parkrun USA Newsletter 7th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this month’s newsletter, we give volunteering the Hamlet treatment (to volunteer or not to volunteer), look at a UK parkrun community uniting in grief and remembrance, and hear from US parkrunners.

At parkrun, we love our volunteers. They show up early, stay late, freeze their fingers, fear a malfunctioning timer, and whatever else comes their way. They are integral to our weekly runs, writing run reports, getting new runners connected to local events, and starting new events. Without volunteers, parkrun simply wouldn’t exist. So if you think you can just show up, run a 5k, go get a coffee, then go home and wait for your result, then you’d be 100% correct.

What each of us wants from parkrun is different from what others want and is frequently changing. If you look at my parkrun history, you’ll see someone who, at times, was chasing a new PR and wouldn’t rest till I got it. At other times, my running wasn’t going so well and I didn’t want to face the clock but still wanted to see parkrun friends, so I’d skip the run and take pictures or scan barcodes.

It is completely normal to ask parkrun to help us meet our individual needs at different times. Maybe there are times you want to run, and maybe there are times you want to lend a hand. Maybe you want to push yourself against the clock and that old guy who always seems to pip you at the post (how is he still so fast?!), or maybe you want to stay sweat-free but still need your weekly dose of parkrun. And maybe you never get the urge to volunteer. No problem! For me and for lots of parkrunners, it comes down to this: it’s called parkrun, not parkvolunteer. And the volunteers who do help we prefer to be just that: volunteers, rather than forced labor.

We need our helpers and couldn’t have a weekly event without them. And while I’ve gotten just as much from volunteering at parkrun as from running, I recognize that volunteering isn’t for everyone. So keep coming to your local parkrun and, to quote the kids, you do you. You want to run? Go for it! You want to help? Great! As long as you’re there, parkrun will be, too.

Happy parkrunning!

Julie from parkrun USA (and get in touch to tell me why you run, volunteer, or do both)

P.S. One way that everyone can help out without ever sacrificing a run: keep telling friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, running buddies, and complete strangers about parkrun. By being a parkrun advocate, you’ll help parkrun USA continue to grow.

Clermont Waterfront celebrated parkrun’s 10th anniversary on October 4, 2014. Next month we will look at anniversary celebrations around the globe.

Tear-free volunteering


Most readers probably fall into three categories when it comes to volunteering: “I’m not interested” (that’s cool; see above), “I LOVE volunteering!”, or “I want to help but have some reservations”. It’s you folks in the final camp that I want to talk to, so huddle up. I know what you’re thinking about volunteering, because I’ve thought it before, too. You think that the regular volunteers have it all figured out and they seem so dang happy that you might be stepping on their toes. You might also think that the equipment has a lot of buttons and something could go wrong.

Rest assured, the equipment isn’t so scary once you get your hands on it. IBT, or intimidation by timer, is a common but treatable condition. See your event director for the cure. And we have lots of patches in place to handle a missed barcode scan or an itchy timing trigger finger. As for those other volunteers, they may be wanting to run but feel they’d be letting the runners down if they didn’t help. (Event director’s note: You won’t! Go run!!) We’re always happy to have new helpers and another person to help us cheer the runners across the finish line. Now that those barriers are gone, when would you like to volunteer?

Volunteers of all ages and species welcome (Livonia parkrun)

parkrun USA in numbers – September 2014


Number of runners - 263
Number of volunteers - 58
Number of first timers - 67
Number of PRs - 54

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 Hull parkrun in Yorkshire, England.

Running in East Park in Kingston-upon-Hull (or just plain Hull to the Brits), this corner of Yorkshire has had 239 events with an average attendance of 249. Since April 3, 2010, they’ve had over 12,000 PRs and nearly 60,000 5k’s completed in 28,000 hours of running. Their course record-holders have set a high standard with the women’s record at 16:56, the men’s at 14:46, and the age graded percentage at an astounding 93.38%!

Hull’s run on September 27 with 779 runners was not only a record turnout for this event, it was also the highest up to that date at any event outside of the original parkrun at Bushy Park in London. While an event’s biggest turnout is usually due to a celebration – an anniversary, or perhaps a 100th event – it was mourning and remembrance that shattered Hull’s record last month. Teen parkrunner Jack Bullement called on his classmates and friends to join him at parkrun to mark the short life of his friend and fellow parkrunner Will Shaw.

The response in this community was overwhelming. Hull recorded nearly 300 more runners than their previous highest turnout. With 72 registered in the Junior Women’s 11-14 age group and 54 in the Junior Men’s 11-14 age group – and likely many more unregistered runners in this age group – Will was remembered with a pre-run release of red balloons before Jack and his classmates joined the rest of the field for the run.

parkrun 10th anniversary tee on sale


To celebrate 10 years of parkrun, a limited edition commemorative tee-shirt is on sale through our online store. Available in both adult and junior sizes, all profits go back into parkrun to support our growth. Wear one and be parkrun proud!

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Special events:
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) parkrun at 7:30AM

Upcoming cancellations:
October 11 – Miles for Meals 8K & 5K (7:30 at Waterfront Park)
October 18 – Floridian 15K and 5K plus Tri’s (10:30 at Waterfront Park)
November 22 – Clermont Turkey Trot (8:00 at the Historic Village)
December 6 – Santa Fun Run Rotary 5K (8:30 at Waterfront Park)

Durham NC parkrun

A 5k race will be taking place in Southern Boundaries Park on October 18 at 9:00 with registration at 7:30. parkrun will continue as normal, but please be advised that parking may be reduced that morning.

Livonia parkrun

Livonia is back to the fall/winter start time of 9:00 through April.

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun USA,
My first timed run was at Durham parkrun last August, and that’s when the running bug truly bit me. My YMCA running coach, Becky, had been trying to talk me into registering for a half-marathon and suggested I do parkrun to get some experience racing the clock. I was nervous but managed a PR. Becky was there and noted my time, which became the basis for my trainings. It was tough work, but I realized that I LOVED racing and running, and parkrun was the start. Since that first parkrun, I have completed eight more parkruns, a four-mile race, two 8k’s, three 10k’s, two ten-mile races, and six half-marathons. Within the next six weeks, I have another half-marathon and my first full marathon. I am extremely proud of all I’ve done and am excited to see what I can do with my running next. What a difference a year makes!
Thanks,
Matthew “MLT” Thompson


A great way to start off a Saturday! –Kathleen Hall, on Livonia’s Facebook page


Hi parkrun USA,
Thank you for welcoming me. I would have joined you all for breakfast if I hadn’t already made plans. Next time! Great job organizing parkrun Durham NC.
Regards,
Nicola Rushin


Hi parkrun USA,
You were so kind to respond to help me find my way to my first parkrun in Clermont, FL. It was so great and everyone was so friendly.  I am very pleased with my results and am looking forward to the next one which will be in December for me when I am in Florida longer.
Thanks again,
Sally Schade


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:  Gordon Keeler

Club:  Carolina Godiva Track Club

Age:  59

Home parkrun:  Durham NC

Occupation:  Statistician

Number of runs:  27

Favourite volunteer role:  Timer

What do you do at parkruns:  Most days I show up early to mark the turns on the course with chalk. It gives me a chance to warm up my old bones and check the course for hazards (flooding, sand dunes, deer crossings, municipal workers with power tools, ice or snow). Then there is the pre-run meet and greet and we're off. During the run I'm thinking one of three things: 
1.) "You're anaerobic...slow down or blow up?" 
2.) "You're falling behind...why do my legs feel like lead?" 
3.) "Yes! Pick it up and you can still get a PB...No chance to get a PB".

How has parkrun changed your running:  In 2013, I had to stop running for 8 months because of plantar fasciitis. That was my first injury that completely stopped my running for an extended period. Although I picked up inline skating as an alternative, it couldn't replace the workout and camaraderie of running with my club friends. Once recovered, I was not making any progress with my running fitness. Then I came to my first parkrun and ran a humbling 5k in 29:38. I quickly became motivated as I watched my PB fall. I had reached a plateau of 24-25 minutes when the cooler fall temperatures help me get a new PB of 23:56.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the friendliness and generosity of the people who come to parkrun. It all starts with the hosts (Julie and Martin), who make everyone feel welcome. I've always tried to be involved with running events that are open to all in the community (and free), and parkrun is a great model to meet that goal. I look forward to the day that parkrun explodes across the US.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The funniest parkrun was last winter when we had about 6 inches of snow covered by an inch of ice. Everyone spent the whole run just trying to stay vertical. It was like running 5k on a short-track ice skating rink.  The most memorable parkrun moment was during the huge uphill finish sprint when I realized that I was never going to be able to beat my teenage son again.  Proud to see him grow into a runner.

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 September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


Monthly newsletter September 2014

In this month’s newsletter, we look forward to parkrun’s 10th anniversary celebrations, reflect on what parkrun’s growth around the world could mean for parkrun USA, and travel to New Zealand for a glimpse of parkrun life in the southern hemisphere.

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, parkrun will celebrate its 10th anniversary and, along with it, the hundreds of events (461), the thousands of runners (728,336), and the millions of runs (6,142,604) and miles covered (19,084,186) during the last decade. (But don’t take my word for it since these numbers are constantly changing. You can keep up with the worldwide stats here or the US stats here.)

While parkrun has taken off in a number of countries around the world, it’s still in its infancy in the US. However, I don’t doubt for one minute that we’ll grow and that parkrun will explode in the US like we’ve seen it do elsewhere. This belief is not steeped in an awkward optimism that makes people nervously seek to pacify me once I get into full "I love parkrun!" mode!” Rather, it’s because parkrun makes sense.

Think about it. How many times have you told a friend, coworker, or family member about parkrun? Ten, 100, 500? (If you’re like me, then this last number is about right.) And how many times did that person look at you and say, “That sounds like the worst idea ever.”? I’m guessing none. Now, how many times was the response akin to a light bulb turning on, followed by an “Ohhh” that isn’t like “ewww” or “ho-hum” but like “Ah-hah!” or “Of course! Why isn’t this already a thing?!”?

parkrun is a lot of different things to a lot of people: it’s a reminder that skipping those mid-week runs has consequences; it’s another opportunity to try for a PR; it’s a time to catch up with friends; it’s a “gateway drug” to 10k’s, running clubs, fancy watches that count ounces of sweat, and beyond; or it’s about doing something healthy for the mind and body.

Just as the people of the UK, Australia, Ireland, and a host of other countries have come to realize all the ways that parkrun can be their own, this simple but fantastic idea is taking hold here and it’s spreading. Have you had a good time at parkrun? Tell people about it, and plan to join us to celebrate the first 10 years of parkrun while looking forward to many more years of it to come.

Happy parkrunning!

Julie from parkrun USA (and get in touch about what parkrun means to you)

Livonia parkrun in Michigan

parkrun USA in numbers – August 30, 2014


Number of runners - 99
Number of volunteers - 19
Number of first timers - 21
Number of PRs - 23

what in the parkrun world…?


This section of the newsletter features a brief introduction to one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This week, we look at Cornwall parkrun in Auckland, New Zealand.

There have been 110 runs at Cornwall parkrun since July 2012. On August 30, they had 140 runners show up for the 8:00 start; their biggest attendance was 179 runners. Six volunteers helped out in what was described in the most recent run report as an event with a cold, bitter wind (that’s August in the southern hemisphere for you). The run report also mentions cows mooing the runners along the course, though they neglected to mention the chickens clucking their encouragement, as seen in one of the photos from a recent event. Cornwall parkrun is an out-and-back with mixed surfaces. Well done to Lian and the Cornwall parkrun team for putting on such a great event!

Cornwall parkrun in Auckland, New Zealand

event news


Clermont Waterfront parkrun

Please mark your calendars for the following special events at Clermont:
September 20 – Time change to a 7:30 a.m. start for the autumn and winter.
October 4 – International parkrun 10th anniversary worldwide event at 7:30 a.m.

Upcoming parkrun cancellations at Clermont:
September 13 – Cool Summer Morning 5K at 7:15 at Waterfront Park
October 11 – 8K & 5K Buses to Backpack (time and location T.B.A.)
October 18 – Floridian 15K and 5K plus Tri’s at 10:30 at Waterfront Park
November 22 – Clermont Turkey Trot at 8:00 at the Historic Village
December 13 – Santa Fun Run Rotary 5K (time and location T.B.A.)

Clermont Waterfront parkrun in Florida

Durham, NC parkrun

October 4 – International parkrun 10th anniversary event at 8:00 a.m.

Livonia parkrun

October 4 – International parkrun 10th anniversary event at 9:00 a.m.
October 4 – Start time changes to 9:00 through May

The three parkrun USA events will certainly be marking a decade of parkrun in their own way, even though we may be doing so several hours behind the rest of the parkrunning world. Are you wondering what your event directors have planned for the big day? Do you want to get involved? Just let us know, and we’ll gladly put you to work!

feedback from the field


Good luck to all at Clermont parkrun this week. Loved the last two weeks there running in the heat but back in good old , grey sky , damp, cold UK. -Brendan Handrick


Thanks for welcoming the McAdam family to Durham Parkrun, we had a great time! -Alan McAdam


50 and 10 T-shirts sorted, barcodes ready & alarm is set!! The Evans family are visiting from Ipswich parkrun (UK) tomorrow morning. Picking up the hire car in about half hour so we have some transport to get to Clermont parkrun from Disney. Excited!!! -Jennifer Evans


The bad part of being out of town is missing parkrun. -Kathleen Hall, on Livonia’s Facebook page


Thanks to Julie and Martin for organizing Durham, NC parkrun and for making it happen every week, rain or shine, hot or cold, or flooded course. –Tom Griffin


We want to hear from more of our runners, volunteers, and parkrun tourists! Get in touch with me, leave a note on a parkrun USA event’s Facebook page, or send an email via the event’s parkrun 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:  Martin Warters

Club:  Carolina Godiva Track Club

Age:  35

Home parkrun:  Durham, NC

Occupation:  online education designer at WebMD

Number of runs:  105

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper. I used to be scared of this but love it now.

What do you do at parkruns:  Chauffeur Durham, NC 's event director to the course, wear a yellow high-visibility vest, and run whenever I get the chance.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I started in the UK at Brighton & Hove parkrun in 2008 and was hooked. I wasn't really a runner before, though my preferred sports (football/soccer, rugby, cricket) included lots of running. parkrun taught me the meaning of “runner’s high” and opened the door to my first marathon.  It has also grounded me in the US – 5k is 5k no matter which continent you are on. Setting a new PB (or PR, as the locals say) feels the same, whether in the Bull City or Brighton.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love to share everyone's runs – new PRs, first timers, etc. Seeing what this run means to people, especially the less confident runners, and giving something back by volunteering is a privilege.  What I like the most, though, is that it is so inclusive.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  100 was special for the obvious reasons, but Durham’s first was my most memorable run ever. I’ve had a lot of funny parkrun moments: my first experience of the NC humidity (not especially funny but I had to laugh or risk crying); seeing hair and sideburns and beards freeze during our very cold winter; or my funniest moment ever at parkrun in Hove when dry-heaving in front of a disgusted-looking Nick Cave after a hard run. It is a moment I will cherish, and no one can take that away from me, or him.

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 28th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this month's issue, Livonia parkrun celebrates number 100, parkrun books are in the works and you can contribute, we've some feedback from the field and a motivating parkrunner of the month feature.

In 2012 when this journey began, I envisioned a number of communities throughout the United States embracing the parkrun ethos and what parkrun brings to their community each Saturday morning. Certainly with fifteen cities reaching out to me back in early 2012 and the number now growing to over ninety, I anticipated securing a national sponsor would not be an easy task, however a like minded corporation would see value in parkrun usa considering the successful track record in eight other countries. While the lack of sponsor funding and support has presented a few obstacles, there is an end in sight. parkrun will continue to grow organically as the activation team in each community are ready and I look forward to sharing this growth with you over the next several months.

With parkruns in the United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, where else can you experience a weekly 5k run with your friends from around the world in your own community?

Cheers to a great run (or walk) wherever you will be parkrunning!

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

in perfect synchronicity


As many of our parkrunners as how the results work and why they are available so quickly. Tom Williams, UK Country Manager has very eloquently described this process, which is normally very simple. Normally being the operative word!

'As each parkrunner crosses the finish line a volunteer records their time by a press of the button on a stopwatch and another volunteer hands them a finish token. The runner who records the first time receives position token one, the runner recording the second time receives position token two and so on. This should happen over and over again until the whole field are accounted for in perfect synchronicity and this is why it’s really important that you always take a token as you finish, and why you shouldn’t cross the finish line twice.'

message to all parkrunners - parkrun anniversary book


To celebrate our tenth birthday of parkrun, we are compiling a coffee table photo book with images submitted by you, the parkrunner. To take part in this initiative we have placed a new icon on every parkrunner’s profile page (your link is available on the top right-hand column of this newsletter if reading this via email) which when clicked will take you to a web page allowing you to submit three images plus some text. The webpage will offer you some guidance of what categories of images and quality of photo we are looking for. You will only be allowed to submit three images, and one time only, so please be careful when choosing your contribution.

I am very excited about this project. It is the parkrunner and the parkrun volunteer who form the essence of what parkrun is all about and now is your chance to be immortalized in this historic book which will be available for purchase by Christmas. Proceeds from book sales will go towards the expansion of Junior parkruns.

Regards.
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun Founder”

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


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

Saturday May 24th, Livonia parkrunner's celebrated their 100th parkrun. If you were or are waiting for the perfect weather to come out and join us. It will not happen! The only consistent factor is the smiling faces of the volunteers and other runners and walkers of all ages and abilities who make Livonia parkrun a tremendous event offering everyone so many opportunities to become a special person to those in your community, your family and to better yourself not only physically, but just as important mentally and socially. Congratulations Livonia parkrun and cheers to another 100 parkruns!

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)

feedback from the field


"(Livonia parkrun) Thanks again for letting me run with you all, was good fun"
Kate Volta, Sydney Australia


Dear Lori & the Livonia parkrun Team,
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks to you and the team for making an English Park Run tourist so welcome on Saturday. I really enjoyed my morning with you and it certainly helped to while away a portion of the weekend whilst here in the USA on business. I enjoyed the coffee afterwards too! I hope to be able to run with a much larger group of people next time I get to Livonia. I wish you all the best as you garner more runners for such a great worldwide running phenomena. Regards
Paul King, United Kingdom


Wish I could be there at Livonia for my second parkrun home!
Stephen Ferguson, St. Neots, United Kingdom


Thank you Tim and the Clermont parkrunners for making us feel so welcome, what a beautiful course you have! If you ever head down under, would love to see you at our local parkrun in Brisbane at South Bank. Cheers! Ross, Louise and Jed Forbes, Brisbane Australia


Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers who made Clermont parkrun a great event to visit. You made us parkrun tourists so welcome. Lovely course and such friendly parkrunners, cheers, Richard and Yvonne Ralphs, Thetford, United Kingdom


Really enjoyed the run with you (Livonia parkrun) today, nice bunch of people, and a great way to start the day.
Rick Middleton, Stockland, Australia


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:  Robert Hyde

Club:  Mercedes Benz Running Club

Age:  65

Home parkrun:  Livonia, MI USA

Occupation:  Project Manager

Number of runs:  21

Favourite volunteer role:  All the Roles are important and I am happy to fill in anywhere I am needed.

What do you do at parkruns:  I have run in the Park run and volunteered as a course marshal and helping at the finish line.

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun has helped me increase my endurance and speed on the 5K and it's an easy run to end the week after I have a week of training usually run 7 to 20 Miles/week during the running session

What do you like about parkrun:  I like the commendatory with all the regular participants. We encourage one another and share stories and outcomes of the various runs we have participated in. It is a great group of people of all ages. I like getting up on Saturday morning and run the 5K. It charges me up for the rest of the day.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I think my funniest moment was when I was sprinting up to the finish line and the grass was extremely wet. I tripped and fall sliding about 10 or 15 feet past the finish line. I didn't hurt myself, just my pride.

More about Robert:  Two years ago, Robert could not run a mile, had trouble sleeping, battled hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, and was 30 pounds heavier. That all changed though when Robert met a chiropractor, who specialized in nutrition. Robert got his weekly ‘chiro adjustments’, began a walking program and changed his diet to a paleo/gluten-free one. Paleo prescribes a diet of just lean protein, healthy fat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Dairy, grains, legumes, and refined and processed food are completely avoided. After two months, Robert slept better, started dropping weight, felt more energized and was eventually able to wean off all medications. The walking became somewhat boring though, so Robert began jogging/running and got into a routine of running 3 days per week and averaging 7 miles per day. In fact this month, Robert reached his 1000 mile run mark in 21 months! Robert was happy to achieve the 1000 mark as well as complete his 1st half marathon on October 5, Heroes on Hines. Pretty good for a diabetic who experiences painful feet and who is a newbie runner! Despite the hilly Hines course, Robert said his legs felt great and he was able to sprint the last 500 feet. You may spot Robert before a race, since he likes to do simple plyometric drills such as skipping. Robert had to re-learn skipping J, but firmly believes it gets his muscles firing. The compression socks and colorful Newton shoes also complete Robert’s run-look! Post-race though, Robert refuels with a protein shake and uses The Stick and Foam Roller to work out tight muscles. Now you may wonder if there is a marathon in Robert’s future… He says “no”. His near-term goal is to run more 10Ks like the upcoming Kona Chocolate Run and Wicked Halloween Run (both in Plymouth). His 2014 goal is to run a couple half marathons. Thank-you Robert for sharing your success story.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

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

All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

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

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

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

parkrun USA Newsletter 7th 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.


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