First timers from near and far… Run Report #13

What do you do when you know you’re about to relocate thousands of miles to a new continent? Look for a new place to live? Check out the local amenities? Head straight to the parkrun events map to work out your nearest location? 

If you’re a parkrunner then you’ll probably be doing all three! We certainly won’t judge in what order...

We were joined this week for the first time by the McConnell family, who arrived in Knoxville just two weeks ago from Australia. With over 100 parkrun events under their belt between the four of them, they were delighted to find a new purple dot on the parkrun USA map when Third Creek Greenway parkrun was established in October 2019. We’re so excited that the whole family can continue their parkrun journey here in Knoxville.

One of the best things about parkrun is that all the family can get involved together. There were plenty of high-fives at the finish line for junior Lucille who took part in her first 5k with mom Amelia and did a great job! 

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With six first-timers this week, the number of individuals completing Third Creek Greenway has reached 99! Who will be our 100th?

Our 13th event was not unlucky for Alex, Freya, and Nancy who all recorded course personal bests along Third Creek Greenway. And it was a first first-finish for core-team member David who, accompanied by ‘barkrunner’ Scout, knocked over 30 seconds off his previous course best which is incredible improvement.

A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers this week - particularly Kirk and Heather doing a great job as joint Tail Walkers - keeping each other company and cheering on our participants. The Tail Walker is fast becoming our most coveted position but there are others that we need filling each week to help us run the event safely and record participants’ times and finish positions. 

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

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 99 individual finishers and 24 individuals volunteering.