The final Renton parkrun of 2018 once again had a respite from the Pacific Northwest’s rain and wind, and saw 28 runners, walkers and 6 volunteers enjoy a dry 60th event at Riverview park. Without an official photographer, photos from the event are more sparse than usual, but there are still plenty of smiles to share.
We welcomed visitors from Sydney and London, including a return tourist from London’s Highbury Fields parkrun. Hope you make it an annual event, Kathryn.
For our locals, five runners achieved new personal bests. Kudos to Brian, Nicole, Steve, Megan and Joie!
It was a great atmosphere at the finish line with everyone cheering each other on. That camaraderie carried on to the Whistle Stop café afterwards, where over a dozen parkrunners joined our table and swapped stories while volunteers uploaded the run results.
As both event directors Kortney and Cathryn were out of town, I leaned heavily on Cam Kennedy who has worn the Run Director vest several times. Thanks to her support, and that of volunteers, Melani, Ken and AJ (along with Ava), today’s event went off without a hitch. Special thanks to last minute volunteer Jonathan, who graciously donned a vest to be tailwalker. A shout out also to everyone who volunteered for this coming Tuesday’s New Year’s Day parkrun, happening at 10 a.m. on January 1st. If you haven’t signed up yet, there are still a few spaces remaining, plus many roles to fill on Saturday, January 5th, when we return to our regularly scheduled start time of 9 a.m.I hope you had as great a time at parkrun in 2018 as I did. See you on the course in the New Year!
- Molly Brown, volunteer run director