Third Creek Greenway parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

International Women’s Day… Run report #19

After weeks of puddle jumping and slick bridges, participants in the nineteenth edition of Third Creek Greenway parkrun had the pleasure of enjoying sunny skies and almost warm temperatures.

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In total, 19 runners officially completed our nineteenth event. A few additional participants came out for their first parkrun on International Women’s Day just to see what parkrun is all about. They enjoyed the majority of the course and we hope to see them back in the future. Thanks to all of our regulars who spread the word about parkrun and introduced someone new to Knoxville’s parkrun. Five first timers joined us this weekend. If you’re new to parkrun or you want to bring a friend, family member or colleague encourage them register for a personalized barcode.

With the pleasant weather came great times! Jay Johns ran his first official parkrun with us and crossed the line as first finisher in 21:08. Shane Frank joined us for his second parkrun and bettered his personal best from last week by over a minute. In total, six individuals earned PBs this weekend. Congratulations to Sarah Hamilton, Karter Johns, Laura Johns, Zoey Johns, and Amelia Childers. It’s great to see so much improvement from all of our runners!

In honor of International Women’s Day, we had some special chalking on the course and a number of new women take part with friends. Thanks to Kassandra Galvin, Stefanie Garvin, and Lisa Campbell for joining us as newcomers on this special day. While we always celebrate all of our runners, it was nice to take time today to recognize our women parkrunners and the importance of sport in their lives.

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A call for volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers and encourage you to try it out whether you are a parkrun veteran or newbie. All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

Parkrun also rewards those who volunteer 25 times with a unique purple running t-shirt. Excitingly this weekend our own Meredith Hale marked her 25th volunteering occasion with parkrun - a worthy recognition of her commitment to bringing parkrun to Knoxville and supporting participants each week! We can’t wait to see your new purple t-shirt on the greenway soon.

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If you’re interested in volunteering at a future event, please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com.

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 118 individual finishers and 27 individuals volunteering.

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Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

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Fast times, a newbie, and an Irish tourist… Run report #17

With temperatures hovering below freezing, a total of 12 participants came out to enjoy a run or walk on the Third Creek Greenway. Two participants experienced the course for the first time, though with a bit more ice than is typical.

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Despite the conditions, we witnessed several speedy performances! David Talmy racked up his fourth first place finish along with barkrunner Scout. On the women’s side, all three of the first women across the line posted personal bests. Carlene Steenekamp finished as the first female for her first time and both Rebecca Rogers and Tingting Xu ran their fastest times on the course.

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Mary Phelan, a tourist from Ireland visiting family in Johnson City, fit in parkrun right before a flight out of McGhee Tyson directly after. We admire her commitment and hope she’ll join us again in the future. Mary kindly reported, “It was my slowest parkrun ever, but it was also my favorite ever.” She said she took some time to take photos of the sights on the course. For those of us who have direct access to the greenways, it’s easy to take for granted the sounds and scenery we encounter along Third Creek. Mary’s words are a thoughtful reminder of how lucky we are here in Knoxville. Ashley Bell also ran the Third Creek Greenway course for her first time as her introduction to parkrun. If you’re new to parkrun or you want to bring a friend, family member or colleague encourage them register for a personalized barcode

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A call for volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered this week, especially Katie Chadwick who was visiting from England. No trip to Knoxville is complete without experiencing Third Creek Greenway parkrun, right? We are always looking for volunteers and encourage you to try it out whether you are a parkrun veteran or newbie. All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

If you’re interested in volunteering at a future event, please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com.

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 110 individual finishers and 27 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

And we’re back… Run report #16

After a week off cancelled due to the wild winter weather, we were happy and relieved to be back for the 16th Third Creek Greenway parkrun.

There was still a considerable chill in the air as 13 participants and ‘barkrunner’ Scout lined up to walk, jog or run 5k with us. 

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The cold was deeply disappointing for tourists Ian and Lisa who had travelled for a weekend away from Washington DC expecting warmer temperatures down south. Despite only being a few degrees warmer than their hometown, both managed the early start and we were delighted to have them join us for a post-parkrun breakfast to hear about their parkrunning experiences in the DC area. For anyone thinking of a visit themselves - the duo highly recommended Roosevelt Island parkrun.

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With parts of the course more ice-rink than path, it was all the more credit to regulars Steven and Alex who both recorded personal bests along the course! We love seeing our community progressing towards their personal goals. Parkrun is all about taking part at your own pace and you’ll be supported all the way by the volunteers and your fellow participants.

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Plus kudos to Roger for picking this as his first ever parkrun event - we hope to see you again in better temperatures… If you’re new to parkrun or you want to bring a friend, family member or colleague for their first event don’t forget to register for a personalized barcode

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The mystery of the missing token

Our first-place finish token appears to have taken a trip away from our collection… If you’ve accidentally taken a finish token home please do return it to us!

A call for volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered this week - especially Rebecca volunteering for the first time at Third Creek Greenway while her family skated ran.

We have a full roster for next week but need volunteers over the coming weeks. All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

If you’re a regular runner with us then we ask you to consider volunteering once every four-six weeks to help give back to the event. 

If you’re interested in volunteering at a future event, please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com.

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 108 individual finishers and 26 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

The enthusiasm of newcomers and junior athletes… Run report #15

This week half of our finishers were newcomers to parkrun! Welcome to Katrina Brisbane, Karter Johns, Laura Johns, and Zoey Johns! We also had four junior athletes eagerly take off at the start and successfully complete the 5k.

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Max Lemons was our first finisher for the second time this week. He added on the 5k to his long run as part of his training for a marathon in March and a slew of sprint triathlons as well as an Iron Man in the year ahead. All parkrunners should feel free to work parkrun into any running plans you already have. For those looking for distance, it’s easy to tack on miles before or after parkrun.

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In terms of personal bests, this week the McConnell family dominated! Grace, Thomas, and Rebecca McConnell worked together to get everyone across the line in under 43 minutes. We love having families and junior athletes out.

Thomas McConnell races to the finish!

Thomas McConnell races to the finish!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered this week! All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.  If you’re interested in volunteering at a future event, please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com.

Finally, each week we do our best to include motivational messages or fun images in chalk on the course. We want to hear from our parkrunners if there are quotes or messages that are particularly special or motivating for you that you’d like to see in future weeks. Don’t hesitate to share!

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Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 105 individual finishers and 25 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

Into three figures… Run report #14

We hit a major milestone at event number 14 last Saturday as first-timers Carlene and Casey became the 100th and 101st individuals to walk, run or jog 5k on Third Creek Greenway!

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Carlene and Casey were our only two first timers this week. With cold winds blowing down the greenway, it was 10 hardy souls who made it out.

Finishing first was David (and ‘barkrunner’ Scout) with incredible support from Max to help pace him to an extremely consistent time. Great to see the parkrun community spirit in action with runners supporting each other to progress. 

There were personal bests for Nancy and for your regular report writer Joe, who wishes he’d slowed down a bit rather than knock nearly 50 seconds off in one huge leap...

A massive thanks to our volunteers this week, especially Kirk and Diane as our joint tail walkers - keeping each other company and cheering on fellow participants. 

All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

A number of our usual team are unavailable for our events on February 1st and February 8th so we’d love to hear from you if you can help out on those dates. Please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 101 individual finishers and 24 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

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