JP parkrun #94: “Very Grippy”

Two things we noticed this week at Jamaica Pond parkrun that helped keep us warm despite chilly temps (though Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller parkrun in Vermont was quick to remind us on Instagram that it was way colder up there than in Boston): (1) Jamaica Plain resident Ryan Eiler improved his course record by 3 seconds, running 15:43, and (2) we had a gigantic walking contingent filled with people of all ages!

Literally the only photo evidence of Ryan flying around the course

Literally the only photo evidence of Ryan flying around the course

Look at this group having a blast!

Look at this group having a blast!

That's one of the most special things about parkrun: everyone had the same smiles at the finish line no matter what time was on the clock. And who was responsible for a lot of that fun? Why, the volunteers, of course! All 18 of them. Thank you to

Jenny ZAREMBA • Letitia MEENAN • Chris MEENAN • Jarlath MEENAN • Claire MC MANUS • Jeanette ROBINSON • Paul DAVIES • Dan FORWARD • James SMITH • Robert STEEVES • Catherine ENWRIGHT • Kent HIRSHBERG • Summer HARVEY • Zoe KERN • Colby JENKINS • Charlotte HODGES • Spencer RUPORT • Jennifer SHIH

for showing up in your big, puffy coats to make it all happen.

Summer explains to Deena the importance of layering

Summer explains to Deena the importance of layering

Well done also to the 80 runners, walkers, and joggers who came out. 12 of you were first timers (nice to meet you!) and 19 of you recorded personal bests (very impressive on a cold day!) We were nervous that the pond might be slippery, but Boston came through in the clutch and every part was pristine. Ryan, when asked how he felt after the run, described the path as "very grippy." High praise!

Of course, the grippiness metric is irrelevant if your feet don't ever touch the ground

Of course, the grippiness metric is irrelevant if your feet don't ever touch the ground

We'll see you again next Saturday at 9 AM, and then we'll see you again on New Year's Day at 10 AM for our special first day parkrun. Can't make it all the way to JP on December 28? Join the test runs at Danehy Park parkrun! They'd love to have you.

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Dan Forward

Event Co-Director