Newsletter 17 July 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter: lots of inspiration, motivation (and perspiration) at Livonia parkrun; The Gingerbread Man makes his appearance; 3.1 miles of smiles and this week’s parkrunner of the week feature.

Each week I’ve engaged in conversation with Livonia parkrun participants, either prior to, after, even during and on occasion if seen out and am excited for each of you who are achieving your short term weekly goals and making steps towards realizing those long term ones a step at a time each Saturday morning. Whether the goal is to lose weight, improve fitness, complete the course with minimal to zero walk breaks, to run or walk a personnel best or to simply respond to your alarm clock each Saturday morning to get up and get going to parkrun. I applaud each of you for not settling for mainstream mediocrity and for the commitment you make to yourself, your family, friend and community to make parkrun what it has become. It is no easy task to commit to a running / walking program especially in the heat of the summer we have been enjoying. Use the encouragement and camaraderie of your fellow parkrunners and walkers each Saturday morning to make your running or walking steps more enjoyable and easier toward achieving your goals. Don’t forget to follow Livonia parkrun on Facebook and Twitter!!


Run Happy!

Rick (email me)

Volunteer Reminder

Remember Livonia parkrun only happens because volunteers make them happen. Please do not wait to be asked, the organizers are sometimes bashful about asking for help, but they would be delighted if you stepped forward – our rule of thumb has always been that we ask all our most regular runners to volunteer three times a year. There are roles to suit everyone, and it is very enjoyable and rewarding experience each Saturday morning. Don’t be shy, email us to sign-up and volunteer.

Workout Wednesday

Several Livonia parkrun participants have expressed interest in meeting Wednesday evenings at 6pm for a structured workout such as intervals, threshold running or a fartlek session. If you are looking to improve your road race or cross country performances later this summer or fall, please drop us a message for more information.

Event News

Livonia parkrun

Each week our ace parkrun photographer has been capturing those 'Kodak Moments' .As I have looked through the images, I’ve noticed one common theme amongst everyone, Not Running Shoes, Not the various MP3 players, Not the watches, Heart Rate Monitors or GPS units, but the SMILES!! As much as each of you are challenging and pushing yourself, you never stop smiling. Check out the pics later in the newsletter. Awesome!! [para]At last week’s Livonia parkrun, Gingerbread Man decided to make his first appearance. As the run was underway, I began my walk to my designated course marshal location. Within a few minutes, I noticed the first runners passing the first half kilometer mark when suddenly Ginger Bread Man appeared with William Pederson. William has been showing a clean pair of heals to the other parkrunners the past few weeks, so when he was no longer up front pressing the pace I realized Ginger Bread Man had temporarily sidetracked William. As suddenly as Ginger Bread Man appeared, he was ‘dropped’, until deciding to reappear with parkrun leader James Lakin with less than one kilometer remaining causing James to sidetrack away from the course while ‘dispersing’ Ginger Bread Man. It was at this point, first time parkrunner Steve Erickson seized this moment and took the lead to the tape for his initial parkrun first male across the line. Beware of the Ginger Bread Man; you’ll never know when he will appear!!

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Livonia parkrun….3.1 miles of smiles every Saturday morning

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Feedback from the field

None this week, BUT
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Sheila Dow
Club:   None
Age:   46
Home parkrun:   Livonia parkrun
Occupation:   Sr. Editor for the School Market for Gale/Cengage Learning
Family:   I am married to my wonderful husband Ian Dow and we have three great children Lilly 15, Carson 10, and Maggie 6.
What do you like about parkrun:   I love so many things about park run where should I begin? I love that running outdoors has really broken up my winter routine, which usually consists of running on the track indoors at the Livonia Recreation Center. This is my first running experience in a cross country environment and I believe that running on grass has put less stress on my feet and ankles so I love this. I love the fact that my family has joined me for parkrun because it is great to share the outdoors and a healthy activity with them. I love that I get to run with my friends--old and new--and we support each other and we get to swap our running stories.
How has parkrun changed your running:   I feel more committed to working out other days of the week so I can keep up my time at parkrun on Saturday
What are your future running and racing plans? :   My next race is the Warrior Dash at the end of July. I never really thought I would do a race that combined running with crazy obstacles so it should be interesting.
Favorite Music or Band:   I really like all music but I would have to say that my favorite band is U2.


Barcode reminder

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

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