In celebration of Moms!
It seems that Friday night/Saturday morning is the time for thunderstorms. Yet again, RI parkrunners and walkers faced the prospect of maneuvering around a giant water feature behind Teddy Roosevelt himself. As Run Directors’ have decided in previous weeks, we opted to stay with the normal course and post a marshal to direct runners to the best route around Lago di Teddy. Time was too short to select and sign one of our alternative courses.
Our numbers (88) approached our record and comprised a nice mixture of runners, walkers, first-timers, returners, and tourists. There were 25 first timers registered at RI, although this number was amplified by a small group on a company ‘couch to 5k’ event. 27 were returners with one half of these being relatively new to parkrunning having completed less than 10 runs. There were 15 international tourists, with a very heavy British invasion! We also had a strong contingent of walkers who accompanied their mothers on this Mother’s day weekend.
Thanks so much to our volunteers. Several deserve special mention including Mary Menendez who filled the gap for course setup and Maria Angeles Reig Gomez who offered to marshal Lago di Teddy. There were several doing double duty: Diana Dabruzzo was on finish tokens and a photographer, and Michal Kisilevitz did course setup and was our tailwalker. Lynda Heran and Roger Hipp were our happy timekeepers (look at those smiles), Mary Ellen Dingley was barcode scanner, using the app and not the traditional scanners, and Vikrant Gokhale and Lindsay Ward-Gokhale gave support to the Run Director for results processing. Thank you all - parkrun could not exist without your input.
Surprisingly, given the relatively wet course, 16 returners recorded PBs. Only 1 of these had run more than 10 times at RI – congratulations Mary Langan! Mary also is our lead ‘finish line encourager’. A key role to support those approaching the dogleg to our finish line. There is nothing more uplifting than seeing runners and walkers being cheered to the end and their smiles as they pass the finish line.
We were also given a reminder of the need to take care not to interrupt the enjoyment of the park by other park users. We received a complaint from someone walking the dog on the boardwalk as the first flush of runners scared the dog and caused its owner some concern. We recognize that there is inevitably some interaction with other users and that is why we warn runners to be mindful of this. For future events we will place signs at each end of the boardwalk warning other users that there will be parkrunners from 9.00 to 9.45.
Happy parkrunning/walking, and we hope to see you all next week. Don’t forget the pressure on parking at the island so either get there early, walk, use metro, bike, or scooter or park in Rosslyn (an easy 5-10-minute jog/walk to the Start on the island). And if you want to keep up to date with RI parkrun news make sure your parkrun profile allows you to receive our weekly newsletter and also login to our Facebook page.
AND DFYB – Don’t Forget Your Barcode!
Nick Young, Run Director