While the Queen is away, the royal subjects will play. That was the theme of this week’s edition of Jamaica Pond parkrun, as we saw Queen Laura depart for San Francisco with several of her corgis in tow. We love it when parkrunners support different venues while traveling, which is exactly what this group did at Crissy Field before Laura and Drew tore it up at the Big Sur International Marathon. We look forward to their return, and hope that Sami left his shorts (instead of his heart) in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, back in Boston, Sir Ben ruled with an iron fist over his team of 25 dedicated volunteers, dishing out demerits left and right. In contrast with his lovely, serene, and calm demeanor, the below picture shows the face of a man who isn’t messing around! I can still hear his voice echoing in my head: “Two laps around the pond!”
Despite the gloomy weather and threatening storm clouds, 99 brave runners (and several good pups) took to the starting line. This number included 27 first timers, with visitors from Washington, DC and Ireland. Irish visitors Tom and Mary had a particularly strong impact on our volunteer team. We wish them the best as they depart on their cycling trip from Boston to New York!
And as this was the 4th Saturday of the month, we once again featured our odd numbered pacers who, decked in their blue vests and wonderful socks, helped lead the group to 16 new PBs! Included among this number were our first-place male and female finishers Amit OZA and Alejandra QUINTANILLA, along with Mark SADECKI, David REES, Emily RYAN, Pippa FORD, Holly MASEK, Arnost LOBEL, Jennifer KELLETT, Meghan GRZYBINSKI, Matt WHITE, Eric AVERION, Moriah BAUMAN, Paul LASHOTO, Adele HARNETT, and Remy NIKKA. Well done all!
As always, thank you to our wonderful volunteers (thank your marshals, folks!) who make this great event possible every week.
This week’s lot included Allison AMICO (accompanied by Murphy OLSON on tail-walking/catching duty), Benjamin BIRCH, Ann CARBONE, Chrissie CONNORS, Robbie COOK, Lance DOHERTY, Elisabeth DWYER, Dan FORWARD, Summer HARVEY, Kent HIRSHBERG, Colby JENKINS, Nelson KNUDSEN, Claire MC MANUS, Chris MEENAN, Chamali NARANGODA, Jenna PALIN, Peter POLLOCK, Lynda ROE, Sarah-Jo SINNOTT, Robert STEEVES, Nicole TAIKEFF, Sharon TOUW, Martin WALSH, Jon WILLCOX, and Pu YUE.
This Saturday (May 4th) features our Star Wars themed parkrun, so we'd like to invite everyone to come out in their best costumes. Rumor has it that Dan will be buying coffee for the best dressed*. Until then, may the fourth be with you.
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*This is a rumor that I’m starting right now.