With the Des Moines Creek parkrun starting the same day, It was great to see 41 runners and walkers come out for Renton parkrun #31. Many of our regulars were either attending the inaugural run in Des Moines as local tourists, or transitioning to their new home parkrun. Our numbers in Renton were bolstered by 11 parkrun tourists from four continents.
We had an all Aussie sweep in first, second and third finisher positions. Pictured above from left to right are David Houghton of Sale parkrun near Melbourne (2nd finisher;) Robert Haynes; Michael Richardson of Rhodes parkrun, Sydney (3rd finisher); and Antoine Desmet of Maitland parkrun outside of Sydney (1st finisher).
Antoine was pretty excited to get his first ever first-overall finish.
Heather and Brian Harper Enniskillen parkrun in Northern Ireland (the easternmost parkrun in the UK) chatted with Michael Richardson after the event.
Khanya finished strong with mom Betsy Meyer from Winterton parkrun in South Africa.
Brother Joshua crossed the finish line just a few minutes later with his grandfather who lives in Enumclaw.
Keith Collingwood was in town for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon and used parkrun as a warm up. Welcome to parkrun, Keith!
We celebrated two junior milestones with brothers Owen and Jack Johnson each running in their 10th parkrun.
The boys were good sports to run in their celebratory capes!
See you next week!
Written by Brian Thompson
The weather is clearing up around the PNW and we've had plenty of sun at Renton parkrun!
Thankfully most of our trail is in the shade but we want to remind our runners and volunteers to pack a water bottle through the summer -- especially our volunteers who are always standing exposed in the sun. And don't forget your hat and sunblock!
Summer parkrun check list:
- Water bottle (freeze the night before for cold water)
- Sunblock (SPF 30 or higher)
- A big smile
A cheerful crowd of 42 finishers and 10 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful morning at Renton parkrun.
Cathy Nelson flashed by the camera in her bright outfit at the turn-around!
Meanwhile, at the finish line Drea Lyon and Mark Daniels were ready and waiting for finishers with their stopwatches and smiles. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers this week!
Here are Renton parkrun first-timers Lloyd and Jasmine Droppers with a very coordinated lean at the first turn-around, and then smiling happily at the finish. Though it's been a few years since they last attended a parkrun in their home country of New Zealand, they had their barcodes at the ready and knew that they'd be welcomed as part of the global parkrun family.
Russell and Logan enjoyed the course, but Logan was a bit more shy about having his picture taken...
Volunteer Stefano Gallotti (right), who scanned barcodes at the finish after he ran a quick 20:40 5K, brought along friend and colleague Matt Hedge (left) this week. Welcome to Renton parkrun, Matt!
After parkrun, Renton Co-Event Director Cathryn Burby helped Earl Harper, future Event Director of Des Moines Creek parkrun, practice results processing over breakfast at the Whistle Stop Ale House in downtown Renton.
Make sure to get enough sleep Friday night so you're ready for the next parkrun!
We recently awarded Leyla Johnson with the April parkrunner of the month award on the same day she ran her 10th parkrun! She is the first junior parkrunner to reach the 10 club and she claimed a shiny new PB that day, too. Congratulations on all of your achievements, Leyla!
She answered a few questions for us about her parkrunning experiences both running and volunteering, and her answers are below!