parkrunner spotlight: Liam R

Please enjoy the latest in our ongoing series of interviews with Lillie parkrun participants. Many thanks to junior parkrunner Liam R for participating and to Marie Hamlin for coordinating. Contact us via the usual channels if you'd like to be featured in the spotlight!


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I am Liam – age 14 – from Ypsilanti. I went to South Arbor Academy for K-8 and am starting at Huron High School this fall (unfortunately, virtually).  

When did you start running?


I have been on the cross country team at my school since I was 9 years old (so 5 years). I am training with the Huron Men’s Cross Country team this summer, six days a week! Both of my parents are runners and have done a lot of races (my dad ran track and XC in high school and has done marathons and my mom has done half marathons, triathlons, and obstacle races). Even my brother is a cross country and track runner at Huron. He started running in middle school and is now the co-captain of the varsity cross country team. 

Where is your favorite place to go running? 

I like to run by my house on back country roads. Argo Park is another favorite spot. I have also hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail!

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail sounds awesome. What do you like about Lillie parkrun?


Running with my friends and really great people (and dogs!). Getting to PR (keep setting personal records)! My goal for this year is a sub 20 minute 5k and to do the DXA2 half marathon.

Just remember to have fun while setting those records!  What’s your favorite volunteer role at parkrun?

I helped at the Kids Run Lillie parkrun day – that was fun!

The Kids Take Over was my favorite parkrun! Any tips for parkrunners or first timers who are coming to visit Lillie parkrun?


Bring a water bottle! If you have trouble with the big hill after Turtle Rock Pond, chant, “I LOVE HILLS” 3 times and by then you’ll be at the top! Also, use your arms and lengthen your stride.

Oh!  I have been doing it all wrong…I chant I don’t like hills.  Thanks for the tip!

Do you have any hobbies?

Solving the Rubik’s Cube with various algorithms, unicycling (at Lillie Park), and being Dungeon Master for Dungeons and Dragons.

I remember someone recently pointing out unicycle tracks at Lillie.  I wonder if they were your tracks. Do you volunteer your time anywhere?

On my parent’s remodeling projects (they do lots of them)! 

That’s great that you help out with the remodeling.  Just remember who you can call when you are grown with a home of your own.

Do you have any pets?

Two cats, Rocky and Rosie (they are the best therapy for getting through COVID-19).


There is nothing better than a nice snuggle with your cats, to calm your nerves. 

Earlier you mentioned the Appalachian Trail. Do you like to travel?


Travelling is cool. The coldest place I’ve been is Canada where we sat in a hot tub outside when it was well below zero wind chill and the steam froze our hair into icicles! Other cool places I’ve visited are Mexico and Honduras (I got to play with monkeys at Gumbalimba Preserve).


Oh those do sound like great trips.  

Liam, thank you for agreeing to this interview.  I wish you luck with your first year of high school.  I know that you are disappointed that your freshman year will be starting off virtually. I hope that you will be able to attend classes on campus soon.  I also look forward to the day that I can see your smile and hear your “Good morning” greetings on Saturday mornings.  Until then, take care, stay safe, and keep on running.  

Check out Liam's parkrun history here