Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #28: 14th December 2019

by Mary Blake: Run Director

Start line - ugly sweater run

We were ever hopeful for a nice dry “Ugly Sweater” parkrun this morning, but alas, it was not meant to be. However, the pouring rain did not deter 40 cheerful and very festive parkrunners! It was so fun to see so many people dress up in their ugly sweaters, festive hats, santa socks and even some jingle bells! We were also blessed with some wonderful contributions of festive treats from our runners and volunteers. There were mince pies, sausage rolls, brownies and donuts aplenty. They all went down a treat, yummy!!

volunteers in the rain

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Some Stats & fun facts

    We had 8 PBs today – congratulations to Erward Osckar, Lisa Whittle, Elliott Gaskins, Niamh Carrig, Evie Pepper, Chloe Hoegger, Carla Schneider & Erik Schneider.

    Niamh Carrig

    Welcome to our three first timers today – Damon Gjording, Jenna Gorham & Jasmina Cernak. Damon and Jenna were the first male and female home today – incredible!

    Damon & Jenna


    Lars Schneider crushed it in the J11-14 group again with an amazing time of 21:08, which is only 3 seconds off his PB. An amazing achievement as such a young age!

    Lars Schneider

    Kevin Sorensen, Jeff Mitchell & Andrew Ruschack completed their 20th parkruns, all at Perrigo! It is so great to start seeing the homegrown milestones starting to spring up. Well done Kevin, Andrew & Jeff – we love seeing you all every week! Keep going and aim for that coveted 50 shirt!!

    Kevin Sorrensen

    Jeff Mitchell

    Andrew Rushnack

    Our very own core team member, Dean Faber, completed his 70th parkrun. Wow Dean, that’s awesome. Keep going for the elusive black shirt. It’s just within reach!!

    Dean Faber

    Ms. Evie Pepper knocked a whopping 3 minutes off her time to PB with 31:15 at just 9 years of age!


    Our very own Event Director, Kerstin Pepper, completed her 25th parkrun. That’s half way to the coveted 50 shirt – Way to go Kerstin!!


    Carla Schneider was the 28th runner home at the 28th Perrigo parkrun!

Fastest males

Our top 3 male runners were Damon Gjording (19:39), Dan Metteer (20:01) & Lars Schneider (21:08)

Dan Metteer

Fastest females

Our top 3 female runners were Jenna Gorham (22:10), Lisa Whittle (25:59) & Niamh Carrig (29:44)


As always, thank you so much to our amazing volunteers who put up with very wet conditions this Saturday. It is not easy to stand around in the cold and the rain, but they did just that with big festive smiles and so much encouragement and support for our parkrunners. Thank you Allison Prather, Mary Blake, David Cline, Dean Faber, Kelly Lyon-King, Kerstin Pepper, Nina Tang, Shawn Pearce, Siri Bleisner & Gabriella Drewer.


If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to us at We are always looking to fill our future volunteer rosters. Without volunteers, there is no parkrun!

Upcoming Events

This Saturday December 21st, we will have an unofficial “Festive 5K”, so if you want to give your ugly sweaters, santa hats and jingle bells another run (or if you missed our Ugly Sweater run), please wear them all with pride this Saturday!

Perrigo will also be hosting a special New Year’s day run at 8:30am. We are having it early as Renton parkrun is hosting their parkrun at 10:30am and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend both events, as it is the only day of the year where you can complete two parkruns in one day!

Look forward to seeing you all next Saturday!

Mary Blake
Run Director


Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #27: 7th December 2019


Perrigo parkrun #27 was a cold and wet day, but that did not dampen the spirits of 31 parkrunners and 10 volunteers! I guess this was just not the day to try parkrun for the first time, as we had no local first timers. However, we did have visitors from Thornbury parkrun in the UK (welcome Angela Kerr!), and from Vancouver, Canada (welcome Thomas Faulkner & Rebecca Williams!).

Angela Kerr (UK)

Rebecca & Thomas (Vancouver)


Some Stats

We had a nice round and even 10 PBs today. Congratulations to Nelson LaPlante, Aditya Shrivastava, Kelly Lyon-King, Tadeusz Dul, Rupert Bader, Lizzie Lee, Bill Schwabenland, Jon Payne, Erik Schnieder & Carla Schneider. Nice work guys!!

Kelly PR


    Stefano Gallotti ran his 202nd parkrun (13th at Perrigo). Wow!

    Rupert Bader PB’d by a whopping 3 ½ minutes – AMAZING – Go Rupert!

    Our first junior u-10 runner was Ms. Evie Pepper with an incredible time of 34:40!

    Carla Schneider was the 27th runner home at Perrigo parkrun no. 27

Fastest males
Our top 3 male runners were Dan Metteer (19:39), Lars Schneider (21:31) & Kevin Sorensen (21:38)




Fastest females
Our top 3 female runners were Kelly Lyon King (26:33), Angela Kerr (29:43) & Rebecca Williams (29:53)

As always, thank you so much to our amazing volunteers. They make parkrun possible each and every week. This week we had Alison Payne, Allison Prather, Bill Schwabenland, Damyan Pepper, Gabriella Drewer, Jeff Mitchell, Jorge Besada, Kerstin Pepper, Mary Blake and Niamh Carrig.


If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to us at We are always looking to fill our future volunteer rosters. Without volunteers, there is no parkrun!

Upcoming Events

Perrigo parkrun is having an “Ugly Sweater” run on Saturday December 14th. So don your ugliest Christmas sweater and any and all festive clothing and come and join us. We would love to have a table full of holiday treats, so if the festive baking spirit moves you, please feel free to bring a treat to share!:)


Perrigo will also be hosting a special New Year’s day run at 8:30am. We are having it early as Renton parkrun is hosting their parkrun at 10:30am and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend both events - it is the only day of the year where you can complete 2 parkruns in one day!

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

Mary Blake
Run Director


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!



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.



    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...









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!


    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.


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


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!


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


    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.


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...


Perrigo's event v-Index has increased to 8, which means that at least 8 parkrunners have
volunteered here at least 8 times.

Rebecca Bader finished in 24th position at Perrigo's 24th event.


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


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


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


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


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!




    - If you haven't yet volunteered at Perrigo, take a quick look at the future roster (, and let us know if you see a date and/or a role that you'd like to try. Email 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:

    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 on social media, sing from the rooftops - the more the merrier, we'd LOVE to make it a really great parkrun pre-turkey celebration!!


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.


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!


    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.


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


    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!


    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!


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


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


Fun Facts

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


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


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


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


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


    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!


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!






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, and bring their printed barcodes with them!


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 and email if you see any dates and/or roles that appeal to you.

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

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.


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.



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


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!


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...


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.


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


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!


Top 3 Female

1. Nina Tang was the first woman across the line, with a PB (yay!) of 27:42 - many congrats, Nina!

2. Kelly Lyon-King finished her 12th parkrun with a PB of 27:54 - well done, Kelly, half marathon training is clearly paying off!


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


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.


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


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



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!


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, and email 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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