"I am so excited to be running my 50th parkrun. I started my parkrun journey 2 years and one week ago sorely out of shape and at a fork in the road of where I was going next in my life. parkrun has become my rock. I can always count on cheerful volunteers and friends to cheer me along the route and I strive to make the most of my run when I can get there. While the numbers aren't always staggering joining parkrun has made a huge difference in my life and well-being. My first parkrun was 42 minutes. I now run consistently in the low 30's and a PB of 28:22. I am looking to break into the 27's this week. I have lost over 20 pounds and dropped a multitude of inches just by adding parkrun to my life and making the conscious effort to make it there as frequently as possible. (The only time that I miss is when there is a soccer conflict or I am out of town that doesn't have parkrun yet.) I am definitely the healthiest and happiest that I have been in my adult life. Thank you parkrun!" - Abby Ruelas
Well, Abby ran her 50th and she even got a PB, which is really hard to do when you've run 50 events. We're so thrilled for her and appreciate her willingness to share her reflections on her parkrun journey.
Her daughter Gracelynn was a part of the volunteer team today, so she got to cheer her Mom over the finish line and hand her a finsher token.
Thanks to all of our volunteers this morning. Without them, parkrun couldn't happen! In addition to Gracelynn, we had Bruce as a timekeeper and first-finisher Phil jumped in to be backup timekeeper when he finished. Laura scanned barcodes after she finished her run, Stacy was our first marshal, Matt was our tail-walker and I (Cathryn) had the privilege of being Run Director this morning.
We welcomed back several familiar faces we haven't seen in a while...
like Amber (who brought a friend, too)...
and Mike and Tabitha with service dog Wilson, who brought along Dana and pup Stryker.
There are also several newer parkrunners we're getting to know who have been impressively consistent in their attendance...
like Dong Mei, who ran her 5th parkrun today in the same number of weeks...
and Alexis, who has come 8 of the past 9 weeks!
We also like when our parkruners bring their families. Tyson and Stephanie brought Logan and Mallory out today, and the whole family participated.
It was really fun to welcome all of our first-timers today, two of whom were youth parkrunners.
We look forward to seeing Nolan and Oliver again soon.
Eric and Emily said they'd definitely be back again soon, as they're just getting back into running after some time off. They heard about parkrun from a friend of a friend. We love when people hear about parkrun by word of mouth.
That's all for this week, see you next weekend for our holiday themed parkrun!