This past Saturday the Renton parkrun celebrated its first birthday! Such a milestone for the first parkrun in the State of Washington! One year ago very few people in this area knew what a parkrun was - I certainly didn’t. But ‘free timed run’ was all it took to peak my interest and made me show up on that first day, along with 80 other runners. One year later and parkrun celebrated its first birthday!! In that year SO many milestones were reached, including 956 people registering to run/walk, with 788 of those actually running! (How much fun would it be if all those who registered showed up on the same day?) Speaking of showing up - the top 3 zip-codes for those running are Renton zip-codes! Way to represent, Renton!! (high-five)... Speaking of ‘High-Fives’ there were 8017 given this past year. Just kidding, that statistic isn’t tracked, but that’s my best guestimate based on my own personal experience. Ready for some more statistics? The average number of times a person has ran the Renton parkrun is 3 times! That’s AWESOME, but I’ll bet this coming year we’ll beat that record, because parkrun is a great place to meet people, and studies show that it’s easier to lace up your shoes and get out the door knowing there are friends waiting for you. Actually, I made that up too… I’m sure there ARE studies, but I’m speaking from my own personal experience, I’ve made at least 5 new parkrun friends this year, and one of my biggest motivations is so I can meet more friends! Okay, back to the statistics! There were 2,380 runs for a total distance of 11,900 kilometers (7394 miles)!! That’s like running to Miami, Florida, AND BACK!! (Run, parkrunners, Run!!!) My favorite statistic though is the average finish time, which is: 38:03 minutes. Why, you may ask is that my favorite statistic? Because that’s MY average time, I don’t run the whole thing - and I don’t walk the whole thing - I run/walk until I get to the finish line … which makes me your average parkrun! (Yay for being average!) Anyway, Happy Birthday Renton parkrun!!! It’s been a great year for you, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish by your second birthday!! Written by Nikol Gianopoulos
We are so happy to announce our September parkrunner of the month: Joe Mendoza! Joe has been with us for some time as both a runner and volunteer. He's been an encouraging member of our community and a model dad to his son Nicholas, who this last year achieved his junior 10 status. On the day we announced Joe's award, he was our marshal at the second turn around so he had no clue what was coming his way! We encouraged everyone to give him a high five and tell him thank you when they reached his post which was a nice surprise for Joe! Thanks so much for making our community special!
Name: Joe Mendoza
Running Club (if applicable): NA
Home parkrun: Renton
Number of Runs: I'm not sure how many I have done so far, I think 40 (we checked -- it's 22)
Volunteer Roles You've Held at parkrun: Marshall and timekeeper
How did you hear about parkrun? Facebook
How has parkrun changed your fitness/running? It has made me more disciplined to stay healthy
What do you like about parkrun? The people/runners/walkers
What is your most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? The first day I did parkrun with my son. It was exciting with people encouraging others.
Did someone leave the refrigerator door open? It was FREEZING this morning in Renton!
We had a smaller turnout (maybe due to the weather or maybe due to daylight savings) but we had just as much fun with a group of cross country runners keeping "the heat" on our faster runners. They took 6 of the top 10 places!
Our very own Cathryn Burby had a chance to run this morning and achieved an incredible sub 25min PB! Cathryn later said she never thought she would achieve that. For context, that is more than 7 minutes faster than her first ever parkrun in 2016 - well done Cathryn!
Leslie also had a great run this morning and was smiles from start to finish.
And we were super happy to see a few new and familiar faces this morning! While we might still be learning your names, we're so glad you could join us.
And that's it! Join us next week for our first parkrun birthday! See you in 7 days!
When we announced last week that we'd love to see some runners in costume, we weren't exactly sure what we were going to get. To our very happy surprise, there were a number of participants in their very best outfits!
There were kids in costumes including this fire truck dog --
and a gumball machine --
a couple of trick or treaters at the finish line --
(Thanks Gano family and welcome back John!)
but maybe the best surprise of the day was our parkrunner of the month: Joe Mendoza! If you've been coming to parkrun regularly, you'd know that we've been trying to give him this award for 4 weeks but we haven't seen him! Today Joe showed up an volunteered to be a turnaround marshal so he had no idea we were giving him the award. We of course encouraged parkrunners to high five and congratulate him at the second turn around -- a nice surprise that made him feel special. Thanks so much for being part of our community!
We welcomed back a few familiar faces (hello Lydia and Karen!) --
made a few new friends --
and scared a few too!
All in all it was a great morning for reptiles and mammals alike!
We'll see you again next week!
Every year parkrun headquarters in London allows us a couple opportunities to squeeze in a special parkrun event: one on Thanksgiving Day in America (Christmas Day in other countries) and the other is New Year's Day.
After much deliberation and polling of the Renton community, we've decided not to hold a Thanksgiving Day event at Renton parkrun. We hope you will take part in one of the many local turkey trot runs taking place and use this as an opportunity to share your love for exercise with your respective families.
We will update again soon when we have decided on New Year's Day.
Happy Holidays from Kortney and Cathryn!