Since it is less than a week to Halloween, Steve and I decided on a TRICK OR TREAT theme for this week's run. Yes, that is Steve in his costume pretending to be a Run Director! And Cindy, well the costume speaks for itself!
Nature's TRICK was a downpour for the entire parkrun event. And YES we did get wet!
But it was a TREAT to see what parkrunners' say about nature's trick! We had so much fun in the rain!
And who says big kids can't have fun in the rain too!
No matter the weather, we were so happy to celebrate Chris's 50th parkrun and his son Sam's 10th time volunteering. (Thanks Sam!)
We also celebrated eight PB's with Adam K., Daniel W, Dagne T, Joseph B, Xander and his mom Tara, Magdalena D, and Angela P. How did they do that in the rain? Some people just like challenges!
We were very happy to welcome new first-timers Tim D and Eryn T. Thanks to Deborah for bringing them along. Please come back and join the fun next week in the sun (hopefully)!
We also had a new barkrunner, Dominique brought her dog Rue (Is that how you spell it Dom?).
Lisa and Hump, thank you so much for that extra canopy this week that allowed all of us to stay dry!
Sheilah was the parkrunner of the month for October and received a gift card to The Board & Brew, our favorite coffee house!
As always, we are grateful for our volunteers this week Hump (Course Marshall), Lisa (Turn Around Marshal), Külli and Andrea (Tail Walkers), Larry (Timer), Clare (Timer), Janet (Scanner), and Finish Tokens (Sam and Brian) and sorting tokens (Jen and Gus), Run Directors (Steve & Cindy Feld), and all that backroom stuff that Andrea and Colin do.
Did you know.... Lisa and Gus are closing in on participating in almost 100 parkruns each and Jen has volunteered 24 times - spoiler alert, more reason for cake coming up! We can't end this report without showing you some of the wonderful scenery we enjoy each week at College Park.
To old and new friends and family, see you next week! And see below for some announcements of coming attractions.
Steve & Cindy Feld
TREE PLANTING: Saturday November 3rd we’re holding our Fall 2018 tree planting event together with Prince George’s Parks. These projects help to improve the park, the trail, and the watershed, and we can look forward in future years to them providing valuable shade near the start/finish area. They’re also a lot of fun. You can just show up to help on the day, but it would be useful if you could let us know ahead of time, so that we have a rough head count. firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKSGIVING: Please spread the word about our Thanksgiving parkruns. Thanksgiving is the world’s biggest running day, with around 1 million taking part in running events in the US. We will hold a 9am parkrun on Thursday November 22nd and also our regular weekly event on Saturday November 24th.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PARTNERSHIP. We are excited to partner with the American Cancer Society to help walkers in their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program stay active year round. We’re looking to identify some Pink Ambassadors, who can sometimes welcome these walkers and help them to feel at home in our parkrun community. Main qualifications: two legs and a friendly smile. A personal connection to (breast) cancer is a bonus, but certainly not required. Drop us a line: email@example.com.
NEW YEARS: It’s still a couple of months away, but mark your calendars for our special 2019 kickoff event on January 1st. This year ALL THREE Maryland parkruns will hold a New Years resolution event. Kensington and Leakin Park will go at 8:30am, and then College Park at 10:30am, a joint production with our friends at Prince George’s Running Club. Everybody is encouraged to start the year at one of our sister parkruns, then converge on College Park, and then move to The Board and Brew for a fun New Years brunch. It was so much fun last year, even in frigid temps, and we’re hoping that it will be a little warmer and even fuzzier this year.
NEW PARKRUN USA EVENTS. Looking for new parkruns to do on your travels? Soon there will be more choices, as new events are starting in November in Ann Arbor, MI and Tucson, AZ. With new events in the pipeline in Florida, Texas, California, Ohio, and many more, the possibilities are multiplying. Have friends who might like to help with an event in their hometown? Let us know.
NEW LOCAL PARKRUN? Would you like to see another parkrun event in Prince George’s County? Know of anybody who would like to explore this possibility? Let us know!