We had a lovely crew in Renton Saturday morning that really embodied the parkrun spirit.
We had a mix of local regulars, a few first-timers, parkrun USA tourists and international tourists, though you wouldn't be able to tell apart who had just met that morning from those who have seen each other in previous weeks.
Bob and Julie (red and black shirts) were visiting from Richmond parkrun in the UK and Christine (blue shirt) was a local first-timer who had seen an ad in the local events magazine about parkrun. She was THRILLED to find out that there was a free, friendly running event each week on the trail where she periodically runs. Our Clermont parkrun visitors Bob and Frances met her (and gave her a very enthusiastic welcome) before I did and quickly made sure to alert me to the fact that she was a parkrun newbie. Julie and Christine ended up running together for much of the course.
As we were a tad short on volunteers going into the event that morning, locals Melani McGrath (with her barkrunner Murphy) and Max Jensen graciously stepped in to tail walk and hand out finish tokens, respectively (Max assumed his duties after being first finisher).
Dublin tourist (Malahide parkrun) Eoin Fegan also stepped in as 2nd timekeeper when he finished.
Volunteer extraordinaire Cam Kennedy did triple duty, helping with set up, scanning barcodes and taking photos (so we don't have a photo of her this week!)
Barkrunners Roxy and Leo waited patiently while their owners Andy Johnson and Nikol Gianopolous listened to the run briefing.
A crew of 6 went out afterwords for coffee and breakfast to continue chatting for the next hour+. We were so wrapped up in our discussions that we forgot to snap a photo!
Until next week...
Written by Cathryn Burby, RD for 9.15.18