Perrigo parkrun #38 – 15th February 2020

A Very Valentine parkrun

by Kerstin Pepper : Run Director


Saturday's Valentine parkrun marked our first themed run of the year. We asked our Perrigo community to wear red or pink, and accessorize accordingly...and they did not disappoint!!


This week we were thrilled to welcome 5 first timers, celebrate 11 amazing PBs, and to see 40 parkrunners out on the course. We are also really happy to see Colin Phillips, Event Director from College Park parkrun over in the other Washington (that's DC, in case it wasn't obvious). With 138 parkruns under his belt, and 243 volunteer credits to his name, Colin is an old pro - if there's anything about parkrun he doesn't know, then it's not worth knowing!

Thanks for coming to see us, Colin - we hope you'll be back!


By pure coincidence, we also enjoyed the company of two other DC parkrun stalwarts - Patrick Sheridan, and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth has set herself the goal of completing all the parkruns in the US. I think Perrigo was her 38th (please correct me if I'm wrong)....and she has 92 parkruns in total. I think we can safely say that Elizabeth (who just happens to be a fellow Brit) definitely drank the Kool Aid!


Fastest Finishers


In first place, Dan Metteer, finishing in 19:06 at his 21st parkrun.

Second position was taken by Jonathan Szollar, in 19:21.

Third place was our College Park visitor, Colin Phillips, in 20:01.


Visitor from DC, Elizabeth Sheridan, was our first woman across the line, finishing in 26:00.

Next up was Ai Nakatani, who finished in 26:29, a new PB for Ai. Congratulations!

Third woman to finish was Shannon Chappon, coming in at 26:40 at her 4th parkrun.

Personal Bests (PBs)


Congratulations to the amazing 11 parkrunners who achieved PBs at our Valentine Run - amazing work!!

    Aditya Shrivastava - 25:18

    Ai Nakatani - 26:29

    Angus Drummond - 30:08

    Jennie Helgeson - 44:13

    Jock Wood - 35:41

    John Hoegger - 22:37

    Macarena Baeza - 45:33

    Niamh Carrig - 28:01

    Rose Skeem - 28:00

    Tim Fay - 28:40

    Victor Valdebenito - 25:49

First Timers

A very warm parkrun welcome to our two new first timers this week - Danielle Walsh and Roohi Mahboob. We're so happy you found us, and look forward to getting to know you better!!



A Few Fun Facts

    The average age of our parkrunners this week was 44 (46 for men, and 41 for women)

    We had 24 men and 15 women (and one unknown) parkrunning. Come on ladies - bring your friends!

    Kehinde (Kenny) Otubamowo ran his 97th parkrun this week. Just three to go until we see our first black shirt earned at Perrigo!

    Colin Phillips and Elizabeth Sheridan were the fastest age category finishers (74.85% and 71.54%, respectively)

    Husband and wife team, John and Zena Hoegger, were both first in their own age category!

And Finally...

Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers, who show up each week and help to keep our beloved parkrun ticking along. This week, our high-viz heroes were: Sergey Aleshin, Fiona Kotzenberg, Jeff Mitchell, Kennon Moulton, Zandra Otubamowo, Kerstin Pepper and Allison Prather.

Remember that all our volunteers are runners too. If you can help out and let our regular helpers get a chance to parkrun occasionally, we'd be eternally grateful. Check the future roster at and email if you would like to join our hero ranks!


Also, don't forget that a great way to really get to know your fellow parkrunners and volunteers is to come to Cypress Coffee afterwards, for some fun conversation, great coffee and colloquial language lessons from your new British / Irish / Canadian friends :D .


Thanks for yet another great parkrun with fabulous friends. Don't forget that the next parkrun is on the 2/22/2020 - with all those twos, a tutu parkrun was inevitable. Don't be shy - dig out your brightest, fluffiest tulle, and come and join the fun!!


Until next time...