The day started out with a bit of surprise rain at Renton parkrun #90. But that didn't stop 45 participants and 11 volunteers from starting their weekend with some parkrun fun.
It was a fantastic day of celebration as Ken Homan donned the volunteer super hero cape for completing his 25th volunteer occasion. parkrun exists because of the community of volunteer participants who take turns running the show, keeping parkrun going week after week, in Renton and all over the world. Congratulations on your achievement Ken! Thank you so much for your commitment to providing this free 5k run, walk, jog event to our community. And thank you to Alex HOWE, Blake KENNEDY, Cam KENNEDY, Cathie KNOX-BROWNING, Gena WOODKE, Karen GATES, Matt MORGAN, Nicole HUSTON, Steve MCCARTHY, and Tom HOWE, for rounding our our volunteer crew and making the day such a fantastic success!
It was also Renton parkrun's second time as an event in the annual South King County Challenge. The Challenge is a series of events taking place in the region, to encourage good health and fitness. We had 15 local first timers come out, many of whom heard about parkrun because of the Challenge. We hope they enjoyed their first parkrun and will continue to challenge themselves by making Renton parkrun a regular part of their Saturday mornings from here on out.
One of the things newcomers might find surprising about parkrun is it's not just about what happens on the course. Many people choose to stay and cheer on participants as they continue to cross the line and often then go on to Luther's Table for coffee as a group afterwards. Hanging out is a great way to make friends and catch the kind of parkrun fever that keeps you coming back week after week.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday!
ps. It's Nikol's first Run Director in Training day, pictured above in the grey cap talking with frequent Renton parkrunner Leif in the white cap. Lets show Nikol our support by taking part as participants or volunteers for her Run Director debut, this coming Saturday, August 17th, 2019.