parkrun USA Newsletter 22nd April 2013

welcome to this month's newsletter

Cherish every day, every run, every minute. Hold those in Boston, and the running world, in the light. Tomorrow we will rise again and run again. Don't let those responsible diminish us or the sport we love and the goals, dreams. roads or races we choose to pursue.

Run. Often

Rick and Lori (get in touch)

Event News


We’ve a new parkrun starting!! We welcome Clermont Waterfront parkrun to our global parkrun community beginning April 27th at 7am. Clermont offers a historic downtown district and is still much the same as it was in 1960. Tim and Karen Bowler are the event managers and have a great management and volunteer team with a nice out and back waterfront course

Post run coffee is at Cheeser's Palace Café just across the parking lot.
If your vacation or business travel plans take you to Orlando or Clermont, bring your running kit!

Watch for new parkrun event activations in Durham, NC; Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA in the coming months.

Multi World Record Holder Haile Gebrselassie has often said the world would be a much better place if everyone was a runner. While we want everyone to come to parkrun, we know their needs to be some incentive for you besides the great atmosphere, new friendships and post parkrun coffee. This is why there is the point’s competition for both parkrunners and volunteers. Here’s the leaderboard for Livonia through April 13th.

Livonia parkrun current standing in the Women's and Men’s annual points’ competition

Men's annual points’ competition:
William PEDERSON (Unattached) 2948 pts.
Greg COYNE (Unattached) 2464 pts.
Spencer GREVE (Unattached) 1880 pts.

Women's annual points’ competition:

Jennifer GREVE (Unattached) 3213 pts.
Kim ZAMORA (Unattached) 3123 pts.
Darci MEROLLIS (Unattached) 2507 pts.

Volunteer News

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to our volunteers. parkrun will continue to happen because of our volunteers. Every Saturday parkrun needs volunteers to set up course direction markers, marshal runners and walkers, hand out finisher tokens and scan registrant bar codes. 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 including children.
Contact Us to Volunteer.

Livonia parkrun meets for coffee, hot chocolate and bagels or muffins at Bigbee Coffee - Livonia, located 33443 West Seven Mile, and west of Farmington Road. Come and join us after your Saturday morning parkrun is completed

The Seven Wonders of parkrun

Testing your fitness on a regular basis is a great way to monitor progress and enjoy the gains your hard work has deserved. Here are seven reasons why parkrun provides the perfect platform for this kind of workout.

Regular fitness test runs are great for novice and experiences runners alike. Beginner or novice runners are most likely to experience frequent improvements from consistent training. More experienced runners or advanced competitors aiming to improve their personnel bests or competitive position should lay down work for an end result months into the future. Using parkrun will keep motivation and training confidence high while focusing on fitness gains toward long term competition goals. Add in great camaraderie and parkrun offers a fantastic, weekly social, fitness activity for everyone.

1. Ideal distance

5k is long enough to be test endurance, but short enough to be incorporated into schedules without needing to lose training days in taper or recovery. You can be sure of the distance so you don’t have to worry about GPS or other inaccuracies.

2. Just run

The timing is all done for you. Just get out there and run. You even have a personal profile on the website that tracks your performances.

3. Fair test

Think back to school science lessons and how a fair test involved keeping variables constant. It’s the same course on the same time of the same day and changing these from one fitness test to another can influence performance when the variable you are really trying to measure is fitness. Factors like weather and stress levels are subject to change and nobody will improve on every outing, but the philosophy is to measure progress over a period of time, not from one run to the next.

4. Limitless learning

Running with others gives a better idea of how you might perform in a race than running on your own. Gauging your run against others can also show up a weakness to work on such as hills or starting too fast. You’ll also find a supportive community and friendly rivalry with those around you. Is someone you’ve been running with suddenly ahead of you? Find out why! Speaking to other runners at parkrun, my running club or races was the single biggest learning experience when I took up the sport.

5. One for all and all for one

With times ranging from sub 5 minutes a mile to more than 15 minutes a mile, parkrun attracts the full spectrum of ages and abilities ensuring nobody is left feeling out of place. If you think you’re not a runner, then parkrun will soon have you thinking differently.

6. Controlled environment

There are no road crossings, traffic hazards or similar external factors that can scupper an individual timed effort.

7. How much?

Finally, it’s completely free. I’ve put this at the bottom as it shouldn’t be a reason for doing this, but is a bonus.

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Feedback from the field

What a great program - let's bring it to Chicago! There must be forward thinking companies here that can see the immense value of a program like this. Paid races do incredibly well here, so I can only imagine how popular a free, weekly program would do... Come on, Chicago! Figure this out! Improving Krys

OMG! I need this somewhere close. I haven't even started running for my first race of the year yet and I'm already worried that I can't afford to race. I live a bit of competition it makes it so much more fun. Yolanda Rivera · Kennel Tech at Broadway Veterinary Clinic

I run at the local parkrun on the Gold Coast Australia. Hope you can spread it across your county 'cause it is a great way to run. Stephen Kofod · Gold Coast, Queensland

I have always had doubts about 'sponsors'. 'parkrun' is pure and healthy. No surprise that use corporate commercial interest is minimal in the land of the 'free'? market. corporate usa can't see an immediate profit in it! The customers, us, will show what we want................and we want parkrun. Joe Ellis Graves’s parkrun UK.

You would expect parkrun to be just a run in the park, but it's so much more than that, in the UK we are all proud to be part of the parkrun family and it can change lives! If only a US sports goods company realized that if they advertise on a bill board 95% of people who see it aren't interested but if they advertise at parkrun 100% are interested, we all need running shoes, shirts etc. Best wishes parkrun US, hope you crack it soon and you can share in the amazing event that we all get out of bed for every Saturday.

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 month

Name:  Lynn Boven

Club:  Team Dyno Rat

Age:  55

Home parkrun:  Livonia

Occupation:  Experimental Automotive Internal Combustion Engine Developmental Test Technician (Dyno Rat)

Number of runs:  15

Favourite volunteer role:  I'm a little shy so all I've done so far is hand out finisher tokens.

What do you do at parkruns:  Run, drink coffee, and say/do stupid things to fire up my fellow parkrunners because, "Anger is a more useful emotion than despair". (Arnold in The Terminator)

How has parkrun changed your running:  The social aspect is new for me. Ultra distance runners don't get much social contact since few are interested in 30+ mile training runs.

What do you like about parkrun:  The initial goal was to gain some speed. I'm still slow but find inspiration in almost every participant's drive to improve. Maybe I just won't get as slow as fast.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Jumping into a puddle with both feet to splash everyone as the pre-run instruction was to watch out for or avoid the sloppy mud and puddles.


Barcode reminder


Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

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 accompanied 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.

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