This week belonged to the dogs at Renton parkrun! With ten park pooches and their human companions in tow, there were lots of smiles, belly rubs, and sloppy dog kisses on the course today!
On the top left is Wilson with his human Tabitha! Sometimes we see Wilson with his uniform on as he’s an official service dog, but as soon as the vest comes off, he’s all puppy and loves cuddles! On the top right is Madalynn with her puppy Haley who is 6 months old. Today Madelynn came to parkrun following a soccer game but had to keep up with Haley who hadn’t been for a run yet that day. On the middle right is Susan with her boxer Beau! These two are a super friendly duo who’ve made parkrun part of their regular Saturday routine. On the bottom middle is Cindy with Kia and Oso. These two pups come as often as they can with their human family but poor Kia has a furless belly and sometimes needs to warm up inside her mom’s coat!
But this week wasn’t all dogs — there were also quite a few humans too! 58 infact plus 10 volunteers! Many were joining us for the first or second time this week such as Jen and Annie on the top row. We also had a few regulars like Brian (top middle), Danny (center), and Chan (bottom middle). Chan in particular was full of smiles today with his wife Koy helping lead the cheer squad as he came over the finish line.
Out on the course there were plenty of high fives to go around! Some of our first timers had a great time passing their friends on one of the out and backs.
First timer Paul is part of a local triathlon group and remarked that the trail is deceptively challenging. Despite being paved and flat, the long and straight path can play tricks on your mind and make time move slowly.
One of our core volunteers Molly was tail walker this morning with her daughter Faryn. Molly had her first “official” Renton parkrun finish today despite having been part of the team for many months.
We love seeing dads with their kids on the course such as Matt and his friend (name unknown), and Ryan who were all walking or running with strollers today.
At the finish line, run director Kortney was sharing stories with the other volunteers. This week we were happy to have Marcy, Wendy, Blake, Cathryn, Jeremy, Molly, Faryn, Kortney, and Leigh leading the event.
But you know what was really special this week? Not one parkrunner was a tourist. We are so excited to be growing as a community and meeting new locals every week. For those of you who haven’t been to a parkrun yet, join us next week!