That was an excellent turnout for a day when the weather looked grim. But, as happens so frequently at Roosevelt Island, we were spared rain and just had to put up with that DC humidity. The heavy rain the previous day and overnight had implications for our course selection. A couple of weeks ago the north end of the boardwalk had been under the Potomac river, leaving a thin layer of mud which could be run when dry but turned treacherous when wet. A very early morning inspection declared that route unsafe. That same inspection revealed that our normal route alongside the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial was flooded. Consequently we turned to one of our alternative course which avoided both hazards. Last minute course setup was facilitated with the help of Casper Durandt, a parkrunner from Gilloolys, South Africa (average number of runners exceeds 1000!), who must have been a little shocked at our improvised approach to setting this course. Thanks Casper!
But it was barkrunner day, and we welcomed Rosie, Gus, Daisy, Luca, and Mia to our island (and Sugar, who as usual supervises our course setting). Rosie has three legs and so she supervised volunteers at the start/finish. Gus bravely did tail-walking, although we suspect most of his journey was in Kat’s arms (along with collected signs – thanks so much Kat)!
A couple of unprompted events caused anxious moments. First, at 8.30 am the NPS had sent along someone in a truck to mend a broken board on the boardwalk. Their access was via the course, but luckily they were off the chosen course for the parkrun duration. Second, and more concerning, was the entry of two large toilet cleaning tankers late in the run to get to the toilets on the finish section of the course. Apparently the toilet cleaning was an emergency so the finish cones were removed to allow them to proceed slowly to their destination, all without mishap!
A few statistics:
- We had 76 participants, a number that has only been exceeded at RI on 4 previous occasions.
- Congratulations to Sara Carioscia who achieved her PB.
- We hosted 19 first timers to parkrun (their first parkrun anywhere) and 21 first time tourists (first time at RI). They came from Fletchers/Anacostia (3), Boston, Jamaica Pond (1), Australia (5), Ireland (3), UK (8), and South Africa (1). We had 6 tourists running with 100+ shirts and one ran his 99th with us.
- 7 runners forgot their barcodes (we are following the No Barcode, No Time (NBNT) protocol).
Sundry RI stats:
- In total we have had 3,935 runners at Roosevelt Island since our first parkrun on August 27, 2016. The person who picks up the finish token 0065 next week to take us to 4,000 wins a free run the following week.
- The age category with most runners since the first RI parkrun is SW25-29, our average time is 30 minutes, and our average number of finishers has risen from 38 in 2015, to 63 so far this year.
It was nice to meet up with locals and tourists at Central Coffee after the run. Come & join us next week.
Finally, many thanks to all the volunteers and particularly to the tourist volunteers Louise Carter (Gungahlin, Australia, ACT), Samantha Scrivin (Southwark, UK) and Casper Durandt who enabled us to fill all necessary volunteer posts. Stephanie Goldstein, Roger Hipp, Kat Moore, and Richard Schwartzbard held things together at the finish, ably managed by Rosemary Schwartzbard who shared Run Director’s role for the second week in a row.
Nick Young & Rosemary Schwartzbard