Pirate parrrrkrun! (Run Report #160)

College Park parkrun #160 was special because it was the parkrun before Halloween. Thanks to everyone who showed up in costume!

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As a pirate-wannabe, I am happy to report that if you add up all the miles that we have covered in our College Park parkruns, we have circumnavigated the globe, not once, but TWICE!  That’s some mighty fine sailin’. Or runnin’.

The parkrunner who completed our second circumnavigation by finishing 104th, becoming the 16,030th finisher, came part way around the globe to join us. Lucy Parr visited this week from Yorkshire, England, together with mom Rebecca, dad Andrew, and brother George. The family normally does their parkrunning at Penistone parkrun. But for Lucy it was her first ever full 5K parkrun. Way to start out in style, Lucy!

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I was hoping for 160 parkrunners on Saturday for our 160th parkrun - and I thought we had it, until the sorting of the tokens proved that we were ONE token short!  If you have token #45, please bring it back. No questions asked! You will not have to walk the plank!

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Saturday’s parkrun had many milestones to celebrate, so let’s just get to it!

We celebrated our biggest group yet of official milestones.

  • 50-timers: Jim Cantwell, Sharlene Deskins, Neil Jograj, and Carly Mills
  • 100-timer: Steve Feld
  • 25th time volunteer: Cindy Feld

Steve and Cindy enjoyed their return to College Park. They first joined us on a rainy Christmas Eve in 2016. Steve was looking for a 5K race to complete his quest to do a race in every month, and found College Park parkrun. With miserable weather, it was our quietest day ever, with only 25 finishers. But Steve loved it! They kept coming back, becoming regular volunteers and team members. At the start of this year they moved to North Carolina to be closer to family. Now they’re regulars at Durham, NC parkrun. But they were happy to return to their “parkrun birthplace” for this milestone.

Jim and Carly both achieved the feat of setting a PB in their 50th parkrun. Nice!

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Congratulations to the following people for reaching these unofficial parkrun milestones:

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5-timers: Daniel Coile, Mariella McElhenny, Ed Pachico, Gwyneth McElhenny, and Theresa Catterton-Doherty

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10-timers: Kathy McFalls, Louis Green, and William Grunow

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25-timers: Brian Koen and Laurie Fisher

The parkrun bell didn’t stop ringing because of all the PBs!

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It’s impressive to see 10-year old Violet finishing as 2nd female. She has come a LONG way since she started running with us in 2017.

Jessica Gerbig continues to get faster while pushing a stroller.

Kathy McFalls is making great progress — she has gone from high 40s to almost cracking 40 minutes.

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Reese Madsen went from 41 to 38 minutes. Impressive!

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Zoe Phillips — 2 minute PB. Dad can only dream of that!

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Natasha Oliviera — quietly getting faster week by week. This was her 4th consecutive PB!

And Clarence Patterson has had 3 PB’s in three parkruns!

The things I like most about College Park parkrun, besides getting to wear my pirate hat, is the encouragement and camaraderie among friends and family. On Saturday, Chris Pruitt stormed around in 16-something. That’s pretty impressive, but what is really awesome is that his kids, Kara and Cole, finished their FIRST EVER 5K.

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Whether you are finishing at the head of the pack, or finishing your 5K at your pace, getting out and having fun on the trail is what we’re all about.

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Finally, I have to give a “shout-out” to all of the volunteers who helped on Saturday to make College Park parkrun #160 a huge success:

  • Golf course marshals: Hump Plotts and Matt Green
  • Turn around marshal:  Lisa Wilson
  • First Timers Briefing: Amy Duan  - Amy had her hands full with 22 first timers!  Wow!
  • Timekeepers: Erin Munsell (congrats on your marathon!!), Clare Imholtz
  • Finish Tokens: Cindy Feld
  • Barcode Scanners: Larry Washington, Tomas Marambio, and Janet Tate
  • Tail Walkers: Teresa Perdomo and Külli Crespin
  • Finish Line Photography: Katie Hirsche
  • Setup and Breakdown: Zoe Phillips
  • Token Sorters: Cotter Rosenberg, Duane Rosenberg, Alex Dystant, and Andrew, George and Lucy Parr.

If you’d like to wear a yellow vest and lend a hand at a parkrun, please reach out and let us know.

We're looking forward now to November parkruns. There's a lot to look forward to, as November will be our first ever month with SIX parkruns: that's 5 Saturdays plus our special extra Thanksgiving morning parkrun.

Lori Dominick

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140 Flags (Run Report #159)

To celebrate the third birthday of College Park parkrun we decorated cakes and pumpkin pies with a flag for each College Park parkrunner who has reached a parkrun milestone over the past 3 years.

There were 140 flags in all. They filled 6 cakes. We really did not expect there to be so many.

  • 70 red 50 shirts
  • 41 white 10 shirts (for juniors)
  • 11 black 100 shirts
  • 18 purple V25 shirts (for volunteering)

We’re grateful to Andrea, Hump, and Misha for baking cakes and pies. And to Andrea, and to my parents, Kath and Derrick Phillips, for helping to make all the flags. Making the flags turned out to be quite fun, as each name gave a chance to think about the person and their story and how they came to be a part of this community.

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We had Thanksgiving-themed pumpkin pie to go along with Andrea’s theme of “gratitude” for the anniversary event. At her pre-parkrun briefing Andrea thanked many different people who have helped to build the community over the past 3 years.

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PBpalooza!

Among this week’s 163 finishers were **47** PBs. We were sure that must be a record for CP parkrun. But not quite. There were 48 PBs on Sept 15th last year. … And there’s a connection.

About half of this week’s PBs came from the DeMatha High School cross-country team, who joined us for the second time this week. We didn’t know that they would be coming -- at parkrun you just show up (with a barcode) -- but we were happy to see them. They previously ran with us on 8/31, and their training must have been working out well, as almost all of them were faster this time out.

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The day with 48 PBs was similar. It was when Elizabeth Seton High School cross-country team made a return visit a few weeks after a pre-season time trial.

Among the DeMatha PBs was Ian Parsons, who dipped under 20 minutes for the first time, on his 76th parkrun. Nice job, Ian! Ian’s older brother Thomas didn’t quite reach his PB, but it was his 49th parkrun, so next time out he earns a nice red parkrun 50 shirt.

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Jayden Keels almost lost his age-group record last week to middle-schooler Nathan Widman. So this week he went out and took another minute from his record. The 11-14 record is now 18:06. Wow.

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And kudos to Stephen Camarano, who first joined us in early 2017. This week he not only set another PB, he also did his 9th parkrun. So next time out he earns a white parkrun 10 shirt.

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I cannot deny that I was feeling pretty good about the three PBs from Team Phillips. Zoe and his grandparents ALL set PBs this week. My parents have been traveling in Montana and Wyoming since they visited us one month ago. So it was probably the altitude training that made the difference!

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Ada Lee was impressive, taking a whole minute from her PB on her 27th parkrun.

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And Frank Filteau must be doing something right, as after two years without a PB, he has set a new PB twice in the past couple of weeks. That’s after 131 parkruns.

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Kudos to Jessica Gerbig, who achieved a rare feat. On her 17th visit to CP parkrun she beat the PB that she set waaaay back in our first event, 3 years ago. Better yet, this PB was set pushing a stroller. Normally we’re unsure whether an earlier time was set with/without a stroller. But in this case we’re fairly confident, as the PB is substantially older than the stroller passenger.

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And it’s not just the speed demons who were setting PBs this week. Judy Cantwell and her friend Ana Rivera joined us for the second time this week. We’re not sure whether they were concerned about PBs, but they both walked faster this time than last time out.

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And Reese Madsen and Elizabeth Cooper both had the distinction of setting a 1-second PB on their 7th time with us. Every little counts!

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First-timers and Visitors

There were 14 first-timers this week, to add to the nearly 2,500 people who have taken part in College Park parkrun since we started.

Kerry Callaghan has already volunteered a few times, but this was her first time running the course. She’s part of the crew from UMD’s School of Public Health that is trying out different roles at the event over the course of the semester. It turns out that Kerry’s a fairly speedy runner!

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Harvey Baker is the new Chief of Police in the Town of University Park. A couple of days ago he was quietly going about his business in town when he found Andrea, out on one of her nature walks. By some complete coincidence College Park parkrun came up in the conversation, and Andrea talked Harvey into joining us. We were very happy that he came along, together with his wife Zanetta. We hope that they will join us again!

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One of our first-timers this week brought along a first-time barkrunner. Hector Serra is another of the UMD SPH crew, and his mom Hilda came along this week, together with what one parkrunner described as “the perfect dog”. Welcome both!

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The DeMatha boys might have accounted for most of the earlier finishers this week, but it was first-timer Karen Kautz who hit the highest age-graded run of the day. Karen is in the 75-79 age group and she proceeded to take *12 minutes* from the previous age-group record, finishing in slightly over 30 minutes. Wow.

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Unusually for us, we had THREE parkrun tourists from the UK this week. Brothers Chris and John Smyth have done over 200 parkruns between them in the London area. This week they were visiting their cousin Maureen who lives in Bowie, MD. So imagine their good luck to find that CP parkrun was nearby. And they persuaded Maureen to come along too, and she enjoyed a walk on the trail with my mum.

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We also had a visit from Rachel Brown, who is based in Littleport, near Cambridge, UK. I know that part of the world fairly well, as it’s close to where I grew up. Let’s just say that our course may have seemed hilly compared to that area.

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One more visitor came as a very pleasant surprise. Vancouverite Susan H. has joined us a good few times over the past 2 summers while working at NASA. So she had never visited in the months with nicer weather. She is in DC for a short stay and she heard that it was our birthday, so she biked out from DC to join us. So good to see her again!

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Volunteers

Amy Duan tried out a new volunteer role this week, leading the first-timers briefing. This is a good role to try out if you want to volunteer and also run. Main role: make sure that everybody feels as welcome as possible.

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Debbie Levenson and Chris and Sam McGranahan have volunteered many times before -- they have been part of the CP parkrun team since the very beginning. It’s great to have their experience on hand. Sam tried out timekeeping with the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app. We’re hoping to switch more and more to using that, so that we can eventually dispense with dedicated hardware and wired connections. Garrett Day and Hector Serra were the UMD SPH volunteers this week. And Tomas Marambio wisely decided to volunteer instead of running this week, as he recovers from last week’s Chicago Marathon (big PB!).

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Misha Bernard and Külli Crespin were our tailwalkers and smile catchers. Abdur Rahman-Quadri also brought along his camera and took some great shots. Hump and Lisa expertly carried out the roles of being Hump and Lisa. Nobody does it better. Cotter Rosenberg, Alex Dystant, and Russ Dickerson sorted tokens while sipping coffee.

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And Andrea Zukowski led the show as Run Director for the umpteenth time. She thanked everybody else, and we all owe big thanks to Andrea for taking the initiative to create College Park parkrun.

What’s happening soon?

October 26th: We’re expecting a few milestones to celebrate in the coming weeks. As of now there are 6 CP parkrunners who have done 49 parkruns, and this week 4 people did their 97th.

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One celebration that is in store for next week is a double milestone for Steve and Cindy Feld. Steve and Cindy first joined us around the end of 2016 and became key members of the community, running and volunteering so many times. They later retired and moved to North Carolina, to be closer to family. But they will be back with us next week, when Steve will complete his 100th run, and Cindy will be volunteering for the 25th time. Yay!

November 3rd: yes, that’s a Sunday. We’ll be holding a meetup in the afternoon for parkrun teams from around the DMV region, to discuss ways that we can build on the existing parkrun communities to do more to serve the region, including new events, new connections, and broader collaboration. If you would like to take part, please drop me an email. My address is firstname.lastname@parkrun.com.

November 28th: Thanksgiving parkrun! Freest, friendliest turkey trot in the area.

January 1st: New Years parkrun. At the special time of 10:30am. Kensington parkrun will be going ahead at 8:30am, and you can do both if you are so inclined!

So much to look forward to!

Colin Phillips
Co-Event Director

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Worth Waiting For (Run Report #158)

A few really cool things happened this past parkrunday, October 12th 2019.

  • We completed the third year of College Park parkrun, our 158th event
  • We welcomed surprisingly many visitors, and hosted the parkrun USA Ambassaddors conference
  • Evan Hirsche zoomed down the trail to capture some amazing pictures for our photo album
  • 3-year old Mary Clare Schneider completed her first 5k under her own steam (unofficial, as you need to be 4 to have your own barcode), and we all melted
  • We enjoyed lovely early Fall weather
  • Zoe Phillips was one of 21 first-timers at College Park parkrun

... Few things better illustrate the fact that there are barriers to physical activity and that a supportive community can overcome it than Zoe’s story. And for me and Andrea, few experiences have been more rewarding than seeing Zoe take part this week.

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Really nobody has had a closer view of the development of College Park parkrun than Zoe. After all, Andrea and I are Zoe’s parents. And Zoe has volunteered many times before. CP parkrun is a safe place for Zoe. But between gender identity and mental and neurological challenges, organized sports has not seemed like the most inviting place.

But Zoe recently started running for health (and for school), and also started coming regularly to volunteer at CP parkrun. By volunteering regularly, Zoe got to know more people at the event, and spent time soaking up the welcoming vibe. This brought the confidence to take part as a runner.

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At the finish, Zoe declared: “I have never been cheered by so many people in my whole life!” And was filled with a glow of satisfaction. Running again next week? Absolutely!

We are thrilled to welcome all first timers, but I must admit this one was rather special for us. And we are so grateful to you all for creating the atmosphere that made Zoe feel very welcome.

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… and that’s not all. After 3 years of parkruns, we also welcomed for the first time our almost next door neighbors the Jackson family. They are like a second family to Zoe, and they have been following our Saturday morning activities from the very start. AND we also welcomed Kim Lopez, our lovely new across-the-street neighbor. It was like a block party!

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And not forgetting that Marvin Russell and Judy Barnes, our up the street neighbors who we met only through parkrun, BOTH set new PBs on their 114th and 80th parkruns, respectively. That’s impressive! For Judy, who is a very fast walker, it was her first time finishing under 40 minutes. Andrea was running to keep up.

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Three Years In

The first College Park parkrun was on October 15th 2016, so this was the final event of Year 3, event #158.

The participation totals for Year 3 are the biggest that we have seen so far, and almost double the numbers from Year 1..

  • 54 events
  • 1,292 runners and walkers completed 6,737 5Ks
  • 173 people volunteered 811 times
  • 957 new members of the community got a parkrun barcode

In total, CP parkrunners have now together covered almost 50,000 miles, that’s twice around the earth. Over 2,500 different people have taken part as runners and walkers, and 325 have volunteered.

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We are especially encouraged that College Park parkrun continues to grow in diversity. This year we welcomed many more walkers and walk-runners than last year. And we’re seeing more people from more backgrounds join us.

We are excited to see what Year 4 will bring!

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parkrun USA Ambassadors Meeting

Among this week’s first-timers were two people who I was especially happy to welcome to the Paint Branch Trail. I first met Laura Cornelissen and Drew Messinger in a hotel lobby in Boston MA on a snowy day in early 2017. They wanted to chat about starting a parkrun in Boston. We had recently done something similar in College Park, so we had a lot to talk about.

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One year later Laura presided over the launch of Jamaica Pond parkrun, the first parkrun in New England. I closely followed the process of getting the event started, as I was acting as the parkrun “ambassador” for the event. The Ambassadors are volunteers who help out with parkrun above the level of individual events.

In 2019 Laura and Drew got married in Worcester, UK, and their JP parkrun friends were there, taking in an extra parkrun, of course. And this week they were in town because they’re now helping out as parkrun USA ambassadors themselves, looking to support the further growth of parkrun communities in New England. Drew sped around our course, with Clark Ridge for company. And Laura took a more measured stroll, as she’s getting rather pregnant. So much to be happy about!

The ambassadors group (about 20 in number) fanned out across the various different DC-area parkruns. Most of them had visited College Park before, so they wanted to try out another one. But all met up at The Board and Brew afterwards. It was great to see a big crowd of locals and visitors chatting away.

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It was especially good to see Rory Murphy back in TB&B. He was a regular at CP in his first year in the US, later moving to start Leakin Park parkrun in Baltimore, and now Delaware & Raritan Canal parkrun in New Jersey, with more on the way.

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Then it was off to UMD for a weekend of interesting discussions with dedicated parkrun volunteers, looking closely at the continued growth of parkrun in the US and how to ensure safety, stability, and scalability as the growth continues. When we started meeting on the Paint Branch Trail in early 2016 the 5th US parkrun event had just started downtown at Fletcher’s Cove. Next weekend (10/26) Andrea will be away in Knoxville, TN supporting the launch of Third Creek Greenway parkrun, the 42nd US event. And there are many more in the works.

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Visitors

We don’t normally see many visitors at CP parkrun. It’s our special secret. But this week we had quite a few. In addition to the ambassadors …

Chris and Leonie McNeill visited us from Australia, where they normally do their parkrunning at Jells parkrun near Melbourne.

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Closer to home, we were happy to welcome back Vivienne, Natalie, and Autumn Miller from Leakin Park parkrun. What brought them to town? Vivienne’s brother Euan is responsible for parkrun Canada and he was in town for the conference, and so it was a great chance for a meetup with his nieces.

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Team Ross-Coomes, Stephanie, Ian, and Henry were with us all the way from Kensington parkrun. Henry first visited us when he was barely 2 weeks old, so it was good to see him back on the trail.

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And Sharon Bollers brought along her mom Joy, from Guyana, for a nice walk on the trail. Wonderful!

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And Imogen Davidson White took me by surprise by appearing unexpectedly. Imogen worked with me at UMD about ten years ago. She has been living and working in Prague for most of the time since then. But she was in town briefly, staying with an old friend who happens to be a parkrunner. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her before the start.

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And more …

3-year old Mary Clare completed the entire 5K under her own steam. Adorable!

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Countless people set new PBs. Including Nathan Widman, who left almost all of the grownups in the dust, improving his time to 19:14. And Nathan’s dad Andrew, who set his 6th consecutive PB!

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We were super happy to welcome Sahana Jayaraman as a first-time parkrunner this week. Last week she was with us working on her article for The Diamondback. She enjoyed that so much that she wanted to come back and run with us. Perfect!

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We had one milestone this week: Julian Gordon joined the 10 club. Nice job, Julian!

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And we had a wonderful crew of volunteers … of course. Lisa Wilson, Hump Plotts, Xinzi He and Kerry Callaghan were out on the trail. At the finish Darrell Stanaford, Svetlana Stanaford, Sma McGranahan, Debbie Levenson, and Saul Goldberg kept things running smoothly, under the watchful eye of run director for the day Chris McGranahan. And Evan Hirsche took some fantastic photos along the trail, which you can enjoy in our photo album here.

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Thank you to all! We’re very much looking forward to this week’s 3rd birthday celebration at College Park parkrun #159. Rumors of cake (or pumpkin pie, or both) may be accurate.

Colin

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Coming Together at CP parkrun (Run Report #157)

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) originally known as “Maryland Agricultural College,” was chartered in 1856 and held its first classes in 1859.  The city of College Park, Maryland was incorporated in 1945, but its neighborhoods—Berwyn, Old Town, Lakeland, Calvert Hills, and others—were developed starting in the 1880s, up and down the edge of the B&O Railroad line.

Long before roads, bridges, and buildings were here to obstruct our view, this region’s rain water flowed through our two local creeks, the Paint Branch and Little Paint Branch, beginning a winding route down to the Northeast Branch, to the Anacostia, to the Potomac, and finally into the Chesapeake Bay.

Every Saturday, parkrunners meet up at 9:00am on the Paint Branch Trail, close to the spot where the waters of the Paint Branch and the Little Paint Branch join forces in their journey to the sea. This area, it so happens, is also near where the residential and business neighborhoods in the northern part of College Park meet up to the edges of the University.

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Although parkrunners arriving by car might not notice it, they are actually crossing right over the Paint Branch as they come down the one-way bridge from Route 1.

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As parkrunners assemble at the starting line, the Paint Branch is out of sight behind the trees on the right.  But as we walk or run the course, we gradually get to see more and more water. We catch our first glimpse of the Paint Branch as we pass under the University Boulevard overpass.

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We can’t see the exact spot where the two branches converge because there’s a golf course in the way. But just past the golf course, about one mile into the parkrun, we cross two little bridges in quick succession—the first one crosses the Paint Branch, the second crosses the Little Paint Branch.

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Our view of the water gets better and better as we continue toward our turn-around pylon. The last segment of our outbound course follows close alongside the Little Paint Branch.

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Those who go to coffee or breakfast at the Board and Brew after parkrun can get there by following the trail south into UMD. There we have great views of the creek after the waters of the two branches have joined forces.

I was honored to serve as run director for event 157 at CP parkrun. I don’t have any full-time connection to the University or the City of College Park, but College Park is special for me because my daughter graduated from UMD, and a couple times over the years I have taught courses for UMD as an adjunct instructor. More recently, I have enjoyed Tuesday track night at UMD’s Kehoe Track with the Prince George’s Running Club.

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When I come to CP parkrun, I always look forward to seeing many familiar, friendly faces.  These include many who are affiliated with UMD—faculty, students, and staff, and also many who have no connection to the University but live in College Park and nearby communities, as well as regulars who come from farther afield.

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As I reflected on this week’s parkrun, I started thinking about how our course intertwines the Paint Branch and Little Paint Branch. It occurred to me that the joining of these two streams make a nice metaphor for how CP parkrun brings together people from the university and city communities.

This semester we have a group of students from UMD’s School of Public Health volunteering at CP parkrun.  This week, a big thank you to Brianna on Tokens, Hector and Luciano on setup and tail walking, and Matt as Hump protégé crossing marshal. We love to see you here, and are happy to see you come back.

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This week we were excited to welcome Sahana, city beat reporter for the Diamondback, the UMD student-run newspaper, along with photographer Joe. Sahana is writing a piece on CP parkrun, and this week had a chance to interview many regular participants and volunteers.  We hope her story raises awareness of CP parkrun in the campus community and attracts more students to participate. Perhaps one day we will look back at event 157 as the “watershed” moment in town-gown relations on the Paint Branch!

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A big CP parkrun welcome to first timers James and Christian, Abel, Mark, Isaiah, and Kuoyuan.  Kuoyuan is a senior at UMD studying software engineering. We hope to see you back!

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The much cooler weather this Saturday reminded us that autumn has arrived (fifty-five degrees as we walked to the Board and Brew!) and the advent of fall brought in a bumper crop of official milestones, unofficial milestones, and personal bests.

Big time kudos to Elmer, Bud, and Collette for making it to fifty!  (parkruns, that is, lest there be any confusion…) Elmer celebrated his 50th by bringing protein bars and water for everyone!  Thank you Elmer!

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We brought out the purple superhero cape for Neil, who volunteered for the 25th time!  Neil has completed 49 parkruns and very soon will be getting a new red shirt to go with the new purple one. Thanks for being a part of CP parkrun, Neil and Julie.

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Congratulations to four new members of our unofficial 25-timers club: “Speedster” Sam Phipps (first finisher 20 times!), Tomas Marambio, Rodney Green, and Michael Osman.

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Congratulations to our six new 10-timers: Xiao Ji, Kim Nickens, Lloyd Rawley, Noah Dowell, Matthew Dernoga, and Jason Petralia!

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We had thirty-one (!) returning participants setting PB times this week! Ice cream is on me, a different flavor for each one of you!

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This week’s parkrun was supported by 22 volunteers, representing the whole spectrum of the CP parkrun community.

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We have seen a bit of a surge in the volunteering spirit of late at CP, bringing us, so to speak, an “extra helping” of cheerful perfection to our well-oiled volunteer machine.

Token sorting this week was tackled by a crack team including a UMD professor of atmospheric science, a mayor of a nearby city, an accounting analyst, and a UMD economics PhD student who moonlights as a world-class competitor in Rubik’s cube. If those tokens are found to be out of order next week I’ll eat my new apricot UMD Terps hat.

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Speaking of extra helpings, Katie and Evan took some great photos this week.

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Happy trails!  See you next week on the Paint Branch.

-Stewart

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Defense Against the Dark Arts (Run Report #156)

Life can sometimes be overwhelming these days. What on earth is happening in the world? Why did we turn on the news? Will the planet survive?

Saturday mornings at parkrun won’t fix global warming or corruption or health crises. But they can certainly help us to recharge our batteries and our faith in the good people around us. It’s an antidote to some of the dark forces that currently threaten us.

So, “Defense against the Dark Arts” seems like a fitting summary.

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It was all the more fitting this week because we were sharing the park with the annual Turtle Cup tournament in Muggle Quidditch. No, we’re not really sure how that works either, but it’s clearly a thing, it evidently involves grown humans running around with broomsticks between their legs. And apparently UMD is fairly good at it.

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Thanks to everybody who helped with the parking challenges of sharing the park with the Quidditch teams. Many people rode their bike to parkrun -- good habit! And many others parked at a more distant lot. All good practice, as CP parkrun is continuing to grow, and we’ll increasingly need to ensure that we can accommodate everyone without creating parking mayhem.

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A few other things of note

Bruce Tisdale flew around the course in a PB of 16-something ... but even better than that, he brought along Johnnise for the first time, and she walked the course in a little under an hour. We love welcoming new walkers to share the trail with us!

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Marc Swisdak wore the red 50 sash for his milestone run. We were joined this week by SIX members of Team Bernard-Swisdak. And they brought along cake (thanks Misha!).

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Taylor Nickens’ 10-parkrun milestone slipped under our radar last time she joined us, so we gave her a belated round of applause this week.

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Team Hirsche-Cecil were looking great in their red shirts this week. Katie Hirsche came along on crutches, as she’s recovering from a season-ending injury.

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So she was part of the wonderful finish-line volunteer crew, together with Misha Bernard, Kerry Callaghan, Brianna Jelinek, and Dottie Jograj.

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Eddie Matus and John Ramsey both wore their lucky black parkrun 100 shirts. And they seemed to do the trick. John set his 3rd PB in as many outings, and Eddie ran his fastest time in more than 2 years. That’s enough for a ring of the PB bell, as far as we’re concerned.

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Dominique got to enjoy a run and some cake with her friend Christy, thanks to Dominique’s mom Mary, who joined us as a first-time parkwalker this week.

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And it was Lisa Wilson’s birthday! We told everybody about it at the start, so they would greet Lisa along the way. And so Lisa reported back to us that she heard from three different people that it was their birthday, too.

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Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Colin

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