Finally…Creekside parkrun #4

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After cancelling last week due to heavy rain in the area, Creekside parkrun finally held parkrun #4 on October 16. Eight parkrunners and 1 barkrunner enjoyed the crisp fall temps for today’s event. We also saw 5 new faces, including Dash the first-time barkrunner.

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Creekside parkrun was excited to welcome tourist Michael B. (Our first out-of-state tourist!!) Michael B also earned the first male finisher honors with a time of 30:16. First-time parkrunner Ashley B earned first female finisher honors with a time of 33:22.

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Mary K and Whitney K earned personal bests today. Check out complete results here.

Special thanks to volunteers Sam A, Lorie M, Sherri A, Kathleen K, Jerry W, and Joyce W for making today’s event possible. It takes a minimum of 6 volunteers each week to operate a successful event. The volunteer roles are easy and fun. Email for more information or to sign up.

Join us next Saturday at Creekside Park in Archdale. The event briefing begins around 8:50 a.m., with the 5k starting at 9 a.m. Come out to enjoy the fall colors and cool temperatures or train for your next race. Creekside parkrun is for all ages and abilities, so bring the entire family.


No Creekside parkrun on October 9

Heavy rain and a flood advisory this morning have caused us to make the difficult decision to cancel Creekside parkrun for Saturday, October 9. We'll be back next Saturday at 9 a.m.


Happy 17th, parkrun!

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Creekside parkrun celebrated the 17th birthday of parkrun on October 2 with 16 finishers and 1 barkrunner…17 total! (Did you see what we did there?) It was a gorgeous fall morning for Creekside parkrun #3. We met 9 first-timers at Creekside, and 8 of those finished their first parkrun ever.

Brian K was the first male finisher with a time of 24:39, and Katie H was the first female finisher with a time of 32:54. Four parkrunners earned personal bests this week…John L, Wendy B, Donna C, and Bruce C. Check out complete results here.

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Although the fall colors haven’t peaked yet in central N.C., an interesting and colorful plant was spotted along the trail. The American Strawberry Bush, sometimes called Bursting Heart, is pretty to look at and apparently deer love to eat it, but according to some sources it’s poisonous to humans.


A shoutout to this week’s volunteers…Samantha A, Sherri A, Cathy H, Kathleen K, Lorie M, Mary Joan P, Jerry W and Joyce W. We couldn’t have parkrun without you! There are several volunteer opportunities each week. For those who want to run or walk the 5k and volunteer the same day, there are opportunities to set-up and check the course, be the last one to finish as the tail walker, and write the run report (like this!). Other volunteer roles that take place during the event are directing the day’s event, keeping time, distributing barcodes, scanning barcodes, taking photos, and being a course marshal. All the volunteer roles are easy and fun! If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team sometime, email us at

Join us next Saturday at Creekside Park in Archdale. The event briefing begins around 8:50 a.m., with the 5k starting at 9 a.m. Whether you’re interested in a nice stroll in a beautiful park, want to get exercise and enjoy the fresh air, or you’re an elite runner trying to improve your time, parkrun is for you!

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Creekside parkrun #2 September 25, 2021


A bright, sunny sky and cooler temperatures provided a great atmosphere for Creekside parkrun’s second official event on Sept. 25.

A total of 11 people ran, jogged and walked the course in Archdale, NC’s Creekside Park. There were 5 first-time Creekside parkrunners, including 3 who completed their first parkrun ever, and 5 participants recorded their personal bests!

Creekside welcomed 2 friends from the Durham (NC) parkrun. That event has been generous in helping the Creekside volunteers learn the ins and outs of parkrun.

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For Sept. 25, Creekside parkrun’s first male finisher was Tyler M, who recorded a time of 17:42, and the first female finisher was Deborah S, who recorded a time of 29:19. You can see all the run results at

Three barkrunners accompanied their owners on the trek. Chili, a tri-colored collie, who finished her second parkrun, was joined by two other barkrunners: Ralphie, a Shepherd mix sporting a dog paw sweater, and Bella, an American bulldog.


Mary Joan P served as run director for the Sept. 25 event. Volunteers included Joyce W, Jerry W, Samantha A, Cathy H, Karen T, Kathleen K, and Janie A.

Come on out and join us each Saturday at 9 a.m. on the trail near Mose Drive behind the Senior Center at Creekside Park. All ages and abilities are welcome.


Inaugural Creekside parkrun 9/18/2021

On a late summer morning under the requisite Carolina blue sky, Creekside parkrun made its debut to the elation of planners who had been working on establishing this second North Carolina parkrun since early 2020. The original start date had been April 2020 before COVID put a stop to parkruns around the world for many months.


A total of 27 people ran, jogged and walked the course at Archdale, NC’s Creekside Park. Two barkrunners (dogs) also participated. There were 13 first-time parkrunners, and the Creekside founders welcomed 12 friends from the Durham (NC) parkrun, including Julie M, who brought some delicious cookies for the participants.


Creekside parkrun’s first male finisher was Philip M, who recorded a time of 18:29, and the first female finisher was Melissa C., who recorded a time of 21:48. The average finish time was 37:55.

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The first barkrunner finisher was Chili, a beautiful tri-colored collie.


Also participating was Archdale City Manager Zeb H, who had a warm welcome for the group on behalf of the city.

Creekside parkrun co-director Joyce W led seven other volunteers on Sept. 18 for the first event. Joyce’s husband, Jerry, and daughter, Brooke, were among the volunteers, which also included Catherine W, co-director Mary Joan P, Cathy H, Karen T and Sherri A. Catherine is Creekside parkrun’s ambassador from the international organization. She drove down from New Jersey for the event, and also participated. Catherine’s home parkrun is the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun.


A special thanks to the city of Archdale, Archdale Parks & Recreation, and Creekside Park for hosting this new parkrun.

Creekside Park is Archdale's 110-acre, municipal-owned park. Park amenities include 4 lighted tennis courts, 3 lighted ball fields, 3 t-ball fields, 2 playgrounds, 2 picnic shelters, an 18 hole Disc Golf Course, and 3 miles of asphalt walking trails. Archdale Recreation Center is located in the park and includes a full-size gymnasium and meeting rooms.

Make plans to join us each Saturday at 9 a.m. on the trail near Mose Drive behind the Senior Center.

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