Jamaica Pond parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-24 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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.


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!



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

Jarlath MEENAN
Letitia MEENAN
Cristina SMITH
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).


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!!!!!

Murphy 2

"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

Foxy 4

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



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!



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