Inaugural run, October 15th 2016

We are excited to officially launch College Park parkrun on October 15th 2016. If you can't join us this week, don't worry. We'll be there the next week, and the week after that, and the week after that ...

The Diamondback, UMD's independent student newspaper, had a nice article this week about College Park parkrun. Thanks to the global parkrun community, it has been shared around the world, and seems to have been particularly popular in Australia. One nice consequence of launching our event is that we've made connections with far flung parkrunners with ties to College Park. For example, Mary Botto is a Terp alumna who is now a run director at a parkrun in Sydney. (Looking for excuses to visit that one!)

If you'll be joining us for the inaugural run, here are a couple of things to remember.

1. Don't forget your barcode! Your one-time sign-up at parkrun.us gets you a personal barcode that you should print out and bring to the run. It gives you free access to all 900 parkrun events worldwide. (You need to actually print it, as our scanners won't work with your phone.)

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2. Transportation and parking alert! This weekend is a home football game at UMD (12pm, vs. Minnesota), and it's also UMD Family Weekend. This means that parking will be more scarce than normal. So please don't even try to park in UMD's Lot 11b, which would normally be the ideal place to park. And we expect very limited parking in the small lots right next to the run start. The kind folks at AMF Bowling on Route 1 have agreed to let us use their big parking lot for parkrun. If you park there, it's just a couple of minutes walk across the street to parkrun. Just walk down Metzerott Rd behind Rita's Italian Ice. If you drive to the start and find that no parking is available, then getting back to Route 1 is quite circuitous.

Of course, if you can come to parkrun by bike or on foot, then so much the better. That way, you get double the enjoyment of our trails, and none of the stress of parking.

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3. Post-run meet up! Totally optional, but we'll be meeting up for coffee (and more) at The Board and Brew after the run. Come by and join us for a chat in this cool independent coffee shop. It's just a few minutes walk from the start/finish.

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The weather forecast for Saturday is looking lovely. We're excited to enjoy our great local trails with you.

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Dress rehearsal run, October 8th 2016

College Park parkrun officially launches on October 15th, but we're holding a dress rehearsal run on October 8th. We'll be testing out the equipment and the logistics, to iron out the inevitable kinks. The only difference is that this event will not be an official parkrun event, and so your run time or volunteer role will not be included in the parkrun database. But the run and the company will be just as good as any other week.

Please join us at 9am one the Paint Branch Trail at Metzerott Rd. If you run (or jog or walk), you'll be the first to cover our accurately measured 5k course. It's a little shorter than the course we've been using for our practice events since January. If you can't run, then you can be a pioneer member of our volunteer team. Drop us a line at collegeparkoffice@parkrun.com if you can lend a hand on Saturday.

Our regular post-run meetup at The Board and Brew will be as official as ever.

Most important of all, for this week and all following weeks: Don't Forget Your Barcode. Free one-time registration at parkrun.us.

 

Announcing the start of College Park parkrun, MD

College Park parkrun starts 15 October 2016

We are delighted to announce the launch of College Park parkrun, MD on 15th October 2016, 9am at Paint Branch Trail, 4289 Metzerott Road, College Park. We hope you'll be able to join us for the launch and a coffee afterwards!

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