Jamaica Pond parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

JPparkrun Celebrates Pride Month!

It's Pride Month!

To celebrate, Jamaica Pond parkrun is going to make a pride flag. Sign up for your color on THIS SHEET!

It's so easy, even Dan can do it

It's so easy, even Dan can do it!

All you have to do is take a photo of you before, after, or during your walk or run wearing your color and we will put them together to make a flag. Submit your photos to jamaicapond@parkrun.com and post your photos to instagram and be sure to tag @Jamaicapondparkrun! Make it a family affair: cats, dogs, and babies are welcome to participate too!

 

 

 

JP parkrun spotlight: Alone Together 24 Hour JP parkrun Relay Team

The Alone Together Relay was not canceled.  As Team Jamaica Pond Parkrun, on April 17- 18, the weekend that would have been Boston Marathon weekend, we ran together, we fundraised together, and we cheered together.  Despite running each on our own, for 24 hours, we were definitely not alone.  It happened on a Saturday, around Jamaica Pond quite a few times, and we ran at 9 am -- and the rest of the day as well.  

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The Alone Together Relay started with a few enthusiastic runners from Minnesota who wanted to bring runners together when they can’t physically be together.  It grew to a worldwide phenomenon, 41 teams total, representing 6 countries.  The rules were simple: The goal was to run for 24 hours straight, at least one mile every hour, or continuously, for the duration of the day.  Every team was limited to 10 members but could be smaller, even brave solo-runners were welcome.  Runners could run multiple shifts and for any amount of time, but they could not overlap with other team members.  Each team and its various members could run outside, on the treadmill in their homes, or even around a block in their neighborhood. Hand-offs between runners were all made virtually over social media. 

 

The Jamaica Pond parkrun team was comprised of 10 runners, Dan, Chrissie, Alex, Neil, Robbie, Summer, Colby, Rose, Zoe, and myself.  We planned ahead by assigning different shifts, each of us taking between 2-3 hours in the day.  Luckily, we had a parkrunner from the UK, Rose, to take the 2-4 am shift, which made assigning shifts easier.  Our target goal was about 150 miles, somewhere between 6-7 miles per hour, and while we would give it our all, no one was out there to break any records, it was all in the spirit of fun.  We also decided to keep track of how many laps around the pond our running would equate to, and of course how many parkruns that would equal.   

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The event got off to a momentous start, there was a Zoom and Facebook Live Opening Ceremony organized by Alone Together HQ, we took roll call by team and shared where we were from and Whitney Houston sang us off with her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.  The Zoom party continued all night and throughout the next 24 hours as the runners continued to keep up the miles outside and on the treadmill. 

 

After a solid lead-off performance from Alex, 8.5 miles from 9 pm-10 pm, we were off to the races.  Between each leg, we did a text handoff, sent a selfie to show we completed the run, and the next runner was off.  And so it continued into the night.  Most of the team went to sleep early to prepare for the next day as the torch was passed from Alex to Robbie to Neil to Rose.  By the time it came back to Boston for Chrissie to run at 4 am, it was an all-out April Blizzard!

Chrissie in storm

For the next few hours, we kept ticking off the miles as the team woke up to a blanket of white snow over the yellow spring flowers we ran past in shorts earlier in the week.  Dan followed Chrissie and I was up at 6 am, ready to hit the slippery streets.  The wind whipped through my raincoat and ice melted into my eyes.  It was brutal.  The streets were silent, maybe because it was 6am on a Saturday, maybe because it was a full-on winter snowstorm on an April day. By the end of the two hours, the snow shifted to freezing rain as I charged on, ready to report back to the team at 8 am.  

 

14.5 miles later, I took my selfie and passed the baton to Zoe to continue the charge for the next hour.  Summer was up at 9 am, the same time parkrun starts for a two-hour shift.  The team was live with excitement as the first numbers starting coming in, posted by HQ on Instagram and were announced in the Zoom, we were in the top 3 for miles run so far.  Half-way through the relay, here we go park-runners!

 

Nearly everyone had completed their first shift and it was time for round two.  The team shifted from casually competitive to “in it to win it.”  We were sore, but our text group filled with rain-soaked selfies and post-run rundowns blew up with new energy.  With each shift, the team got faster and faster, the miles ticked by into the afternoon.  By hour 20, it was announced we were in second place, just the freezing rain started to let up.  

Rain soaked selfie

We put in a couple of fast hours, 8-9+ miles per hour became the norm as we fought towards victory.  I was up at 6 pm for round two, legs heavy from 14.5 miles in a blizzard, but charged with the support of the team.  In that final hour, I ran sub 8-minute miles for nearly every mile, dropping to the 7:40s towards the end of the hour.  Unlike in a race, no matter how fast I went, the time ticked by slowly, an hour would have to pass eventually, but the faster I went the more endless it seemed.  22 miles completed over the course of a day and my shifts were complete.

 

Finally, it was off to Zoe and Dan to anchor the team.  Shout-out to our anchor (and parkrun co-director) Dan for running the equivalent of a sub-3-hour marathon in three separate legs.  Wow.  When all was said and done, the team ran over 186 miles in 24-hours, nailing a second-place finish.  That’s 128 loops around the pond and 60 parkruns for those keeping track at home.  We celebrated ith a post-relay Team Zoom and Bring Your Own Ice Cream.

Dan the man

It may not have been the Boston Marathon weekend in Boston we all envisioned a few months ago, but we agreed, this was the most fun we’ve had since quarantine.  We can’t wait to run together in real life, but until then, we’ll have to stick to being Alone Together. 

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JP spotlight on Paul Davies: JP parkrunners are accustomed to running in circles but this is ridiculous!

This special time of the year where one day can be blazing hot and sunny quickly followed the next day by snow and cold biting winds is also a time where we welcome hundreds of fellow parkrunners from around the globe as they descend upon Jamaica Pond to run 2 loops of our favorite course as a shake out run before tackling that historic course from Hopkinton Town Common to Copley Square. Sadly, in this current pandemic Boston Marathon 2020 was postponed.

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Scenes from last year's Boston Marathon weekend

The “HowWasYourRunToday?” podcast and the YouTube channel “Running With Cameras” teamed up and suggested celebrating Marathon Monday by doing some 26.2 themed activities but keeping it close to home and donating to a charity. So, for the #BackyardBostonMarathon event I mapped out a 2.62 mile loop around my house and ran 10 laps. My family joined in the fun, first my youngest son Ciaran along with our dog Chloe, followed by my other son, Aidan, and wife, Bronwyn, each ran one loop with me.

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It was a strange experience to witness the same part of my neighborhood 10 times, giving me snapshots of happenings during a 4-hour time slot. Neighbors doing some gardening gave me quizzical looks as I ran by them 3 times, and on two loops I saw a teenage birthday party at a house where close friends spilled out onto the streets but kept 6 feet distance from each other. On this 26.2 mile run there was no screech alley at Wellesley College or drunk BC/BU student cheering me on, but I did have a postman give me an encouraging yell “You’ve got a lot of miles to go, keep it going!”. On my penultimate loop I came across a bloody cyclist (not the British expression of endearment to our biker friends but actual body fluids) lying in the road so I stayed with him until he was able to stand and get going again.

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Although #BackyardBostonMarathon was organized a few days before Monday, I knew runners from 17 States and several countries that took part. It was great to feel part of some group effort again, a feeling that I would normally get running loops around JP pond on a Saturday morning.

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-Paul Davies, avid JP parkrunner

 

JP parkrun spotlight: Letitia Meenan

We miss seeing all of you every single Saturday morning! Until we can run, walk , and volunteer together again, we are going to feature some of our regular parkrunners here! First up is regular parkrunner, Letitia Meenan, matriarch of the Meenan clan. Letitia is personification of parkrun, she turns up with her family in every weather, ready to run and lend a hand. She is also a pond devotee and has been making weekly trips to Jamaica pond during quarantine. We can't wait to be back at the pond with her.

Dan, Wali, and the Meenan Clan (Letitia, Chris, and Jarlath)

Dan, Wali, and the Meenan Clan (Letitia, Chris, and Jarlath)

For how long have you been coming to JPparkrun?
Since May 2018 (event  #9)

How did you find out about JPparkrun?
I was a keen parkrunner in Belfast before moving to Boston so I was watching out and delighted when a parkrun started so close. We couldn't make it for the first few weeks because of schedule conflicts (I'm looking at you Newton Youth Soccer) but started to come as a family as soon as we could.

How many JPparkruns have you done?
75

What is your favorite time of the year to do parkrun at the Pond?
Summer! 

How many times have you volunteered at JPparkrun?
16 

Do you like the original course or the arboretum course better?
Arboretum is beautiful but the Original is the Best

How many parkruns have you done besides JPparkrun?
49 across 6 other locations in UK and US

What’s your favorite thing about JPparkrun?
Where do I start? The wonderful volunteers working with so much enthusiasm and encouragement and humor and super-efficiently! Also seeing fellow runners/walkers, faster and slower, on my way round - the course works really well for that.

What’s your favorite volunteer role at JPparkrun?
First Timers Briefing with assistance from my trusty sidekick Jarlath, 12 year old parkrun regular who has happily inherited his Dad's running genes rather than mine

Letitia and Jarlath give a hysterical first-timers briefing

Letitia and Jarlath give a hysterical first-timers briefing

What parkrun that you have not yet visited would you like to do next?
JP parkun the restart, hopefully before we head back to the UK in the summer

What do you order at cityfeedandsupply after parkrun to treat yourself?
Lemon and poppyseed muffin shared (unequally) with Jarlath plus filter coffee for me and warm milk for him

How many people do you think we’ll have at our pre-Boston Marathon parkrun in September?
384 (better get those finisher tokens dusted off!)

 

 

JPparkrun Canceled through April 17th

Due to measures being taken to counteract COVID-19 in the city of Boston, and for the sake of the health and safety of our runners, walker, joggers, volunteers, and their families, friends, and coworkers, Jamaica Pond parkrun has been canceled through April 17th, 2020.

We do not yet know when JPparkrun will resume, but we do know that the run will be suspended through 17 April. If you feel the need to run around the pond in the meantime, please look into parkrun Freedom Runs, which allow you to record every time you run a parkrun route, whether on a Saturday or not!

We love and miss you all! See you 'round the pond soon enough.

Sincerely,

Dan Forward & Chrissie Connors

Event Co-Directors, Jamaica Pond parkrun

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