We had a beautiful, crisp, rain free, spring day for our Saint Patrick’s day Renton parkrun #19.
We welcomed lots of parkrun tourists: Sally and Richard Bowden from Lanhydrock parkrun in Cornwall and their son Ross Bowden, currently studying at the University of Washington in Seattle (hope to see you again soon Ross); Adam and Annabelle Hughes from Kingston parkrun in London; and Deb Shuffler from Albert Park parkrun in Melbourne. It was so fun hearing about their home parkruns and memorable events from across the seas.
We were also so excited to note the attendance of 12 first timers and hope that Saturday morning parkrun becomes their favorite way to kick off the weekend.
Our first female finisher was Regan Nolten at 26:56 and our first male finisher was Tim Whitcombe at 18:05, well done you two! A big congratulations as well to the whopping 14 of you who managed to set new personal best times on the course! Landy Bowers (pictured below left) and Ross Bowden (pictured below right) both claimed PBs today.
While I’m calling out kudos I wanted to share a special statistic Kortney Thoma told me about Renton parkrun. We have a higher percentage of parkrun walkers than any other parkrun in the United States! Well done Renton walkers! parkrun is an inclusive, joyful celebration of participation, at all speeds. This statistic shows that the message is getting out and I’d encourage everyone to continue to spread the word that parkrun is for everyone.
This week Wendy Sweeney was our special Saint Patrick’s Day event coordinator, gifting us those lovely pot of gold goody bags, chalk painted course decorations and cheerful themed signage. Her hard work made the day so fun and we’re so grateful for her efforts and generosity! Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun! Thank you SO much for making today possible: Nick Johnson, Leyla Johnson, Blake Kennedy, Drea Lyon, Nate Lyon, Joe Mendoza, Nicholas Mendoza, Wendy Sweeney, Kortney Thoma, and Brian Thompson. A number of our volunteers today of were partnering with their parents, learning the volunteer ropes. It really touches my heart seeing parents passing on the concept of giving back to the community to their children, bravo!
We had a bit of last minute volunteer role shuffling that needed to be done and I want to thank Drea and Nate Lyon for their flexibility and Wendy Sweeney and Kortney Thoma for stepping in to fill gaps at the last moment.
Speaking of volunteering, there are a number of volunteer positions open this coming week and it would be a huge help if you would consider stepping up and supporting the event as a volunteer. You can check which roles are currently open by going to http://www.parkrun.us/renton/futureroster. Then simply email email@example.com to nab your position of choice before it gets snapped up.
Hope you all have a great week, see you next Saturday
Written by Cam Kennedy, Run Director - 3/17/18