RI Run Report – Event #125 – 5/11/19

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.

Lago di Teddy

Lago di Teddy

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.

First-timers

First-timers

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.

Lynda

Lynda

Roger

Roger

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.

Finish cheers!

Finish cheers!

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.

Caution runners on boardwalk

Caution runners on boardwalk

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

 

RI Run Report – Event #124 – 5/4/19

 
Roosevelt Island parkrun event #124 (on 5/4/19) went to the dogs as we celebrated “May the Fourth be with our barkrunners”! When May 4th was chosen as the second annual official unofficial barkrunner day across parkrun USA, how could we not throw in the Star Wars theme? And what fun it was to dress in costume! At Roosevelt Island, we had a Rey, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and a Princess Leia among our 63 parkrunners and 14 volunteers. At other parkrun events across the US, your fellow parkrunners (and barkrunners) also pulled together some great costumes for the day. If you have time, I highly recommend checking out the photos available via their events’ Facebook pages.
 
As for the Roosevelt Island report, we are doing things a bit different this week. Instead of a parkrun report, we are bringing you a barkrun report, courtesy of barkrunner Foxy! Here you go:

 
 
Hey Friends! Thank you to all of the parkrunners who came out and celebrated barkrunner day in honor of all of us pups. There is nothing that makes my tail wag more than hanging with all of my friends on barkrunday!
 
The perfect weather brought out 63 parkrunners, 14 volunteers (some of whom also got a chance to do the course), 20 first timers, and a record 7 barkrunners! Roosevelt Island regular Mia happily pulled dad Jason around the course while mom Kate followed not far behind. As per her usual, Mia cooled off after her barkrun by rolling in the dirt, much to the delight of onlooking parkrunners (and perhaps much to the chagrin of Jason and Kate!). Now Mia, is it the beagle, chow, or black lab in you that gives you such spunk?
 
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Boon, as a border collie, was born to run and herd, so it was great to see him back again shepherding his dad (and everyone else!) around the course after a long hiatus.
 
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Also back cruising around the course after a break was Teddy with his dad Justin. Teddy’s labradoodle genes give him such a smooth running stride and energy to go the distance!
 
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Pearl, the five month old yellow lab, kept us on our toes with her high energy as she conquered the course. Once you grow into those paws Pearl, I bet you’ll be so super fast!
 
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Gus, the sweet pug, trotted around much of the course with mom Kat. Some days a pup just can’t handle the whole distance, and that is a-okay! Coming to barkrun is all about having a good time and making friends (by the way, sorry I barked at you Gus!). We’re all winners here! And, Gus, you were looking especially snazzy in those Princess Leia buns!
 
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Finally, our newest barkrunner Patches joined the barkrun volunteering ranks by helping mom Allison hand out finish tokens and by supervising overall finish line operations. Mom Allison described Patches as the only husky she knows who doesn’t like to run. Well, that is totally fine! While we call it barkrun, you don’t actually have to run at our event -- you can barkwalk or even just volunteer! Or, you can combine the two and volunteer as tailwalker!
 
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I had so much fun directing barkrun this week with my mommy (even if mommy did cramp my style by putting me in a little silly Chewbacca costume!). But, this event could not have been possible without our many volunteers. Nick, one of our co-event directors, along with Frithjov got there early to check out the course. The two of them, along with Tom, moved a tree off the course before joining Heather in setting up the direction signs. Good work peeps! Tourist Emily stepped in to help as marshal when we needed to steer people around the puddles near the Teddy memorial. Thanks for volunteering on your va-cay Emily! Jesper and John conducted fabulous timekeeping for us, while Allison and Patches handed out tokens and Frithjov scanned you in. Very smooth finish line operations you all! Robert made sure everyone got around the course safely by tailwalking, and he helped us with post-event clean-up. Pulling double duty Robert - way to go! Stephanie processed results like a pro, while Cory, Thomas, and Anna sorted out the tokens. Nice work all! Thank you from the bottom of my little puppy heart to each of you for volunteering this week! And, another thank you to all of our parkrunners who made us barkrunners feel so loved on our special day with all the pets and the treats!
 
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Peace, love, and paw paws,

Foxy

 

#loveparkrun

 

Whether speedy or slow
Just say the word "Go"
And they'll hit their stride
Then finish with pride.
-----the parkrunner

 

They're out for a jaunt
And don't want to flaunt
But it's just as fun
To parkwalk as run.
-----the parkwalker

 

Get ready the leash
barkrun is their niche
Run, pets, and a treat
Best friend on four feet.
-----the barkrunner

 

Donning the bright vest
Their day will be blessed
Cheering and screaming
Leaves their heart beaming.
-----the hi-viz hero

 

#loveparkrun

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RI Run Report – Event #120 – 4/6/2019

 
The hi-viz stars
 
Roosevelt Island parkrun #120 proved a Run Director’s dream with all parts of the parkrun machine working smoothly and, unless I missed them, no hiccups.  After initial concerns about the availability of volunteers, by 9 o’clock Saturday morning we were fully staffed with Christine and Rosemary as timekeepers and Sam and Paul assuming roles of finish token and barcode scanning, respectively.  The course had been set by Lindsay and Vikrant, ably guided by Michael, and tail walkers Kate and Dick and park walk leader Svetlana followed the pack from the start. Hugh and Molly collected the signs at the end. Thanks are due to Joyce for mobilizing all volunteers with her entertaining and to-the-point midweek email missive about all the "behind the scenes paddling" it takes to ensure a smooth running of our events.  I should also mention Stephanie who made the Run Director’s day by processing the results. Thanks to everyone -- you were a great team!
 
Good news
 
Moreover, the sun was shining, the temperature was perfect for running, and the normal course was in excellent condition – no mud, no puddles, no downed trees, and a dry runnable boardwalk!  And to top it all, the National Park Service had greeted the onset of spring by reopening the toilet block so that visitors no longer needed to suffer the physical and emotional discomforts of the Porta Potty. To add to the warm atmosphere, we were able to welcome the 2 founders of the Roosevelt Island parkrun, Svetlana and Darrell Stanaford. There would be no Saturday RI parkrun fun without their initiative back in 2016.
 
Guests
 
As usual, the flow of parkrunners onto the island began slowly with a trickle of tourists (as usual, some of the Aussies were the first, anticipating their normal Antipodean 8 o’clock start) followed by the main rush of locals after 8.45.  We welcomed the Boys on the Move running club from Arlington’s Campbell Elementary School. This program is modeled after Girls on the Run for students in grades 3 to 5. Eight came with supporters, all efficiently organized with barcodes and companion runners.
 
The participants
For the record, our 87 participants comprised 16 Roosevelt Island registered first-timers, 8 Campbell boys, 35 other registered Roosevelt Island regulars, and 19 tourists.  The latter included 6 from Australia, 5 from the UK, 4 from South Africa, 3 from neighboring parkruns, and 1 from Crissy Field. Mia was our sole barkrunner, and she was as pleased as ever to be pulling Jason for the next 28 minutes around the island!  Before we started, we posed for a group photo welcoming Futakotamagawa parkrun – the first in Japan – to the parkrun family.
 
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PBs
 
The experienced Aussie son and dad pair (Nathan and Peter Lewis) completed our course in under 20 minutes. The conditions resulted in 9 personal bests with congratulations due to Philip Goff, Joseph Madenjian, John Lazenby, Justin Gorinson, Yetta Ziolkowski, Mary Sugrue, and Geoff Reecer, all of whom are recent RI parkrunners.  But special praise must go to Darrell Stanaford who recorded his RI PB on his 99th parkrun! Look out for the location of his 100th.
 
RD’s selected highlights
 
I’m sure there are many highlights that went unseen to the Run Director because when you’re at the Start/Finish you miss all the excitement on the course.  But there were 2 features that stood out to me.
 

  • The first was the shouts of encouragement and support given by finishers to those running to the finish line.  This finish line encouragement and the resulting post-finish buzz sums up the true joy of parkrun.
  • The second was the particular delight of 3 local first-timers upon completing their 5K. They brought their joy and enthusiasm to Central Coffee afterwards and assured us all that they would be returning for more on future Saturdays.

 
Avoiding that summer parking crisis
 
We are entering that stage of the year when there is extreme pressure on parking space at the island. We do urge all who need to come by car to consider parking in Rosslyn. It is a very gentle trot down to the island from Rosslyn and spaces are relatively easy to find Saturday morning. Our midweek newsletter gives a comprehensive review of parking recommendations. Also, I can recommend signing up for the parkmobile app which facilitates parking at meters in Rosslyn at relatively modest cost.
 
Opt-in for RI parkrun emails
 
We were so pleased to welcome 16 RI registered first timers.  However, I was only able to send a welcoming email to 6 of these as the others had opted out of receiving emails from us.  We appreciate the need to keep internet communications under control, but we also welcome the opportunity to keep in touch with you.  This contact was particularly important when the event has had to be cancelled because of factors such as government shutdown, Park Service maintenance, or storm damage, but there are numerous other things we want to communicate.  You can modify your profile to opt-in to emails from RI.
 

Good running/walking & see you next week.

Nick Young

 

RI Run Report – Event #119 – 3/30/19

 
Roosevelt Island parkrun's event #119 on March 30, 2019 was themed "Act A Fool" day in honor of the upcoming April Fool's Day.  We encouraged you to wear your craziest outfits, try something new at parkrun like volunteering or walking, or just act a little foolish during the event!  We were blessed with gorgeous weather and newly budding trees that our many tourists, several first timers, and numerous regulars got to enjoy as they cruised around the course.  One of our tourists, David Duggan, who is a regular volunteer coordinator at Bedfont Lakes in the UK (located near Heathrow airport if you need a quick parkrun fix on your way out of town!) and who has visited several US parkruns amidst his 301! parkruns, graciously volunteered to write this week's run report!  Here is his perspective:
 
Following the emergence of spring weather around the course at Roosevelt Island, as well as dry conditions, the 72 runners and band of volunteers were able to dispense with waterproofs and winter clothing and enjoy a glorious morning!
 
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Run Director Eden Gray provided the runners with a fun filled poetic briefing and expertly led the band of volunteers throughout the whole parkrun experience. Those who assisted by volunteering this week included: Adam Peck at backup scanner, Brady Edholm at finish tokens, David Duggan at helping set up (and writing this run report!), Erik Witzel at timing, Mark Krumm at tailwalking, Michael Bevers at setting up and post event take-down, Stephanie Goldstein at setting up and results processing, Terence Dunbar at backup timer, Tony San at conducting the first timers briefing, and Travis Helms at helping with results processing. There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email RooseveltIslandDC@parkrun.com if you are interested. Also, if you are a regular to Roosevelt Island parkrun and you are not currently receiving our weekly email newsletters, you can ‘opt in’ using the link within your results email. Having opted in means you will receive emails from the core team with important information regarding Roosevelt Island parkrun, including notice of upcoming themed events, special events such as clean-up days on the Island, notice of any cancellations, and requests for volunteers.
 
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It seems everyone benefitted from the good running conditions and of the 72 parkrunners, 11 were making their debuts at parkrun – we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will be back in the future – on a personal note, I had a great chat with parkrun first timers Mary Sellers and Andrew Sadow, who seemed very impressed with the set up and organization of parkrun – thank you! In addition to these eleven, another eleven experienced parkrunners choose Roosevelt Island for the first time on a Saturday – visitors were from Fletcher’s Cove, Ireland, Michigan, and the UK! A wide range of age categories were represented, including four year old Matilda Krumm in the JW10’s (one of the debutants to parkrun!) through to one lady in the VW65-69. Of those that had been to Roosevelt Island parkrun before, thirteen achieved personal bests, which was over a quarter of the day's participants – congratulations!
 
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Collecting token number 1 was Jeff Brune (19:35) with finish token 2 going to Adam Snowdon, a mere three seconds behind. The first lady home was Helen Southcott in 19:41 (3rd overall) and Fernanda Del Canta crossed the line in 22:24. Jeff Brune also achieved the highest age grading of the day, at 77.8% and first lady Helen Southcott had a score of 77.2% which is enough to give her the highest age grading for her category in all 119 runs on the island - an explanation of the age grading system can be found at

https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565263-What-is-age-grading-

 
On a more personal note, I would like to thank parkrun USA for introducing me to Roosevelt Island! This trip was my fifth visit to Washington DC, and until researching parkruns, I did not know of the existence of the island and the memorial. In order to make sure I was there on time on Saturday morning, I did a reconnaissance on Friday and discovered a gem – I’ll certainly be recommending the parkrun!
 
And, whoever chose the Central Coffee Bar for the post run breakfast struck gold too! For me, breakfast is an integral part of parkrun, and the food, drink and other parkrunners all added to my overall enjoyment of the morning!
 
Until this point, I have refrained from mentioning I am an English parkrunner, however it was great to talk ‘parkrun’ with everyone. Others I got to have conversations with who have mainly run in the UK included our first lady Helen Southcott (preparing for a marathon in the near future) and Janet Grudzien John and Christopher John who have both run at over twenty five different events!
 
Congratulations should also go to Michael Bevers who embraced the ‘Act a Fool’ theme, by running in a collar and tie!
 
And finally, as a follower of parkrun USA on Facebook, it was memorable to meet Eden… and Foxy!! Foxy often steals the show in the photo department and is certainly the most famous barkrunner in the USA...or does anyone know otherwise?
 
Many thanks again to all the volunteers on Saturday (and every Saturday)….it’s definitely a parkrun I want to come back to!
 
 
Thank you David! It was awesome to meet you, and we greatly appreciate your kind words about our event. We dearly love our little piece of paradise and think our coffee shop is the best! Enjoy your travels in the US and your visit to Fletcher's Cove next parkrunday!
 
 

--Run Director Eden Gray

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