Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #24: 23rd November 2019

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

We had a wonderful turnout for this morning's chilly parkrun, with 54 parkrunners braving the cold to come along and run / walk with friends and family!

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Plenty to Celebrate

We had lots of reasons to celebrate this morning, aside from the biggest turnout we've had since the summer!

    Dean Faber, our dedicated and parkrun-passionate core team member, mentioned that he's not really that excited by birthdays any more. Well, we obviously couldn't let THAT one slide by. Cake, balloons, party hats and a birthday banner all helped us to mark the big occasion! Happy Birthday, Dean - I'm afraid that keeping it quiet was just not an option.

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    We also welcomed FIFTEEN first timers this week. We're so excited to see how our parkrun community just continues to grow and grow. We now have almost 440 registered Perrigo parkrunners, and have high hopes that we'll continue to see attendance increase as the weeks go by. Thank you to all of you who share your love of parkrun on social media, or just through word of mouth - we really appreciate it.

    Ann Reinhart was one of our many first timers this morning.

    Ann Reinhart was one of our many first timers this morning.

    Twelve parkrunners achieved new PBs this week. Many congratulations to Lars Scheider, Jeremy Salerno, Dean Faber, Aditya Shrivastava, Kelly Lyon-King, Tadek Dul, Perry Rodgers, Christopher Thorburn, Sidhanth and Kannan Srinivasan, Caroline Exner, and Alan Morris! Amazing work, everyone, particularly on cold legs. Clearly the lure of cake at the finish line was hard to resist...

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Fastest Finishers

It was a fiercely competitive race to the finish for our top three males this week, with all three finishing within 4 seconds of each other!

    In first place, in an incredible 21:05, junior parkrunner, Lars Schneider (JM11-14) achieved another PB, putting him well on track to meet his goal of a sub-20 minute 5k!

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    Mere milliseconds behind Lars, our visitor from the UK, James Piggott, finished second, in 21:05. Amazingly, this matches his previous PB, obtained at his most recent parkrun, Teignmouth Promenade parkrun, back in August.

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    In third place, taking 11 seconds off his previous fastest time, Jeremy Salerno raced to the finish in 21:09.

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Our fastest females were not far behind at all.

    First to finish was Allison Prather, in 26:12. A first timer at Perrigo, Allison is no stranger to parkrun, having previously been a regular over at Oak Grove parkrun in Kentucky. We're delighted that she has now moved to Redmond, and hope to see her among our group of regulars each week!

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    Next to pass through the finish bollards was Kelly Lyon-King. Another PB for Kelly, finishing in 27:07. Congratulations, Kelly!

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    Right behind Kelly, Lillian Bowler finished in an impressive 28:06 - I don't think I saw her without a smile on her face all morning! We love having your sunny self at Perrigo each week, Lillian.

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A Few Fun Facts

Kelly Lyon-King was the only person with more than 10 parkruns under her belt (14 in total) to achieve a PB this week.

First timer and visitor from the UK, Ruth Bader, set a new age group record for Perrigo, in the Women's 70-74 yr bracket. This now means that three of our fastest all time finishers are Brits. No pressure, Redmond...

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Perrigo's event v-Index has increased to 8, which means that at least 8 parkrunners have
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Rebecca Bader finished in 24th position at Perrigo's 24th event.

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Niamh Carrig ran for the 10th time at Perrigo (11 in the USA; 13 worldwide).

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John Hoegger ran for the 10th time in the USA (8 at Perrigo; 10 worldwide).

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Zena Hoegger ran for the 10th time at Perrigo (12 in the USA; 12 worldwide).

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Riley Walden (with Max for company) was the 400th different finisher at Perrigo.

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Once again, a great time was had by all. Thanks, as always, to our wonderful volunteers, who are the only reason that parkrun keeps ticking along each week!

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Reminders

    - If you haven't yet volunteered at Perrigo, take a quick look at the future roster (https://www.parkrun.us/perrigo/futureroster/), and let us know if you see a date and/or a role that you'd like to try. Email perrigo@parkrun.com if you can help, any time. Thank you so much!

    - Please don't forget your PRINTED barcode. It is important that all events around the globe abide by the rule to ensure consistency. That way, every parkrunner knows what to expect at any parkrun around the world, and the expectations on run directors and volunteer teams are the same.

    Laminating several copies of your barcode (packing tape works beautifully) and stashing them in your car, your wallet, your running shoes, etc. will ensure that you're never without your barcode when you need it. You can also order plastic keychain tags, bracelets, etc. with your parkrun barcode (and ICE) here: https://parkrun-barcode.com/en-US/GetBarcode

    Thank you for understanding!

    - Don't forget, we have our super fun, FREE Turkey Trot coming up this Thursday 28th November, at 9am. Tell your friends, your family, your dog...post on social media, sing from the rooftops - the more the merrier, we'd LOVE to make it a really great parkrun pre-turkey celebration!!

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See you on THURSDAY, parkrunners!! Wrap up warm, it's going to be freeeeeezing cold (but beautifully sunny - a gorgeous winter's day).

 

Run Report: Perrigo parkrun #23 – 16th November 2019

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

We enjoyed a dry, mid-50s, cloudy fall day on Saturday morning - perfect weather to attract 34 parkrunners to Perrigo.

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We were happy to welcome 5 first timers, and celebrated 7 new personal bests - well done, everyone! Yet another great morning, and a really nice group at coffee afterwards, too.

Personal Bests (PBs)

    Simon Jenness not only achieved his 5th PB at his 7th Perrigo parkrun, but he also managed to break the course record in his age category. 24:40 is now the time to beat for the Under 10s - many congratulations, Simon!

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    Jorge Besada was the only parkrunner with more than 10 Perrigo parkruns under his belt, to achieve a PB this week. At his 13th parkrun, Jorge achieved his 7th PB in 23:04 - great work, Jorge.

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    Matt Williams managed a PB of 20:54 at his second Perrigo parkrun, to finish in 4th place. Awesome job, Matt!

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    Yi Tyan Tsai achieved her 4th PB at her 6th Perrigo parkrun, to be the first female across the line this week, in 26:27. Well done, Yi Tyan!

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    Tadek Dul has an ambition to achieve a PB at every single one of his parkruns. He's well on track, achieving his 3rd PB at his 4th Perrigo parkrun. 28:44 is your time to beat next week, Tadek!

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    Elliott Gaskins, accompanied by gorgeous Rocky, achieved yet another PB this week. Great job finishing in 30:02 this week, Elliott!

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    Tali Yehuda achieved a PB of 32:58 at her third Perrigo parkrun. Excellent improvement, Tali!

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Fun Facts

    John Hoegger finished in 9th position on his 9th run worldwide.

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    Lisa Johnson ran for the 10th time worldwide (all at Perrigo).

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    Jennifer Marshall finished in 23rd position at Perrigo's 23rd event.

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    Dan Metteer ran for the 10th time worldwide (all at Perrigo).

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    Kevin Sorensen achieved a "Groundhog" by finishing in the same time (21:22) at consecutive events at the same location.

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    Our top Perrigo "parkrun passionistas" (i.e. those parkrunners who have run the most parkruns, all at the same event) are currently Jeff Mitchell (17) and Kevin Sorensen (16). Thanks for always showing up, guys!

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First Timers

And finally...a very warm parkrun welcome to our 5 first timers this week: Mike Mertens; Lars Schneider; Theresa Tonev; Rose Skeem and Kate Sorensen. We were so happy to meet you all, and will look forward to getting to know you better at all your future parkruns with us!

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Reminder - Thanksgiving "bonus" parkrun

Don't forget that we will be having our first parkrun Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Come and join us at the red barn for a 9am start. Please do invite all your visiting family and friends too - just make sure they register at parkrun.us/register, and bring their printed barcodes with them!

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Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers this week: Kerstin Pepper; Dean Faber; Mary Blake; Evie Pepper; Damyan Pepper; Kevin Sorensen and Kate Sorensen. Without our volunteers, parkrun cannot exist. If you are enjoying your weekly run with your new parkrun friends, please consider volunteering - check out the future roster at https://www.parkrun.us/perrigo/futureroster/ and email perrigo@parkrun.com if you see any dates and/or roles that appeal to you.

That's a wrap for this week. Until next time...

Kerstin
Your Enthusiastic Event Director

 

Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #22: 9th November 2019

Celebrating parkrunners and Volunteers
by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

We had such a great morning at Perrigo today, to our surprise. I woke up at 3am to the sound of heavy rain, and immediately started second guessing how many parkrunners might show up on a soggy, cold, November Saturday. Would we have more volunteers than parkrunners? Or maybe just a dozen of our (dedicated) usual suspects?

I was a little disheartened as I loaded the car. We had hoped to reach our magic 1,000th parkrunner milestone, but it seemed unlikely - we needed another 28 finishers, but over the previous three fair-weather weeks, we had only averaged 23. Today, it was pouring!

My son, Henry, and I headed down to Perrigo, to chalk inspirational messages at the turnaround points and set up for our 22nd event.

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It was super quiet at the park, with the only soul in sight being our wonderful marshal, Elliott, and his canine companion, Rocky. Elliott helped to unload the van and set up the shelters, as the rain continued to fall from gloomy grey skies.

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Gradually, our volunteers started to arrive, and we chatted about the dire conditions and wondered if anyone would show up.

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And then...something amazing happened. Along with our wonderful regulars, we started to see unfamiliar people in running shoes arriving. As each one approached, I would ask, "Is this your first parkrun?", and introduce ourselves. In all, we met 11 first timers. Eleven! Some had found us by Googling "Redmond 5k", and others through word of mouth. We were so delighted to welcome them all (not to mention, super impressed that they chose such a miserable day to try something new)! In total, 39 amazing parkrunners showed up!

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In the end, we found ourselves with a lot to celebrate!!

  • Kerstin Pepper reached her 25th Volunteering milestone - that's 25 times that she has volunteered at parkrun events. That coveted purple shirt will soon be winging its way to Redmond - we can't wait to see more purple at Perrigo!
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  • Last weekend, Sergey Aleshin met the enviable milestone of running his 100th unique parkrun at Joe Creason parkrun.

    Talk about dedication - Sergey had planned to run Heritage Harbor parkrun, but after flying into Chicago, saw that it had been canceled due to lack of volunteers.
    Never one to balk at a challenge, Sergey drove through the night - a 5 and a half hour journey - from Illinois to Kentucky, to ensure he made his magic 100!

    Of course, next week, he's off to Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, for his 101st...We can't wait to see where parkrun takes you next, Sergey!

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  • Max Jensen was taking a well-earned rest this week, but we celebrated him anyway. Max finished the New York Marathon last week in a ridiculously fantastic time of 2:54:41. That's an average pace of 6:40 minute / mile, and placed him 5th in his age category (and the 2nd American within that group).
    Congratulations, Max - you are an inspiration!
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  • And finally (drumroll, please!!)....we DID indeed reach (nay, exceed!) our 1,000 Perrigo parkrunner finishers milestone.
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We love the fact that our 1,000th parkrunner to cross the finish line was a first timer - Erward Osckar looked a little bemused as he was greeted by a cheering crowd waving pom poms and jumping up and down in celebration as he reached that final bollard! We've assured him it won't happen again...

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Erward and son, Brandon, celebrate their first parkrun

If you have a celebratory story to tell, or want to offer kudos to a fellow parkrunner, do let us know - we'd love to hear it!

The Lowdown

The rain certainly made our parkrunners more eager to finish quickly, this week. Our poor Tail Walker, Melani, was most dismayed to see that we didn't have a single walker in our group!

Top 3 Male

1. Nathan Clifford was our first finisher, yet again! He finished in a very speedy 18:41.

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2. First timer, and good friend/colleague of our regular, Andy Ruschak, Jeremy Salerno crossed the finish in 21:20.

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3. Kevin Sorensen finished third, in a very impressive 21:22. I'm going to keep saying it until you share - Kevin, we'd love to see your GoPro videos!

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Top 3 Female

1. Nina Tang was the first woman across the line, with a PB (yay!) of 27:42 - many congrats, Nina!
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2. Kelly Lyon-King finished her 12th parkrun with a PB of 27:54 - well done, Kelly, half marathon training is clearly paying off!

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3. First timer, Jen Oglesby, finished in 29:50 - we'd love to see you again, Jen, as much as soccer schedules allow!

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Personal Bests

We celebrated 7 PBs this week - I think everyone must have been rushing to get to that hot post-run coffee!

Other than those already mentioned...

Andy Ruschak was "gently" encouraged by his running buddy colleague, to knock 33 seconds off his previous PB, finishing in an incredible 26:19.

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Tadek Dul reached yet another PB, finishing in 29:10. We are so happy that you continue to show up each week, Tadek!!

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Sidhanth and Kannan Srinivasan both celebrated PBs today, in 38:21 and 38:25 respectively - great job, guys, we love your finish line smiles!

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Lana Young, joining her Dad, Gavin, did an amazing job of smashing her previous PB by an incredible 12 minutes, finishing in 41:17. Well done, Lana - keep it up!

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And Finally...

  • Don't forget that we have our bonus Thanksgiving parkrun on Thursday 28th November at 9am. Please feel free to invite your friends and family (just ensure they bring their barcodes!). The mode the merrier - let's make it a parkrun to remember!!
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  • Don't forget your barcode! Unfortunately, we are going to have to be strict on this one. If you forget your printed barcode, we cannot process your results. Remember that Event Director, Kerstin Pepper, has a laminator and is more than happy to laminate your barcode for you!
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  • Thank you so much to our volunteers: Kerstin Pepper; Sergey Aleshin; Dean Faber; Mary Blake; Melani McGrath; Elliott Gaskins; Gabriella Drewer; Dan Metteer and Kim McKeone. Without you, parkrun could not exist.

    If you would like to volunteer in future, please check our the roster at http://www.parkrun.us/perrigo/futureroster, and email perrigo@parkrun.com if you would like to add your name to our list of hi-vis heroes!

  • Thanks so much for yet another fantastic week at Perrigo parkrun. We can't wait to do it all again next week for #23!

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Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #21: 2nd November 2019

by Kelly Lyon-King - Run Director

We are so proud of our parkrunners and volunteers this morning, and even those who were out at the Lake Washington Half Marathon this morning. We missed you Kerstin, Dean, Andy and whoever else was out there. And by the way - Kerstin, Mary and Dean, you all make this Run Director gig look easy!

We were in the coldest blob on the planet here at Perrigo parkrun. That’s right, you all got up and got out even though it was warmer at the poles than it was here in the pacific northwest!

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What dedication and commitment to getting up and getting moving every Saturday morning. And thank you Perrigo community for not slipping on those icy leaves that beautifully decorate our run! As those leaves drop from the trees to help light the path as the daylight continues to diminish, people in these northern climates tend to hunker down in some form of hibernation. I can see why all those parkruns over in the U.K. and other northern cities are so popular. They get you out and moving, saying "Hi!" to friends, and smiling at familiar faces. Whether it’s rain, or just cold, it’s wonderful having everyone come out to join in this community event. And while that frost on the grass may have made some feet wet, it was quite stunning!

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What a beautiful day to welcome our First Timers: Hoke; Linda; Sidhanth and Kannan; Aditya and Andrea; and Song.

Song Hong was actually visiting from her home park run up in Vancouver. We really hope she can join us frequently down here at Perrigo - do come visit again, Song!

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First Timer, Andrea, also had the distinction of being the first female park runner across the finish line. Go Andrea!

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We loved that competitive spirit between Kannan and Sidhanth at their first Perrigo event!

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We also welcomed first timer Linda Burt, as she smiled working hard right up to that finish line. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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A special thanks to all the volunteers who stepped up at the last moment and rescued our frigid parkrun morning: Kelly Lyon-King (Run Director), Gayatri Teegavarau (Timekeeper), Melani McGrath (Timekeeper), Lee Nathan (Photographer), Gavin Young (Marshal), Mary Blake (Barcode Scanning), Niamh Carrig (Tail Walker), Kim McKeone (Finish Tokens), and Gabby Drewer (Token Support).

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Reaching Double Digits

We now have 9 Perrigo parkrunners that have reached double digits for attendance at our home run. Two of those reached that milestone this weekend!

Alex Agranov ran for the 10th time worldwide (all at Perrigo).

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Chris Drewer ran for the 10th time at Perrigo (10 in the USA; 15 worldwide).

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Notably, Lizzie Lee ran for the 10th time in the USA (6 at Perrigo; 20 worldwide).

Fun Facts

Sidhanth Srinivasan finished in 21st position at Perrigo's 21st event.

Elliott Gaskins with his faithful companion increased his USA p-index to 2, by finishing at Perrigo for the 2nd time.

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And Melani McGrath has now volunteered more times (19) at Perrigo than elsewhere in the USA (18).

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Kelly Lyon-King was the 200th volunteer at Perrigo!

Gavin Young volunteered for the 10th time in the USA (6 at Perrigo).

And finally...

Whether you are here to run your heart out or enjoy a morning stroll, we are glad that you came and are part of our PP community!

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Even the Perrigo pups come to make new friends!!! See you next week with much warmer weather and perhaps rain gear instead of snow.

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Please do spread the word, invite your friends and family along to try us out, and share and share and share again on social media. Perrigo needs another 28 runners or walkers to reach 1,000 total finishers. So tell your friends and welcome them to our parkrun community!

Contact Kerstin Pepper on Facebook or at perrigo@parkrun.com if you would like some flyers to hand out - we just ordered another several hundred, so there are plenty to go around!

 

Special Event: Thanksgiving 2019 parkrun

It's Thanksgiving! So come join us for Perrigo parkrun's first annual "Turkey Trot" on Thursday November 28th. The price (ahem, it's FREE!), and the swag-free, community-focused vibe of a Thanksgiving parkrun are hard to beat.

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Thanksgiving is the largest running day in the world, with around 1 million Americans taking part in running events around the country. It is also one of only two days each year when you can do a parkrun USA event that’s not on a Saturday. (The other is New Years.)

At Perrigo, we will have our Run Briefing at 8.55am as usual, with the run start at 9am.

If you're out of town, then check out the parkrun "Special Events" page to see if there is a Thanksgiving parkrun near you! Currently listed parkruns include: Clermont Waterfront (FL), College Park (MD), Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun (NJ), Eagan (MN), Kensington (MD), Jamaica Pond (MA), Lillie (MI), Livonia (MI), Oak Grove (KY), Perrigo (WA), Rex Plex North (FL), and Terry Hershey (TX), with more to be announced in the coming weeks!

All parkrun USA events will go ahead as usual on Saturday November 30th.
 

New Years Day is the other day when additional parkruns are possible. It’s also the one day of the year when it may be possible to do two nearby parkruns on the same day. A current listing of New Years parkruns can also be found in the list linked above, but it will be updated in the coming weeks. At present we can confirm that a New Years Double will be available in the Seattle area - the first to be held here at Perrigo at 8:30am, with Renton following us at 10:30am.

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