Renton parkrun #45 – 9.15.18 – Run Report

We had a lovely crew in Renton Saturday morning that really embodied the parkrun spirit.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Renton parkrun #45

Dublin tourist (Malahide parkrun) Eoin Fegan also stepped in as 2nd timekeeper when he finished.

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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.

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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...

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Written by Cathryn Burby, RD for 9.15.18

 

Hello, September! Renton parkrun run report – 9.1.18

Each week we have a mix of first-timers and veterans, and this week we noticed that we had a bit of a pattern. Count with us!

We welcomed a few new faces this week, one of whom was Diane Brittenham. She has observed parkrun as a trail user on Saturday mornings and decided to join us, happy to be part of a group of like-minded people! We're so glad she did, and we hope to see her back again soon.
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We also welcomed first-timer Eric Wetterling, and hope he'll be back for more parkrunning soon, too.

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Second-timers Liisa and Ryan Miller (and their little cutie) were back for the second week in a row and enjoyed the event running with just a few seconds gap between them.

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It was Blake Kennedy's 3rd parkrun (completing the course). He's been our photographer MANY times and this week he was one of our tail walkers with his wife Cam and their two adorable pups.

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Lois Lee Sun was in town from Vancouver, BC for a wedding and although it was her first Renton parkrun, it was her 4th overall. She was joined by Andrew Peter Lee Sun, who has a whopping 275 parkruns under his belt. He is a regular in Johannesbug, South Africa.

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Susan and Jordan were both completing their 5th parkruns. Susan started coming months ago, and Jordan is a more recent addition to the parkrun family. We were glad to see them both.

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Renton parkrun # 43

And our streak ends there.

Thanks to our team of volunteers this week: Joe Mendoza, Peter Ernst, Dean Faber, Cam & Blake Kennedy and Jon & Cathryn Burby.

See you next week!

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Small but Mighty- Run Report for 8/25/18

Twenty seven runners and walkers, 5 barkrunners and 9 volunteers enjoyed a reprieve from wildfire smoke at Renton parkrun on Saturday, and 8 even achieved personal bests!

Thanks to the volunteer team who made this week's event possible:

Robert Clark, Mark Daniels, Dean Faber, Andy Johnson, Melani McGrath, Sierra Nolten, Laura Roske, Eddy Shibale and Cathryn Burby.

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Our volunteer photographer, Sierra Nolten, captured a great set of photos from the event. She's volunteered to take pictures during our event several times and they just keep getting better! We love when she slips in some pictures of the beautiful natural surroundings at parkrun, like this one of the river. No salmon yet, but in a few weeks (October) we should be able to catch a glimpse, as they will be returning to the Cedar River to spawn.

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In fact, in case you hadn't heard, staff and volunteers from the Seattle Aquarium will be at Riverview park on October 13 following our parkrun to educate people about the salmon journey and the importance of the Cedar River to the health of the population. Additionally, that day our parkrun will be a special "Run Wild in Renton" parkrun in collaboration with the City of Renton, to celebrate the annual wild salmon run in the river.

Speaking of wild things, back to our parkrunners, who were running ALONG and OVER the river instead of swimming in it like our fish friends. Ever read the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"?  Its main character is named Max, and maybe it's coincidence that our own Max was captured in this shot running OVER the Cedar River.

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Then there were these wild "Zonkeys," a crew of four friends from up and down the west coast who were in town for a wedding. We know there's a story (and likely an inside joke) behind their running club name, but we haven't gotten the full explanation yet. We know Lisa and Ryan Miller are locals, so we'll find out the backstory when they come back to parkrun another Saturday.

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It looks like Leslie Brown is "wild about parkrun" because she's always smiling as she crosses the finish line (even though she usually sprints the last bit of the course). We're glad she's becoming one of our regulars.

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Andy Johnson's dog, Roxy, waited patiently as he volunteered at the finish line this week.

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Laura Roske, our tail walker last weekend, says "see you next Saturday!"

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July parkrunner of the Month…Laura Roske!

We recently gave our thanks and congratulations to July parkrunner of the month: Laura Roske! Laura has been a huge help at Renton and a true believer in the parkrun mission. She supplied us with a new box of chalk and with the help of her mom organized the walkie talkies to make sure all of our volunteers and participants are safe on the course. Thank you so much!

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Read more below about Laura's experience with parkrun. 

 

Number of parkruns: 19

 

Volunteer Roles at parkrun: Marshal, Photographer, Tail Walker


How did you hear about parkrun?

I heard about parkrun from my mom, back when it first started. I really was I interested in going but too afraid to do it alone. Then in January I set a resolution to be outside at least one hour per week and it felt like a match made in heaven. I had my friends Jason and Missy come with me for moral support and I've been going ever since.


How has parkrun changed your fitness/running?

So in all honesty I was hoping to find that I had lost all this weight or something but I haven't lost a pound. However, I have found so much confidence. I am mentally stronger and I love myself more than I did without parkrun. So the lesson here is it's not about how much you lose, it's about how much you gain!

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What do you like most about parkrun?

I love that parkrun is my personal time. I occasionally share the event with friends and family but it's my hour a week to be selfish and do something strictly for me. I love the freedom and mental space it gives me.

I love parkrun, I love that in a world where we are easily isolated there is a place where everyone is welcome. Friendships are made and community is built. It's amazing to be a part of this group. I don't know what I would do without parkrun.


What is your most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? 

My most memorable moment was the first time I ran on the course. It was freezing cold, rain/snow mix and I thought... There is no way in hell I want to be walking this. So I looked around and didn't see anyone and decided today was the day I would run. Prior to that, I hadn't run since seventh grade PE. I finished the run and I looked like a drowned rat. My body was frozen but my mind and spirit were so full of life. I realized that moment that I was way stronger then I had ever realized.

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Renton parkrun #38 Run Report by RD Lynn Wunder

We had a fantastic day with sunny skies for another great Renton parkrun. We welcomed visitors from all over the globe including London, Scotland, Australia, Connecticut, and the Tri Cities in Washington.
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We had the honor of being the 100th parkrun for Kathryn Schofield of London. She looked great in our special 100 cape!

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Renton parkrun #38

Almost half our runners were first timers for Renton parkrun and there were several personal bests set. News of this wonderful event and supportive community seems to be spreading and we’re continuing to grow strong.

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Thanks to our helpful volunteers, our event ran smoothly while Event Director Kortney Thoma was off and Event Director Cathryn Burby ran with her mom on her mom’s first ever parkrun (her dad volunteered).

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The fantastic people making this possible were Bushra BAJWA  • Thomas HEFFERNAN • Fehsal KHAN • Jon BURBY • Lisa HAYNES • Lynn WUNDER • Maheen KHAN • Max JENSEN • Robert Alan HAYNES • Thom WUNDER.

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We look forward to next week’s parkrun and encourage each one of you to sign up and volunteer. It’s what keeps parkrun happening and is one of the best parts of our parkrun community.

Written by Lynn Wunder, our fantastic RD for the event! 
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