Renton parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-17 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Renton parkrun #113 – 1.11.20 – Run Report

The trail has been cleared (thank you Renton parks department!) so we were able to use our new out and back route for the first time Saturday. We came up a little short on the distance, however, so we'll fix that for next week. Results have been adjusted accordingly to add a percentage of time based on each participant's individual pace.


We welcomed several first-timers (including Emily, Jason, Adnan and Cat, to name a few I had a chance to chat with before the event). Cat and Adnan were kind enough to run across the finish line twice as I missed their actual finish line photos.


First-timer Jason has a few Ragnar races under his belt and now he's starting training for his first marathon. We're here every week and we'd love to be your training buddies! 


We also had two tourists, Thomas from Munich and Richard from London. Richard was excited for his first international parkrun. He has 94 under his belt, now, so he'll be sporting a black 100 shirt soon.


The pair made every effort to capture the perfect post-run selfie with their finish tokens!


Of course there were plenty of regulars, too. Nikol happily reported that she only had to take two short walk this week. She's gearing up to running the full distance without stopping, and we're cheering her on!


For some reason, we seemed to have a lot of folks who were completing their 4th parkruns this weekend. One of those was Karl, who has now run our old course, at least one if not two of our modified courses due to the trail closure, and Saturday our new course. We promise we'll stop switching it up on you!


Thanks to our awesome volunteer crew- Karen, Matt, Gracelynn, Daphne, Amy, Chris and Cathryn! Here's Gracelynn and Chris, part of our finish-line crew for the day.


See you next week!

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Renton parkrun #111 Run Report 1/1/20

Renton Parkrun #111 was filled with firsts:

Most obviously, it was Jan 1 2020 - New Years Day
Turnout was the highest in Renton Parkrun history, with 87 finishers! Kudos to visitors from Des Moines Creek and Perrigo completing the New Years double, regulars and newcomers alike kicking 2020 off with an endorphin high, and the revelry-friendly 10:30 start time.PkRnNewYears2020-018

It was our first run from our new starting line next to the Cedar River Dog Park and Renton Community Center. The I-405 overpass made for a nice spot to take shelter through the off-and-on drizzle.PkRnNewYears2020-030

For the first time in a long time, if not ever, the top two runners finished in the 17-s. Well run, Garrett and Phillip!PkRnNewYears2020-061

All of today’s photos are courtesy of Blake, who donned the purple cape in honor of joining the ranks of 25+ time volunteers. Thanks for all of your work Blake.PkRnNewYears2020-209PkRnNewYears2020-207

Record December rains caused a mudslide that closed the trail on a portion of the course. So, runners navigated a modified route featuring a split-friendly double out-and-back. Here are some heading into the turnaround at the halfway mark, within sight of where they started!PkRnNewYears2020-076PkRnNewYears2020-092PkRnNewYears2020-137


Quite a few folks stuck around after the finish to mingle and enjoy snacks under the overpass.PkRnNewYears2020-099PkRnNewYears2020-177PkRnNewYears2020-190PkRnNewYears2020-191PkRnNewYears2020-196PkRnNewYears2020-217

Thanks to today’s volunteers Melani, Ray, Drea, Karen, Cam, Blake, Crystal, Matt, Phil, Gracelynn, and Patrick.PkRnNewYears2020-214


Renton parkrun #108 – 12/14/19 Run Report



"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)...


Tabitha and Mike


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...


Dong Mei


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!


Dickman fam


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.


1st timers


We look forward to seeing Nolan and Oliver again soon.


Eric and Emily


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!



Let’s Try This Again… Renton parkrun #106 Run Report – 11/30/19

If you read last week's run report, you'll see that I was supposed to be Run Director, but had a bit of a mishap. The team did perfectly without me, but I was excited to fulfill my volunteer duty this weekend, instead.


Yay, I made it!

It was a chilly one, with temperatures in the low-mid 20s during our event, but 19 brave parkrunners came out to participate and 7 bundled-up volunteers were there to support them.

It was a day of huddling together for warmth.


Chris and Amy, visiting from Nottingham in the UK, aren't quite used to these temperatures at their home event. However, Chris ran in shorts and didn't seem any more frozen than everyone else.

Hoodies, hats and gloves were the fashion of the day.


Erik and Jerry both came prepared, representing their favorite sports teams.

Cam hat

Cam looked cozy in her faux fur hat and fleece as she waited at the finish line as a timekeeper.


Gloves were only to be removed when absolutely necessary, as our barcode scanner Ken demonstrates here. (Editor's note- we do have a generous stash of re-usable hand warmers for our volunteers as a part of our event kit!)

However, there are always smiles, no matter the weather!


Here's one of our frequent volunteers, Matt, with a high-watt smile to match his bright high-viz vest as he came across the finish line as tail walker (or runner, today, as the crowd was motivated to get out of the cold!)

Several of the crew warmed up at Luther's Table in downtown after the event was over, enjoying HOT coffee, HOT chocolate and HOT tea, but most of all, each other's company.

Won't you join us next week?

-Cathryn Burby


Oops! Renton parkrun # 105 Run Report – 11/23/19

I was supposed to be the Run Director this weekend. I got all bundled up, had hot tea in a thermos in hand, then reached my hand out to the table to grab the car key. It wasn't there. I spent the next 5 minutes frantically searching to no avail, then called my husband, who was on his way to some mountain biking trails 2+ hours away. He had taken what he thought was his key to grab gear out of the car as he was being picked up by a friend, but it was the same key I had been using that I thought was mine. Turns out, mine was locked IN the car...and I had no way to access it.

So, without a key and a 25 minute drive away from Renton, I called my Co- ED Cam, who was stuck at home in a boot, the result of a recent injury. She had sent her husband, Blake, to parkrun with the gear kit, as I was supposed to meet him to collect it. Blake has volunteered with us MANY times- mostly as a photographer, but in other roles as well (that happens when you're married to an Event Director). However, he had not been trained to be a Run Director, nor did he have a particular interest in the role.


After I shared my predicament with Cam, she called Blake to break the news that he might have to put on the RD hat for the day and I started sending messages to some of our other RDs, seeing if one of them might have the capacity to step into the role for the day. Thankfully, Nikol was willing to jump in and help deliver the run briefing, but had a bike ride scheduled so she couldn't stick around. No problem, Drea (who was already volunteering that morning) also stepped up and helped get everything set up and provided support to Blake after Nikol left.

Nikol Run Briefing

Of course the other volunteers on the team helped to cover, and a few early finishers offered their help as well. Our parkrun community pulled together beautifully.

Finish Line

I sat at home, slightly embarrassed, kicking myself for my mistake and wishing I was at parkrun. However, it was a wonderful example of how far we've come in the past two years. Renton parkrun's success is not dependent on any one or two people, but rather the collective effort of the community.

-Cathryn Burby