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!  

 

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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!

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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.

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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- 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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See you next week!

 

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.

https://rentonrfa.com/cpr/

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

 

parkrun Report #74 – Renton parkrun 4-20-19

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This week we welcomed 32 participants, 11 volunteers (including a voluntourist), 5 first timers, a tourist and some bunnies to the Cedar River Trail.  We also welcomed the 30th US parkrun, Sippo Lake in Canton Ohio to the parkrun family.

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Dean led us as Run Director again this week as he finished off his training in preparation for the Redmond, Perrigo Park Launch coming soon.  Anyone else feel like learning the Run Director ropes?  It's easy, there's a script to follow and you'll get plenty of support from Cathryn and I.

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Linda MCCANDLESS was our first female finisher and set a new course record in the Women's 50-54 category with a time of 22:30.  Phil ANDERSON was our first male finisher, we're so glad you made it back!  Congratulations to Phil ANDERSON, Tyler PATTON, Drew HANFT, Matt MORGAN and Khang TO on their new PB's.

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Danel HACH ran for the 10th time worldwide (5 at Renton; 7 in the USA), we're so sorry we missed your cape ceremony Danel, just let us know when you want to celebrate this awesome accomplishment and wear the #10 cape. And in the cool trivia of the day category, Madalyn MARLATT finished in 20th position on her 20th run at Renton and Tyler PATTON finished in 2nd position on his 2nd run at Renton.

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Thank you to our fantastic crew of Volunteers, Ray ARRINGTON, Dean FABER, Nikol GIANOPOULOS, Carol JAMES, Kara JOHNSON, Jack JOHNSON, Leyla JOHNSON, Owen JOHNSON, Nick JOHNSON, Sierra NOLTEN and Gavin YOUNG.

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Don't forget it's our Super Hero themed run and we're having special guests from the Renton Fire Authority this Saturday, 4/27/19 and a special start time of 8:30 to get to meet them and learn about emergency preparedness on the trail.

And finally I leave you with some more of the gorgeous photos Sierra took, thank you Sierra! See you next Saturday! Cam
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Run Report #73 – Renton parkrun 4.13.19

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Dean who's doing a great job learning the Run Director role, had the crowd smiling this beautiful rainy morning at Renton parkrun, #73.  Yes, it was a bit wet, yes it was a bit cold, but parkrun community spirit kept everyone warm at heart.
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This week 40 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom nine were first timers. Welcome Philip Anderson, Kyle Charlson, Lorna Easthope, Roy Easthope, Linde Steigum Loees, Laura Murray, Tony Nymeyer, Simon Shaw, and Mark Stevenson, thank you for joining us!
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Congratulations to the Kawaoka's, Elliot and Becca, our first male and female finishers and our six finishers who achieved personal best times, Nedra Asay, Dan Benoit, Elliot Kawaoka, Mark Nicolino, Gracelynn Ruelas and Gary Wright.
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We also congratulate Leyla JOHNSON who participated for the 25th time in the USA (24 at Renton; 25 worldwide), Brian HACH who participated for the 10th time at Renton (12 in the USA; 15 worldwide) and John LEMIEUX who participated for the 10th time worldwide (all at Renton).

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The photo above is some of today's volunteers at the parkrun "after party" at Luther's Table.  You don't have to be a volunteer to join us after the event for yummy treats and good company.  Volunteers are the life blood of parkrun. A big thank you to today's nine volunteers Ray Arrington, Todd Asay, Dean Faber, Nikol Gianopoulos, Ken Homan, Ryan McIrvin, Cam Kennedy, Cathie Knox-Browning, and Abby Ruelas.
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Don't forget to mark you calendar for our two special themed parkruns coming up. Next Saturday, April 20, 2019 is our Bunny parkrun.
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And, Saturday April 27, 2019 is our Super Hero themed parkrun.

And lastly a big thank you to every participant, it's such a pleasure to see how supportive and kind my fellow parkrunners are each weekend.

Cam Kennedy
Renton parkrun Co-Event Director

 

Run Report #69 – Renton parkrun 3.16.19

 
We had a very special, triple celebration at Renton parkrun on Saturday. Not only was it Paddy’s Day weekend, but we also celebrated two of our regular parkrunners reaching their 50 milestones. Many congratulations and much kudos to Nikol Gianopoulos (who completed 49 of her 50 runs here on the Cedar River Trail!) and Dean Faber, who splits his time between Renton and Okanagan parkruns (though we like to think he has a favorite….ahem!).

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We also enjoyed Cam Kennedy’s ever positive presence, in her first day as our new Event Director – thank you for the amazing new sign, and the 50 capes, Cam!

A warm welcome to first timers, Mark Nicolino. Matt Morgan, Svetoslav and Alexander Bonev and Juliana Prestes (who joins us from Clermont parkrun, after relocating to WA).

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Many congratulations to Ken, Katie, Brian, Lillian and Stacy, who all claimed PBs this week, and got to ring our bell in celebration!

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Thanks also to our awesome crew of volunteers this week! Max handed out finish tokens (after being the first runner across the finish line!), Cathie fearlessly brought up the rear as tail walker, Tandi and her Mom marshaled our turnaround, Patrick faithfully scanned all our St Patrick’s barcodes, Ryan and Cam kept an eye on our times, Kerstin was RD and Cathryn was our talented photographer.

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And finally, we look forward to welcoming Larry to parkrun in the near future – after quite a tumble from his bike on the trail (and being rescued by our fearless leader, ED Cathryn), he has decided that maybe parkrun is the way forward from now on. Very wise.

See you next week for our first SPRING parkrun of the year – we survived another Washington winter, hurray!

 

Run Report #68- Kortney’s Sendoff

We had a beautiful morning to wish our Event Director Kortney a happy journey and to welcome our new Event Director, Cam.

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Kortney’s contribution to the running community is immeasurable and she will be greatly missed. More than 40 runners and volunteers joined in wishing her well on her new life adventures. Everyone was able to write her uplifting notes to receive as she hikes the wilderness.

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Many selfies were taken, several regular parkrunners who couldn’t run the course that morning, took a few moments to stop by and wish her well.

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There were many treats and time for sharing stories after our Tailwalkers crossed the finish line. We will be looking forward to hearing about Kortney’s adventures.

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Kortney is passing the torch to an enthusiastic and very talented Cam (pictured below in the blue scarf). parkrun remains in good hands and will continue to build our community of runners and walkers! Bon Voyage, Kortney and welcome Cam!

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