13 October, 2018 - It was sort of strange this morning at Eagan parkrun #73. Something was missing. It wasn't the energetic atmosphere of our 32 runners/walkers - that never seems to be lacking. It wasn't the encouragement and camaraderie of everyone who participated - because that, of course, is always present too. What was missing was the rain...and NO ONE was complaining. After a week's worth of windshield wipers, umbrellas and puddles, it was finally dry today. The rain, however, was replaced with a definite chill in the air. Although nothing was frozen yet, there was no doubt that our beloved short Minnesota summer was officially over. We will likey enjoy one or two more "warm" Saturday mornings before Halloween, but the season of running pants and light gloves has definitely returned!
First to arrive this morning was Gary Salmon all the way from the U.K., where his home parkrun is Clapham Commons in London. Although Clapham parkrun launched in March of 2018, it is already drawing an average of 500 parkrunners each week! Gary and was in town while on holiday from his accounting position with Domino Records. Just finishing the Chicago Marathon last week, he earned the Number 1 finish token today with a speedy time of 19:24, and was excited for Sunday to see the Vikings play the Cardinals (which, as it turns out, resulted in a 27-17 win for Minnesota). Above, Gary poses for a picture with our volunteer barcode scanner Linda Kaye - who was awarded the honor of Eagan parkrunner of the Month for August 2018. Linda volunteered every Saturday in August, and today was her 15th volunteer appearance in 2018. In addition to barcode scanning today, she put in extra time this morning learning the pre-event setup routine. Thanks for your dedication to Eagan parkrun, and your great spirit each week Linda!
Also in from out of town today was our good friend Aiden Mullen from Dublin, Ireland for his 7th parkrun at here Thomas Lake (his 118th total parkrun finish). And, making his second Eagan parkrun appearance all the way from Lake Macquarie parkrun in Sydney, Australia was Simon Carver. Although it was only his second time at Eagan parkrun, today's run was Simon's 157th parkrun finish overall! Very impressive Simon. Finally, from this side of the Atlantic, we were thrilled to welcome Ben and Meghan Gieske (below) from College Park parkrun in Maryland. College Park parkrun hosted their 104th run today. Hope to see all of our out-of-town guests again soon! Maybe in a few months when we have some below zero temps?
With 7 first-timers today, the total number of individual runners that have completed Eagan parkrun to date is 887 - bringing the total number of finishes at Thomas Lake Park so far to 3,237. Thanks everyone for coming out each week, and for today, making Eagan parkrun part of your chilly Saturday morning!
Don't forget that there will be a special "holiday edition" of Eagan parkrun next month on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 22). Of course, as always, this special event is at 9:00 a.m., timed, and FREE! How many local turkey trots can say that? Hope to see you there! Volunteer positions are still available. Just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. For this week, a big thanks to the awesome volunteers that made Eagan parkrun #73 a success: Naveen Kumar, Linda Kaye, Rafe Jones, and Victoria Sharp-Jones.
Hope you can make it next Saturday for Eagan parkrun #74!