Roosevelt Island parkrun 101. While we unfortunately did not have any Dalmatians to help us celebrate our 101st running, we did have barkrunner Foxy serving as leader of the pack and barkrun director this week (and lest I be accused of favoritism, a shoutout here to another fave barkrunner, Mia, who ran fabulously as always!).
The day was a little chilly and cloudy, but the RI parkrun community is strong and such weather can't dampen our spirits. We welcomed many tourists from around the world as well as local newcomers to Roosevelt Island this week. Of particular note is our guest from Bushy Park in London, Richard Fletcher, who celebrated his birthday with us and became our first visitor with over 500 parkruns to his name! Happy Birthday again Richard! We hope that all of our visitors and first-timers enjoyed their stay on our beautiful Island, felt welcomed and loved meeting others in the parkrun community, and will go home raving about us to friends and family (who we would love to meet too!).
A big round of applause and congratulations go to our parkrunners who bested their personal record at Roosevelt Island this week: Terry McLaughlin, Julia Taylor, Terri Snedeker, Marc Statham, Sol Stedeker, Hugh Torpey, Hillary Roberts, Mary Sugrue, Kara Witcoff, Rita Cronley, Mary Menendez, and Robert Bruce.
And another big round of applause and our heartfelt thanks to this week's volunteers. Kat M, Elizabeth Sheridan, and Nick Young arrived early to check the course and get it ready to go. Rosemary briefed our first-timers. When an injury side-lined his plan to parkrun, visitor Aidan Mullen stepped up to marshal us through the course. Kate Conant and Regine Francois brought up the rear as tail walkers to make sure everyone got safely around the course. Timekeepers Llewelyn Engel and Bill Powers encouraged us to the finish line, while John Kendra congratulated us and handed us finish tokens. Barcode scanners Brady Edholm and Mary Beth Spencer cheerily ensured we would all be counted in the results. Behind the scenes, our event directors Joyce Adams and Nick Young kept things running smoothly and coordinated our volunteers. Roosevelt Island parkrun is volunteer-powered, so we greatly appreciate your time and assistance to make our 5k happen!
This coming Saturday, come out and celebrate Halloween with us at our 102nd running! Costumes are more than welcome -- in fact, they are highly encouraged! And finally, some food for thought -- the movie 101 Dalmatians did have a sequel called 102 Dalmatians in case anyone wants to bring (or dress up as) a Dalmatian!