Hello! I'm Nick, the run director for the 10th parkrun at College Park. We had to cancel last week's run due to icy weather and dangerous road conditions. Conditions today weren't too pleasant either -- 40 degrees and lots of rain and puddles, and a token patch of mud -- but we can't miss two parkruns in a row, can we!
So thank you to the 25 who braved the rain and puddles this morning. We were glad that the weather did not deter our newcomers: Adrian Dover (visiting from Newent parkrun the UK, and who recently ran the new parkrun in Singapore), his son-in-law Andrew Ahn, Jeanette Novak, Steve Feld, Hans Meurer, Megan Lovely, and Graham Lovely.
The rain also did not stop Ken Leonard from getting a new PB, and setting a new record for the VM45-49 age category.
Nor did weather stop Carlos Gough, who turned 10 today, from joining us this morning. Happy birthday, Carlos! Notice that birthday brownie -- yet another thing to love about our parkrun 'local', The Board and Brew.
Shout-outs are also in order for two new College Park mini-milestones. Jen Murphy became the latest person to complete 5 of our events. Jen is a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, and can be counted on to show up to our rainiest events. And Clark Ridge became the founding member of our College Park 10-club, having run all of our events so far. Fantastic! Today he seemed to fly over the puddles. The CP 10-club is for grown-ups only ... under 18s who do 10 runs get to join an official parkrun milestone club, and they earn a free t-shirt.
But don't let the weather stop you from getting a workout this holiday season. Two excellent reasons:
First, the weather next weekend looks great (no snow or rain in the forecast).
Second, there will be two parkruns at College Park next weekend! We will have our regular parkrun next Saturday 12/31 (New Year's Eve) at 9 am, and then a special New Year's Resolution parkrun on Sunday 1/1, at 11 am, in partnership with our friends at Prince George's Running Club. Bring your friends, family, dog (on a short leash) ... and don't forget your barcode.
And if you want to do even more 5ks, consider joining other parkrunners from the DC area at the FitDC Fresh Start 5k event at 9am on 1/1 (before our New Year's Resolution parkrun at 11 am), hosted by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Mayor Bowser is looking to expand the reach of parkrun to more DC neighborhoods.
We also owe a big thanks to our volunteers (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!), who came on this chilly morning to help out. (Anti-clockwise from bottom right) Hump Plotts, who was golf course marshal, and Lisa Wilson, tail-runner, have been dedicated volunteers since the start of this parkrun. Lara Ehrenhofer was timekeeper, and also brought gingerbread cookies to share with everyone (don't worry, future volunteers: cookies are not part of the job description!). Andrea Zukowski and Colin Phillips brought you the photos you are looking at in this report; many more on our Flickr group). Debbie Levenson gamely stepped in as turnaround marshal after our original marshal was taken ill, and Sean Leonard, and then later Ken Leonard, did a great job with scanning barcodes.
We also had a small technical hiccup today: our stopwatch battery died, and we lost the times for our runners. A special shout-out to our volunteers Sean, Ken, and Colin, for their work that made it possible for us to get close estimates of everyone's finish time. Thanks to Sean and Ken, we were able to reconstruct a first approximation based on when everyone's barcode was scanned, and Colin did some fantastic photograph forensics to get more precise estimates from timestamp data. But if you do notice a discrepancy between what was reported and what you had recorded, please drop us an email (email@example.com).
Happy holidays, and we look forward to seeing you again in the coming weekends!