We had a beautiful, cool, dry morning to celebrate the second annual holiday parkrun. It was a sea of red and green, Santa hats, festive elves and reindeer, holiday sweaters, yummy treats, super sweet barkrunners and huge smiles as we came together to cheer each other on at Renton parkrun #59. I'm so thankful for this amazing community who came out in droves to support the event with 13 total volunteers. Thank you Cathie Knox-Browning, Faryn Ernst, Jack Johnson, Kara Johnson, Kerstin Pepper, Kristen Hemke, Leyla Johnson, Marcy Van Winkle, Nick Johnson, Owen Johnson, Peter Ernst, with photography by the talented Ryan McIrvin. Also a big thank you to those of you who approached me that morning offering to volunteer on the spot and those who signed up to volunteer at future parkruns, you're all amazing! During our briefing Cathryn, the Event Co-Director, took a moment to thank the November Renton parkrunner of the month, Ken Homan for his awesome attitude and contributions exemplifying the parkrun spirit. Thank you Ken! We had 32 participants with six first timers, welcome Alaina, Brendan, Colin, Evie, Luke and Peggy! I love this photo above of Evie's mom giving her a congratulatory hug after her first run over a mile ever! Way to go Evie! We also had a whopping seven personal bests, kudos A.J., Charles, Deborah, Drea, Kim, Sandi and Steve! Was it the cool crisp air or the promise of treats at the finish line >.> ? But in all seriousness those pb's are hard earned, a big huge congratulations to you all!
Thank you parkrun family for making my day as run director pure joy. I wore that huge smile all day, filled with parkrun happiness. Looking forward to seeing you all again Saturdays at the regular time and also at the upcoming New Years day event with a special late event time, 9:50 briefing / 10:00 am start. Hope you can make it! Cam Kennedy, volunteer run director of the day.
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