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 #35 August 21st 2021

 750 parkruns - 3750km

- over 10 years of parkrun -

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This week we welcomed John and Lorraine to Byxbee parkrun.  Visiting from Redding in the UK, John and Lorraine are staying with family here in the Bay Area. They found Byxbee parkrun and joined us on Saturday. John is in the 250 club and Lorraine is the proud owner of a very rare blue 500 club shirt. To be able to host two parkrunners with over 750 parkruns between them is a real honour and such an inspiration! It's also a reminder of how big the parkrun global community is and how grateful we are to be a part of it.

Parking Reminder

Please Park Outside and Walk into Byxbee Park

Byxbee park gets thousands of visitors every week, and is a very popular destination for cyclists, hikers and runners. We expect to see more people out on the trails as the weather cools and school sports return to training. For that reason, we ask that you park in the alternate areas and walk to the start area. This leaves the main Byxbee lots free for the public to use, and helps keep our relationship with the Park Rangers and the City of Palo Alto in good stead. The parking is strictly enforced by the Rangers, so please pay attention to the posted signs.

Having a Volunteer Carpark Marshal is one way we can help everyone find somewhere to park and make sure we are upholding our obligations to the City. If you can help - email byxbee@parkrun.com and we will add you to the volunteer roster. It's a great role because you get credit for volunteering AND running!

See you on Saturday!

 

Byxbee parkrun #33 August 7th 2021

Another week of Byxbee parkrun has been completed! On Saturday August 7th, we welcomed 39 parkrunners and several barkrunners too!

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers - Thank you for your time!

Robert HYDE • Sarah HUDSON • Hannah METCALF • Lucie HYDE • Jill PAYONZECK LENGRE • Jennifer DELL-ERNSTROM • Aidan HYDE • Katherine INGRAM • Amy HYDE

Also this week, we congratulate Peter Starnes on finishing his 50th parkrun! Well done Peter! We can't wait to see you in your red milestone shirt soon!

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Have you volunteered yet at parkrun? We need awesome people to help us  every week! You can sign up for any available role on our Volunteer Future Roster by sending an email to byxbee@parkrun.com

The volunteer future roster for August and September 2021

Keeping Our parkrun Community Healthy

Prepare for warm weather with Water and Sunscreen

We've been fortunate to have a mild summer in Palo Alto, but hot weather is still possible right through to November, so please pay attention to your hydration and bring extra water to drink - preferably in a reusable bottle! Palo Alto tap water is high quality and safe to drink. There is a refill station at the amenities block near the starting area. There is no water available out on the course, so you are most welcome to carry some with you. Sunscreen and a hat is also strongly recommended, as there is no shade on the course.

Apply insect repellent before coming to Byxbee park

Mosquito season has arrived again in the Baylands, and last week, we had several reports of people being bitten. We will have some insect repellent available in our kit bag next week, but we do encourage you to apply your preferred repellent before you arrive at parkrun.

To find out more about Mosquitoes in our area, head to Santa Clara County Vector Control.

Air Quality and Wildfire Smoke

There are currently multiple wildfires burning in Northern California that may affect Air Quality in the Bay Area. Should the AQI (Air Quality Index) reach a level greater than 150 (unhealthy to be outdoors) we will call off parkrun. We try to do this with as much notice as possible, so please make sure you have connected to one of our Social Media channels for the latest updates.

You can check the AQI for Palo Alto anytime at the AirNow website.

COVID-19 Framework

And finally, as we witness the Delta variant of COVID-19 spread through our community and local cases rising, we remind you to get vaccinated if you are able and to encourage your friends and family to do so as well. It's free for every Californian resident 12 and over. Free covid-19 testing is also available throughout the Bay Area - check with your local county for locations near you.

The latest information on COVID-19 measures in California can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/

We also ask that you review the parkrun COVID-19 framework below, and consider wearing a mask before and after running to help protect our volunteers and any unvaccinated children under 12 who may be present.

See you on Saturday!

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Byxbee parkrun #32 July 31st 2021

Our numbers are growing!

Welcome once again to all the fist timers who came to give Byxbee parkrun a try!

This week we hosted 51 participants who walked, jogged and ran the course, with the assistance of 8 volunteers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered this week, we appreciate the gift of your time!

Are you thinking of inviting your friends, family or colleagues to parkrun? We'd love to meet them, but we ask you to make sure that they register first to get their barcode, and review our website for all the info about parking, the course and what to bring.

Volunteer Roles

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Every parkrun around the country has a unique list of volunteers needed to operate smoothly and safely. You'll notice that we have a range of volunteer roles on the Weekly Roster that we  fill with members from our Byxbee parkrun community. If you're interested in volunteering, but not sure where to start, here's a list of each of the roles, and a brief description. We are always happy to have new volunteers and most roles are great for beginners.

A reminder that any children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and cannot volunteer on their own.

  • Run Director - This person in this role is often the Event Director, but can also be a more experienced volunteer who is able to oversee the event and give the Event Director a week off to run! The Run Director is expected to ensure that all the equipment and volunteers are prepared, and is responsible for processing the results that week. You'll need some extra training for this role, but get in touch with out Event Director if you're interested in stepping up.
  • Pre-Event Setup - Are you an early bird? The cones need to be laid out at the places where the Course Marshals stand, and anywhere else that might pose a hazard to runners. This role is be done before the run starts, so you still get to run! (Also an easy job if you arrive by bike)
  • Timekeeper (x2) - We try to have two timekeepers to ensure we get a reliable set of results - our timekeepers are humans and mistakes sometimes happen! You'll need to bring your phone for this role and use the Virtual Volunteer parkrun app.
  • Finish Tokens - Do you have a loud voice and are good at getting the attention of tired, sweaty people? This volunteer hands out the finish tokens to each parkrunner as they finish. They work closely with the Timekeepers to keep the results in sync.
  • Barcode Scanner - Do you have a loud voice and and are good at keeping an eye on tired parkrunners as they try to wander off with our precious finish tokens? The Barcode Scanner scans everyone's Printed Personal Barcode and Finish Token. You'll need to bring your phone for this role and use the Virtual Volunteer parkrun app.
  • Course Marshal (x2) - The two Course Marshals make sure that everyone gets around the course safely. They are there to alert the Run Director if there's any incidents, and to help collect the cones after the Tail Walker has completed their second lap.
  • Tail Walker - This is a very special role. The Tail Walker volunteers to finish last. For our less experienced parkrunners, the fear of crossing a finish line that's already packed up is very real. At parkrun, we make sure to wait for everyone to finish at their own pace, and the Tail Walker volunteer is our guarantee. More than one person can do this role if you'd like to Tail Walk with a friend - just ask!
  • Photographer - Do you love seeing photos of everyone at parkrun on our social media? So do we! It's much easier to get those photos when we have a dedicated Photographer volunteer. It's a great way to practice your sports photography skills, give your fancy camera a workout, or just snap away with your phone and capture all the smiles.
  • Carpark Marshal - This volunteer arrives early and helps direct parkrunners to the preferred car parking areas. This job is finished before the run starts.
  • First-Timer Briefing - Have you run at Byxbee several times? Have you memorised the course, and know the finish line procedures by heart? You might be just the person to help answer questions for our first-timers! Having this volunteer helps to shorten the pre-run briefing given by the Run Director, and also gives the Run Director more time to spend training the other volunteers. This role is finished before the run starts.

See what's available on the Future Roster, and get in touch if you can help out!

Clubs at parkrun

Did you know that you can add a club to your profile? Maybe you're part of a track team at high school or college. Maybe you run at your local sports store. Maybe you run with a group of friends from your neighborhood.

To add a club to your parkrun profile, click on the link to your parkrun profile - you can find this in your registration email, or any results email.

Once logged in - look for the Groups button

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Here, you can search for your club, and add it to your profile. It will show up in the results table every time you finish parkrun.

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Can't find your club? Here's how to get it added to the list. 

See you on Saturday!

 

Byxbee parkrun #31 July 24th 2021

It's hard to believe that there's only one Saturday left in July!

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This week we had 31 finish parkun #31 by running, walking and jogging on a blissfully cool and cloudy summer morning. Thank you to all of you for choosing Byxbee parkrun for your start to the weekend!

We need your help

As always, we are in need of volunteers for the next few weeks. You may sign up a few weeks in advance if you like to be organized! The next three parkruns are on July 31st, August 7th and August 14th. We would love to see some new faces volunteering - you'll experience parkrun in a completely new way, learn new skills and definitely make some new friends!

You are welcome to nominate a role you'd like to do, or we can assign something to you.

Check the Roster here and get in touch today!

Summer Running in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

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We are so lucky at Byxbee parkrun to be able to enjoy beautiful weather most of the year. If you're planning a visit to Byxbee parkrun in the next few months, here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Bring a hat and sunglasses for the glare.
  • Hydrate well before running and bring a water bottle with you - there is a refill station at the amenities block.
  • Check the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and this page) for updates. We will only cancel a parkrun in the event that the weather conditions pose a threat to our participants and volunteers. In particular, we will consider cancellation in the event of fire threats, extreme heat and associated poor air quality.
  • Take it easy on hot days. There's always another chance next week to seek that Personal Best.

A Reminder about the Child Safeguarding Policy

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We welcome parkrunners of all ages and abilities - including families with children. We love seeing kids cross the finish line or help to scan barcodes at the finish line. However, it's important to note the Child Safeguarding Policy that applies to every parkrun event. You'll hear this policy mentioned at every parkrun pre-run briefing:

  • Children under 11 must be within reach of their guardian at all times during parkrun.
  • Children are not permitted to ride a bike or scooter during parkrun and must be on foot or in a stroller.
  • Children 4 and up who are participating in parkrun as finishers or volunteers need their own barcode to record their participation in the event.

Please bring your kids to parkrun, but make sure they're with someone the whole time.

If you'd like to review this policy in more detail - you can can find it here.

See you on Saturday!

 

 

Byxbee parkrun #28 July 3 2021

Happy Independence Day! We had a cool and cloudy morning with 34 people joining in to walk, jog and run the course, supported by a team of 9 volunteers. We also wished one one of our regulars, Cathy, a very Happy Birthday!

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- Make sure you're getting emails from parkrun -

Firstly, if you ever find that you didn't receive your result email, make sure you contact our Event Director at byxbee@parkrun.com. There are occasionally problems with the results processing, so let us know if you need us to fix something.

Our volunteer organisers try hard not to bombard our community with emails, but sometimes we need to email you directly with important and urgent information about last minute changes, appeals for volunteers, problems with results processing, or incidents. For us to do that, you need to Opt-In to parkrun emails.

To find all of your preferences click on the link to your parkrun profile, easily found in any of your results emails.

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and then check your Email Options (while you're there, you can add yourself to a running group, or check your progress towards a milestone)

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And then choose Byxbee from the drop-down menu to opt-in to emails from our Event and Run Directors. You can also opt in to news and other updates from parkrun HQ. You can opt into to multiple events if you're a regular parkrun tourist. Save your opt-in to get the gray confirmation box.

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Doing this will really help out your volunteer Event and Run Directors to help make parkrun a great event every week!

That's all for this week, 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!)

COVID-19 protocols

 

Byxbee parkrun – Covid-19 Update – Cancellations

To all of our volunteers and participants,

Please note the following message from parkrun:

All parkrun events in the USA have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published here.

Consequently, the following Byxbee parkruns have been cancelled:

March 14

March 21

March 28

 

New Year’s Day – No Byxbee parkrun

Byxbee parkrun has decided not to hold a New Year's Day extra parkrun for Jan 1, 2020. There will, however, be a parkrun every Saturday right through the winter and festive season, so please join us, and invite your friends and family for a parkrun.

As always, we need volunteers every week to bring you this fabulous event for free, and it's a great way to meet new friends and have a lot of fun. You can check out the volunteer roster any time at: http://www.parkrun.us/byxbee/futureroster/

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