"Everyone talks about the weather, but noone ever does anything about it" - Mark Twain
So Mark Twain said that. It was before we had an understanding of climate change, so maybe we are doing something about it now. Your reporter wishes he'd said COMPLAINS instead of TALKS, because that's what we do. Your reporter even went so far as to create a Facebook page called The Weather Complaint Department during a particularly tough winter a few years ago. It's defunct now so don't go looking for it.
It wasn't hot. So a run in the park should have been easy, right? Not with DC humidity. Chris summed it up nicely with this face:
Even with the humidity, Martin happily gave the thumbs up, and others had equally as large smiles!
Ok, so it was sweaty. It was also small and sweet. We had 27 participants, perhaps because of competing events: the Kensington 8K and the launch of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail parkrun (https://www.parkrun.us/baltimoreandannapolistrail/). It's a thing to go to parkrun inaugural events. You don't get any additional parkrun credit, but you do get the chance to show your support for the new kids on the block. Another thing is parkrun tourism, which is easy to do in the DC area. Skip Kensington parkrun and visit College Park, Fletcher's Cove, Roosevelt Island, Leakin Park, or B and A. If you visit another parkrun, try to get there a little early so can be certain of the course. One Kennie visited another parkrun, one that had been rerouted for the day, and accidentally ran a half marathon.
Of the 27 Kennies (our new name for Kensington parkrunners, and a bit of trivia: Kennie was the first name suggested for Buster, our yellow school bus at Puller Park), we had six newbies! Welcome to Naomi, Brooke, our two Elizabeths, Brad, and Katie. And congratulations to the six Kennies who clocked PBs: Eddie, Renata, Cory, Daphna, Caroline, and Justin.
We had Amber, Anna, Chris, Courtney, Dan, Enora, Judy, Lena, Lucas, Pam, Ron, Sally, and Sharon on volunteer duty this week. Courtney jumped in as our second photograph after she was sidelined with a bothersome knee. Smart move Courtney! One of this reporter's favorite aspects of volunteering is that she gets a chance to talk with other volunteers and with the runners. She is a slowpoke and spends most of her parkruns gasping for air or concentrating on how to make it to the end. Doesn't allow for much socializing except with her running buddy Sharon.
We added a new page to our website this week. It's called News to Use, and you can find it at https://www.parkrun.us/kensington/news/2021/09/18/news-to-use/. It contains bits of useful information about Kensington parkrun. It also includes upcoming events (Ding Ding Ding: check it out for info on Colleen's BA 5K https://colleensba5k.org/). If there is something you'd like to see on News to Use, let us know. Just shoot us an email at email@example.com.
So that's it for this week. We hope to see you this coming Saturday. Andy will be at the helm. If you plan on running Parks on Sunday, you can walk Kensington parkrun on Saturday to keep those legs nice and loose! Many Kennies and DMV parkrunners will be out at Parks, either running or volunteering. Gold star to the person who reports the most Kennie sitings!
So long for now!