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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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,
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!
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.
We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for another great parkrun!!
Yours in stride,
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Come join us across the silver bridge to parkrunland on Saturdays. A magical world of fun, friendship and fitness awaits you!
Event Director, Renton parkrun
We had a beautiful, cool, dry morning to celebrate the second annual holiday parkrun. It was a sea of red and green, Santa hats, festive elves and reindeer, holiday sweaters, yummy treats, super sweet barkrunners and huge smiles as we came together to cheer each other on at Renton parkrun #59. I'm so thankful for this amazing community who came out in droves to support the event with 13 total volunteers. Thank you Cathie Knox-Browning, Faryn Ernst, Jack Johnson, Kara Johnson, Kerstin Pepper, Kristen Hemke, Leyla Johnson, Marcy Van Winkle, Nick Johnson, Owen Johnson, Peter Ernst, with photography by the talented Ryan McIrvin. Also a big thank you to those of you who approached me that morning offering to volunteer on the spot and those who signed up to volunteer at future parkruns, you're all amazing! During our briefing Cathryn, the Event Co-Director, took a moment to thank the November Renton parkrunner of the month, Ken Homan for his awesome attitude and contributions exemplifying the parkrun spirit. Thank you Ken! We had 32 participants with six first timers, welcome Alaina, Brendan, Colin, Evie, Luke and Peggy! I love this photo above of Evie's mom giving her a congratulatory hug after her first run over a mile ever! Way to go Evie! We also had a whopping seven personal bests, kudos A.J., Charles, Deborah, Drea, Kim, Sandi and Steve! Was it the cool crisp air or the promise of treats at the finish line >.> ? But in all seriousness those pb's are hard earned, a big huge congratulations to you all!
Thank you parkrun family for making my day as run director pure joy. I wore that huge smile all day, filled with parkrun happiness. Looking forward to seeing you all again Saturdays at the regular time and also at the upcoming New Years day event with a special late event time, 9:50 briefing / 10:00 am start. Hope you can make it! Cam Kennedy, volunteer run director of the day.
This past Saturday the Renton parkrun celebrated its first birthday! Such a milestone for the first parkrun in the State of Washington! One year ago very few people in this area knew what a parkrun was - I certainly didn’t. But ‘free timed run’ was all it took to peak my interest and made me show up on that first day, along with 80 other runners. One year later and parkrun celebrated its first birthday!! In that year SO many milestones were reached, including 956 people registering to run/walk, with 788 of those actually running! (How much fun would it be if all those who registered showed up on the same day?) Speaking of showing up - the top 3 zip-codes for those running are Renton zip-codes! Way to represent, Renton!! (high-five)... Speaking of ‘High-Fives’ there were 8017 given this past year. Just kidding, that statistic isn’t tracked, but that’s my best guestimate based on my own personal experience. Ready for some more statistics? The average number of times a person has ran the Renton parkrun is 3 times! That’s AWESOME, but I’ll bet this coming year we’ll beat that record, because parkrun is a great place to meet people, and studies show that it’s easier to lace up your shoes and get out the door knowing there are friends waiting for you. Actually, I made that up too… I’m sure there ARE studies, but I’m speaking from my own personal experience, I’ve made at least 5 new parkrun friends this year, and one of my biggest motivations is so I can meet more friends! Okay, back to the statistics! There were 2,380 runs for a total distance of 11,900 kilometers (7394 miles)!! That’s like running to Miami, Florida, AND BACK!! (Run, parkrunners, Run!!!) My favorite statistic though is the average finish time, which is: 38:03 minutes. Why, you may ask is that my favorite statistic? Because that’s MY average time, I don’t run the whole thing - and I don’t walk the whole thing - I run/walk until I get to the finish line … which makes me your average parkrun! (Yay for being average!) Anyway, Happy Birthday Renton parkrun!!! It’s been a great year for you, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish by your second birthday!! Written by Nikol Gianopoulos
Did someone leave the refrigerator door open? It was FREEZING this morning in Renton!
We had a smaller turnout (maybe due to the weather or maybe due to daylight savings) but we had just as much fun with a group of cross country runners keeping "the heat" on our faster runners. They took 6 of the top 10 places!
Our very own Cathryn Burby had a chance to run this morning and achieved an incredible sub 25min PB! Cathryn later said she never thought she would achieve that. For context, that is more than 7 minutes faster than her first ever parkrun in 2016 - well done Cathryn!
Leslie also had a great run this morning and was smiles from start to finish.
And we were super happy to see a few new and familiar faces this morning! While we might still be learning your names, we're so glad you could join us.
And that's it! Join us next week for our first parkrun birthday! See you in 7 days!
When we announced last week that we'd love to see some runners in costume, we weren't exactly sure what we were going to get. To our very happy surprise, there were a number of participants in their very best outfits!
There were kids in costumes including this fire truck dog --
and a gumball machine --
a couple of trick or treaters at the finish line --
(Thanks Gano family and welcome back John!)
but maybe the best surprise of the day was our parkrunner of the month: Joe Mendoza! If you've been coming to parkrun regularly, you'd know that we've been trying to give him this award for 4 weeks but we haven't seen him! Today Joe showed up an volunteered to be a turnaround marshal so he had no idea we were giving him the award. We of course encouraged parkrunners to high five and congratulate him at the second turn around -- a nice surprise that made him feel special. Thanks so much for being part of our community!
We welcomed back a few familiar faces (hello Lydia and Karen!) --
made a few new friends --
and scared a few too!
All in all it was a great morning for reptiles and mammals alike!
We'll see you again next week!