Happy Halloween from Byxbee parkrun!
This week we had one of our biggest weeks with 67 finishers running, walking and jogging the course, supported by 10 volunteers. Many of you chose to come in costume - thank you for helping to make our parkrun such a fun community! We'll be having more themed weeks in the future, and if you have something you want to celebrate at parkrun, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
You can see all of the wonderful photos from every week at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Byxbeeparkrun
For the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting our volunteer roles, why they're necessary and how easy it is for anyone to help make a parkrun event possible. This week, let's talk about Timekeepers, which is one of the most vital roles, and one that people find the most intimidating.
At Byxbee parkrun, we aim to have 2 people acting as timekeepers using the Virtual Volunteer app, or the stopwatch that we have available. The watch is started when the group leaves the start area, and as each participant crosses the finish line, their time is recorded by tapping the split button. That's it! When the Tail Walker crosses the line, the event is over and the times are given to the Run Director for processing.
Sometimes things can go a little bit wrong - we all make mistakes, and unexpected things can happen at the finish line. Rest assured, you are not alone! The Run Director will be with you the whole time, and if they know there's been a problem, many of them can be easily fixed later when processing the results. And in the absolutely worst-case scenario that we don't get any times at all, well, everyone had a pleasant morning out at the park, and there's always next week to try again.
We need volunteers every week. You can always see what roles are available at our Future Roster :http://www.parkrun.us/byxbee/futureroster/
New parkrun events
This week, the USA parkrun community also welcomed 2 new events, which brings the national total to 42.
Third Creek Greenway parkrun in Knoxville, TN
Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun in Keller, TX
If you are travelling around the country, don't forget to pack your barcode and check to see if there's a parkrun nearby that you can visit. Your barcode will work at any event in the USA, but don't forget to make sure that it is printed out, and with you on the day.
November 3rd - Byxbee parkrun Core Team Meeting - find out more about what happens behind the scenes at Byxbee parkrun, and help grow our Core team and our event.