parkrun US have cancelled all events during March. Given the community event on April 4th that's using our course the earliest we will be back will be April 11th, but we'll keep you all informed as the situation develops. Stay safe, and can't wait to see you all again soon!
In addition to our regular Saturday runs, there are a few opportunities for optional bonus parkruns during the year. In the UK, they have Christmas day (where ED Sammie returned to her original parkrun home and enjoyed having no responsibility whatsoever!), in the US Thanksgiving is an option and both have the option of New Year's Day runs.
As we were still pretty new around Thanksgiving time we decided that may be a bit ambitious this year but the team, led by some enthusiasm from Sean, decided that we wanted a New Year's Day event and we are so glad we did have one. Seventeen people ran, jogged and walked the course including 4 who were completing their first ever parkrun, way to start the year Paul, Dennison, Caroline and Lori!
We also had an astounding 9 PBs from a whole range of speeds so clearly there hadn't been too much overindulgence during the holiday period! Great work Jeff, Elizabeth, Michelle, Laura, Sarah, Ian, Juna, Roger and Catriona.
As always it's our volunteers who are the true heroes, special thanks to Spencer Klagstad who stepped up for his first volunteer role, to Shaun Baker who came back for his second, to regular volunteer Gary's son who came along to help and our wonderful regular volunteers Sean, Zhanna, Gary and Helen.
The next question is will we have another parkrun close enough by for 2021 so Georgians can complete the infamous New Year's Day double...?
To celebrate the new decade we're starting out 2020 with a special bonus parkrun on New Year's Day. Normal time and place, come along and get those resolutions acted upon straight away next year!
We're currently running this even on a skeleton volunteer crew, if you're able to come along and lend a pair of hands (no experience needed) please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from Parker taking the lead last week, this Saturday it was Sean's turn to take the role of run director. Despite the weather not being on our side this week we had a great event, with 7 first timers braving the wet conditions and the volunteers having to get inventive to protect our technology...
Our fastest runner was a visitor, Leon from Middleton Harriers got one closer to his 50 t-shirt by spending his 35th parkrun with us. Special thanks to our volunteers for coming out in the cold and wet to make the event happening and welcome Chantelle and Karen who volunteered with us for the first time this week.
Thankyou so much to everyone who showed up for our first event! Thankfully the weather finally decided to realise it is Fall and the heat of the previous days held off. We had 45 participants including 39 who were new to parkrun and at least 5 nationalities represented. Special congratulations have to go to our 1st male and female, Roger Schmidt and Allie Schaich, who set us super speedy course records of 18:14 and 18:21 respectively. Don't be put off by these times though, we had participants of all abilities who ran or walked (or a combination of the two) around the 5 km course, with an age gap between the oldest and youngest of over 60 years. Congratulations to Shaun Baker who we were excited to learn achieved his 50th parkrun with us.
An extra special thanks goes to our volunteer team, some of whom have been working on making this day a possibility since February. Also a huge thanks to West Stride, Deloitte, Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy or their support of the event.
The event can only happen thanks to the support of our volunteers so please get in touch if you can spare the occasional Saturday to help make sure parkrun can continue in Atlanta!