Run Report #98, October 5, 2019


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There was a lot to celebrate on Saturday at the Renton parkrun; Cathryn Burby, one of our founding Event Directors, ran her 50th parkrun!!  Let us explain what a BIG deal this is!!! Without Cathryn there might not be a parkrun in Seattle! Cathryn helped Kortney (who had been working for years to bring parkrun to the Seattle area) to bring it over the finish line and they both volunteered more than they participated during the first year. Most people will earn their 50th run shirt before they earn their 25th volunteer shirt - not Cathryn. She earned her 25th volunteer shirt within the first year of starting the Renton parkrun, and her 50th run shirt just shy of the 2 year anniversary. She had a few runs and volunteer occasions under her belt before moving to the area, as she started parkrunning in DC in 2016, but most have been here. So, yea - its a BIG Honking deal that she ran her 50th event and earned her red shirt on Saturday!  CONGRATULATIONS Cathryn - You are truly a RockStar!! 

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Also on Saturday we (Nikol and Dean) celebrated earning our 25th volunteer shirt by co-directing the 98th Renton parkrun.  Nikol is a regular at the Renton parkrun, and Dean used to be a regular until he helped get the Perrigo parkrun up and running… and now he’s a regular there.  We earned our 50th run shirt together back in March and keeping the tradition going we coordinated our 25th volunteer milestone - because why not? There's a rumor that we will also earn our 100th run shirt together - but so far that’s just hearsay.  

Dean:  Congratulations Nikol!

Nikol:  Good Job Dean!

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Saturday was a beautiful day for celebrations and for meeting a few first-timers to parkrun and more than the average number of visitors from the UK, New Zealand, Germany, and Ireland.  We even welcomed back a few folks we haven’t seen in a while (I’m looking at you Andy and Joie). Thanks everyone for coming out and celebrating our 98th parkrun with us - we hope to see you all again next week, and definitely the week after that….


REMINDER - On October 19th Renton parkrun will be celebrating its 100th event!  Dean has made it clear the Perrigo parkrun currently holds the record for highest attendance at a Seattle area parkun.  Nikol thinks that the Renton parkrun deserves that honor! So, mark your calendars now, and invite all your friends to walk, stroll, or run the event with you!  Cam has mentioned (more than once - so it must be true) that there will be cake!  


Nikol and Dean


Co-Run Directors



Run Report #93, August 31, 2019

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It was a beautiful morning for parkrun #93 along the Cedar River Trail in Renton. This week 40 people ran, jogged and/or walked the course of which six were first timers, Welcome!  We hope you enjoyed yourself and make parkrunday the regular start to your weekend!


We also had 11 people attain personal best times, congratulations to you all!  Our talented volunteer photographer Liisa Heinonen-Miller beautifully captured the joy of participating at parkrun, whether you walk, jog, run, stroll, with a friend, with a barkrunner, or it's your just taking time for me time, your smiles warm our hearts and make it all worth while.

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Event #93 was made possible by 11 wonderful volunteers who gave their time to make this day run smoothly.  Thank you so very much Karen Gates, Liisa Heinonen-Miller, Ken Homan, Heidi Horn, Nitin Jacob, Blake Kennedy, Cam Kennedy, Regan Nolten, Kaylie Saechao, Koy Saechao, and Hillary Webster.  For one volunteer it was a very special day indeed, Kaylie Saechao's very first parkrun after turning four and becoming an official parkrunner with her very own barcode.  Parkrun is about more than fitness, it's about community and making friends as the following series of photos shows, hope you join us this Saturday and follow the example of our newest Renton parkrunner!

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Run Report #91, August 17, 2019

I think of all the times I’ve been going to parkrun #91 was the funnest for me.  You see, it was my first time as Run Director, and what a fun day it was for me!!  I have volunteered for almost all the roles... I might be missing a couple, but never for Run Director.  I was intimidated, my voice doesn’t carry, I don’t like the spotlight on me, I’m a ‘supporter’ not a ‘leader’, but with a little encouragement from Cam, I decided to give it a try, and if you want a long story short:  It was AMAZING!!! But, I know you’ll continue reading because I have a call to action for everyone at the end.

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Okay - so there were quite a few people that turned out on Saturday:  47 in all!  We had some regulars, lots of first timers, and lots of visitors from within the great State of Washington, National (hello friends from Montana), and Internationals (looking at you my friends from Australia and the United Kingdom)!  Because this was my first time as Run Director I wanted to ‘capture’ the moment with a selfie. So I called everyone in and asked them to indulge me while I took a selfie/group picture! I realized when I turned back around that I didn’t need to talk as loud because everyone was RIGHT THERE!!! (high fives to me)

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After the run briefing everyone gathered at the Startline and I got to do the count-down “3-2-1 PARKRUN!!”  I wish I could say that was the highlight of the day…. But it gets better!

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All the participants were off and in that 5-10 minutes where it’s just you and the other volunteers I got the time to chat with them and make connections!  (I love making connections!) Thank you Blake Kennedy, Cam Kennedy, Karen Gates, Matt Morgan, Paul Hsu, Ray Arrington, Steve McCarthy and Wendy Sweeney for doing such amazing work - you made my job SO MUCH easier!  

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As the participants made their loop and headed back to the finish line the real fun began!  There was so much going on, I had people talking to me about volunteering for future events (THANK YOU!!!), writing down names and barcode numbers for those who’s barcode wouldn’t scan, and people asking questions in general, celebrating Personal Records, and First-time finishers!  I’m very grateful that Cam was there and for all her support she provided! Thanks again Cam!!!  

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Oh - what was better than the Startline count-down?  It was all the people that showed up at Luther’s Table afterwards!  I love heading to breakfast afterwards, it’s a great time for getting to know the other participants and making CONNECTIONS!!!  For example, I met two ladies who I had seen on the course, but have never spoken to (other than the “good job” that I tend to yell at everyone as they pass me by).  Turns out we have quite a bit in common, including the love of Farmer’s Markets! (Hi Dottie and Nancy)  

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Okay and now my call to action (stepping up onto sewer access perch):  If you haven’t had the chance to volunteer for a parkrun event, please put it on your “Bucket LIst”.  It truly is a great experience no matter what role you volunteer for. We are all in this together, let’s support one another and the things that we are passionate about - like parkrun.  (stepping off my sewer access perch now).  

Thanks again everyone for making Saturday one of my Top 10 Most Fun Days this year!  

Nikol Gianopoulos, Volunteer Run Director of the Day




Run Report #90, August 10, 2019

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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!

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Welcome first timers, we hope you all make it back soon!

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.

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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.

Come meet our newest Run Director, Nikol, this Saturday!

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.



Run Report – June 8, 2019

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

-Simon Grigor


Run Report- parkrun #80 – June 1, 2019

It was an exciting start to the weekend for Imogen, who reached her 10 milestone! Younger sister Amelia earned hers a few weeks ago so soon the sisters will be sporting matching parkrun youth 10 shirts.


Thanks to Event Director Cam for baking and decorating some sweet treats to help celebrate the milestone.


Our next youth 10 shirt earner will likely be Akhil, who ran his 8th parkrun today. We look forward to celebrating you, Akhil!


Max and Phil paced on each other during the run and Phil earned a PB! Both needed to take a moment to catch their breath before picking up their finish tokens.

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Two of our first-timers were walkers, Diane from Piggly Wiggly parkrun in Australia, who brought along her son David who is local.


Erika and Casey, regular parkrunners at neighboring Des Moines Creek parkrun, visited Renton this week to share about the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event coming up near the end of June. Erika (in the blue shirt) brought along friend and cancer survivor and first time parkrunner John to enjoy the 5K.


Many thanks to our volunteer crew, including those pictured here; Patrick as timekeeper and John and Janel with dog Zoey as tailwalkers.


See you next week!


Run Report- May 18, 2019

We had 36 participants at parkrun #78. It was the perfect weather for a free 5k, albeit a little “snowy” with fuzzies from the nearby Cottonwood trees swirling around in the air, haha. It was great to see so many regulars from our parkrun community, like Lillian and Paul, pictured below, enjoying parkrun on this beautiful May morning! 




We also had some visitors today from far flung places including Australia, Gloucester (the original home of parkrun!), Moscow and Canada!

This was my second time as run director and despite my terror of public speaking, our wonderful parkrunners and volunteers made me feel so at ease and I had a blast!

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We had a special milestone today! Peter Ernst reached “50” parkruns and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate this achievement with him. While he started off parkrunning at the original parkrun in Bushy Park in London, he's done his most recent 23 events in the Pacific NW. Run Director Cam gave some cookies a special touch to help recognize his accomplishment, too. Well done Peter!



We had a few visiting runners proudly displaying their “100” t-shirts today. Paul Blazey, Louise Blazey, Sergey Aleshin, Rachel Oakley & Gary Oakley – you are all rockstars! It'll be another year or so before a Renton parkrunner earns one, but it's fun motivation to see them in person. 

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Congratulations to all our Renton parkrun first timers today – Paul Blazey, Louise Blazey, Will Kent, Adam Lawrence, Sergey Aleshin, Lynda Flanaghan, Rachel Oakley & Gary Oakley, We hope to see you all many more times at Renton parkrun.

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Thank you to all our volunteers - Devon BENNETT, Mary BLAKE, Cathryn BURBY, Adair ERNST, Cam KENNEDY, Sandy MADDEN, Steve MCPHERSON, Will TING, Dennis ZABORAC. Thanks also to Peter Ernst who after completing his run jumped in and helped out as a timer! Without volunteers, parkrun cannot happen. Volunteering is a great way to get to know the core team and it always feels so good to give back to the parkrun community! So if you haven’t volunteered yet for parkrun, please do give it a go! The more volunteers, the better the event.


We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for another great parkrun!!


Yours in stride,

Mary Blake

Run Director



Run Report- May 11, 2019

We had 48 participants at parkrun #77, including some visitors from parkruns in Vancouver and Johannesburg!! It was stunning weather and was even a little hot for us Seattlites!


It was my very first time as Run Director so I was definitely a little nervous, but our fabulous parkrun community made me feel so welcome and at ease! Everyone was so encouraging!! My 4 year old daughter, Eden, was there with me wielding her pom poms to cheer the volunteers, runners and walkers on.




We had a very special guest in attendance. Young Amelia Logan earned her “10” t-shirt and got to wear an awesome cape and do parkrun “superhero” style. Well done Amelia, such an amazing achievement to have completed 10 park runs when you are not even 10 years of age yet!




We welcomed some parkrun friends from Vancouver – Thomas and Rebecca. They originally started parkrun in New Zealand, where they are from originally. They moved to Vancouver 2 years ago, and joined a parkrun community there. It was a joy to see their huge enthusiasm for parkrun! Come back and run with us again some time Thomas and Rebecca!




Congratulations to all our Renton parkrun first timers today – Douglas Momberg, Finley Linehan, Sarah Paquet, Thomas Faulkner, Rebecca Williams, Jennifer Butler and Vivien Mitchell. We hope to see you all many more times at Renton parkrun!


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We had a few “50” timers today and they were all proudly displaying the coveted red shirt!



Thank you to all our volunteers - Mary BLAKE, Dean FABER, Ken HOMAN, Kara JOHNSON, Nick JOHNSON, Jack JOHNSON, Owen JOHNSON, Leyla JOHNSON, Cam KENNEDY, Matt MORGAN, Patrick WARD. Without volunteers, parkrun cannot happen. I have to admit that this was my first time volunteering, and I had such a blast, I wonder why it took me so long to actually volunteer! So if you haven’t volunteered yet for parkrun, please do give it a go! The more volunteers, the better the event. 

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We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for another great parkrun!!


Yours in stride,

Mary Blake

Run Director



Run Report #76 – Renton parkrun 5.4.19

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We had 36 participants and nine first timers at Renton parkrun #76, where it was such a stunning morning I wish I could include all the photos in this report because they are all beautiful! Thank you Nikol and Maria for your lovely photography!

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We welcomed local first timers Rohit BHAT and Maria SHU, we're so glad you made it and hope to see you again! We also had a bumper crop UK parkrun tourists, representing Gloucester, Tilgate, Woodhouse Moor, Brighton and Hove, and two wearing the coveted black parkrun 100 swag shirts, Barry and Joyce BELL from Shorne Woods parkrun. Thank you for joining us!

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We were a bit short of volunteers as the morning began, but our parkrun community stepped up and filled three critical roles to ensure the event went without a hitch. A big thank you to Phil ANDERSON, Amy BROSKA, Nikol GIANOPOULOS, Cam KENNEDY, Erik LEE, Ryan MCIRVIN, and Laura MURRAY for giving their time and support to parkrun.

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There were quite a few future parkrunners, not yet 4 years old, on the course in strollers, practicing their walking and running skills and even donning tiny yellow volunteer vests. How exciting is it to see them transitioning from tiny babies to celebrating first steps and first jogs! There's a saying in parkrun that it's a run or walk, not a race and I think that's such an important message. There's something for everyone at parkrun whether it's striving for a personal best time or sharing a beautiful day with your little ones, burning off some doggy energy with your barkrunner or chatting at the finish line with new found friends.

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Our first finishers were Phil ANDERSON and Laura Murray, congratulations on your fantastic runs and thank you for then immediately jumping in to barcode scan and distribute finish tokens, that was a huge help! We also had a whopping eight finishers achieve personal best times on the course, well done Phil ANDERSON, Martin DOYTCHEV, Ken HOMAN, Crystal LOWY, Laura MURRAY, Tyler PATTON, David PHILLIPS, and Tandi TAYLOR. You remind us all to keep striving for our goals be they on or off the course.

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Come join us across the silver bridge to parkrunland on Saturdays. A magical world of fun, friendship and fitness awaits you!

Cam Kennedy
Event Director, Renton parkrun


Parkrun #75, The Emergency Preparedness parkrun Report

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The skies opened up a deluge right before the start of parkrun #75 but luckily it stopped by the time we got going. It was an eventful morning that was headed up by Event Director, Cathryn Burby as our Run Director of the Day. Here she is introducing our guest speaker Mark, from the Renton Fire Authority. Though an emergency call impacted our time with the RFA there were many great take aways:

It's never wrong to call 911, the RFA and the 911 dispatcher are there to guide you and provide emergency support as needed.

It's important to know where you are. There are three main entry points for emergency crews along our trail.

1) The parking lot nearest the 1st marshal turnaround is at SE 7th Street and Maple Valley Highway. This lot is where the light is across from the Taco Time headquarters.
2) The parking lot we park at for the start of parkrun is at SE 5th Street and Maple Valley Highway.
3) The stub road that ends at the 2nd marshal turnaround underneath the 405 overpass is called Cedar River Trail.

When you call 911 describe where the emergency is in relation to those points and if a crew is being dispatched, if possible send someone to meet them at their arrival point and direct them to the emergency.

Do not move an injured person. If possible direct someone to watch for bike traffic and have them signal bike traffic to slowly pass or stop if necessary.

The RFA offers a two part training series, CPR and First Aid. Unfortunately it appears these classes are no longer free. I've included a link below for those interested in attending.

If you have a mobile phone, bring it to parkrun. Though it's tempting to leave your phone behind and run "naked" (without electronics), because our course is not a looping course there are long stretches where you may be the only person near an injured party and having a phone means access to 911 guidance and, if necessary, emergency assistance will arrive sooner.

It is especially important on our trail to keep to the trail. If you're participating with children, or those with disabilities or cognitive issues that impair their ability to stay the course please keep them within arms length. The dirt trails leading up into the forest can be attractive to the curious or confused but they may lead to homeless encampments and should not be explored.

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We really appreciate the hard work the RFA does in our community and knowing these few details can keep us safe and help them more effectively help us.

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On top of our RFA heros it was also parkrun superhero day and our photographer, Sonja Logan, captured all the cheer the costume aficionados brought to the event. Thank you Sonja! Even a barkrunner, BeBe got in on the action as you can see in this adorable photo above.

parkrun has many traditions and one of my favorites is the "Run Back". A run back is when an earlier finisher heads back on the trail to encoruage other runners or walkers. These are the people we ask not to go back through the finish cones a second time at the start of every parkrun. I saw lots of run backs on the course this Satruday and it was awesome! Maybe you have a friend or family member who never comes out to parkrun because they aren't a "runner". Lots of parkrunners aren't runners. Be sure to let them know walkers are welcome and offer to run or walk back and meet them wherever they are on the course. parkrun is not a race, it's a social celebration of every participants efforts, no matter their finish time.

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We welcomed tourists Jake ELSMORE and Lucy HALFORD from Longrun Meadows parkrun in Sumerset, UK, The HAMILTONS from Newport Lakes parkrun, near Melbourne, Austraila and the SCHIACHS from Himmel parkrun in Arizona.

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Our Volunteers were Amelia LOGAN, Cam KENNEDY, Cathryn BURBY, Colton WRIGHT, Devon BENNETT, Imogen LOGAN, Ken HOMAN, Kerstin PEPPER, Patrick WARD and Sonja LOGAN. Thank you HI-VIS heros so much for giving your time to make parkrun #75 great.

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Congratulations to our first male finisher, Max JENSEN with a time of 20:31 and our first female finisher, Jennifer O'MEARA with a time of 25:42. Those celebrating personal best times are Brian HACH, Martin DOYTCHEV, Miroslav DOYTCHEV and Will TING, did you remember to ring the bell?

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Among our first timers was local Crystal LOWY pictured above who I've heard through the grapevine will be joining me in Star Wars themed finery for next Saturday's "May the 4th" parkrun. Costumes are always welcome at Renton parkrun, no special event necessary.

See you this Saturday!

Cam Kennedy
Renton parkrun Event Director