parkrun #42 happened in no small part because of our spectacular volunteers: Will JONES, Zach JONES, Doug JONES, Arthur LIEN, Kristie METZ, Charles MUSE, Ed ORSER, Jo ORSER, and Michael WILLIAMS (with help via papoose from Risdyn)! We love that we had so many volunteers volunteer this week that we almost could have held an arm-wrestling tournament to decide who got dibs. Fortunately, we have built such a generous community that everyone was willing to give another a go at any chosen position. Thank you, volunteers, for your support of parkrun and everyone’s involvement.
Our numbers this week belie us just a tad. While we had 23 finishers, we had 33 starters, and since we are not about the race, we were truly excited to see new faces willing to start their activity-journey with us. Ten of our community members came out to do what they could to get out and moving and enjoying Leakin Park as a part of their day. One lap today, and maybe next week, and perhaps two laps in the near future, but in any case, we are proud that our community is excited to join us.
Congratulations to Councilman Kristerfer Burnett for achieving a new PB on his fifth parkrun! While this week’s PBs tried to compete with the weather (a touch tough to come by), our participants were out showing the best of family and community this week. David and Sheka traded in quicker run times for quality friend and family time. Sheka’s daughters enjoyed both chaperoning and being chaperoned as they enjoyed our beautiful spring parkrun day.
In fact, there weren’t many participants this week that were not partnered with their next generation. Bruce and Kristen enjoyed another week at Leakin Park parkrun together; Tom and Mackenzie, and Genevieve and her father all represented the Hornik family well on the course; Michael finally got to return (with good reason for his hiatus) as he acclimated baby Risdyn to parkrun’s tail-walker role. She’s a quick study! Joe introduced godson Nick, up from Charlotte, to parkrun. While Nick is more accustomed to providing sports coverage, he enjoyed his opportunity to put work to leisure with the added inspiration of the park. Stacey and her gaggle reveled in the glory of cresting Mt. Orser with well-deserved high-fives from our stalwart turnaround marshal, Ed.
Not to be left out or out-done, Husband-Wife partners Tony and Rachel, Charlie and Allison, Joel and Courtney, and Bridget and Art toured the course with grand support for one another.
Let’s not forget about style points on the week. With the clear runaway, parkrun core team member Iman showed how to crank out one of his best times since the beginning of winter with panache! Chris Fell brought us his parkrun tourist style all the way from Australia and achieved his best parkrun finish place earning his first number 2 finish token! Chris, it was terrific meeting you and having you join us for tater tots at Bullwinkles! And WOOOHOOO Leakin Park parkrun finisher number 1,000! Yes! We reached our 1,000th finisher with local parkrunner Charlie Joyce, but his finish was not the only place we took note of him. Charlie frequents our parkrun with an apparent reserve of energy for showing off all the best ways to enjoy our course.
Stay tuned for glorious reports following upcoming events, including a Moms Run this Town take-over, supporting community food efforts with Courtney Rothwell and her team coming in to take over our volunteer positions; Leakin Park parkrun #50 will be here before we know it, and our one-year anniversary fast approaches! So many wonderful community members and milestones to acknowledge, and the perfect place to do it.