Beautiful sunny weather returned for the momentous coincidence of Himmel’s 70th parkrun and Leap Day! The number of participants doubled from 17 during last week’s rain to 34 enthusiastic runners and walkers. The parkrunners weren’t the only ones out enjoying the early hints of spring as Himmel Park was abuzz with the typical dog walkers, tennis players, and—new this week—a whole tournament’s worth of youth soccer players and their families. While finding a space in the parking lot was harder than normal, participants only had to “leap” over a few wayward soccer balls before they “leapt” across the finish.
The first finish was by new parkrunner Michael Tomchaney with a time of 18:14. Thanks for joining us! The first female across the line was Caitlin Cuslidge—celebrating her 30th Himmel parkrun this week—with a time of 27:07. Well done!
Other parkrun-anniversaries of note this week are Daniel Lewis celebrating 25 parkruns at Himmel, and 105 parkruns overall; John McKenzie celebrating 5 parkruns; Christopher Johnson celebrating 25 parkruns; Erik Johnson celebrating 25 parkruns; and David Armet celebrating 170 total parkruns! Impressive stats everyone!
Gabriel Hauser, Kevin Nelson, Eli Barber, Sandy Vanostrand, Gail Reich, and Denise Leahy all achieved PBs this week. Nice work!
Himmel parkrun welcomed Michael Tomchaney, Jerry Brasher, Hannah Martin, and Jenny Russel for the first time this week. Thank you for joining us! Also a few folks returned for their second time at Himmel parkrun—Willie Runwith, Kevin Nelson, and Eli Barber—welcome back!
Many of the Himmel parkrun participants said they were motivated by the promise of a snack and beverage at the nearby Red Garter Saloon, which opened early to welcome the local running and walking community watching the Olympic Marathon Trials. Other parkrunners enjoyed a less rowdy cool down at the Himmel Park Library where results were tabulated and books were perused.
Many thanks to this week’s volunteers who made this event happen: Alicia, David A., Lisa, Christopher, Malcolm, Anna, Abby, David M. Midge, Mary, and Alberto. Thanks too to the soccer players, dogs, kiddos, grandparents, and everyone whi added to the hustle, bustle, and festive spirit of this week’s event!
Remember next week, March 7, International Women's Day is being celebrated by parkruns all around the world. We would love to celebrate the ladies that help make parkrun great, both on our volunteer team and on the parkrun course. See you there!