathering at Foster’s Market afterwards and the grits bowl.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  For me, the most memorable moment at Durham Parkrun was the first anniversary party. Participants brought their favorite snack or breakfast food and everyone stayed around enjoying the varieties of food and the company of other parkrunners. Those reaching key milestones and memorable performances were honored.

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 December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, no one is picking favorites, we go for a run somewhere over the rainbow, the first ever parkrun book goes on sale, and so much more. Read on!

Growing up, my two sisters and I were often competing with each other: who swam the fastest, who got the best grades, who could have the biggest hair (it was the 80’s, so don’t judge). It never seemed to end. During those few peaceful moments when we could bask alone in our mother’s love or while reading a bedtime story together, we all would invariably pose the same question on a fairly regular basis: Am I your favorite? And to her credit, my mother never wavered from her statement that she loved us all equally, and she never actually admitted it was me. But how could it not be?!

In a rather odd way, I look at this newsletter like my mother may have regarded my sisters and me. While I recognize that it may not quite be the same as parental affinity, it would still feel disloyal to hold one of the regular features in higher regard than the others. Readers, without the same loyalties that I am bound by, may choose their favorites and skip whole sections to get to what they deem to be the best part. But I give all of my sections equal attention and could never pick a favorite. Never. Never would I dote on the introduction. Never would the parkrunner of the month section get all of my affections. And certainly never would “what in the parkrun world…?” get the biggest piece of cake at dessert.

That said, there is one section – I swear I’m not calling it my favorite! – that has something unique that causes it to rise above, much like my oldest sister’s hair in 1989. That section is “feedback from the field”, and that special something is thankfulness. With Thanksgiving not even one week behind us, I’m still dwelling on gratitude and those things in my life that I’m grateful for. Life frequently seems overrun with problems and complaints and challenges. Diving into a pile of parkrun feedback, however, is the perfect antidote to all that noise.

Take last week’s parkrun UK newsletter, for instance. There are letters of gratitude for time spent with family and friends and for a community that supports effort over results. Gratitude that parkrun’s inclusivity helps runners of all abilities to take part, and that it offers a place for healing through exertion and social connections. There’s gratitude for faster times and slimmer waistlines, and gratitude for an excuse to slow down and smell the flowers in a far-flung parkrun on the other side of the world.

It’s not just the UK that are thankful for their parkruns. The Aussies, Irish, us here in the US (check it out below), and Polish are all glad to have an excuse to roll out of bed on a Saturday morning and do something that makes their own lives that little bit better while, perhaps unknowingly, contributing a dusting of happiness to each other’s Saturday morning parkrun experience. So keep running, keep volunteering, keep hanging out at the finish line to cheer in every last runner, and keep telling us what parkrun means to you.

Happy running!

Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)

parkrun USA in numbers – November 2014


Number of runners - 370
Number of first timers - 94
Number of PRs - 77
Number of volunteers - 66

what in the parkrun world…?


This section of the newsletter features an introduction to one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This week, we look at Ardgillan parkrun at Ardgillan Castle and Demesne, Balbriggan, County Dublin.

Just 20 miles up the east coast of Ireland from Dublin, Ardgillan Castle is set within 200 acres on the Irish Sea and is within 25 miles of nine other parkruns. With a late sunrise in the winter months, Ardgillan start at 9:30 every Saturday. The course snakes through the grounds and keeps mostly to paths. It starts with an optimist-sounding downhill first kilometer, but we all know that going downhill generally means having to go back up that same hill later; the course description confirms this with the ominous words “follow the path all the way up to the finish”. It sounds like hard work!

Hard work it may be, but 876 runners have finished the course since it was first run on February 8, 2014. Through the end of November, they’ve run 42 parkruns with an average of 74.3 runners per week. Finishers have crossed the line 3,122 times, seeing 945 personal records. Their biggest attendance was 190 runners. Course records are held by Sonya Reilly (21:00), Kieron Peters (17:20), and Gerry O’Connell (79.91% age graded record). Check out the Ardgillan parkrun page for more run results, photos, and details.

Ardgillan parkrun at Ardgillan Castle and Demesne on the coast of the Irish Sea

in case of bad weather


The weather outside can turn frightful at any time of year. Please be sure to check your local event’s Facebook page or get in touch by email using the address on your event’s parkrun page to double-check whether a run will be going ahead in the event of inclement weather. Event directors will make every effort to alert runners to cancellations as early as possible.

Durham, NC on a day with no PRs in February 2014

parkrun: much more than just a run in the park book on sale at Wiggle.com


Debra Bourne, event director of a parkrun in the London suburb of Croydon, has put aside her writing day job to compile a book documenting how parkrun started with 13 friends in a park and developed into the worldwide, inclusive, and much loved running community it has become. Read about people’s own parkrun stories and the many ways that a simple concept in running came to resonate so deeply with so many people.

Also available through our online store is the limited edition commemorative tee-shirt marking the 10th anniversary of parkrun. All profits go back into parkrun to support our growth. Wear one and be parkrun proud!

parkrun partners with Strava


Last week, parkrun announced a new partnership with Strava, an online network that connects athletes around the world and in local communities. The parkrun website will allow parkrunners to connect their Strava account with their parkrun profile and help them find fellow Strava athletes by way of a badge next to their names in the parkrun results table.  Linking your parkrun profile and Strava account is completely optional, and you can choose to revoke it at any time. Interested? Click here to learn more.

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Special events:
January 1 – New Year’s Day parkrun (7:30 at Waterfront Park)

Upcoming cancellations:
December 6 – Santa Fun Run Rotary 5K (8:30 at Waterfront Park)

Durham NC parkrun

Special events:
January 1 – New Year’s Day parkrun (8:00 at Southern Boundaries Park)

Livonia parkrun

On November 15, Livonia parkrun hosted the Woodcreek Elementary School Run Club from Farmington Hills, MI. Coach Charlie Garnett brought a strong showing of nearly 40 kids and parents from Woodcreek to add some young blood to Livonia’s event.

If you haven’t visited Livonia’s Facebook page to see the pictures, then log on (www.facebook.com), search for “Livonia parkrun”, then like them and check out the photos from this and all of their runs. Clermont and Durham also have photos and more on their Facebook pages, or check Flickr for a veritable cornucopia of Clermont pics!

feedback from the field


Thank you for welcoming us! – Dawn Smith, a Woodcreek Elementary School teacher, on Livonia’s Facebook page


I try to make it out for the Durham, NC parkrun every Saturday morning if I'm in town. A free, timed, weekly 5K with a very supportive group of friendly people, it's made a great addition to my running routine by having a softly scheduled weekly activity to keep me engaged and active. It’s a great way to move for about 3 miles and get my exercise out of the way before a lot of people even get out of bed! – Bill Harris on Durham, NC’s Facebook page


Thanks for another warm welcome at Clermont parkrun. Hopefully, we will be back some time next year and I will be aiming for that PB! – Kim Holmes on Clermont’s Facebook page


I really enjoyed the run this morning! Hope to see you all again soon! – Deborah Beckett on Durham’s Facebook page


parkrun! We had a great time at Durham parkrun this morning.- Adam Gimbert (aka The Selfie King) from Australia on Facebook after he and four friends made a post-NYC marathon stop in Durham as part of their great American road trip


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:  Melinda Beaver

Club:  Unaffiliated

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC

Occupation:  Air quality scientist

Number of runs:  29

Favourite volunteer role:  My favorite volunteer role is barcode scanning. It's a great way to learn/practice the names of fellow parkrunners.

What do you do at parkruns:  My general approach is to start in the back, forget to start my watch timer, enjoy the notes/jokes that Gordon the chalker leaves on the course, wonder what my pace is, and celebrate when the last hill is complete!

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun has helped me become less of a 'fair-weather runner'. I know parkrun and its volunteers will be there no matter the weather, and I've gotten better at leaving the house in less than ideal conditions. Also, I ran my fastest half-marathon last fall, and I'm sure that challenging myself at the 5k distance during my training led to this improvement.

What do you like about parkrun:  I think parkrun is a great way to start the weekend - an opportunity to run a few miles, chat with parkrun friends, and fuel up with coffee and a grits bowl!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I really enjoyed Durham's one-year anniversary run. It was great to see so many runners come out to celebrate and support a growing local tradition.

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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