Run Report #117 – Draining the swamp (sort of) …

After a week of seemingly continuous rain, the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic Park Tow Path was nothing but puddles, puddles, and more puddles for this week’s parkrun. Swamp-like, so to speak.  And looking a lot like the Preakness that took place later in the day, and the Kentucky Derby two weeks prior.  The rain gods were ‘sort of’ smiling on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun as the rain became only a drizzle by our 9:00 a.m. start.

Hardcore is the only word to describe the 21 runners who braved the elements. Of the finishers, six have run more than 50 parkruns and one has run more than 100. Today’s top finisher was Robin Larner with a time of 20:30. Running in his 88th parkrun, Jeff Neradka came in second at 24:45. The third finisher and top woman was Mary Lowe Mayhugh with a time of 26:45. You can see all the run results at

Special thanks go to the Kingsbury Center’s Innovation 5K. They had priority use of the Tow Path for their 8:00 a.m. run, but graciously agreed to share it with Fletcher’s Cove parkrun.  And in the spirit of kindred runners, we entered a team in their 5K – Team parkrun: Cindy Cohen, Susan Crammond, David Donahue, Andres Falconer and Henry Wigglesworth.  Cindy finished first in the Adult Women’s Division; Andres was 3rd in the Adult Men’s Division.  And Henry graciously stepped in midway through the race, to course-correct the midpoint turn-around.  Final note: Not getting enough puddles, puddles, and more puddles – Cindy and Andres double ‘dipped’, running Fletcher’s Cove parkrun on short rest!

Thanks go to volunteers Tita Chico, David Donahue, Sylvia Lesic, Nico Foxley, Tomas Foxley, Jason Legum, and Manuel Rivera. Please sign up to volunteer in a future run. Your help will be greatly appreciated by your fellow runners!

As with other Saturdays, the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun does not really end when the last finisher crosses the line. It continues with fellowship at Black Coffee on MacArthur Boulevard.  Join us!

Finally, an important reminder:  We are now enforcing the parkrun policy – No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions. It also means you will note get credit for your next parkrun milestone. So remember to bring it, wear it, wristband it, laminate it and have it with you every Saturday.

-  Joseph McKenzie, Run Director #117


Run Report #116 – A Fletcher’s Cove Record Breaking parkrun!

A Fletcher’s Cove Record Breaking parkrun! Not for the number of runners, but for the extraordinary roster of volunteers – our largest ever cohort, so first big round of applause to the generous spirit of the 20 volunteers pitching in today:

Run Director - Dan OWEN; Timekeepers - Julia A FIGUEREDO and Alex FOXLEY; Barcode Scanners - Nancy EDSON and Lailah STRUBE; Finish Tokens - Håkan LONÆUS; Marshals - Melissa BODEAU, Jason LEGUM, Paul DURBIN, Jenese JACKSON, Zak OWEN and Bella OWEN; Tail Walker - Robin LARNER; Photographers - Michael BENDER and Alejandro MALDONADO; Volunteer Co-ordinator - David DONAHUE; Funnel Managers - Andres FALCONER and James Oscar LONAEUS; Finish Token Support – Henry WIGGLESWORTH.

Why so many volunteers? Because run #116 was a Mother’s Day 5k parkrun collaboration with DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s FitDC program and we expected a surge in numbers. Perhaps the rising tide of temperatures acted as a restraint – today’s run had us perspiring joyfully in anticipation of the long summer running Fletcher’s Cove ... 128 completed the Parkrun today and hearty congratulations to the many first timers and a very happy Mother’s Day to all.  Thanks to DPR and FitDC for the excellent partnership and to the November Project for the warm-up.

Pease sign up to volunteer in a future run. Your help will be greatly appreciated by your fellow runners!

You can see all the run results at

Today we played catch up with the parkrun law of the land – No Barcode, No time, No exception – so remember to bring it, wear it, wristband it, laminate it and have it with you every Saturday.

Keep Calm and Keep parkrunning!

-          Dan Owen, Run Director #116


Run Report #115 – CincoK de Mayo

Did you catch the subtlety of the headline (5K de Mayo?)!

The 115th Fletcher’s Cove parkrun celebrated Tomas Foxley’s 13th birthday as our flawless volunteer timekeeper for the day’s race. Tomas was born 05/05/05 (how cool is that!); his papa Alex was our other timekeeper for the day. Thanks, Tomas for starting your birthday celebrations with your parkrun family! He was joined by 76 runners for the CincoK de Mayo run.

The race posted 12 Personal Best times, and included 17 First Time runners (who we hope to see gain soon at Fletcher’s Cove or any of our other area parkrun locations).

Joe Schoenbauer was the overall first place finisher, and in his second parkrun, posted a Personal Best of 19:37. Congrats Joe!  He was closely followed by Robin Larner (19:53) and Andrew Shen (20:11).

In the Women’s Division, Chelsea Porter led the way with a time of 25:26.  And like Joe, she was closely followed by April Cisneros (25:41) and Katie Beach (25:48).

You can see all the results at

Shout outs and milestones:

** Lola Orlove Rodriguez (31:43) was first in the under10, Junior Women’s age group, earning her parkrun milestone t-shirt in her 10th parkrun.

** Jyothi Aisha Ramiah Petit (27:04) was first in the Junior Women’s, age 15-17 age group.   It was a Personal Best, and she also earned a parkrun milestone t-shirt in her 10th parkrun.

** Jaycob McMahon, of the YMCA of Canberra (capital city of Australia) Runners Club, ran his 135th parkrun, only 15 away from 150!

** Kirsty Lonergan is nearing her 100th parkrun – just 6 to go

** And I (Sylvia), just earned my Volunteer Club milestone t-shirt, representing 25 parkrun volunteer occasions.

Looking ahead to next Saturday, May 12th, Fletcher’s Cove parkrun is hosting the DC Park and Rec’s FitDC program, with a special Mother’s Day Weekend Run.  We anticipate upwards of 200+ runners.  So come out and support parkrun and Fit DC!  And we will need some additional volunteer support, as well!

IMPORTANT: Starting on May 12th, we will begin enforcing the parkrun policy – NO BARCODE, NO RESULTS. Be sure to print out your barcode, and bring to the run. TIP:  Laminate your barcode or consider purchasing a wrist band or key fob with your parkrun barcode imbedded on it.  AND, here’s the real rub - with no barcode, you will not get run credit to your next parkrun milestone level!!

Thanks to this week's volunteers:  Alex FOXLEY  •  Amie PENDLETON-KNOLL  •  Andres FALCONER  •  Dan OWEN  •  David DONAHUE  •  Emma IMPAVIDO  •  Håkan LONÆUS  •  Linda RAHAL  •  Robert MARTIN  •  Tomas FOXLEY

Pease sign up to volunteer in a future run. Your help will be greatly appreciated by your fellow runners!

-          Sylvia Lesic, Run Report Writer #114, Volunteer Co-Coordinator


Run Report #114 – Flexible and Persistent!

Today’s run showed that our 81 parkrunners are flexible and persistent! The group included 13 first time parkrunners. Today’s run shared the C&O Canal Towpath with other races, including a walk/run in the same direction as our regular course. A game day decision was made by the novice Run Director to reverse the route and head towards Georgetown. Much to the surprise of our flexible and persistent parkrunners, they met up with another group of racers that started in Georgetown at the Alexandria Aqueduct, with their turn around amidst our reverse course. Added to the flexible, persistent attributes of these 81 runners, their very accommodating nature should be included.

Today’s route provided for a great number of Personal Bests, so the down hill and tailwind in both directions (?) was an added plus to the alternate route!

The American University Running Club swept the first four positions for the run today: Casiano Koprowski 18:54, Daniel Ritter 19:00, Joseph Cosgrave 19:37 and John Guarino 20:11. They were a part of 9 members of their club that participated in Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #114.

Clare Wigglesworth roared in around the puddles as the first female at 21:19. Oh, did I forget to mention yesterday’s April showers not only brought spring flowers, but many puddles throughout the course.

Eric London posted a 24:30 for his milestone 50th parkrun! Way to go Eric, and congratulations!

As always a big thank you to our volunteers: Sarah Appleton, Mari Bailey, Hugh Lonergan, Hakan Lonaeus, Tim Ramsey, Erin Ryan, Henry Wigglesworth and today’s Marshal Matt Hansen (who the novice run director sent with a cone and her GPS watch to find the turn-around).

- Sylvia Lesic, Novice Run Director, #114; Volunteer Co-coordinator


Run Report #105


On Friday, practically everything was shut because of the heavy winds.  Although tons of people lost power and trees were downed along the canal, that didn’t stop the Fletcher’s Cove team from hosting an enjoyable 5k!  Because a tree fell over along our usual route, this week’s run went towards Georgetown instead.  On the way out, 31 parkrunners had the winds at their backs, but then had to fight to sprint, jog and walk back to the finish line.


Amazingly, Steven Couper, Timothy Reid and Cj Libassi all scored personal bests.  We also welcomed three first timers: Steve Proctor, Anthony Bale and Mareike Schomerus.

First Finisher March 3

In first place was Daniel Ritter (in the bright orange), head of the running club at American University.  Claire Wigglesworth took second place, followed by Gabrielle McKenzie.  The prize for Fluffiest Parkrunner and Good Boy goes to Leo, Jason Legum’s dog, but Kirsty Lonergan and her son were by far the cutest pair of runners.


Above: The first Lonergan to finish

Thank you so much to this week’s heroes: Andres Falconer, Julia Figueredo, Claire Wigglesworth, Hugh Lonergan, Joseph McKenzie, Amie Pendleton-Knoll, Manuel Rivera, Ian Ross, Ryan Smith, Amy Woitach and Elena Woitach


Above: Jason Legum's dog, Leo

We’d love to hear from you folks!  If you’d like to volunteer or have some pictures from the week’s parkrun, go ahead and shoot us an email at


Run Report #104

Despite the promises of rain for yesterday’s run, everyone was glad for the burst of sunshine.  This week, we had 44 runners, 10 of which were first timers!  We all hope you’ll join us next week.  We had visitors all the way from Poland, Paweł and Natalia Szlarb: thanks so much for coming out to run with us and make sure to drop by when you’re in the area again!


The first male and first finisher was Jason Sprouls, while Claire Wigglesworth was the first female finisher and came in third place overall.  The first person in the 11-14 year old bracket was Olivia Woitach, followed closely by Scarlet Mann, a first timer.  Way to go!  We had eight personal bests today!  Congratulations to Allan Dosik, Claire O’Connor, Jane Jamieson, April Cisneros, Vince Sprouls, Steven Cooper, and Ryan Smith (who achieved second place overall!).


Thanks a million to this week’s volunteers, Stephanie Coomes, Christine Hackman, Raj Johnson, Jason Legum, Tim Ramsey, Henry and Claire Wigglesworth and Julia Figueredo.
We’d love to hear from you folks!  If you’d like to volunteer (it’s super duper fun) or have some pictures from the week’s parkrun, go ahead and shoot us an email at



Run Report 101


This week, 63 people completed the course and enjoyed the lovely weather.  The first finisher both overall and for the men was Robert Wolfe, while the first female finisher was Katie Beach.

There were nine personal bests as well as nine first timers who were greeted with loud cheers from the finish line.  Andres Falconer (pictured in red below) also achieved a personal best: he is now one year older than he was last year!  After finishing parkrun, he went home for a surprise birthday party.



It was a great Saturday for the kids, since we saw many of them helping their parents volunteer for the run.  Many thanks this week to: Stephanie Coomes, Andres Falconer, Julia Figueredo, Kirsty Lonergan, Jeff Neradka, Claire O’Connor, Dan Owen, Mariana Rahal, Steven Schonberger and Olivia Skerlj.  Parkrun wouldn’t exist without you!

If you would like to volunteer, check the future roster for available positions and then shoot us an email at



100th Parkrun and 2 Year Anniversary Run Report

Claire Wigglesworth Wishing Everyone a Happy 100th Parkrun

Today was our 100th Parkrun!  Thanks to everyone who could make it!

Runners Cross the Starting Line

93 runners and nine volunteers showed up on this lovely morning to celebrate not only 100 runs, but our 2nd year anniversary.  We begun the festivities with the usual speech which was then followed by some words ,  singing alternate lyrics to “500 Miles” and then started the run.

Runners Pass Hockey Players

This week’s Parkrun has been full of firsts: there were 18 personal bests and 13 first timers.  The first male runner to finish was John Crumbliss who earned a personal best, followed by Henry Wigglesworth.  His daughter, Claire Wigglesworth was the first female runner to finish, followed closely by Gabrielle McKenzie who also scored a personal best.  The first in the 11-14 age group to finish was Alcaro Orlove Rodríguez.  The runners also had a chance to see some hockey players coming to make the most of the icy canal before it melted.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who worked to make the 100th Parkrun special: Carter Beach, Susan Crammond, Julia Figueredo, Jason Legum, Sylvia Lesic, Dan Owen, Rodger Potocki, Ian Ross, Olivia Skerlj.

Pizza Party!

After the run, many runners went to freshen up, and then we reconvened for the Pizza Party!  The Wigglesworths provided a fantastic chocolate cake while the folks at 7th Hill provided excellent pizza.


Run Report #95 – Who ran over 25 Million meters?

What a beautiful sunny Winter day to enjoy the C&O Canal Towpath, a National Park and a parkrun! This week we had 40 runners, (1 PB set by Katie Beach) and with 11 runners joining us for the first time. Also we were happy to welcome some local tourists from College park parkrun, welcome!

We had a great crew of volunteers that made this week's event happen! Kevin Camp handed out finish tokens; Jason Legum and Carter Beach were keepers of all the times; Alice Bender scanned your barcode; Andres Falconer served heroically as our turnaround marshal not loosing a single runner; and Alex Foxley was the tail walker and all round equipment/event setup guy. Thank you, everyone!

The first female finishers were:

1. Zoe Cachion - 24:47

2. Sylvie Mortimer - 26:06

3. Katie Beach - 26:35 (New PB)

The first male finishers were:

1. Steve Reilly - 22:00

2. Andrew Foose - 22:05

3. Paul Cachion - 22:30

Did you know?

Over 2,000 people have now registered at Fletcher's Cove parkrun as their home parkrun, of which we have collectively now run over 25 Million meters along the C&O Canal Towpath together since starting in January 2016! Here's to the next 25 Million (wonder if that will be a future parkrun milestone t-shirt?)

Fletcher's Cove parkrun is a community event run entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering (it's fun and you get to wear a fluorescent yellow vest!), check out the future roster and send an email to

See you next parkrunday, (Don't forget to sport your festive running attire at Fletcher's on Dec 23rd for a Christmassy parkrun!)

Happy running!

Ian R


Run Report #85 – Happy 13th Anniversary, parkrun!


When you rolled up to Fletcher’s Cove this morning, did you have any inkling you’d be celebrating your anniversary with 52+ of your funnest, sweatiest buddies? Better than champagne. Better than flowers and chocolate – we were all gifted with a glorious morning kissed with sunshine and smiles :)

Any milestone presents the opportunity to look both back and forward. The first parkrun 13 years ago in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK saw a mere 13 participants. And today? Approximately 200,000 participants every weekend at over 1,200 parkrun events worldwide. Wow! Despite this tremendous growth, now, just as back then, parkrun remains a timed 5k, volunteer-led, free for all to enter. Here’s looking forward to the new additions to the parkrun family (coming soon!) in the DMV and worldwide. Welcome, we’re so glad you could join us.

A shout out to our visiting parkrunners from both far (UK) and near (Cleveland, OH) as well as our 10 Fletcher’s Cove first timers. Thanks for starting out your weekend with us!

This morning, first male finisher across the line was Mr. Consistency, Enrico KUHN, in 17:39. Last week Enrico finished first a mere one tick faster, in 17:38. Excellent, Enrico! First female was junior runner Emily ALMAGRO in 23:01. Emily may be young in years, but she’s an old hand at this finishing first thing. This is her 2nd time (in three starts) as first female across the line. Congrats, Emily!

New PBs? Oh yes! Congrats on your fastest time yet Paul RYAN (20:53), Giulio IACOVIELLO (23:44), Roger WEBB (25:01), Fred FAGERSTROM (25:08), Plauto FLORIANO (28:07), and Lisa GREENMAN (32:24)! And of course, apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently omitted.

As a reminder – the plastic finishing tag you receive as you cross the line should be left onsite with the barcode scanner volunteer in order for us to register your time and so that we can use the tag again next week (and the week after that, and the week after that….) Thanks for being so conscientious (and helping keep our costs down so that we can remain free for all comers).

High-fives to this week's superstar volunteers: Alex FOXLEY, Carter BEACH, Henry WIGGLESWORTH, Jason LEGUM, Michael BENDER, Paul DURBIN, and Sylvia LESIC. You were an awesome, fun, and superbly efficient team to work with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you love parkrun as much as we love parkrun, then click on the link in your results email to receive volunteer emails – we’ll ping you only when we need a little extra help. Just ask Fletcher’s Cove parkrunner Manuel RIVERA how good it felt to volunteer for the first time last week. Awesome, eh Manuel? :)

And with that, I bid you adieu for now. Have a great weekend!


--Silver Lumsdaine, Run Director

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