The Good News is that the National Park Service is working to keep the banks of the Mighty Anacostia clear of the buildup of logs and debris deposited after a few winter high water peaks. The bad news was that they began work today just moments before the parkrun start - blocking part of our course! With flexibility and fast action parkrun was not to be deterred - parkrun Marshal Sarah Morgan directed runners on a slight course detour and a good time was had by all: On a sunny, day with a chilly breeze 19 participants joined today's event with new parkrunners, a visitor from England, a new walker on our inaugural "Promote parkun Walking" initiative, and two Under 10 First Timers who ran with their Mom - Great JOB!
It was a cold, windy day at parkrun #62, but that didn’t stop us! 22 people ran, walked or jogged along the might Anacostia. 4 people joined us for the first time, including 2 brand new to parkrun and a tourist from South Africa. 6 people recorded their personal bests, including Maddox from the JM10 age group! Congrats also to Sarah, Elliott, Susan, Crystal, and Ty! Betsy went above and beyond as run director when she ran along the river to chase after our materials that had been blown away by the wind. We look forward to dedicating our next event to our walkers! Stay tuned for more details.
31 people walked, ran or jogged their way down the Mighty Anacostia for parkrun 61! We broke some small but worthy records! We had TWO running strollers and FOUR Barkrunners! Nate nearly broke the course record with a time of 16:31 (16:21 is the record). Lots of repeaters but THREE newcomers - WELCOME Graham, Elliott and Kayla! Derek, Adam, Matthew, Crystal and Mary all had PBs today! Marie and Tim, brought their son Graham, home from college for a visit. We missed some of our friends who were across the river at the FitDC 5K. Thanks to Val for spreading the parkrun Anacostia Word! We missed our tailwalker but Tona does a super job!
The Mighty Anacostia welcomed 31 fabulous parkrunners on Saturday at 9:00AM.
Ed and Nina joined us for their very first time and we had three tourists visit us from Brisbane!
Despite a stopwatch error which added 15 seconds to initial times, we had nine people achieve Personal Bests! Congratulations to James, Kirk, Matt, Catherine, Robbie, Todd, Alex, Stephanie and Tonie, well done!
Speaking of stopwatch errors, we do apologize but it doesn’t happen frequently and hope it won’t stop you from coming on back.
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We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the Nifty Sixty parkrun.
We had a great day at Anacostia parkrun!
It was chilly, but sunny and not windy - with another excellent turnout of 43 runners (44 actually but one gal asked not to be counted - this time - but plans to sign up now!)
Thanks very much to Tyrone, Sarah and Valerie for their great help, with a special thanks to Tyrone's processing tips! This was Kit's first time as Run Director and her first run report.
So much News of the day:
If I'm reading the results correctly, we had 17 new for Anacostia - 13 of these are parkrun 1st timers - Woo Hoo! A handful of Roosevelt Island refugees came, and a couple from Fletcher's cove. We cheered Marie Reed who reached her 50th Park Run (see photo next to flag on Facebook), and we were the 228th parkrun for a fellow from Canberra, Australia - his 2nd stop on a multi-week parkrun tour which began in Toronto and will go next to Sicily, Copenhagen and Frankfurt! Not only did he run, and join us at the cafe, he also earned volunteering credit offering to sort the tokens! Hype Cafe is a welcome post-race spot where we now regularly need a row for all our folk enjoying each other's company - and excellent coffee and food.
Run #55 and the Mighty Anacostia welcomed 47 attendees (record is 53).
Just a few nuggets:
We have a new course record for women! Chris Burbach set a new women’s record of 19:27 on her first parkrun ever!
Nine people joined us for their very first parkrun! Some were preparing for the Cherry Blossom Run, there was the grandson who crushed the course at 10 years old. Some were just curious about parkrun and others came with their parkrun fan friends.
Our furthest tourist (and first time parkrunner) came all the way from Iowa just to join us (she might have been here for something else, but hey, we all know tourists who travel just to parkrun somewhere new don’t we)?
We welcomed tourists from Roosevelt Island, College Park, Leakin Park and I think Kensington.
Eight people crushed their own records and set new personal bests.
But as always, the best people are our volunteers without whom parkrun Anacostia could not happen. Big shout out to our newest volunteers - Judy our photographer and Andrew who handed out the tokens. If you ever want to join this amazing group we have Volunteer Training every Saturday at 8:45 (and it is free).
As always, we hope to see you next Saturday for your free timed 5K along the Mighty Anacostia!
Twenty-eight people ran, jogged, and walked down the Mighty Anacostia. We welcomed 10 first timers and had 6 Personal Bests!
We look forward to seeing everyone again this coming Saturday.
Anacostia parkrun is canceled for Saturday, May 19. River flooding along the course is expected as a result of heavy rains throughout this week and extending into the weekend - NPS will be closing the park. The next Anacostia parkrun will take place on Saturday, May 26, as scheduled.