DECEMBER 2017: If you're reaching this page via an online race directory, note that this post is about the Jan 1st 2017 New Years parkrun. For information about the Jan 1st 2018 New Years parkrun, see our News page or the link on the right of this page. And consider trying the New Years double parkrun by doing Leakin Park parkrun at 8:30am and then College Park parkrun at 10:30am.
UPDATE: We're anticipating a big crowd Sunday for the New Year's Resolution parkrun at 11am. ... and to add to the festivities UMD has announced that the sold-out Maryland-Nebraska basketball game will start at 12:00. So traffic and parking will be more challenging than a typical Sunday morning in College Park. You'll perhaps be a little ahead of the basketball traffic, but check traffic. Our recommendations:
1. Bike or carpool if possible. Allow a little extra time.
2. University Boulevard (Rte 193) can get very crowded before big games.
3. UMD Lot 11b (behind The View) will be for permit holders only. Don't try to park there.
4. There are 3 small parking lots by the start at Acredale Park, but they may fill up.
5. Rita's Italian Ice (Rte 1 & Metzerott, 50 yards from start) has kindly agreed to let us use their (small) parking lot; just don't block the recycling bins.
6. AMF Lanes bowling alley on Rte 1, opposite Holiday Inn Express and 3 mins walk from start, has kindly agreed to let us use their parking lot. They have lots of space, but please park on the edge, away from the building.
We're looking forward to seeing you! (Don't forget your personal barcode: parkrun.us/register).
Two updates on how parkrun is helping to bring health and happiness to the DC area this holiday season: a special New Year’s Resolution parkrun on Jan 1st, and other area parkrun events to mark the end of the year.
Holiday parkruns in College Park
You can get your regular Saturday 9am College Park parkrun fix throughout the holidays, including on December 24th and December 31st. No change there. And as usual we’re delighted to hear from you if you can help out as a volunteer on one of those days (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’re excited to announce that on January 1st we’ll be holding a special New Year’s Resolution parkrun. Some things will be the same as you have come to expect: the beautiful Paint Branch Trail; the absence of entry fees, swag, or prizes (just bring your barcode); results online and emailed to you barely an hour after the run; and the smiles and friendly volunteers.
Some other things will be a little different. We’ll start at 11am, so that you can sleep in (or do another run … more on that below). We’re expecting to welcome lots of guests to our parkrun, including College Park mayor Patrick Wojahn, University Park mayor Len Carey, District 3 County Council Member Dannielle Glaros, parkrunners from DC and as far away as England, and community members who will be running/walking/jogging with us for the first time. We’re very happy to be partnering on this event with our friends at Prince George’s Running Club, who have a tradition of New Year’s Resolution runs. And we’re also delighted that the nice people at The Board and Brew will be open for us to hold a special post-run meetup.
Bring your friends and family. It's going to be a great start to 2017.
Registration? No special sign-up required, beyond your regular parkrun registration/barcode (get your barcode here). But if you're on Facebook you can click or share this Facebook event. It will help to give us an estimate of the numbers.
Special parkrunning opportunities in our area
In 2016 the Washington DC area became a hub for parkrun USA, with 3 events launched, and more are in the works. During the holidays, why not try out one of our sister events at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun on the C&O Canal towpath near Georgetown, or at Roosevelt Island parkrun, which includes a memorable mile of running on a boardwalk through peaceful wetlands. Both parkruns will be held Saturday at 9am on December 24th and 31st. You can just show up with your parkrun barcode. (Do check the Roosevelt Island website or Facebook page if it’s cold; they might have to cancel if the boardwalk is icy.)
So for New Year’s weekend, you have two opportunities to do College Park parkrun, or you can sample two area parkruns in the same weekend.
But if you need even more, then you should also join the parkrunners who will be taking part in DC mayor Muriel Bowser’s FitDC Fresh Start 5k event at 9am on January 1st, on a pretty route by the Tidal Basin. Mayor Bowser is a parkrun supporter and she will talk about plans to soon launch a 4th DMV parkrun in Anacostia, and her hopes for more free parkruns to enrich our communities. Seasoned parkrunners will have a tent at the event and will be signing up new participants. We hope that some of you will be able to join us there.
We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.
Your College Park parkrun team