Byxbee parkrun #38 September 4th 2021 – One week to our 2nd Anniversary!

It's our 2nd Anniversary! Let's Celebrate!

A reminder that this week (Saturday 18th September) is the celebration of our 2nd Anniversary! We're celebrating the change of seasons with a fall-themed parkrun! Come dressed in your fall-inspired outfit, and enjoy some seasonal sweet treats at the finish line.

Maybe you love the cooler weather (great for running!) or maybe you love that the Holiday Season is starting. Get creative!

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An Epic Bike Adventure

Palo Alto isn't just home to Byxbee parkrun, it has a thriving cycling culture, and many of our Byxbee parkrunners arrive at the Baylands by bike.

Last week you might have seen our volunteer Winifred Homer-Smith helping as a Course Marshal. This week, she's heading off on an incredible bike journey across the USA - an epic ride that was delayed by the pandemic. Winifred, we wish you the safest of travels and the best of luck!

It's always amazing to hear the inspirational stories of people in our parkrun community.

If you'd like to follow Winifred on her journey, she's journalling her ride over at: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/22875

See you on Saturday!

 

 

Byxbee parkrun #37 September 4th 2021

Another great week for Byxbee parkrun. There were 30 finishers and a full roster of 11 volunteers. A big thank you to Heather Birchall who took a break from her usual role as Volunteer Coordinator, and took the lead as Run Director.

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So let's talk a little about what the Run Director does, and what you need to know if you are interested in stepping up to this role.

No Run Director = No parkrun

The Run Director is in charge of all operations for a parkrun event on Saturday. Their duties may include:

  • Bringing the equipment to the course and arriving early for setup
  • Greeting volunteers and briefing them on their role
  • Greeting first timers
  • Delivering the pre-run safety briefing
  • Monitoring safety during the run and reporting any incidents
  • Enforcing the Child Safeguarding policy
  • Managing the finish line for accurate results
  • Collecting the finish line results from the Volunteers
  • Ensuring all the equipment is packed and the site left tidy.
  • Processing the results after the run, and helping with the Event Photos, Run Report or Social Media posts.

As you can see, there's a lot to do, but you don't do it alone. You have assistance from the Event Director, and the support of the volunteers.

It's a complex role, so it's preferred that Run Directors are experienced volunteers who have volunteered multiple times, especially in the key roles of Time Keeper, Barcode Scanner and Finish Tokens. A thorough understanding of the finish line procedure helps ensure smooth results processing.

If stepping up to be a Run Director at Byxbee parkrun is something that interests you, get in touch via email: byxbee@gmail.com

Happy 2nd Birthday Byxbee parkrun!

Mark your calendars! It's our birthday and we're turning 2!

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Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Byxbee parkrun on September 18th by wearing a fall-inspired outfit and enjoying some post-run cookies and cupcakes in fall flavours. Are you a great home baker? We'd love you to help out!

See you on Saturday!

 

 

 

 

Byxbee parkrun #36 August 28th 2021

10 Weeks of parkrun complete

Here's to many more!

Since our successful relaunch in June, the Byxbee community has enjoyed 10 weeks of parkrun Saturdays. We've celebrated milestones, welcomed guests, first timers and grown accustomed to the new course and finish line.

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This week's post is dedicated to the 83 volunteers who have donated hours of their time to ensure Byxbee parkrun is ready to go every Saturday morning. While we love having these awesome stalwart volunteers, the truth is that parkrun is a community event. The people who run, walk and jog at parkrun also serve as its volunteers. Global parkrunHQ give us an awesome framework, but Byxbee parkrun belongs to the Bay Area, and we make it our own.

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So for the next few months, we will be reaching out to everyone in our community and asking you to take a turn at being a parkrun volunteer. While it's tempting to tell yourself that you're "giving up" or "missing out" on your run, we ask you to consider what you'll gain. A new perspective and understanding about how the event works, new friends, and that warm feeling of being part of a great team. If every one of our participants volunteered once for every 3 or 4 times they ran, we'd always have a full roster!

Volunteers are recognised too!

Do you love purple? Because parkrun cannot exist without volunteers, they are also eligible for a milestone t-shirt to wear with pride. Don't forget, there are some great volunteer roles that let you record a count towards both your run total AND your volunteer total.

We're Turning 2 and it's a Fall Party!

On Saturday September 18, we'll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary!

We invite you to come dressed in something that shows what you love about the fall and there'll be some tasty treats waiting for you at the finish line.

See you on Saturday!

 

Byxbee parkrun returns June 26th 2021

Welcome back! It's been a long time and we have missed you!

 

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 We're delighted to announce that Byxbee parkrun will return to our regular schedule on

June 26th, 2021 at 8am!

Byxbee parkrun is only possible with to our amazing volunteers and

We need your help

Sign up here - Volunteer Future Roster

All volunteer jobs require zero experience and are a lot of fun!

What you need to know:

  • A reminder that participants cannot park in the Byxbee Park parking lots adjacent to the start area - a condition of the permit to use the park. Please allow sufficient time to park in the alternate areas and walk to the start. Aim to arrive at 7:50am for the pre-run briefing and 8am start. Parking is strictly enforced by the Park Rangers.

 

  • Due to upcoming works on the Adobe Creek Trail, we have changed the course to be 2 laps on a different section of the trail. Please review the Course Page for the new map and turn locations. Remember to be courteous to all other parkrun participants and and share the trail with other park guests at all times. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during parkrun. Dogs are welcome on a short leash, and bikes or scooters are not permitted during the run.

 

  • Be mindful that we will have masked and unvaccinated members in our parkrun community (for example, children under 12), so expect to see some of our participants and volunteers wearing masks in the start/finish area. Wear your mask if you need it, and do not come to parkrun if you are sick. We will be providing hand sanitizer, washing the tokens and vests between use and encourage you to wash your hands before and after coming to parkrun. We are all at different stages of getting back to normal, so we ask for your patience, kindness and understanding through this transition. You can view the parkrun Global COVID-19 Framework here.

 

  • Don't Forget Your Barcode - bring it every week! A printed barcode means faster results for you and less work for our volunteers! If this is your first parkrun, please register at www.parkrun.us/register/ to get your barcode.

See you on Saturday (once again known as parkrunday!)

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