Run Report: Virtual parkrun #8 – 13th June 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

Thanks so much to everyone for showing up to our virtual #notaparkrun every week - we so appreciate your support, and we really love seeing your selfies and stories!

After eight weeks of virtual parkrunning (can you believe we've been doing this for two months?), we are averaging 34 participants each week. 20th June's parkrun (our 9th virtual event) would have been our biiiiiiiiig first birthday celebration. In lieu of cake, balloons and a very cheesy birthday playlist, let's celebrate by encouraging as many people as we can to join us!! Tell your friends, family, colleagues, social media audience etc. Remember, anyone anywhere in the world can be a virtual parkrun tourist. Even if they participate in their own local event, they can still also run with us. Spread the word, and don't forget to tag @perrigoparkrun on Facebook, so people know where to find us!

Thank you guys. We had 85 parkrunners at our launch. Wouldn't it be awesome to match that number?
It's so sad to see our red barn so lonely on a Saturday morning (thank you Bill Schwabenland for the nostalgic photo).


On Saturday June 13th, we had 36 of you out walking, jogging and running your 5k (or more). We welcomed two first timers this week - welcome to Vincent Bersagol (who has now run one "real" parkrun, and one virtual parkrun, both in Redmond. Here's hoping we'll see a lot more of you!), and Belinda Blackburn, joining us all the way from Tasmania, Australia. Belinda ran with her fellow Run Directors from beautiful Bellerive parkrun, and shared some stunning photos of her route. Now, excuse me while I run off and Google flight deals to Tassy!



This was apparently the week of breaking personal records, with 9 (or 25%) of you celebrating a new PB. Many congratulations to:

    Joanna Davis - 17 second improvement
    Dean Faber - a huge 1 minute and 9 seconds improvement
    Simon Faber - 16 second improvement at his 5th virtual parkrun
    Mike Williams - very impressive 1 minute 30 second improvement
    Jim Pollock - 5th PB in a row, 28 seconds faster than last week
    Nina Tang - flying this week, improving her PB by a massive 8 minutes and 51 seconds
    Chris Drewer - another big PB, with a 48 second improvement
    Kate Drewer - not far behind, Kate celebrated another great PB, 45 seconds faster than the last
    Bill Schwabenland - running our familiar route obviously put a spring in Bill's step, and improved his PB by five huge minutes and 55 seconds!





Thank you to everyone who sent such fun photos. As always, Zena Hoegger, daughter Chloe and sister Lynn Persse never disappoint:




Father/daughter duo, Carlos and Camila Figueira made a valiant attempt to claim the Tailwalker crown (or should I say, yellow vest!) this week...but unfortunately, Louise and Fred McKinlay had their own eyes on that particular prize! We love your masks though, great job keeping your community (and yourselves) healthy!


We weren't entirely sure we recognized Dan Metteer without his trusty cap on.

Fortunately, he fixed it for us, so we knew there wasn't an impostor in our midst. Congrats on claiming 1st Place yet again, speedy Dan!


Speaking of beautiful scenery, Jolanta Thorburn ran her 5k at Cannon Beach, Oregon this week. I'm thinking we need to find an Event Director to kick off a new Pacific North West beach parkrun - I can't imagine a better spot for it. Any Goonies fans fancy taking on the task?

And finally, thanks to Kelly Lyon-King, Amanda Nathan and Ryan and Aimee Ashley for sharing your fabulous selfies with us!




In other news...

    This week we learned that New Zealand is the first country in the world to have completely eliminated Covid-19 from their population. As a result, they have now lifted all social distancing measures, and parkrun is able to recommence on July 4th. While we are some way behind NZ, here in the USA, this does give us hope. parkrun is not dead, we WILL be back, and rest assured that our fearless leaders at parkrun HQ are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the health and safety of the whole global parkrun family.


    I may have mentioned (once or twice) that it was Perrigo parkrun's first birthday on June 15th. Help us celebrate this weekend by sending us your best birthday selfies. Wear red (for the red barn), carry a balloon, eat some cake (mmmmm.....cake), wave a pom-pom, sport a fetching tutu - I don't care how you choose to mark the occasion, but whatever you do, be sure to get a fun photo and share it with us!


    CONGRATULATIONS to all the mums, dads and teachers who have survived this crazy year of "pandemic schooling". No more guilty worrying about not doing enough, no more apologetic emails, and no more throwing school laptops at the wall. You got there. You survived, your children survived, and their brains have not rotted in 3 short months. Well done you guys, you did it!!!

See you on Saturday, parkrunners.

Toodle-pip for now!



Run Report: Virtual parkrun #7 – 6th June 2020

Our First Groundhogs!
by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director


It was a good day for a #notaparkrun last Saturday, with (according to regular parkrunner, Kate Drewer) perfect running conditions in Redmond! Maybe that is why we had a record number of virtual participants for our 7th event, with 39 of you running, jogging and walking 5k or more.

This included four first timers (welcome, Farheen and Camila Figueira, and great to see you again Shawn and Jen - we have missed you so!!).

Camila and dad, Carlos

Camila and dad, Carlos



An amazing NINE of you celebrated PRs this week:

    Danielle Ruiz - taking a massive 7 minutes and 5 seconds off her previous time, and sharing a beautiful pic of the mean (ahem) streets of Redmond!

    Ryan Ashley - keeping his mom on her toes, running an amazing 1 minute 54 seconds faster this week

    Mike Williams (Melton Mowbray parkrun) - celebrating a return to running after injury, and moving from tail walker last week, to 11th position this week!

    Jim Pollock - 24 seconds faster than last week, despite forgetting his headphones and having to run "naked"

    Simon Faber - 35 seconds faster than his previous PR, and making us all very envious with his beautiful photos of Kelowna, Canada!

    Chloe Hoegger - proving yet again that those capes on her socks really do make her fly! 58 seconds off her PR this week, well done Chloe!

    Nina Tang - applying her average pace gave her a 14 second #notaparkrun PR. Of course, she had to go just a little further...12.07 miles to be exact! Inspiring stuff, Nina!

    Fred McKinlay, combining parkrun and the Big Backyard Run in one!

    Molly Jensen - great to see Molly back with us again! 5 minutes and 14 seconds faster than her first (virtual) parkrun, nice work. You'll be putting Max through his paces soon, Molly!

Back to that groundhog...

Strictly speaking, a parkrun groundhog is the award given to someone who finishes a parkrun event in the same time for two consecutive weeks in the same location!

However, given that this is #notaparkrun, I'm going to call out all three runners who achieved exactly the same time this week as one of their previous virtual parkruns. There have only been 7 of them, after all, so this is still a pretty awesome achievement!

    Dan Metteer didn't know whether to laugh or cry when he matched his fastest ever 5k result, in 18:37 (last achieved at Virtual parkrun #4). Sorry Dan - maybe borrowing Chloe's socks will help next time?


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    Kevin Sorensen has only taken part in two virtual parkruns, and managed to achieve the exact same time at both (22:04). Impressive stuff, Kevin!

    Melton Mowbray's Joanna Davis also matched her previous PR (achieved on Week 5) of 23:59 this week. She also made this British RD quite homesick with her photo of England's green and pleasant land!


Special Mentions

In the run brief each week, we ask that you make sure to send us photos, so we get to see what you're all up to without us...and most importantly, so we can see your lovely faces. So, thank you so much to all who have done so - those I've already mentioned above, and:

    Abby Reulas - Renton parkrun's Abby has completely transformed herself in the time we have known her - not only in physical appearance (as she puts it, she has lost "a small child" in weight - those legs, though!), but also in her incredible fitness and health. We are so proud of her - this Saturday she went on to run almost 16 miles, and has PRd every category that her Garmin tracks. Amazing!

    Dean Faber and Allison Prather are your friendly parkrun elves, responsible for all the motivational chalk messages and hashtags you see each week (if you choose to run your virtual parkrun at Perrigo Park). Thanks so much to both of them for their dedication (and also to Melani McGrath and her faithful sidekick, Murphy, for the photos!).




    Lynn Persse (from Long Eaton parkrun in the UK) never fails to disappoint with her amazing leggings...but this week she truly outdid herself. How else do you get through this lengthy lockdown, other than by celebrating Christmas in June, as you run laps around the garden!? Thank you Lynn - you look fabulous, as always!!


    Bill Schwabenland, a man more dedicated to staying fit and healthy throughout this pandemic than anyone I know, did a sterling job as (virtual) tailwalker this week. He completed 3 miles with his 4-legged buddies, then remembered it was Saturday and went out to complete another 3.1. Thanks so much for bringing everyone home safely, Bill!

    And finally...thanks so much to my favorite Perrigo Brits, for always showing up with a huge smile and just being such wonderful members of our growing parkrun family. And for the photos, of course. We miss you, Family Hoegger and Family Drewer !



And finally...

Don't forget, we would love to share the Run Director role with anyone who'd like to try it. Email or just DM Kerstin through her private Facebook or via Perrigo's FB page. It's very easy, I'll do all the number crunching, you just need to put your lovely mug in front of the camera and say a few encouraging words!

Also, we have a BIG celebration coming up. Our 1 year anniversary is the 15th June 2020. Typically we would celebrate the following Saturday, which would be the 20th.
In lieu of cake, balloons and mad Perrigo decorations, I would love to find a great way to mark the occasion. If anyone has any bright and brilliant ideas (I'll even take average ones at this point!), please do share them. Otherwise, what would be AMAZING would be to get a really BIG number of runners / walkers / joggers out pounding the streets on Saturday the 20th. If any of you can help spread the word (i.e. encourage your friends / family / colleagues - no matter where in the world - to join us!), we would really love to draw a virtual celebratory crowd.

That's it from me, folks. Thanks again for all your dedication, camaraderie and endless support. See you next time...



Results can be found here:!As6KUHoY-sr5xht_Fsyn1HdWgPYu?e=MFMSP9

Or here:

Position Name Time
1 Dan METTEER 18:37:00
2 John HOEGGER 21:53:00
3 Kevin SORENSEN 22:04:00
4 Daniel SWART 22:13:00
5 Kurt WILSON 23:39:00
6 Joanna DAVIS 23:59:00
7 Max JENSEN 24:45:00
8 Christopher CULLEN 25:28:00
9 Danielle RUIZ 26:02:00
10 Ryan ASHLEY 26:03:00
11 Mike WILLIAMS 26:12:00
12 Steve DANCY 26:16:00
13 Jim POLLOCK 27:28:00
14 Kelly LYON-KING 28:09:00
15 Aimee ASHLEY 28:29:00
16 Allison PRATHER 29:19:00
17 Simon FABER 29:35:00
18 Michael SCHIACH 29:39:00
19 Abby RUELAS 29:58:00
20 Chris DREWER 30:02:00
21 Kate DREWER 30:13:00
22 Jennifer MARSHALL 30:34:00
23 Dean FABER 30:49:00
24 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 31:41:00
25 Zena HOEGGER 33:26:00
26 Zoe MUGGESON HEATH 33:45:00
27 Chloe HOEGGER 35:11:00
28 Shawn PEARCE 35:36:00
29 Lynn PERSSE 36:08:00
30 Nina TANG 36:16:00
31 Camila FIGUEIRA 38:53:00
32 Carlos FIGUEIRA 38:53:00
33 Fred MCKINLAY 40:20:00
34 Farheen AL MISHARI 42:37:00
35 Fred MCKINLAY 43:52:00
36 Molly JENSEN 45:06:00
37 Gayle KEENAN 47:55:00
38 Melani MCGRATH 1:06:00:00
39 Bill SCHWABENLAND 1:08:39:00


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #6 – 30th May 2020

Thunder bolts and lightening – very very frightening…


That’s right – we were greeted with a big thunder and lightening storm on Saturday morning. It was quite a show and a rare occurrence in Seattle. Obviously, it is not ideal running weather, but we did get a couple of small windows during the day that were thunder, lightening and rain free.

29 hardy runners, walkers and joggers got outside and got their virtual #notaparkrun in. We had participants from:

    Perrigo parkrun (18)
    Melton Mowbray parkrun, UK (4)
    Dishley parkrun, UK
    Long Eaton parkrun, UK
    Durban, SOUTH AFRICA
    Livonia parkrun, Michigan USA
    Rock Creek Trail parkrun, Oregon USA
    Himmel parkrun, Arizona USA
    Okanagan parkrun, Kelowna CANADA

Zoe Muggeson photo

Lynn photo

Congratulations to our 3 fastest male runners. Leading the pack with an incredible time of 18:54 was Dan Metteer. Well done Dan!

With just 4 seconds between them, our 2nd and 3rd fastest male runners were Daniel Swart and John Hoegger, both finishing in under 22 minutes – wow!!

Congratulations to our 3 fastest female runners. Joanna Davis threw down another incredible time of 24:13. How do you do it Joanna? That is amazing! Kelly Lyon King was hot on Joanna’s heels, and clearly Zena Hoegger wanted to twin with John Hoegger as they were the 3rd fastest female and male, respectively. Awesome and adorable, you guys!

John & Zena twinning for 3rd fastest

Big shout out to our amazing tail walker this week – Mike Williams! You are the anchor of virtual parkrun - thank you for bringing us all home safely!! :)

Well done to our five runners who not only went out in the stormy weather but also achieved a PB – Daniel Swart, Kurt Wilson, Jim Pollock, Zena Hoegger & Amanda Nathan!

Thank you everyone for carving out some time to get your virtual run in. Your willingness to participate and support everyone in Perrigo parkrun’s #notaparkrun means the world to us and shows what an amazing community of runners we have built up in just one year. We can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces in person again very soon!

Aimee photo

Jim Pollock photo

Louise photo

Ms Evie Pepper

zena photo

Yours in stride
Mary Blake


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #5 – 23rd May 2020

How wonderful it was to see you all getting out and enjoying the better weather this week!

We had 35 virtual parkrunners this week, celebrated 11 PBs and welcomed 4 first timers. Special mention has to go to Kevin Sorensen, who we've missed terribly over the past 3 months (can you believe it's almost exactly 3 months since our last parkrun, on February 29th?). Kevin obviously hasn't been slacking, as he raced to first place at his first #notaparkrun, in 22:04. Nice work, Kevin - we hope to see a lot more of you!

It was also fantastic to see all our parkrun tourists coming back to join us. We were particularly delighted to see Joanna Davis (of Melton Mowbray fame) - not only did she absolutely smash her PB, taking 31 seconds off her previous time and yet again being the first female finisher, but she also showed off her amazing new apricot tee. We are so proud to be unofficially twinned with the now world-famous Melton Mowbray parkrun (more on that later).

joanna shirt

A very warm Perrigo welcome is also extended to all our other tourists:

    - Simon Faber, of Okanagan parkrun in Canada (and son of our very own Dean Faber)
    - Chris Cullen, of Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, OR
    - Abby Ruelas, of our neighboring Renton parkrun
    - Wendy Grinnols-Sweeney, also from Renton parkrun
    - Lynn Persse, of Long Eaton parkrun in the UK (sister of our own Zena Hoegger, and wearer of the most amazing leggings!!)
    - Mike Scallon, of Melton Mowbray parkrun (with another impressive PB, a full minute and four seconds faster than his previous virtual run!)
    - Kurt Wilson, also from Melton Mowbray (and proud owner of that coveted black 100 shirt)
    - Steve Dancy, of Livonia parkrun, MI.
    - Zoe Heath, of Dishley parkrun in Loughborough, UK. We feel for Zoe, who is perpetually "stuck" at her 99th parkrun, waiting patiently (or maybe not so!) to get the green light to finally earn that black shirt! We're rooting for you, Zoe!

Thanks also to everyone who took photos of your runs (or your beautiful selves). I know I keep saying it, but it's really lovely to see you and what you're up to, even from afar. So do please keep the photos coming (and keep the run reports fun!).

    Abby and Wendy - running buddies are the best buddies!

    Abby and Wendy - running buddies are the best buddies!

    Husband John took the week off, so Zena found her own company.  Hello, deer!

    Husband John took the week off, so Zena found her own company. Hello, deer!

    Lynn's leggings, OMG!  I think we need her choc orange balls recipe, too.

    Lynn's leggings, OMG! I think we need her choc orange balls recipe, too.

    Chloe's "super" go-faster socks. <3

    Chloe's "super" go-faster socks. <3

    Congrats on another PB, Mary!!

    Congrats on another PB, Mary!!

    A beautiful Redmond riverside run for Jim!

    A beautiful Redmond riverside run for Jim!

    Like mother, like son.  Aimee and Ryan, both earning a PB this week!

    Like mother, like son. Aimee and Ryan, both earning a PB this week!

    Baby Aila, oh how we miss you and your snuggles!

    Baby Aila, oh how we miss you and your snuggles!

I must also mention the amazing efforts of Shane Sharkey and his Melton Mowbray parkrun family. After a radio interview on BBC Radio Leicester the other week, the BBC then asked if they could do a video feature for their online presence. Well, it made its premiere last Saturday morning at 8.01am, and has since been shared on BBC2 as well! It seems the world needs to share nice news right now, and we at Perrigo parkrun are very proud to be associated with our friends across the pond. If you have not had chance to see it then it can be found on the following link. Blink and you'll miss ED Kerstin Pepper, "lying in bed, having a Google":


And finally...I hate to be the bearer of bad news. This week, parkrun HQ announced that all parkrun events around the world will continue to be suspended until the end of June, and likely beyond. Here in King County, it looks unlikely that we will be entering Phase 2 next week, so I fully anticipate that we will be grounded for the rest of the summer.

BUT, isn't it lucky that we found a way to connect virtually, instead? Please do keep joining us each Saturday. Encourage your friends and family to do the same - no matter where in the world they call home. The more the merrier!!

Until Saturday...stay safe, stay distant, stay healthy. And stay in touch!

Take care, parkrunners.


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #4 – 16th May 2020

Despite the cool, damp conditions, we had another really great virtual #notaparkrun on Saturday.
As we've mentioned before, the whole point of these virtual 5ks each week is to keep our Perrigo community in touch, and make sure that we keep up momentum so that when we finally get the green light to put our flag up again, we can literally hit the ground running. And you guys are really setting the tone - we love seeing you all posting your results, and subsequently congratulating and virtual high-fiving each other. This camaraderie and encouragement is truly what I love about our parkrun family!


Firstly, thank you so much to this week's Run Director, Allison Prather. Her taking the helm for our Run Brief meant that I could head out on an early morning hike up in the Methow mountains, where cellphone reception is non-existent (this explains my tail walker pace in the results table).

We had 30 (not)parkrunners this week, including 5 first timers and a huge 12 PBs - that's 40% of you celebrating your best virtual time! Huge congratulations and welcome to all concerned.

Notably, our own speed demon, Dan Metteer, ran his self-proclaimed fastest run in 25 years - finishing his 5k in an amazing 18:37. That's a pace of 5:58 min / mile. I don't think I can achieve that pace for even 100 yards on a downhill, with a strong wing behind me! Many congratulations, Dan - 6 seconds off your official parkrun PB, and almost two minutes off your average time of 20:30. Inspiring stuff!!


Other parkrunners achieving PBs this week were:

Kurt Wilson, visiting from Melton Mowbray parkrun, in 23:21
Joanna Davis, another Melton visitor, in 24:30
Chris Cullen, visiting from Portland's Rock Creek Trail parkrun, in 25:18
Mary Blake Baucher, our very own Event Co-Director, in 26:54
Carlos Figueira in 27:01
Lisa Whittle in 28:59
Chris Drewer in 29:21
Kate Drewer right behind him, in 29:32
Jolanta Thorburn, in 29:55
Jordan Elder in 31:56
Chloe Hoegger in 36:09 - it was definitely those Super Woman socks that did it!


Thank you so much to everyone who cheered each other on, sent us fun photos, and all of you who continue to keep the parkrun conversation going. We really appreciate each and every one of you!!


Amy Ryan





Can't wait to see all your wonderful, smiling faces again on Saturday. In the meantime, stay healthy, stay safe, and stay active.

Love from this parkrun family to yours.

Perrigo parkrun ED


Run Report: Virtual parkrun #1 – 25th April 2020

As you are all very much aware, COVID-19 has now swept the globe, resulting in local businesses closing, people working from home, and mass participation events (including parkrun) unable to go ahead for the foreseeable future.

On hearing the news from parkrun HQ that all parkruns are suspended until at least the end of May, and from the City of Redmond that all group activities are suspended until 20th June, we pondered the idea of starting a Perrigo virtual parkrun. A quick Google search led us to Melton Mowbray parkrun in the UK, and Event Director, Shane Sharkey (possibly the best name I've ever come across!). Shane provided invaluable advice and guidance, and now here we are - Perrigo's first ever virtual parkrun!

The premise is that we all go out on Saturday and run our usual 5k - the only difference being that we do not run it all together, at the exact same start time, or even on the same course! We will simply keep our parkrun momentum going by sharing our runs, and I will collate all the results in a simple spreadsheet each week.

This task is not quite as quick and easy as our regular results processing - there is obviously no centrally used timing device that updates immediately to Microsoft Excel, and no barcode scanning means that individuals need to be individually entered. Additionally, not everyone ran exactly 5k / 3.1 miles, so some calculations were required.

Where people ran approximately over 5k, I have calculated their 5k time using their average pace over the entire run. This should hopefully make the results comparable if not perfect.
However, in future, I will only do this for people who have run more than 6k. If your run / walk / jog is "approximately" 5k, I'll just take your time directly from your uploaded Strava/Garmin screenshots.

Please be mindful that this does not count as an accredited parkrun - you do not get run or volunteer credits - it is just for fun. If you choose to run your 5k at our usual Perrigo route, you can record your time as a Freedom run on your own parkrun profile page.

Results can be found below, and here!

    - 35 of you took part in your local neighborhoods and parks.

    - Max Jenson took first place, in the fastest time of 18:52 (with Dan Metteer hot on his heels, in 18:56). These are the times to beat!

    - Joanna David, a parkrun tourist from Melton Mowbray, set the female virtual course record, in 25:07.

Thank you all so much for making this event what it is. It truly is keeping the spirit of parkrun going during these strange and difficult times, and hopefully giving us a fun way to keep in touch.

Look after yourselves, and your families. We will return.


1 Max JENSEN 18:52:00
2 Dan METTEER 18:56:00
3 Richard BURGESS 21:29:00
4 Ian SHIACH 23:50:00
5 Todd KING 24:30:00
6 Colin PHILLIPS 24:36:00
7 John HOEGGER 25:07:00
8 Joanna DAVIS 25:07:00
9 Kelly LYON-KING 26:00:00
10 Michael SCHIACH 27:22:00
11 Mike SCALLON 27:37:00
12 Mary BLAKE BAUCHER 27:42:00
13 Zena HOEGGER 29:01:00
14 Carys GWATKIN 29:02:00
15 Zoe MUGGESON HEATH 30:28:00
16 Carlos FIGUEIRA 30:33:00
17 Lynn PERSSE 30:42:00
18 Shane SHARKEY 31:25:00
19 Dean FABER 32:42:00
20 Colin ASHBY 34:53:00
21 Gayle KEENAN 35:11:00
22 Joel WALTERS 35:42:00
23 Shubha SUNDARAM 37:09:00
24 Kerstin PEPPER 37:16:00
25 Evie PEPPER 37:16:00
26 Chris DREWER 39:38:00
27 Kate DREWER 39:41:00
28 Fred MCKINLAY 43:04:00
29 Louise MCKINLAY 43:08:00
30 Abby RUELAS 43:49:00
31 Molly JENSEN 50:20:00
32 Erik SCHNEIDER 1:00:30:00
33 Lars SCHNEIDER 1:00:30:00
34 Melani MCGRATH 1:16:07:00
35 Bill SCHWABENLAND 1:21:52:00


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...


Run Report – Perrigo parkrun #37: 8th February 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

The One With All the Warm and Fuzzies

Excuse me while I get mushy for a moment. This Saturday's parkrun was one of my favourites for a long time (though obviously every Saturday is my favourite day of the week!).

Sometimes, all the stars align, the magic kicks in, and you end up with the perfect parkrun, despite dire predictions.

On Friday afternoon, we went to Perrigo Park to check out the course, after a week of record rainfall had flooded rivers, toppled trees and caused mudslides around the state. We were not surprised, and not particularly happy, to find our fears were well founded:


Our beloved Evans Creek Trail resembled more of a river, and the park had put up Trail Closed signs at either end. Dismayed, we tried to come up with an alternative route, ideally avoiding just running 8 laps of the soccer fields. Great for PRs, but not so great for motivation.

Core member Dean got his chalk out, consulted his trusty Garmin, and did some quick mental math. We marked trees, shrugged our shoulders and hoped that nobody would mind if we ended up 0.04 miles short of 5k. Assuming that anyone even showed up, with Friday evening's forecast promising strong winds, heavy rain and yet more flooding.


Saturday morning rolled around, the alarm went off, and I grudgingly hit the snooze button, listening to the rain pouring down outside. And then...checked my weather app:


Could it be? Could parkrun magic happen yet again? A perfect break in the rain for just the two hours we will be at Perrigo?

Things got even better as I arrived at the park early to run the route with Dean Faber and Allison Prather, our regular Hi-Viz Heroes. Not only had the Trail Closure signs been taken down, there was not so much as a puddle on the trail. We set up our snacks and coffee station, brewed the coffee that has very generously been donated by a parkrunner whose husband happens to work for Starbucks, and started to set up for what we thought would be a very small crowd of hardcore regulars.

And then something unexpected happened. People we'd never met before started arriving, and introducing themselves, showing us their barcodes and asking what to do with them. Cars pulled into the car park, and more and more folk appeared under our shelter, helping to set up, chatting and mingling and creating this great buzz of a community getting to know each other. Charlie Brown the chocolate lab puppy (maybe our new Perrigo mascot?) made lots of friends, and.....AND.... THE SUN CAME OUT!!!!



As the conversation flowed, and the crowd grew, we got ready to run!



In the end, we had 64 amazing parkrunners. We welcomed an incredible EIGHTEEN first timers (we love seeing parkrun growing and growing), celebrated 12 awesome PBs and saw our course record smashed, yet again! What we'd predicted to be a messy, re-routed and small parkrun ended up being one of our most successful yet. I wish I knew what the magic formula was, because we'd bottle it for sure!


First Finishers

We had a very speedy field this week, with the first 15 runners coming in at under 24 minutes, and the first 7 under 20 minutes!

Top Three Men

    Ian Fay led the pack, taking an amazing 58 seconds off his previous best, and smashing (his own) course record in the process. 15:52 is now the time to beat. I suspect that record may stand for a while - Ian was the fastest parkrunner in the entire US this week. Congratulations, speed demon Ian!



    In hot pursuit was Dan Metteer, coming in second place at his 20th parkrun with an amazing PB of 18:43, shaving 20 seconds off his previous PB. Well done Dan, you make it look far too easy!


    First timer, Jason Hect from Eastside Runners came in third place, just 2 seconds behind Dan, at 18:45. Many congrats Jason - we hope you'll be back!


Top Three Women

    Daria Troshanova crushed it yet again, coming in at 24:07 and taking almost a full minute off her previous PB. Amazing, Daria!!


    Shannon Chappon was not far behind, coming in at 25:28 for another PB at her third parkrun. Well done, Shannon!


    First timer Ai Nakatani was third woman in, at 27:21. We hope you'll be back, Ai !!


Personal Bests (PBs)

We had an amazing 12 PBs on Saturday morning. Other than those mentioned above, they were:

    Jonathan Szollar - 19:10, with an age grading of 70.70%!!
    Joel Walters - 22:03, taking an incredible 5 minutes and 22 seconds off his previous time.
    John Hoegger - 22:57, coming in 14 seconds faster than his last PB.
    Aditya Shrivastava - 25:42, shaving 18 seconds of his previous fastest.
    Mike King - 26:57, coming in 51 seconds faster at his 4th parkrun.
    Sofia Osmanbhoy- 27:50 at only her second parkrun as a junior parkrunner (11-14).
    Niamh Carrig - 28:20, taking a huge 1 minute 10 seconds off her previous PB, at her 20th parkrun.
    Kelley Osmanbhoy - 33:35, a PB at only her 2nd parkrun!

Noteable Milestones

Congratulations to Simon Jenness, who recently completed his 10th parkrun. Simon is the 3rd junior parkunner at Perrigo to earn his 10 shirt - we can't wait to see more white tees out on the course!!

Well done Simon - your dedication is admirable!



Thank you so much to our High-Viz heroes this week, our wonderful volunteers who help keep the parkrun world go round:

    Kerstin Pepper - Run Director
    Kelly Lyon-King - Timekeeper
    Dean Faber - Timekeeper
    Allison Prather - Barcode Scanner
    Melani McGrath - Tail Walker
    Zandra Otubamowo - Marshal / Photographer
    Abegail Seber - Photographer
    Kevin Sorensen - Token Distributor




And Finally...

It's not just me that had the "perfect parkrun" warm and fuzzy feeling this week. We received no less than four positive reviews / emails / FB posts commenting on what a great day it had been. And post-parkrun coffee was an absolute treat - great coffee, and fantastic company.


Don't forget we have some noteable parkruns coming up:

    15th February - Valentines parkrun (wear red / pink, and bring your love!)
    22nd February - Tutu parkrun - self explanatory!
    29th February - Leap Day parkrun (first ever!). Theme TBD, please offer any suggestions.
    8th March - International Women's Day - wear purple!

That's it folks!

Thank you so very much for keeping the parkrun love alive. We can't tell you how much it means to us to see this wonderful community growing closer and growing bigger. #loveparkrun

Thank you for indulging me for this schmaltzy run report.

Let's do it all again next weekend!

Your sentimental old RD,



Run Report: Perrigo parkrun #36 – 1st February 2020

by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director

Despite absolutely torrential rain overnight on Friday, and for the remainder of the weekend, the parkrun gods were clearly smiling on us on Saturday morning. The clouds magically parted at around 8:40am, the sun came reluctantly out (sort of), and we enjoyed perfect running conditions at Perrigo.


Congratulations to all 30 parkrunners who chose to ignore the dreadful weather forecast, and come out anyway. It was great to see you all, and to chat over coffee!


First Timers

We were so happy to welcome 7 first timers to Perrigo this morning, from all over the globe.

Welcome Steve (originally from the UK, many moons ago), Paulina (from Costa Rica), Nikolay from Russia, French Canadian Vincent, Li and son Terence, and last but not least, junior parkrunner Cheryl (who has actually participated in many parkruns, but this is the first week that she registered for her own barcode).







Personal Records

Many congratulations to our four parkrunners who achieved PRs this week:

    Lars Schneider - our junior parkrunner who clearly has a stellar running career ahead of him. Lars shaved a massive 26 seconds off his previous PR, coming in at 20:28. He is getting so very close to his goal of a sub-20 5k. We can't wait to celebrate when that happens!


    Daria Troshonova - our first woman across the line this week, and yet another PR. Daria has participated in 4 parkruns at Perrigo so far, and has improved her time every, single week. Many congrats, Daria - an amazing record, and proof that consistency really does pay off!


    Tadek Dul - another PR beast! Out of 9 total parkruns, Tadek has achieved a PR at 7 (and the first doesn't count, because that set the bar). So, 8 out of 9 ain't bad - well done Tadek, your commitment is inspiring!


    Erica Goodman - just like Tadek and Daria, Erica just keeps getting better and better. Her 4th PR at her 4th parkrun - many congrats, Erica!


News and Reminders

It seems like February is the month of themed parkruns - which I think is awesome! What better way to cope with the endless rain and wintry gloom, than with a little fun and frivolity? Don't forget to mark the following events in your calendar, and get your themed running gear at the ready:

    15th February - Valentine's parkrun: wear red or pink, bring your true loves, and heart-shaped head boppers or accessories are strongly encouraged!
    valentine run

    22nd February - The One With All The Twos. You know what that means? That's right - it's TUTU PARKRUN!!! Find your favorite tulle, pack a sense of humor, and come along for some silly, colorful fun!

    contact is tania hollis 027 4266 088

    29th February - Leap Day parkrun. It's the first ever Leap Day Saturday in the history of parkrun, and will be the last one until 2048. So, come and mark this historical occasion with your favorite parkrunners. Theme to be decided (we are open to suggestions)!


    7th March - International Women's Day. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at parkruns around the world. Bring along a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun. Wear PURPLE to show your support!


Upcoming Milestones

Unfortunately, parkrun HQ has recently made some changes to the way they process and share data. This means that it's much harder for us Event Directors to keep track of all the upcoming milestones.

We would HATE to miss an opportunity to celebrate any one of you, so please do let us know (either in person, or by emailing if you have any big milestones coming up! Key parkrun milestones are:

Junior parkrunners - 10th parkrun
Volunteers - 25th time volunteering
parkrunners - 50th, 100th, 250th or 500th parkrun


That's all folks. Can't wait to do it all again this Saturday - don't be scared of the rain, just pack a spare pair of dry socks and shoes, and you'll be golden!

Until next time.....



DON’T Meet at the Red Barn – Perrigo parkrun #34: 18th Jan 2020

by Dean Faber - Run Director

Our new home (for the winter)

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 know what to do!

Happy running and see you Saturday 9:00 am at the picnic shelters.

Dean Faber