welcome to the newsletter
In this month's issue, Livonia parkrun celebrates number 100, parkrun books are in the works and you can contribute, we've some feedback from the field and a motivating parkrunner of the month feature.
In 2012 when this journey began, I envisioned a number of communities throughout the United States embracing the parkrun ethos and what parkrun brings to their community each Saturday morning. Certainly with fifteen cities reaching out to me back in early 2012 and the number now growing to over ninety, I anticipated securing a national sponsor would not be an easy task, however a like minded corporation would see value in parkrun usa considering the successful track record in eight other countries. While the lack of sponsor funding and support has presented a few obstacles, there is an end in sight. parkrun will continue to grow organically as the activation team in each community are ready and I look forward to sharing this growth with you over the next several months.
With parkruns in the United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, where else can you experience a weekly 5k run with your friends from around the world in your own community?
Cheers to a great run (or walk) wherever you will be parkrunning!
Rick and Lori (get in touch)
in perfect synchronicity
As many of our parkrunners as how the results work and why they are available so quickly. Tom Williams, UK Country Manager has very eloquently described this process, which is normally very simple. Normally being the operative word!
'As each parkrunner crosses the finish line a volunteer records their time by a press of the button on a stopwatch and another volunteer hands them a finish token. The runner who records the first time receives position token one, the runner recording the second time receives position token two and so on. This should happen over and over again until the whole field are accounted for in perfect synchronicity and this is why it’s really important that you always take a token as you finish, and why you shouldn’t cross the finish line twice.'
message to all parkrunners - parkrun anniversary book
To celebrate our tenth birthday of parkrun, we are compiling a coffee table photo book with images submitted by you, the parkrunner. To take part in this initiative we have placed a new icon on every parkrunner’s profile page (your link is available on the top right-hand column of this newsletter if reading this via email) which when clicked will take you to a web page allowing you to submit three images plus some text. The webpage will offer you some guidance of what categories of images and quality of photo we are looking for. You will only be allowed to submit three images, and one time only, so please be careful when choosing your contribution.
I am very excited about this project. It is the parkrunner and the parkrun volunteer who form the essence of what parkrun is all about and now is your chance to be immortalized in this historic book which will be available for purchase by Christmas. Proceeds from book sales will go towards the expansion of Junior parkruns.
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun Founder”
your local event’s website
In addition to the all important 'latest results' list that we pour over each week there is a plethora of other information to be found on your local event’s very own website.
Each parkrun’s website contains useful tips about how parkrun works, course safety in general, a course map accompanied by a description, details of on-site facilities, any future cancellations, directions to the venue by various modes of transport and where to head for afterwards to join in the post-parkrun chat.
You can also view the volunteer roster, see who made parkrun happen for you as we thank our amazing volunteers each week and find out how you can get involved too.
Many events also upload weekly run reports, stats and photographs and some parkrun teams utilize the 'links' tab to inform their community of local running clubs, forthcoming local races and other local services of interest.
Please check your event's news pages and email messages for the most up to date information including cancelations;
Saturday May 24th, Livonia parkrunner's celebrated their 100th parkrun. If you were or are waiting for the perfect weather to come out and join us. It will not happen! The only consistent factor is the smiling faces of the volunteers and other runners and walkers of all ages and abilities who make Livonia parkrun a tremendous event offering everyone so many opportunities to become a special person to those in your community, your family and to better yourself not only physically, but just as important mentally and socially. Congratulations Livonia parkrun and cheers to another 100 parkruns!
Livonia parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/news or https://www.facebook.com/livoniaparkrun)
Clermont Waterfront parkrun (http://www.parkrun.us/clermontwaterfront/news or https://www.facebook.com/clermontparkrun)
feedback from the field
"(Livonia parkrun) Thanks again for letting me run with you all, was good fun"
Kate Volta, Sydney Australia
Dear Lori & the Livonia parkrun Team,
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks to you and the team for making an English Park Run tourist so welcome on Saturday. I really enjoyed my morning with you and it certainly helped to while away a portion of the weekend whilst here in the USA on business. I enjoyed the coffee afterwards too! I hope to be able to run with a much larger group of people next time I get to Livonia. I wish you all the best as you garner more runners for such a great worldwide running phenomena. Regards
Paul King, United Kingdom
Wish I could be there at Livonia for my second parkrun home!
Stephen Ferguson, St. Neots, United Kingdom
Thank you Tim and the Clermont parkrunners for making us feel so welcome, what a beautiful course you have! If you ever head down under, would love to see you at our local parkrun in Brisbane at South Bank. Cheers! Ross, Louise and Jed Forbes, Brisbane Australia
Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers who made Clermont parkrun a great event to visit. You made us parkrun tourists so welcome. Lovely course and such friendly parkrunners, cheers, Richard and Yvonne Ralphs, Thetford, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed the run with you (Livonia parkrun) today, nice bunch of people, and a great way to start the day.
Rick Middleton, Stockland, Australia
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: Robert Hyde
Club: Mercedes Benz Running Club
Home parkrun: Livonia, MI USA
Occupation: Project Manager
Number of runs: 21
Favourite volunteer role: All the Roles are important and I am happy to fill in anywhere I am needed.
What do you do at parkruns: I have run in the Park run and volunteered as a course marshal and helping at the finish line.
How has parkrun changed your running: parkrun has helped me increase my endurance and speed on the 5K and it's an easy run to end the week after I have a week of training usually run 7 to 20 Miles/week during the running session
What do you like about parkrun: I like the commendatory with all the regular participants. We encourage one another and share stories and outcomes of the various runs we have participated in. It is a great group of people of all ages. I like getting up on Saturday morning and run the 5K. It charges me up for the rest of the day.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: I think my funniest moment was when I was sprinting up to the finish line and the grass was extremely wet. I tripped and fall sliding about 10 or 15 feet past the finish line. I didn't hurt myself, just my pride.
More about Robert: Two years ago, Robert could not run a mile, had trouble sleeping, battled hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, and was 30 pounds heavier. That all changed though when Robert met a chiropractor, who specialized in nutrition. Robert got his weekly ‘chiro adjustments’, began a walking program and changed his diet to a paleo/gluten-free one. Paleo prescribes a diet of just lean protein, healthy fat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Dairy, grains, legumes, and refined and processed food are completely avoided. After two months, Robert slept better, started dropping weight, felt more energized and was eventually able to wean off all medications. The walking became somewhat boring though, so Robert began jogging/running and got into a routine of running 3 days per week and averaging 7 miles per day. In fact this month, Robert reached his 1000 mile run mark in 21 months! Robert was happy to achieve the 1000 mark as well as complete his 1st half marathon on October 5, Heroes on Hines. Pretty good for a diabetic who experiences painful feet and who is a newbie runner! Despite the hilly Hines course, Robert said his legs felt great and he was able to sprint the last 500 feet. You may spot Robert before a race, since he likes to do simple plyometric drills such as skipping. Robert had to re-learn skipping J, but firmly believes it gets his muscles firing. The compression socks and colorful Newton shoes also complete Robert’s run-look! Post-race though, Robert refuels with a protein shake and uses The Stick and Foam Roller to work out tight muscles. Now you may wonder if there is a marathon in Robert’s future… He says “no”. His near-term goal is to run more 10Ks like the upcoming Kona Chocolate Run and Wicked Halloween Run (both in Plymouth). His 2014 goal is to run a couple half marathons. Thank-you Robert for sharing your success story.