Osborn MetroPark parkrun #31

Event #31

Although it was a chilly morning, everyone that gathered for parkrun brought the warmth with their smiles!

And we're off!

And we're off!

Our Run Director Morgan Drabik-Hamshare arrived early and performed the event day course check. The lack of hazards resulted in one of her fastest times running a 1/2 mile! Anyone can volunteer to do the event day course check and is a great option to keep warm!

We welcomed 8 finishers including 2 first time finishers. In her opening announcements, Morgan called attention to International Women's Day which on March 8th and the fact that more women register for parkrun and never show up compared to men. It was fitting then that our two new first time finishers were women! Congratulations on finishing your first parkrun and welcome to the parkrun community!

Read below for some cool stats and photos. Full results can be found here.

First Timers & Tourists & First Time Volunteers

As mentioned above, we had two first-timers today. Erin Castello and Diane Loeffler joined us this morning.

Well done on finishing your first parkrun Erin and Diane!

Well done on finishing your first parkrun Erin and Diane! Photo credit: Denise Monske.

We welcome each of you to the world of parkrun. You are each valuable members of our community. We hope that you join us again soon!

There were no tourists today, and no new volunteers.

Milestones & Celebrations

Morgan reached her 25th volunteer milestone this week. She has volunteered for 94 tasks at 25 Osborn MetroPark parkruns! She enjoys giving back to the community on a weekly basis. Since volunteering at Osborn MetroPark parkrun she feels happy and healthier!

It's me! Hi! I'm the milestone, it's me!

It's me! Hi! I'm the milestone, it's me! Photo credit: Jason Werling.

PBs & Age Category Records

We celebrated one PB today! Heather Merckens finished at 32:23. Well done, Heather!

Heather reaches the finish line.

Heather reaches the finish line.

There were no age category records today.

Other Featured Photos

Joyce scans in Diane's barcode.

Joyce scans in Diane's barcode.

Volunteers

We had a total of 7 volunteers helping out today and they were all women! Morgan Drabik-Hamshare (25) was Run Director; Julie Dively (9) was parkwalker; Liz Satterfield (3) was Timekeeper; Denise Monske (6) handed out Finish Tokens; Joyce Deering (9) was Barcode Scanner; Amanda Bowe (15) and Riker were Tail Walkers; while Katherine Gauthier (12) was Marshal. Thanks to each of you for allowing our parkrun to happen! See how to Get Involved for future events!

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate number of times volunteered at Osborn MetroPark parkrun.

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We love our #HiVizHeroes!

We love our #HiVizHeroes!

Post Event

Everyone who participated in parkrun received a special treat this week: maple syrup pancakes! Thanks to Erie MetroParks, we joined in the festivities of the Maple Sugaring Day where park staff educated participants on the cultural importance, art, and science of harvesting maple syrup from maple trees. We look forward to this event again next year!

Next Week

This Saturday is our event #32.

Come meet us at Osborn MetroPark, near the Frost Center, to join in on the fun. Please arrive around 845am for a 9am start, and make sure you invite anyone that you know that might be interested; friends, family-members, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Runners, joggers, walkers, and dog-walkers are all welcome at every one of our events. If you are a first-timer, look out for the First Timers prompt board to learn how parkrun/parkwalk works. We hope to see you there!

There are several roles still available for each of our next three weeks. Please check out the volunteer roster for future weeks to see where we could use some help! If you are interested, please get in contact with us via our email address (osbornmetropark@parkrun.com), or using our Facebook page.

~Morgan

 

Osborn MetroPark parkrun #28

Event #28

We cancelled our event last week due to the extreme cold conditions. This meant that Justice was delayed. However, conditions were much better this week (as you can tell from the photos below), and so Justice was served! By this, we mean that Justice reached his first official parkrun milestone, completing his 25th parkrun!

Curt presented the milestone shirt prior to the event.

Curt presented the milestone shirt prior to the event.

Curt Fleming was our Run Director today, and presented Justice with the famous purple '25' parkrun milestone shirt, along with a card signed by many parkrunners over the past few weeks. This shirt is usually only available to purchase once a person has completed their milestone. However, the Core Team of volunteers ordered one early especially to present to Justice.

25 is a great achievement. Well done!

25 is a great achievement. Well done!

The Foreman family pose by the parkrun flag.

The Foreman family pose by the parkrun flag.

Justice was joined by four members of his family - all of whom completed the parkrun. This meant we had 23 finishers - our highest amount since our inaugural. This amazing group of people were joined by our awesome team of volunteers, and five barkrunners!

Doug Green leads the way at the Start line.

Doug Green leads the way at the Start line.

Martyn shows off the next milestone shirt that Justice will be aiming for - Red is for 50 parkruns. Martyn ran alongside barkrunner, Riker.

Martyn shows off the next milestone shirt that Justice will be aiming for - Red is for 50 parkruns. Martyn ran alongside barkrunner, Riker.

Read below for some cool stats and photos. Full results can be found here.

First Timers & Tourists & First Time Volunteers

We had five first-timers today. Esmeralda Valles, Fallon Powell, and Kelly Evans joined us for the first time, and each brought along a cute barkrunner. Justice's mother (Kim Foreman) and father (Walter Foreman Jr) also completed their first parkrun.

Esmerelda reaches the turnaround point with barkrunner.

Esmeralda reaches the turnaround point with barkrunner, Jojo.

Fallon was joined by barkrunner, .

Fallon was joined by our third barkrunner of the day.

Kelly was one of 5 parkrunners that were accompanied by a barkrunner!

Kelly was one of 5 parkrunners that were accompanied by a barkrunner!

Kim walks with daughter-in-law, Emily.

Kim walks with daughter-in-law, Emily.

We welcome each of you to the parkrun community. We hope you all enjoyed your first parkrun, and that you join us again soon!

There were no tourists today, and no new volunteers.

Milestones & Celebrations

As mentioned above, we had our first ever official milestone from a participant that started their parkrun journey at Osborn MetroPark parkrun. Justice Foreman finished his 25th parkrun. Justice finished in first place, something in which he has done on 17 occasions!

We also had a few unofficial milestones. Beth and Brian Schwartz both completed their 15th parkrun; Jason Werling finished his 10th; and Walter Foreman completed his 5th. Under 18s actually have a milestone at 10 parkruns, so Walter is only 5 away from reaching his first milestone! Curt Fleming, Sherry McDonald, and Valerie Deehr all volunteered for the 5th time.

Beth and Brian Schwartz finish alongside one another, as usual!

Beth and Brian Schwartz finish alongside one another, as usual!

Jason Werling likes to take photos as he runs; hence the one glove.

Jason Werling likes to take photos as he runs; hence the one glove.

Walter Foreman Jr. completed his first parkrun, alongside grandson, Walter.

Walter Foreman Jr. completed his first parkrun, alongside grandson, Walter, who completed his 5th.

Finishes
25 - Justice Foreman
15 - Beth Schwartz
15 - Brian Schwartz
10 - Jason Werling
5 - Walter Foreman

Volunteers
5 - Curt Fleming
5 - Sherry McDonald
5 - Valerie Deehr

Well done to all of you in moving closer to your first/next official parkrun milestone, and special congratulations to Justice for completing his 25th parkrun!

PBs & Age Category Records

There were an impressive 6 PBs to celebrate this week. Tom Striggow, Heather Merckens, Morgan Drabik-Hamshare, Brianna Cheek, Carol Simpson, and Michelle Martinek all beat their previous best times! Incredible!

Tom took 25 seconds from his first parkrun time.

Tom took 25 seconds from his first parkrun time.

This was Heathers first parkrun without being a parkwalker or Tail Walker.

This was Heather's first parkrun without being a parkwalker or Tail Walker.

This is the third successive week Brianna has achieved a PB!

This is the third successive week Brianna has achieved a PB!

Morgan Drabik-Hamshare also set a new age category record, shaving off 1 minute and 48 seconds from her previous best effort in what was Morgan's 11th finish at Osborn MetroPark parkrun! That is very impressive!

Morgan ran alongside barkrunner, Malibu.

Morgan ran alongside barkrunner, Malibu.

W30-34 - Morgan Drabik-Hamshare - 37:29

Volunteers

Our #HiVizHeroes for the week!

Our #HiVizHeroes for the week!

We had a total of 10 volunteers to thank for helping this event go ahead. Curt Fleming (5) was Run Director; Morgan Drabik-Hamshare (23) provided the First Timers Welcome; Amanda Bowe (12) and Katherine Gauthier (11) were Marshals; Denise Monske (18) and Valerie Deehr (5) were Timekeepers; Carol Kerslake (13) handed out Finish Tokens; Barb Curran (12) was Barcode Scanner; Sherry McDonald (5) was Tail Walkers; while Martyn Drabik-Hamshare (28) helped with Post-event Close Down. Thanks to each of you for allowing our parkrun to happen! See how to Get Involved for future events!

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate number of times volunteered at Osborn MetroPark parkrun.

Post Event

Several of our parkrunners and volunteers met up for coffee and delicious food at Vine & Olive on 250. Feel free to join us there after each event. Every coffee and gyro consumed at Vine & Olive is well-earned!

Next Week

This Saturday we will be looking to continue our impressive streak of double figure finishes. Come join us there and be part of pur parkrun event #29.

We meet near the Frost Center at Osborn MetroPark at around 845am for a 9am start. Please invite anyone that you know that might be interested; friends, family-members, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Runners, joggers, walkers, and dog-walkers are all welcome at every one of our events. If you are a first-timer, look out for the First Timers prompt board to learn how parkrun/parkwalk works. We hope to see you there!

Our Run Director is still TBD, though we should be covered. All other major roles are also covered, though we could do with a Marshal (non-mandatory). Other available roles include photographer, parkwalker and a second Timekeeper.

The following weeks have several other roles that remain vacant. We are still looking for a Run Director for 02/18. If you are interested, please get in contact with us via our email address (osbornmetropark@parkrun.com), or using our Facebook page.

Please check out the volunteer roster for future weeks to see where we could use some help!

~Martyn

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