by Dean Faber - Run Director
It may have been the recent rainy, snowy, and cool weather that scared off the runners, but we had a pretty small crowd of 25 runners this Saturday. However, those that showed up were lucky to find a couple of surprises that morning. First, there was no rain, and secondly we debuted our new start location that gives us access to the Shelter on the south side of the park.
This will give volunteers a place to keep out of the rain, and runners a spot to shelter before and after the run. We will be doing this just for the winter months, as these shelters are available for reservation from Apr-Oct. In the meantime, the Parks Department has given us permission to use them for the winter months. This new alternate route will mean then starting right beside the shelter, heading out to the loop, and doing the rest of the course exactly the same as before, then returning right back to where we started beside the shelter.
So remember, for the winter months DON'T meet at the red barn - DO meet at the picnic shelter.
On our first run with this course, we had 8 of the 25 runners set a new PB. The entire Schneider family had PBs, with Lars getting under 21 minutes for the first time. He has a goal of getting under 20 minutes, and with the progress he has made since coming to parkrun, it won't be long. We are cheering you on, Lars.
His parents Carla and Erik are always there encouraging him, and they also got new PBs while walking the course.
Also getting PBs today were: Kevin Sorensen; Adam Tamburini; John Hoegger; Jennifer Sayers and Lizzie Lee.
Lizzie is really improving with all the training she has been doing recently, getting ready for the London Marathon. We are wishing you all the best in London, Lizzie!!
We had two first timers here: Ian Shiach and Kellen Smith. It was very nice to meet you guys, and we hope to see you back again. At our post-run coffee we discovered that Ian is part of the Shiach clan with his father, mother and brother already having been here to Perrigo, including at our inaugural parkrun in June.
Our other visitor today is now almost becoming a regular. Adam Tamburini, who normally runs at the Woking parkrun in the UK, has now put in an appearance at Perrigo three times. Nice seeing you again, Adam, and hope to see you again next time you are in town. Adam also completed an impressive 224th parkrun this weekend. Maybe we can convince him to plan a trip here to complete his 250th?
Now for some fun stats in case you did not realize how big parkrun is around the world:
- Perrigo is one of 42 parkruns in the USA, and one of the 1,528 worldwide parkruns that took place this last weekend.
- Our group of 25 was part of the 326,935 parkrunners that ran this weekend.
- We had 25 enthusiastic runners, whilst the largest parkrun this weekend was Botanical Garden in South Africa, with 1,680 parkrunners, requiring 31 volunteers (versus our 8).
Finally, I'll leave you with a reminder that the barcode you carry in your pocket can be used worldwide to get out to other parkruns and meet new running buddies. So, next time you're in South Africa...you know what to do!
Happy running and see you Saturday 9:00 am at the picnic shelters.