Finding myself in Seattle on Saturday, I had a rare dilemma for a UK parkrunner in the USA. Whilst us Brits are spoilt for choice with literally hundreds of parkruns in our small island nation, the vast country that is the USA presently has just 34. But two of those are in the Seattle area, soon to be joined by a third, so I spun a coin which fell on 'Renton'. And I was glad it did.
First, the parkrun is a beautiful one, set in the Riverview Park along the Cedar River, tarmac trails running through lovely forests. Second, there's a great and friendly volunteer team: today it was Patrick Ward as Run Director ably assisted at the finish line by Phil, Ken and Laura. As well as helping out, regular volunteers Cathryn and Cam had the chance to run today, while Daphne fulfilled the important role of tail-walker.
On a cool morning that was to get warmer, the duck parents on the next-door pond were showing off their newborns as the runners and walkers got off to their 9am start.
Both first man and first woman came from the UK, like me. Henry Hamilton and Georgina Reeves were in Seattle for the marathon on Sunday, and came home in, respectively, 20:12 and 21:37.
Natalie and Jodie Ailor were both doing their first ever parkruns, and crossed the line pretty much together - a particular 'well done' to them, hope you enjoyed your introduction to the parkrun family. Don't forget, now you have your barcodes, they can be used at any parkrun in the world!
I'd be fibbing if I said I'd be rushing back soon - visits to the north-west USA are, for me, extremely rare; but I loved my morning with the lovely folk at Renton and wish you all the best for many, many more happy parkruns.