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

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun #106: Who Run’s the World? Girls!

The theme for this year’s international women’s day was #eachforequal to celebrate the radical idea that women and men are equal.

We have a long way to go to achieve true equality but there’s reason to celebrate progress and use it as a road map to make even more gains in gender equality.

Women were once thought not to be able to run more than 800 meters because it was not feminine and would cause our uterus to fall out. Well, we have learned that our uterus does not in fact fall out, and we don’t have to let men define femininity for us, we can define it however we like. And for me, I feel like finishing a 5K or a marathon is incredibly feminine, it is when I am most proud of my body and all it can do, and I am more concerned with what it can do than how pleasing the shape or appearance of it is to anyone else.

Women’s participation in running is increasing. A few days ago, the biggest field of women competed at the Olympic Marathon Trials, including our own Katie Kellner who crushed it. But there’s still a ways to go in the marathon. The men’s marathon is still more revered than the women’s and reserved for the last event of the Olympics. We still measure breaking huge running barriers based on the abilities of men (sub 4 mile, sub 2 marathon). If you google who has the American 10K record, you don’t get Galen Rupp AND Molly Huddle, you just get Galen. He is the owner of the 10k American record and Molly Huddle is the owner of the 10K Women’s record. We still qualify women’s achievements in a way we do not for men.

But more amazing things about women? Women dropped out of Boston 2018 at a lesser rate than men. Women were not deterred by difficult conditions, probably because we’ve encountered them before (its called history). And scientific studies show that women are better at pacing than men. Men are really talented at going out super hard and fading fast, and women are better at even pacing or running negative splits.

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The takeaway is that women are excelling in an area we were previously excluded from. Katherine Switzer was notoriously chased off the Boston Marathon course in 1967 but today women make up 44% of the field at Boston. We need to take our advancements in the running community and learn from them by forcing our way into other areas where we have been historically excluded, like, for example, the Oval Office.

If doors are not automatically opening for you, run through them and force them open and leave it open for the next girl behind you.

Lastly, women are socialized to do all the work and take none of the credit. But ladies, when you’re celebrating all your strong female friends, be sure to brag about yourself also. Whether it’s a new 5k PB, or a promotion at work. Celebrate yourself as well! You deserve it.

 

Happy international women’s day!

Chrissie Connors
Run Director and person who cares deeply about elevating women to every level of every sector.

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun CANCELED 14 March 2020

Dear parkrunners,

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, we have decided to cancel parkrun this week in order to do our part to stem the spread of COVID-19. We will provide you weekly updates through our social media channels (see below) on the status of Jamaica Pond parkrun, and we encourage you to get in touch with us through this email address should you have any questions.

 

Facebook: facebook.com/jamaicapondparkrun

Instagram: @jamaicapondparkrun

parkrun news: https://www.parkrun.us/jamaicapond/news/

 

While Jamaica Pond parkrun is not officially being held, you may still get "parkrun Freedom" credit by running the course whenever you'd like (doesn't have to be Saturday, doesn't have to be 9 AM). More information on parkrun Freedom can be found at this link: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565333-What-is-parkrun-Freedom-

 

We do not cancel parkrun lightly. We love seeing all of your every week, and we will resume normal operations as soon as we can. As we weather this storm, please remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently, sanitize things you touch often, such as your phone, and avoid large gatherings when possible.

 

See you soon!

See you soon!

Sincerely,

 

Dan Forward and Chrissie Connors

Event Co-Directors

Jamaica Pond parkrun

 

 

Leap day running at JP !

This weekend was a first for JP parkrun on a several fronts. For the first time all the parkrun grownups (Dan, Chrissie, and Wali) were away, supporting Katie, another parkrun regular, in Atlanta who was doing the US Olympic Marathon qualifiers, way to go Katie!!!  So back in Boston the juniors and fledgling organizers (Me, Junior Meenan, and James) were left to run things. We were not feeling any pressure or stress whatsoever to keep JP's immaculate 100% customer satisfaction record (zero refunds to date) oh no no no.

With that said we had a very welcome unannounced guest appearance from the JP parkrun Queen Laura (and Lachlan, heir to the JP parkrun throne, at least I think that's how it works?), who no doubt were checking in to ensure that standards were being maintained

A big thank you to our full ensemble of volunteers on Saturday, including

Deena ABRAMSON
Karen ATKINSON
Clara BAKKER
George BUTCHER
Mary BUTCHER
Lisa DAFFY
Paul DZUREC
Neil GUERTIN
Kent HIRSHBERG
Wes KENNY
Chris MEENAN
Jarlath MEENAN
Letitia MEENAN
Jeanette ROBINSON
Deb ROBISON
Cristina SMITH
James SMITH
Robert STEEVES
Sara TIAN
Balam WILLEMSEN
You made everything run like clockwork. A couple of notable performances by our volunteers. Firstly, Wes and Lisa (visiting from Ireland), demonstrated that awesome Irish work ethic by sorting the tokens as they arrived at the finish line!! There was zero token handling needed at City Feed, our 2nd first for this weekend I think?
Secondly, Jarlath who spent much of his 'volunteering' time collecting sticks and testing out their strength against nearby objects (say no more).

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Also thanks, Clara for being impromptu photo taker, and helping cover for this hapless run director's lack of photographer arranging..
And onto the run itself... Despite me thinking, 10 minutes before kickoff,  that word of Dan's absence must have got out as there was hardly anyone there, come 9am we had a great 115 runners ready for the off ! The weather was typical for JP this year, beautiful blue skies and not too chilly, which made for great running. Despite some last minute timing panicking (no idea how to reset the park run stopwatches, whoever designed those things must have been emotional scarred by a real bad timing result loss experience), we set everyone off using the magic of parkrun mobile phone app.
 
And what a run, we had 16 people who got PBs (and its not even Spring yet!) I think Cristina might have also have got a JP tail walker PB (ssssshhhh though cause that's not really a thing).
Also, and our 3rd first for the weekend, for all those that participated it was a leap day parkrun PB, so well done everyone! And its also safe to say that that PB won't be broken anytime soon in the next 28 years as that's the next time a parkrun will happen on a leap day (barring massive earth axis realignment relative to the sun due to asteroid collision or something equally catastrophic, like England winning the rugby world cup).And finally all our tokens were returned thank you Wes, Lisa and all our runners for being super awesome!
Next week is International Women's Day so encourage all your female and female-supporting friends, family, partners, etc. to come along. To top it all Chrissie will be run director, so we can all look forward to a super-smooth,  fun-packed parkrunning Saturday morning !
 

Barkrunner Interview: Murphy Olson

We at Jamaica Pond parkrun often hear great feedback from our runners, walkers, and joggers. We have a very vocal fanbase that spreads the news about us. But we noticed a problem: we were only hearing from human beings! So when barkrunUSA correspondent Foxy got in touch with us about interviewing Nathan OLSON's dog Murphy, who has often been the star of the show at JPparkrun because of his tendency to attack the downhill start and then take a break in the middle with a dunk in the pond, we couldn't say YES fast enough. Here is that interview below, translated from the Canine into English for the benefit of most of our participants:

 

Hey there all you fabulous parkrunners!  Your favorite Foxy here with the latest barkrunner interview!  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, this week we meet the energetic and athletic Murphy from Jamaica Pond barkrun up in Boston, Massachusetts!!!!!

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"Time to sprint to the water!"

Murphy, tell us about yourself.

I'm "Dropkick" Murphy Olson, standard schnauzer, 12 years old. I live in the suburbs north of Boston on a street where I can bark at runners, walkers, dogs, and delivery-people out the window! My home parkrun is Jamaica Pond, which is excellent for swimming as well as running.  I'm an excellent guard dog, and I'm LOUD. I bark at people and dogs on the sidewalk, I bark extra loud at people entering the house (including my parents), and I watch TV to bark at the commercials, especially to bark at animals on the screen. 

Oh my BAE [barking at EVERYTHING!!!] - You and I would have a divine time critiquing the red carpet arrivals at a dog show watch party!  Ah, but let’s try to set the joy of barking to the side for now and chat barkrun. How did you get started, and why do you like it?

I started running when I got seriously impatient on walks at 5 months old. I dragged my parents along until they reluctantly agreed to let me run a half mile at a time, and we gradually increased to 2 miles over my first year because I had so much energy that I demanded to run.  My first summer, we were running past a stream in hot weather, and I had the brilliant idea to pitch myself directly into the stream to cool off, and my love of swimming was born. Running and swimming are inextricably linked, and I'm all for swimming whenever there isn't ice preventing me.  I go to Harold Parker state park in Andover, MA a couple times a week for trail running and pond swimming. 

I find parkrun exciting because there are so many people to run with! I love running in a pack, because I am a natural leader and want to put on a good showing for my pack. If I run with one human, I get distracted by fun smells to sniff, but with a pack I have to focus on leading them! Means more running, less stopping.

I bet you have a killer game face too!  So, how would you recommend a visiting barkrunner tackle the course at Jamaica Pond?

Sprint the first quarter mile!  Then relax and enjoy the pond. There are too many smells to sniff and water stops to drink at; can't be all running all the time!  Oh, and smile for the cameras. I'm a good model for the photographers. Everybody wants to get my photo, but usually there's no time for that. Too many smells to sniff!

Oh, yes, gotta give the parkrunners what they really want — lots and lots of fabulous barkrunner pics!!!!  Okay, without further ado, let’s skip to the lightning round!!!!

Fave toy?  Fluffy soccer ball. Or really, any soccer ball. They're great for chasing, playing goalie, fetching, wrestling, tearing apart, and using as a pillow.  

How do you stay the life of the party?  Gotta greet everybody that comes to the party with barking, then act like I'm too cool for pets.  I can also catch treats with my mouth like 60 percent of the time if the timing is right!

Best spot at home?  Couch, overlooking the road.

Nice!  Mommy moved our couch away from the window for some reason….

Yummiest treat treat?  Snausages, pizza crusts, or really whatever the parents are eating that smells amazing. 

Oh, your parents are definitely catering our dog show watch party!  Mommy gives Foxy steamed okra and green beans as special treat treats, but I think snausages might tempt the taste buds even more!!!!

Thoughts on road tripping?  OMG - I love riding in cars! Anything with a good sound system that I can sing along with, and big windows so I can shout to my friends or really anybody that we pass by.  I sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall whenever we go in the car. Parents wear earplugs but whatever, I'm loud and proud!  

Holler!  Say, who is your character doppelgänger?  James Bond and I both are pretty good looking and smooth with the ladies. 

What would be your human job?  With my good looks and infectious enthusiasm, I'd be a greeter!  And, I might act too cool for pets, skritches, cuddles, and kisses, but secretly I love them. Just don't embarrass me in front of my friends ok?

"Remember that scene in Casino Royale?"

"Remember that scene in Casino Royale?"

Oh, just lean in to the pets, Murphy, lean in!  Show them how it's done! Speaking of which, I think it is time you and I go show the world how wonderful and energizing barking is!  Thank you for chatting with me. You are simply super!!!!

Signing off,

Special Correspondent Foxy

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Foxy is a reporter and barkrunner-in-chief for parkrunUSA

 

 

 

 

Join Murphy and a lot of other dogs (who always start in the back so we don't have to worry about tripping over leashes) at Jamaica Pond parkrun every Saturday at 9 AM.

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun 104 consecutive park runs – no cancellations

Boston Jamaica pond Park run has now had 104 consecutive park runs thanks to the all the volunteers. As you know a cancellation would go down like a Led Zeppelin. Yes, we do run in the wind, the rain, the ice and snow as those who ran at this time last year can attest! Good times bad times(?)

Snow last year

Snow last year

Rain

Rain

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part. No cancellations!

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Runners paying attention to the Run Director :)

Runners paying attention to the Run Director :)

 

Speaking of Led Zeppelin - George BUTCHER was rock and roll[ing] and managed to come in first [bron y aur] stomp[ing] his previous personal record with 17:53 minutes, while others rambled on in over the next 40 or so minutes.

Notable events include Lance DOHERTY who not only made 100 park runs this week but really is going to California next week. Congratulations Lance!

We are thankful to the Weather Gods for some very nice winter weather for great running conditions because we didn't sing the rain song, so we could't be fools in the rain.  The pond level was low so presumably a levee may have broken elsewhere but that did not prevent Boston Jamaica Pond park run continuing to operate. Whaaaat? No cancellations?

All brought to you thanks to the Boston Strong volunteers showing us a whole lotta love, every week without fail.  Here are this weeks crew.  IMG_20200222_090903_1 Letitia MEENAN • Chris MEENAN • Jarlath MEENAN • Adele HARNETT • Dan FORWARD • Chrissie CONNORS • James SMITH • Robert STEEVES • Kent HIRSHBERG • Kendra KOHANSKI • Ernest VIEL JR. • Katie KELLNER • Emily HARRIS • Beto SIERRA • Rebecca WATRISS.  Did I mention no cancellations?

Next week we have the Meehans stepping up for Run Director responsibilities while absent Dan FORWARD • Chrissie CONNORS who are climbing the [parkrun] stairway to [running] heaven in Atlanta.

For those of you who found this went over your head somewhat - time for a degree in classic rock (or Google Led Zep) .  Lastly, no cancellations [no quarter].

Your RD, James SMITH

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun #102: Chris’s 100th!

It's not every week that someone answers when we ask "are there any parkrun birthdays today?" at the run briefing. And when there are birthdays, a lot of times we know in advance. So it was a great surprise when our most faithful, loyal JPparkrun family (ok, they'red tied with the Cornelissen-Messinger clan) Letitia MEENAN called out that her husband Chris MEENAN was celebrating his one hundredth parkrun!

 

Not Chris's first time around the turnaround, and not his last

Not Chris's first time around the turnaround, and not his last

 

Congrats, Chris! The community here at parkrun is better for having you and your family at it every week. Of course, Chris wasn't the only one going around the pond on Saturday. We had 104 total people who ran, walked, and jogged through icy winds, 13 of whom were first timers (from Switzerland, the UK, and local environs!), and 9 of whom recorded personal bests.

One of those PBs was our very own Ann MCKINNON, another reason JP is the greatest

One of those PBs was our very own Ann MCKINNON, another reason JP is the greatest

Our volunteers also showed up in force. I have never seen Frozen, but I am vaguely aware that one of the lines in one of the songs is "the cold never bothered me anyway," and that seems very true of our parkrun family. Thanks to everyone who came out to make sure #102 happened:

Letitia MEENAN • Chris MEENAN • Jarlath MEENAN • Lance DOHERTY • Alex HALL • George BUTCHER • Pippa FORD • Cherie TURNER • Adele HARNETT • Jeanette ROBINSON • Dan FORWARD • Paul DZUREC • Robert STEEVES • Martin WALSH • Kent HIRSHBERG • Summer HARVEY • Arnost LOBEL • Emily HARRIS • Marie LOBLOVA • Jaime GONORA

Chris hopped into barcode scanning immediately after finishing his run so he could help Jeanette

Chris hopped into barcode scanning immediately after finishing his run so he could help Jeanette

We have some fantastic special events coming up for you soon!

 

And we may have some cake for some of them, but only if the Meenans make them.

And we may have some cake for some of them, but only if the Meenans make them.

On March 7th, parkruns worldwide will celebrate International Women's Day. Event Co-Director Chrissie CONNORS has a lot of great ideas to recognize and celebrate women on that day. We also have JPparkrun's second birthday at the end of March, followed a few weeks later by our third Boston Marathon weekend parkrun, our most popular day. Make sure you join us for one, two, or all three!

Congrats to Katie KELLNER, Jo DAVIS, Jenn SHIH, and Chrissie CONNORS on completing the Miami Half Marathon this past weekend!

Congrats to Katie KELLNER, Jo DAVIS, Jenn SHIH, and Chrissie CONNORS on completing the Miami Half Marathon this past weekend!

As always, follow us and our friends at Cambridge's Danehy Park parkrun on social media:

Facebook (Jamaica Pond)

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This picture of Wali SABUHI didn't fit into the report, but it needs to be recorded for posterity

This picture of Wali SABUHI didn't fit into the report, but it needs to be recorded for posterity

See you next Saturday,

Dan Forward

Event Co-Director

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun #100: 100 Reasons to Come to the Next 100 parkruns!

Jamaica Pond parkrun just celebrated its 100th running (walking and jogging) of the event on Saturday. Toeing the line were people who were there from the start and participated in the test runs and continue to show up 100 runs later, and also people who were there for the very first time. We hope the first-timers will come back and learn about all the special qualities that make people return week after week.

In 100 runs, we have run through every type of weather Boston can throw at us, we’ve vacationed at the Arboretum, we have had PBS set 1,236 times, we have set the U.S attendance record for parkrun, and collectively, our parkrun family has logged 28,275 miles. But I asked some in our parkrun family why they love parkrun and why they come back, and our impressive stats is not what makes us so special to everyone. Here’s what they had to say;

Alex trying his best to manage the weather at the turn-around

Alex trying his best to manage the weather at the turn-around

Andreas Heilmann (Though he doesn’t live in Boston anymore, he is part of our forever family)
Since moving to Boston in 2008, I became familiar with its running community and often ventured out on the Emerald Necklace, my favorite chain of parks. JP Parkrun took this experience to a different more meaningful level. Maybe, it is the fabulous friends I made on the Pinebank Promontory and in the Arboretum, maybe, the interesting visitors from all over the world who shared their stories, maybe, the feeling of community I experienced from volunteering or running with the Parkrun Crew. I dearly miss all of them since moving away. Boston is truly unique with its diverse people, long running tradition, and changing weather elements; however, community and good momentum are developing at the local Parkrun I joined a few months ago.

Andreas and some parkrun paks waiting to start

Andreas and some parkrun pals waiting to start

Dan Forward (Co-Event Director, great pal to everyone, and reason parkrun operates so smoothly)
The 100th JPparkrun is a testament to the dedication of so many people to community wellness and the strength of Bostonians of all ages and sizes in putting on an event that has created health, wellness, and friendship. I started volunteering at parkrun because I thought it was a cool, free race. I keep coming back because I love all the people, and there's nowhere else I'd rather spend my Saturdays .

Letitia Meenan (Matriarch of the Meenan Clan. The Meenans come every week as volunteers and runners, and youngest Meenan, Jarlath made the most superb cake to celebrate our 100th)

  1. The community- all the people at JP are very nice, funny and entertaining so before your run you will feel pumped up and excited and after your run you will want to come back next week!
  2. Family- To all those kids out there! Come! I know that you don’t really like doing sports with your parents, but this is a chance to beat them. I know sounds just awesome. Also with cookies and milk after, what’s not to like! Just think about it, you have bragging rights over at least one of your parents so you can go around the house all day singing “ha,ha I beat you in a 5K”
  3. City feed- After your enjoyable run you can go with everybody to City Feed and Supply on Centre Street. It is a great place to warm up in the winter with one of their filter coffees and to cool down in summer with their refreshening iced coffee. But then who needs coffee? When you can have cookies or muffins!
  4. Volunteering- Loads of volunteering jobs available whether you like to carry a clipboard (run director) or take it easy (tail walker) or meet all the finishers (barcode scanner) or go for an exact time (pacer). You can volunteer anytime for anything and we would really appreciate it because volunteers make this race happen and without them there would be no JP parkrun!

I hope you like and take into consideration my 4 things that I like about JP parkrun and come back next week!

Jarlath's cake to celebrate 100!

Jarlath's cake to celebrate 100!

Wali Sabuhi (avid volunteer, speedy runner, and parkrun jokester)

I could go on and on (long enough to make the stranger next to me on a flight regret sitting in basic economy) about why programs like this are such gems. But here is one way in which this community has benefited me personally. In a setting where everyone is so genuinely happy to reconnect from the previous Saturday, everyone asks how you've been, and everyone is then ready to hear you verbally decompress after a long week if you need to, I've realized how simple life's greatest gifts are; among them: the health to be able to partake in such an activity, a beautiful outdoor setting, and community with which to celebrate life and all its milestones. After all this, I find that there is so little in life over which to gripe.

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

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

Zoe (parkrun regular, who is insanely friendly to every single person she meets, and also a poet of the acrostic variety)

Jamaica Pond parkrun: An Acrostic Poem

Just Picture: People Assembled in a Ridiculously Kind Running Utopia Now!

You don't have to imagine it... Jamaica Pond parkrun is real! And it really is like a running utopia made up of the nicest people to be found in the Boston area. Jamaica Pond and the Arboretum have held a special place in my heart since moving to MA over a decade ago and have been part of my running routes over the years. They have since become even dearer to me since discovering JP parkrun because I now associate them with all of the friendly faces that make up the parkrun community. I can't think of a warmer, more supportive group and have told many friends to come join on Saturdays!

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Zoe flying by on her way to the halfway point

Chrissie Connors (parkrun evangelist)

Personally, I feel like my Boston compass points due Jamaica Pond parkrun. Moving from New York, I didn’t find my footing in this city until I found parkrun. My parkrun pals mean everything to me. When I had them all flood my room on a recent hospital visit, I felt incredibly lucky and grateful. I know as a New Yorker, I'm not supposed to like Boston, but after going to parkrun, it's impossible not to love this city!

 Susan Chahwan, our 100th finisher at our 100th event


Susan Chahwan, our 100th finisher at our 100th event

We hope to see all of you for the next 100 parkruns!

Lot of parkrun love,
Chrissie Connors
Run Director

 

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

 

Jamaica Pond Park Run #98. Some Interesting Statistics

Aside from our routine statistics that we report each week, we have a couple to add today the most interesting of which was the ambient temperature for this time of year.  it was a balmy 65F at 1100 or for the Celcius- minded, over 18C.  Shorts and singlet weather.  Closely related to this statistic, and another interesting number for the middle of January was our turnout i.e., the number of participants for today’s run/walk which totalled 151.  We had 35 first timers, 22 PBs and a bunch of visitors.  Adding to the list of statistics, today was our 98th run at JP, which means in 2 weeks we have our 100th run so get ready to celebrate that!

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It was a bit drizzly at the start but nobody minded too much as starting orders were issued and the gang took off down the hill.

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A little over 18 minutes later, the first runner was seen in the person of Anthony Kariuki (SM25-29) who crossed the finish line in 18.13.  He was closely followed by Chris Meehan (VM45-49) who gave it all he had got to cross the line in 18.38, a new PB for him!  Very close behind in third overall place we had Bryan Petersen (SM20-25) a first timer in 18.40.  Second masters after Chris Meehan, we saw Paul Davies (BAA) (VM50-54) also in an excellent time of 19.04, not far off his PB.  Third masters was Lance Doherty (SRR) (VM40-44) in 19.45.

Our first lady was Gabriel Zak (SW20-24) a first timer, crossing the line in a speedy 19.34.  Second place was Zoe Bern (VW35-39) in 20.57.  Deena Abramson (SW25-29) came third lady in 21.05.  Both Zoe and Deena also had PBs today - well done!  First masters lady was Heather Barackman (VW45-49) in a great time of 23.37 and very close behind were Jeannette Robinson (VW45-49) in 23.46 ( another new PB!) and Letitia Meenan (VW50-54) in 23.48 for second and third place masters respectively

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Our volunteer list included: Arnost LOBEL  •  Cherie TURNER  •  Chris MEENAN  •  Chrissie CONNORS  •  Claire MC MANUS  •  Dan FORWARD  •  Elisabeth KNUDSEN  •  James SMITH  •  Jarlath MEENAN  •  Jennifer SHIH  •  Karen ATKINSON  •  Kent HIRSHBERG  •  Lance DOHERTY  •  Letitia MEENAN  •  Liza NEUSTAETTER  •  Nelson KNUDSEN  •  Robert STEEVES  •  Sarah-Jo SINNOTT  •  Sharon TOUW  •  Stephan SMITH  •  Summer HARVEY  •  Wali SABUHI  •  Will PETERS

 

Thanks everyone for volunteering and participating.  See everyone next week for the 99th running

 

Claire

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