Last minute course changes, canines, toilet tankers, and incredible volunteers!


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.

Let’s do it again next week. So nice to see all those smiles at the finish line!

Nick Young & Rosemary Schwartzbard


Tourist Run Report – parkrun #76

Last week's run report is brought to you by Annicea Madine, who was visiting us from Scotland. It's always fun to see what our visitors notice about Roosevelt Island - so, thank you, Annicea!

There were plenty of hellos at Roosevelt Island’s 76th parkrun, starting with a big DC shout out to Joe Creason parkrun who held their first event today. Joe Creason is the USA’s 21st parkrun, with the 22nd soon to follow on 19 May 2018 at Mountain Goat Trail parkun, Sewanee, Tennessee. Big cheers were given to 15 fabulous first timers (we hope to see you all again soon) and far travelled visitors Melissa and Adam Erbacher and their beautiful baby from Australia, Pete Scolls and Annicea Madine from Scotland, Jamie Courtenay from England, and Sibenelo and Sinethemba Maseko from South Africa. Today’s event also saw a warm welcome to an alternative route that allowed us to avoid the boardwalk repairs and from getting very wet feet following some flooding.

After all the hellos we sadly bid a fond farewell to Svetlana Stanaford, who played a massive part in starting up and supporting our parkrun. We were delighted to see that she made the day all the more memorable by celebrating in style completing the course with a personal best (PB) time and look forward to keeping in touch and hearing of her future parkrun adventures.
Our alternative course proved popular, allowing everyone to enjoy a fresh route that took in different parts our beautiful Island.

This week’s parkrun magic could not have happened without our high-viz hero volunteers - Joyce Adams, Travis Helms, Roger Hipp, Annicea Madine, Rosemary and Richard Schwartzbard, Pete Scolls, Svetlana Stanaford, Derek Wessman, Dominic White and Nick Young. If you or anyone you know would like to get involved as a volunteer simply email us at All volunteers will be provided with guidance and training from the event team and there are lots of different roles to enjoy, so if you haven’t already done so why don’t you give it a try?

Hope to see as many of you as possible back again next Saturday and please don’t hesitate to invite along any family and friends to share in the best possible start to a Saturday morning.


William, parkrunner of the week!

This week’s parkrunner of the Week is William Powers! William has completed 21 parkruns, all but one of those at Roosevelt Island, and volunteered five times. You may him as the skeleton from our Halloween parkrun or simply as Zoe’s dad…. Here’s what he had to say about his parkrun experiences:

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun # 74 - 14/04/2018 William and Zoe

I started running freshman year in high school on the track and cross country teams, and haven't really stopped since. A coworker told me about parkun, and I checked it out last year and really think it's fantastic. I can't believe an all-volunteer system produces such a well organized, fun, and free activity. It's all thanks to the coordinators and community of volunteers. Even the runners play a part: everyone comes ready to compete---or not!---but we all do it in an engaging and respectful manner.

Roosevelt Island DC parkrun # 68 - 24/02/2018 Roosevelt Island DC parkrun # 60 - 16/12/2017

My daughter Zoe is my (not so secret) motivation to get out to Parkrun regularly. Every week we're both in town, she shows up at my door between 8:30 and 8:33 am, ready to go. What can I do but meet her with my shoes on? Lately we've taken to running from home to the race. The result is that I'm getting slower and she's getting faster---Is that fair? When I volunteer, I'll take any job near the finish line. I love the excitement and I enjoy encouraging folks to finish strong!


Roosevelt Island DC parkrun # 68 - 24/02/2018


75th Event Run Report

Roosevelt Island celebrated its 75th parkrun in crazy style this past Saturday. The morning started off with a sighting of dungeons and dragons characters for those who arrived early enough (yes, pictures of said characters are on the Facebook page for those of you who slept in! Then, our hardy volunteers returned from setting up the course and shared the news that our normal course would have to be modified into an obstacle course due to construction on the boardwalk. Thankfully, we knew our runners, who are pretty pro at navigating the rocks and roots along the course (or manning/woman-ing up if they trip!), could handle jumping off the boardwalk and running beside it before jumping back on. No one ever said trail running was predictable!

This week’s run was extra special, however, thanks to the participation of Teens Run DC (TRDC). TRDC is a local non-profit sports-based youth development organization that promotes physical, social, and emotional well-being of DC middle and high school youth through its mentoring and distance running program. We were so happy to have TRDC visit our parkrun, and we hope you found our course fun, even if it is a little more challenging with its trail surface and hills compared to your home run of Anacostia. Warm thanks to those from TRDC who volunteered with us. We invite all of you to visit us again in the future!

Welcome also to our parkrun visitors from the UK and Australia! We are glad you made a trip out to Roosevelt Island parkrun during your time in the US. Hopefully, you found time for a photo opp with Teddy Roosevelt!

Congratulations go to those runners who scored a PB at Roosevelt Island, despite the unexpected change in our course: Aaron Lambson, Patrick O’Neil, Joseph Figura, Zoe Powers, Nicole Lewis, and Michael Lewis. Congrats also to Peter Rushen, a parkrunner visiting from Australia, who as a first-timer at our lovely Roosevelt Island course not only finished first but in the process set a male 55-59 age group record with a blazingly fast time of 19:21!

A great big thank you to this week’s parkrunner volunteers: Alee Wade, Dave Heerema, Derek Wessman, Eden Gray, Hannah Press, Jennifer Edmond, Joyce Adams, Lynda Heran, Nick Young, Paul Heran, Rosemary Schwartzbard, and Samantha Novak. And, a special shout-out to barkrunner volunteer Foxy, who thanks to her service today as barkrun director, has now volunteered on 10 separate occasions. Parkrun is only possible due to our volunteers. We encourage everyone to sign up to volunteer and try your hand at the various roles. Volunteering and cheering on your fellow parkrunners will bring great joy to your heart!


Event #74 Run Report – 4/14/18

It was a great morning for Parkrun Roosevelt Island.

We had 70 runners - including visitors from Ireland, the UK and Florida. Always great to have Parkrunners from Bushy Park, the first ever Parkrun!

We had a snake join us on the trail this morning. Gave Parkrunner Marta quite a scare. He was most likely just a nuisance and not harmful but be sure to give these island residents space.
A new bark runner joined us today. Tippy came along for the ride in Casey’s backpack but made a dash for the finish.
We want to thank the volunteers this week. We could not do this without you!

Lynda and Paul Heran
Your 4/14/18 Run Directors

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