Jamaica Pond parkrun #99 – The One Before the Big One

Yes, next week is JP's 100th parkrun, which is a huge deal (we'll have cake, treats, and a lot of general cheer, so please come by), but that doesn't diminish how great our 99th parkrun was. 68 of you came out to run, walk, or jog in some pretty chilly temps (we were looking for the one crazy person who would wear a singlet and shorts, but we were left disappointed/VERY RELIEVED). 13 of you were first timers (welcome!) and 11 of you recorded personal bests (in these conditions?! Seriously impressive).

Sarah-Jo waving welcome to all our first timers!

Sarah-Jo waving welcome to all our first timers!

Thank you to our volunteers for committing to making sure that everyone got a warm welcome, despite the conditions:

Chris MEENAN • Jarlath MEENAN • Sarah-Jo SINNOTT • Alex HALL • Laura CORNELISSEN • James ZEMARTIS • Dan FORWARD • Chrissie CONNORS • James SMITH • Robert STEEVES • Catherine ENWRIGHT • Martin WALSH • Ryan EILER • Kent HIRSHBERG • Karen ATKINSON • Ece BAPCUM

Special shout-out to Northeastern's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity who volunteered en masse to tailwalk, barcode scan, and funnel manage. You brought a fantastic positive energy to our gathering and we can't wait to see you again!

Jarlath takes after his dad in finishing his run then immediately turning around to volunteer as barcode scanner!

Jarlath takes after his dad in finishing his run then immediately turning around to volunteer as barcode scanner!

But seriously, folks. Our ONE HUNDREDTH pARKRUN (always need that lowercase 'p') is this coming week!! We have gone through the absurdity of every single New England season, altered courses around the pond, a summer (and fall) vacation at the Arboretum, so many volunteers, tourists, regulars, the era of some incredible run directors (Rose PENFOLD, Laura CORNELISSEN, and Chrissie CONNORS, to name three and not myself because that's awkward), and so many new friendships formed since we began on March 31, 2018. We have a lot to be proud of, so come on down and celebrate with us!

"There will be cake and cookies?!" - Deena, James,  Neil, and Chris

"There will be cake and cookies?!" - Deena, James, Neil, and Chris

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So much love for this community,

Dan Forward

Event Co-Director