welcome to this week's newsletter
In this month’s newsletter, anticipation is a common theme, new parkrun USA events activate, and we bring you ‘Feedback from the field ‘and’ parkrunner of the month returns.
Whilst sitting for coffee with Livonia parkrunners the past weeks, a common theme has presented. A theme of enthusiasm, excitement, commitment, happiness and just about any other similar adjective which comes to mind. However, one stands above the others, ANTICIPATION. Anticipation of reading the results to compare age grades not only at your event but globally. Anticipation of meeting new parkrunners and building new friendships. Anticipation of testing your new fitness against the clock. Anticipation of Saturday morning parkrun in my community. You get the picture. parkrun is truly a unique and wonderful event with a global presence. We have full schedules of work and family responsibilities which occupy our physical and psychological resources each week. The anticipation of parkrun each Saturday morning helps make the Monday thru Friday grind go that much quicker. If you’re fortunate to get out several times a week for a run or walk, perhaps a favorite course, training partner, a piece of training kit or new pair of running shoes will make your run or walk that much better. When your runs or walks become better, you become a better (and healthier) spouse, family member , employee, friend ; when you become a better person, the world then becomes a better place. This Saturday before you head off to the bbq or picnic, come out and celebrate the Independence Day Holiday Weekend with your fellow parkrunners!
I anticipate another great parkrun Saturday for you.
Rick and Lori (get in touch)
Here is a super ultra-exciting once in a lifetime opportunity to make new friends, change people’s lives and generally do something wonderful. Volunteering opportunities at your parkrun.
On the right hand side of this email you’ll see the title ‘your profile’ and below that a box with a button marked ‘manage my profile’. If you click on that button you’ll get to your profile page where you’ll see another button marked ‘email options’ and if you click on that you’ll find a dropdown menu where you can select your event and click on ‘opt in’. Once you’ve made your selection please click on ‘save opt-in events list’ in order to confirm your selection. It’s easy to opt out of receiving emails but I’d rather you didn’t so I’ve written this bit really small.
Please do rest assured that you are more than welcome to take part in parkrun without ever volunteering; we’ll never pressure you to get involved. But it’s an amazing thing to do, you’ll really enjoy it and every one of our events depends on people just like you receiving their volunteer emails and joining in.
Has now moved back to the summer start time of 8am.
Clermont Waterfront parkrun
A fantastic start with nearly 400 registered parkrunners. Clermont Waterfront parkrun offers a historic downtown district and is still much the same as it was in 1960. Tim and Karen Bowler are the event managers and have a great management and volunteer team with a nice out and back waterfront course.
This past week, of 54 runners 13 were from “across the pond” with Scotland producing this week’s quickest parkrunner to cross the line. Gear for Multisport owners Kimberly and Kevin Grogan have kindly donated a whiteboard for us to use with pertinent information about each week’s parkrun. Most importantly Megan Naile, and their business Naile Computer Systems, have provided a laptop for parkrun use. So there is now a computer which anyone doing the results can use.
Clermont Waterfront parkrun will be canceled on the following dates due to other community events using the parkrun course:
Durham, North Carolina parkrun
parkrun begins Saturday June 29. Julie Messina and her Durham parkrun team and community have put together a great course, shaded and out/ back. Post run coffee or breakfast is at Foster’s Market, just a short distance from the finish line. Please check the parkrun website for registration and course information.
feedback from the field
We are hoping to be able to attend a parkrun while we are on holiday in USA. as we really enjoy the atmosphere and friendly people at their runs.
Thanks Carolyn Jarrahby
Hi from Northern Ireland. Just wanted to say Hi, and thanks for hosting a great run on Saturday. I really enjoyed heading down to the park and everyone made me feel very welcome. If I'm in the Detroit area on a Saturday morning again any time, I will make sure to drop by, and drag a few of my colleagues along next time! Hopefully Livonia will be the first of many parkruns in America; I wish you good luck with everything in the future. All the best. Ian Barrett
It’s awesome as always. Although we soft tarmac British parkrunners get found out by a real cross country parkrun. Stephen Ferguson
I Wanna do Livonia parkrun. Boohoo!! Nicky Best
Many thanks for making me feel so welcome today at Clermont Waterfront parkrun. You have a great setting for your parkrun and a great bunch of people running and volunteering. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you all this morning. If you ever find yourself in the North West of England would be glad to host you at my home parkrun at Marple. Gareth Hurfurt
Thank you to all the team, especially Karen and Tim for your hospitality at the Clermont Waterfront parkrun event this week. Never thought I'd see the day when I'd get up at 5.30am to run, but it was so worth it. See you all next week Sharon Ashmore
Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.
parkrunner of the month
Name: Darci Merollis
Home parkrun: Livonia, MI
Occupation: Dispatch assistant for a crane rental company
Number of runs: This was the toughest question (I had to look it up). I've done 26 parkruns.
Favourite volunteer role: Course marshal and/or finish line cheerleader - the scanner/stopwatch stuff is way too much pressure! I'd much rather stand on the course and tell people where to go.
What do you do at parkruns: Run with my friends! And then drink obscene amounts of coffee afterward.
How has parkrun changed your running: I've run more outside this winter than I have in years. On the advice of a fellow parkrunner, I've also set some running goals for this year (a first for me).
What do you like about parkrun: I really like the social aspect. I used to view running as my "alone" time, but parkrun introduced me to running with a group. I look forward to our Saturday morning runs - and the fact that if I don't show up, I'll hear about it. My parkrun peeps keep me accountable. They are some of the most encouraging people I've ever met. And they can dish out tough love when necessary, i.e. telling me that I need to quit with the excuses as to why I'm not running and just hit the road.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: The most memorable moment was the day that we were all happily running then were hit with stinging, pelting chunks of ice. That was definitely a surprise. The funniest moment was the day after we had gotten a bunch of snow. I had been struggling through the snow for the first mile, but finally found my groove. I was happily cruising along when I turned the corner by the building and found myself in a drift up to my knees. The top half of my body kept going, but the bottom half did not and I managed to face-plant right there on the course. I can't do something like that without cracking up, so I laid there laughing hysterically and trying to stand up. Then panic set in because I knew that Will and Greg would be running past me any second and I didn't want them to catch me laying there (since I'd never hear the end of it), so I had to get up, and dust myself off pretty quickly. When I finished, I found out that Lori had managed to wipe out in the same spot. Snow-angel buddies!