welcome to the newsletter
In this month’s newsletter, we hold winter accountable, check out what the cool parkrun kids are wearing these days, and do the parkrun Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.
Who do you think you are? You’ve been persona non grata (but in seasonal form) for a long time around these parts, particularly when you bring your friends snow, ice, and wind chill with you and rain on my parade, or “precipitate on my parkrun”, if you will. Why can’t you be more like spring with all its fragrant breezes? Or fall with all those lovely leaves crunching underfoot? Why must you be so incredibly wintry?
You need to take responsibility for a lot that’s been going on lately. For instance, do you know how hard it is to dress appropriately for running during this time of year? Seven layers only starts to feel excessive after about five minutes, so what to do with the fleece-lined eyeball warmers that seemed like a good idea before leaving home? Then there are all the fingers and toes that you cruelly toy with. And don’t get me started on what happens when my nose is so cold that I can’t feel it and have no idea if it’s running or even if it’s still attached to my face.
Won’t somebody please think of the volunteers? At least the parkrunners get to warm up as they go, but the poor volunteers get left behind to be tortured by you. Sure, they may seem to be smiling and enjoying one another’s company. And yes, there may be photographic evidence of one event’s volunteer donning a festive hat in the likeness of a beer mug to stay hilariously toasty. But you don’t know the pain of trying to pick up dropped barcodes when manipulating your fingers is beyond your current motor skills. Or trying to clap your dead hands together to cheer on the runners, only to find there’s still a bit of life in them and the nerves are unhappy about the circumstances.
You won’t last long, winter, and your days are numbered. You think you can stay around forever, flexing your chilly muscles and forcing us to resort to treadmills? Nope. Start packing your bags. You might be able to throw a wrench into the parkrun works every now and then, but that won’t last. We’ll be back soon, and we’re bringing our eyeball warmers, our flip-top mittens, and a cute little knitted cozy for the barcode scanner with us.
And one last thing, winter: If you want to come back to parkrun, you could at least register first and bring your barcode.
Julie from parkrun USA (get in touch)
parkrun USA in numbers – February 2015
A summary of the statistics from last month’s parkrun USA events:
Number of runners - 331
Number of first timers - 125
Number of PRs - 59
Number of volunteers - 73
Wiggle’s parkrun collection: not just for parkrunday mornings
Check out Wiggle’s great new collection of parkrun tees and hoodies to help you bridge the gap from one parkrun to the next!
And speaking of Wiggle, they’ll shortly have in their hands the limited edition parkrun photo book with images from the first decade of parkrun from around the world. Only 2,500 copies have been printed, and with over a million registered parkrunners… well, you do the math! You’ll find the book at the Wiggle link above from this Friday, March 6.
what in the parkrun world…?
Here, we feature one of the more than 400 parkruns around the world. This month, we cross the Atlantic, travel to the east coast of the UK, and head north. Keep going. A little further. Nearly there. Okay, stop. You’re there: Aberdeen, Scotland.
Aberdeen parkrun, a port city in Scotland, started in October 2011 and has much to offer to parkrunners. The course description casually mentions sights like a local nature reserve and a beach ballroom that crop up along the out-and-back run on the esplanade with stunning views of the waterfront attractions and the North Sea. One might even think that it could be a fast and flat course, but the North Sea winds probably have something to say about that. At least you’ll be well rested for this parkrun, which starts at 9:30 due to the lateness of the sunrise this far north for months out of the year.
Over its lifetime, Aberdeen parkrun has had 4,309 different runners, who have completed 26,343 runs and achieved 5,537 new Personal Records. Course records belong to Nicola Gauld, who holds the women’s record with a time of 17:04; Ben Hukins, with the men’s record of 15:16; and Carolyn Milne, who holds the age-graded record with a 95.97% run (18:37). 212 volunteers have helped out this event in the past year. (Editor’s note: This one is going on my wishlist of parkruns to visit, though perhaps it’s best to wait for a calm day to run this course.)
in case of bad weather
The weather outside can turn frightful at any time of year. Please be sure to check your local event’s Facebook page or get in touch by email using the address on your event’s parkrun page to double-check whether a run will be going ahead in the event of inclement weather. Event directors will make every effort to alert runners to cancellations as early as possible.
Clermont Waterfront parkrun
March 14 – Pig on the Pond / Rib Run 5K
April 25 – Lake Minneola 1/2M, 12K and 5K
June 6 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #1
July 11 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #2
August 8 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #3
September 12 – Cool Summer Mornings 5K Series #4
Durham NC parkrun
May 30 – Durham, NC parkrun’s 100th event
feedback from the field
“Thank you all for being so welcoming! Loved my little bit of holiday parkrun tourism. And Nikki, it was a pleasure to run part of your first parkrun with you! I really hope you keep it up and get that sub 30 by your 40th!” – Holly Roper on Clermont Waterfront’s Facebook page
“Looks like the parkrun boogey: You put your right foot out and shake it all about…” – William Schmitz on Durham, NC’s Facebook page
“Just gone all goose pimply at the thought of one day visiting and running towards the Golden Gate bridge at a parkrun!” – Tracey Healey, parkrun tourist extraordinaire, on Crissy Field’s Facebook page
Drop us 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: Charlie Garnett
Club: Wood Creek Elementary Run Club
Home parkrun: Livonia
Number of runs: 25
Favourite volunteer role: Laminating bar codes while my daughters alphabetize!
What do you do at parkruns: Sweat. A lot. Especially in the dead of winter.
How has parkrun changed your running: Running had been a solitary pursuit for me. It's great to make it a social event. The people are awesome!
What do you like about parkrun: It gives me a run to look forward to every week, as opposed to the daily grind on the treadmill.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Running with the Wood Creek Bears in my gorilla suit!