Run Report #230 – hundreds of kids (well almost!)

Saturday was certainly a day for the younger generation, with a surge of runners from local schools that saw Fletcher's Cove parkrun having the biggest turnout in the post-lockdown era, at 91 participants and a fantastic 38 first timers!

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One of the schools taking part was BASIS Independent McLean, who used the opportunity for 18 of their students to stretch out their legs and try some group running as part of their physical education programme - it was great to see them all with smiles on their faces and hopefully we'll see some of them back again in future weeks.

4In other achievements, Oya took home gold (well a red sash) and is now a proud member of the 50 club, with a red parkrun t-shirt on its way shortly - quite a few of our regulars are close to their milestones, so more photos to follow soon...

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parkrun continues to be for everyone, all ages and abilities and it was great to see post-run tips being shared as people edge ever closer to achieving personal bests (13 this week!) as the humidity drops again - enjoy the temperatures as we approach the Fall (Autumn for our British cohort), before we starting moaning about the cold and look back to the Summer with fond memories!

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Well done to Maria as our Run Director this week, her first time in this role, which she carried off to perfection!  Maria was ably supported by a strong team of volunteers - thanks Jolanta, Neil, Dan, Martin, Rodger, Nancy, Linda, Soroush, Lucinda, Katherine, Jasmine & Cecilia!

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There are plenty of volunteer roles, so do have a chat with the team if interested - it's a great way to support the parkrun community and keep these events free, forever, for everyone!

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See you next week!  Matt

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Run Report #229 – Fletcher’s Cove parkrun

241856667_10159882114408938_108925459291216235_n9/11. Twenty years have passed. For many of us, memories and images from 11 September 2001 remain vividly imprinted in our consciousness. We all can remember where we were, the shock and extended agony of that day, a day that witnessed almost 3,000 lives lost and changed the shape and form of the 21st century.

Twenty years on, the bright sunshine and resplendent blue sky was eerily reminiscent of 9/11/01.

Our collective thoughts were drawn back to that day and to where we are today, guided by the moving words of Matt, our RD and resident Marine, reminding us that the "free forever" freedoms we enjoy with parkrun are freedoms that we so easily take for granted, but that often are fought for. We took a moment to celebrate the Veterans amongst us, and stood as one to remember the sorrows, the grief, the staggering losses, the extraordinary heroism all on display that fateful day.

So much work to do to bend our common future, to make social justice meaningful for everyone, to make the world a better, fairer place. Think global, act local. There's something about our small parkrun collective endeavor that captures so directly the smorgasbord of aspirations that are tailor-made for a more sustainable and more caring world: inclusive, community-focused, fostering positive social capital, founded on volunteerism, self-sustaining, welcoming, non-judging....

So, as ever, we start with a round of applause to the selfless good deeds of this week's 13 volunteers, without whose stepping up, this event would not have happened: Aaron ZITNER  •  Dan OWEN  •  Daniel CONNOR  •  Douglas RINGEL  •  Linda RAHAL  •  Lucinda FLEESON  •  Maria GARCIA  •  Mariana RAHAL  •  Matt CHURCHWARD  •  Nancy EDSON  •  Richard GLAVEN  •  Rodger POTOCKI  •  Zoe PERSINA

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Please consider volunteering. A good rule of thumb is to contribute to a volunteer spot every 10 runs or thereabouts. If you would like to volunteer for future weeks, look out for the whiteboard on Saturday mornings, go to the volunteer roster page on the website (https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/volunteer/) or simply drop us an email at fletcherscove@parkrun.com

This week saw 59 parkrunners at Fletcher's Cove, including 4 first timers. With a marathon taking place on our normal course, we switched direction and ran the reverse route down the towpath towards Georgetown.

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Big Up to Kevin Downie, who notched up his 50th milestone parkrun ! More milestones approaching in coming weeks, so watch this space...

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Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page.

To keep up to date with the latest news, future events and photos, like and follow Fletcher's Cove Parkrun on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/

Please make sure you log in on parkrun.com to your parkrun profile and opt in for emails from us - important, for example, when we need to communicate event cancellations, etc. (fingers crossed, not needed - we have had to do that once in the past 5 years, due to an excessive heat advisory one summer).

We have several more Saturday's over the course of the next month where we will be running the reverse course again - keep an eye on our Facebook page for details. We are planning to make use of one of those occasions, on October 9th, to have a tailgate post-parkrun coffee and cake in the lower level parking lot just below the finish line, so make a note in the calendar.

Keep strong, stay healthy - let's make the world a better place - best, Dan

 

 

 

 

Run Report #228 The perfect day for a run.

It was a gorgeous day for a run in the park and a perfect day for a park run.

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It was a glorious day with perfect weather in the mid 60s low humidity and a cool breeze for all 76 park runners to enjoy. It was so nice out that 4 visitors from other clubs came to discover the charms of Fletcher's Cove this early September morning.

FB_IMG_1630810650315We've gone back to wearing our masks for our pre-run briefs, but that did not dampen our spirits. In fact the cloudless blue skies and mild temperatures brought out the best in the 20 athletes who posted personal bests. The beautiful weather must have also brought out the 9 new runners who joined us for the first time today.

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It's never too early to introduce kids to the joys of the great outdoors and the benefits of exercise. The competitive spirit lives on with a new generation of parkrunners thank you to all the families that bring their young ones along. We all cheered as two of these kids raced each other to a photo finish!

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As our post run coffee get-together continues to grow in popularity we explored new ways to maybe streamline the ordering/ queueing process. It's still a work in progress so we're open to ideas. We should acknowledge how accommodating and friendly the staff have been at https://blackcoffeedc.com/. If you've worked up an appetite after your run please do try one of their delicious breakfast sandwiches.

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Finally a great big thank you to all those who volunteered to help this week. Clare, Dan, Martin, Nancy, Scott, Linda, Michael, Tricia, Matt, Rob, Jennifer and Maria thank you.

FB_IMG_1630810742520Parkrun is a community run organization that continues to exist because of those who generously donate their time every week. If you would like to join the halls of Parkrun fame and become a volunteer just follow this link: https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/futureroster/.You'll feel better for it and you'll earn our eternal gratitude.

Have a great week everyone and see you next time.

HT

 

 

 

Run Report #227 – another hot one!

Another week, another parkrun, it was super hot, but all had good fun!

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Although the humidity and heat continued to challenge, we welcomed an impressive 72 parkrunners at Fletcher's Cove this Saturday, one of our highest turnouts in the post-lockdown era... and continuing with the trend of first timers, Nancy briefed another 9 this week - great to see you all, please come back!

2and somehow, despite the heat, another 9 managed to record personals bests - watch out for more as we approach the fall!

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The great thing about PBs is that it's personal to you - there is never any pressure and the only person who ever comes last is our tail-walker!

5Whilst on those merry bunch of guys & girls - as always, a super huge thanks to our volunteers, superbly conducted by Martin as our Run Director this week: thanks Dan, Lisa, Nancy, Shafick, Emma, Ben, David, Sol, Lien, Neil, Maria, Nica & John!

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There are plenty of volunteer roles to choose from and many allow you to complete a run as well - if you fancy taking the photographs one week, or writing a run report, then do please ask one of the team or respond to the weekly emails.  On the run reports it would be great to get some feedback & quotes from tourists on their first impression of Fletcher's Cove parkrun, so do please share this plea on social media if you get a chance.

See you next week!  Matt

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Run Report #226 – coffee anyone?

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We're seeing an average number of around 60 parkrunners per week at Fletcher's Cove since opening again and this week didn't disappoint - a brave 60 tackled the Washington DC humidity on Saturday morning, including 7 first timers.

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We welcomed tourists from overseas...

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and closer to home, including Daltyn from Roosevelt  Island who took home first place!  Close behind, the buggy competition was hotly contested, with UK taking gold...

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Even thought the August humidity brought on a sweat, 5 of the Fletcher's cohort recorded personal bests this week - they obviously had their Weetabix that morning!

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Encouraging everyone along, a big thanks to all the volunteers this week: Alex, Dan, Steven, Nancy, Michael, David, Chris, Alexandra, Lucinda, Martha, Neil & Katherine!

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Our post-coffee routine is getting more popular and this week saw a few fun & games with tables & chairs (you had to be there!), so next week in the spirit of competition within the Palisades community, a few of us will congregate at Buna Bicycle Cafe at 4828 MacArthur Blvd NW.  All are welcome to come along for some post-run analysis and it's a great way for the regulars to encourage all our first-timers to return!

I'll close with a caption competition this week - our duo of token counters - post your entries on our Facebook site and the winner gets a free coffee next Saturday!  Have a great week, Matt.

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Run Report #225 – road closures and more first timers!

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Although a rather last-minute set of road closures added a bit of extra driving for some, we still managed to welcome 50 participants at Fletcher's Cove on Saturday, including a whopping 14 first timers!  We do hope many of these will come back, so please do share our social media and help spread the good news...

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and well done for the 5 of you who managed to get a PB in the heat!

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A quick note of thanks for your understanding at the start.  As many of the regulars will know, we have often been blessed with an appearance by a celebrity passing through - at the request of their team, we were asked to avoid a fuss, so that's what we did.  We are one of many users of the C&O canal path, so always keen to ensure that all can come along and enjoy this special place, sharing the experience.

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Talking of celebrities, we also welcomed back another star - great to see you Manuel!

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and on the subject of stars, thanks as always to the merry band of volunteers, including Dan, Jason, Bella, David, John, Katherine, Greg; and also to Mark & John who came along to help out as timers in preparation for their own new Baltimore & Annapolis trail event - good luck fellas!

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Run Report – Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #224 August 7th 2021

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This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers. A big welcome to all those who ventured out for the first time at FC this week. We love that we are welcoming new participants every week at this impressive degree of magnitude - a quarter of our contingent. Do keep doing your bit to spread the word. Of our total this week, we had 26 women, 31 men.

 

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parkruns only keep going through the good graces of volunteers and this event was made possible by the generosity of 12 noble souls. Big hats off to Rodger POTOCKI • Matt CHURCHWARD • Bella CHURCHWARD • David SILVER • Terence DUNBAR • Alexandra IVERSON-DAY • Soroush BASSAM • Barry MERRITT • William IVERSON-DAY • Hakam TAKASH • Maria GARCIA • Dan OWEN

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Please consider volunteering. A good rule of thumb is to contribute to a volunteer spot every 10 runs or thereabouts. If you would like to volunteer for future weeks, look out for the whiteboard on Saturday mornings (you can’t miss it!), go to the volunteer roster page on the website (https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/volunteer/) or simply drop us an email at fletcherscove@parkrun.com

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Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page.

Today we doff our collective caps to celebrate the big TEN milestone for our junior hero - Brooks Beach. Keep running, keep smiling, Brooks. Another 40 and another shirt will be yours for the keeping. (we did also celebrate a milestone 50, but realized once results were processed that that was a wee bit premature, so will be holding off the naming and glorifying for a couple more runs!)

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Juniors really stood out this past Saturday - and under 15s represented a solid 20% of our turnout. parkrun is all about a run/walk for EVERYONE - inclusion is our fuel and our lifeblood, and seeing so many of the younger generation is such a positive.

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At the other end of the spectrum, I need to pay tribute to my own dear mother who, aged a tender 89, decided to venture out to try her first parkrun in west London on a rain-soaked weekend. And she loved it!

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From Fletcher's, good luck, Angela, bidding adieu to Fletcher's as she moves to London, and have fun with our parkrun friends at Gunnersbury.

 

To keep up to date with the latest news, future events and photos, like and follow Fletcher's Cove Parkrun on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/

And please remember, if you have not done so, to log in on parkrun.com to your parkrun profile and opt in for emails from us - important, for example, when we need to communicate event cancellations, etc. (fingers crossed, not needed - we have had to do that once in the past 5 years, due to an excessive heat advisory one summer).

Keep smiling, your next parkrun is just a short stretch away - best, Dan

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Fletcher’s run report #223 – PBs!

I'll start this week with a serious outbreak of morale amongst the volunteers - if you fancy getting in on the action, then ask one of our high-vis vest heroes and we'll find a role that works for you...

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we were blessed with a respite from the heat which allowed 14 of our 60 participants this week to record a personal best time - well done all!

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A special shout out to Scott who celebrated his 50th parkrun this week - fantastic achievement Scott and we look forward to seeing you in your shiny new red t-shirt very shortly!

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We also welcomed 11 first timers this week, including Gareth who came in first with an impressive time of 16.51!

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It's not all about the time though as we welcome all abilities and all ages - you can set your own goals and the parkrun community will help you to achieve those!

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Noting the hot weather, next week we're going to try for a timely 0900 start, so please be prepared to head down for a short brief at 0855 - bring water, sunscreen and take account of the heat when setting your pace.

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I started with the volunteers, so I'll end on that theme as well - a huge thanks to Sol as Run Director along with her team: Dan, Michael, Alice, Evan, Terri, Terry, Neil, Maria, Katherine & Sarah.  See you next week for a 0900 start!  Matt

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Fletcher’s Run Report #221 – super hot!

It was super hot at Fletcher's Cove parkrun on Saturday morning, but 62 joined us to walk, jog and run through the heat - our new shelter at the finish point provided some welcome respite from the sun!

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No Dr. Fauci this week (perhaps he forgot his barcode...) but we were grateful to see our other celebrities - i.e. the volunteers who made it all happen!  Led by Terri in his first time as Run Director, we're grateful to Dan, Jason, Tim, Nancy, Mariana, Michael B,  Alice, David, Evan, Chris, Sol, Michael N, Daniel, Elizabeth & Maria.  If interested in volunteering, speak to one of the team on a Saturday to find a role that works for you.

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As a nice surprise, Fletcher's Cove parkrun were noted for their support to the Palisades 4th of July Parade this year and Tricia Duncan, the President of the Palisades Community Association came down to Black Coffee to share the good news - thanks Tricia!

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With all the heat this week we had a near miss with the tokens - thanks to Terri & Sol for rescuing, but do keep your eyes peeled for token #20 - a special mention on the next run report if you find it!

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See you next week, and remember: don't forget your barcode!  Matt

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Fletcher’s run report #220 – fast kids and returning celebrities!

Thank you to all of those who turned up to show support at the Palisades 4th of July Parade, which will hopefully help to widen visibility of parkrun at Fletcher's Cove - it seems to be working as we attracted another 6 first timers on Saturday!

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Fletcher's Cove parkrun #220 welcomed 63 this week, of which 12 recorded personal bests - well done to all of you!  Our Run Director Terry led a keen bunch of volunteers...

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but do please try to remember your barcode (printed or on a band which you can get from the parkrun website - no mobile screen shots or tattoos!), as this makes it so much easier at the finish.

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This was a day for the younger generation, with Evan the 1st male & 1st overall, and Bella 1st female - both in the JM & JW category respectively - well done!  Bella is starting to snap at the heels of her dad and it won't be long before the competition hots up!  On that note it's worth reminding everyone that parkrun welcomes all abilities, so whilst the youngsters are sprinting away, feel free to jog, run or walk at your own pace - you'll never be last as that's the job of our tail walker!

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We were thrilled to welcome back Dr. Anthony Fauci who made a guest appearance on Saturday - we are all very grateful for his hard work and dedication in helping America to get through COVID, and enabling parkrun to open up again - always welcome at Fletcher's Sir!

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Thanks as always to our other celebrities - the volunteers who made it happen this week: Dan, Jason, Scott, Michael, Alice, Evan, Terry, Alexandra, Soroush, William, Lien, Martha & Katherine!

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See you next week, and remember: don't forget your barcode!  Matt

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