Another Roosevelt Island parkrun in the books! For a bit there, we thought we might have to cancel due to a government shutdown, but Congress pulled through and we enjoyed a mild December day on the island. Led by run director Vikrant, we had 64 finishers. Read on for some highlights!
The Report from the Finish Line
Our first finisher was local runner Jon, achieving a PB with a speedy 19:41, followed just three seconds later by visitor Mark. Heather, our first female finisher, joined us again for the first time since the pandemic and also scored a PB with a time of 22:18.
Michael, Christian, Curtis, Emily, Rebecca, Rahul, and Grace achieved PBs as well. Congratulations, all!
(Speaking of Rahul: he started coming to parkrun this past August and, since then, he's decreased his time by a full ten minutes! For a few weeks, your humble run report writer could keep up with him or even pass him, but now... not so much.)
Friends from Near and Far
Our tourists are back! With the lifting of travel restrictions, we're starting to see international visitors return to the island. This week, we welcomed UK visitors from Macclesfield and Southampton. It was especially fun to see Eve and Ian (on the right in the photo below), who had recently joined several of us at College Park on Thanksgiving.
Eve and Ian even brought us a book! I was glad to accept a copy of How parkrun Changed our Lives by Eileen Jones on behalf of Roosevelt Island parkrun. Our copy is signed by the author and by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the parkrun founder himself! Let us know if you'd like to read the book next and we'll pass it along to you.
We also love hosting parkrunners from around the region, like Colm and Agnes from Peace Valley parkrun in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. That's a Bucks County Roadrunners hat, for those in the know!
In total, we had 20 first timers—plus barkrunner Jade, who seemed to be having a good time with her human and doggie pals. We hope to see her (and all our first timers) back again soon.
More Barcode Options
In case you missed the recent news, parkrun now officially allows participants to scan electronic barcodes. Previously, the policy required everyone to have a physical barcode, like a paper printout or a nifty parkrun wristband. But now, you can just carry your phone to any parkrun event—no worries if you forget your barcode.
You can even put your barcode on your smart watch! If you're an iPhone user, parkrunner Robert Sargant created a tool that will add your barcode to your Apple Wallet. Check it out at https://dfyb.run.
Finally, you may have noticed that Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Saturdays this year. Roosevelt Island will be hosting our regular events on both days, so come join us for some holiday fun! Festive dress is encouraged (to be fair, when is it not encouraged?) but never required. If you'd like to volunteer, head on over to https://bit.ly/RIparkrun to put your name down.
Last but not least, please give a big round of applause to our volunteers: Heather, Cathie, Fred, Elizabeth, Pat, Kristina, Frithjov, Vikrant, Scott, Martin, Mike, Dave, and Ana.
See you on the island!
Roosevelt Island DC parkrun