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

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 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 99 individual finishers and 24 individuals volunteering.

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Should it be this humid in January? … Run report #12

The surprisingly warm temperatures for mid-January were the main topic of conversation as participants and volunteers lined up for the 12th parkrun on Third Creek Greenway.  

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The majority of our runners this week were returners, with just one first-timer - welcome to parkrun Sarah! We hope you enjoyed your first free, weekly timed 5k running with regular Rebecca and ‘barkrunner’ Pepper.

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Ron was first across the line for the second time at his second run with us. Showing incredible consistency, he’s recorded 18:38 and 18:39 on our course!

Sue returned to Third Creek Greenway parkrun as part of her spring marathon training and was first female finisher. Keep up the good work Sue!

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Ask what you can do for your parkrun...

A huge thank you to our volunteers this week, especially Nancy who parkrun volunteered for the first time!

Each week we need 4-5 volunteers 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.

If you’d like to volunteer 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 93 individual finishers and 23 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

 

Running in the New Year… Run Report #11

Running in the New Year… Run Report #11

While the course was wet, with one formidable puddle following our third bridge crossing, the rain mostly held off during the eleventh Third Creek Greenway event. A total of thirteen participants came out to celebrate our first parkrun of 2020. We are looking forward to a full year of parkruns ahead.

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This week four runners achieved personal best times. Both of our first two finishers, Max Lemons and David Talmy, had their best ever finishes. Jeanne Wykert and William Kelch also shaved time off their previous runs.

Max is our first finisher and runs his fastest time

Max is our first finisher and runs his fastest time

David runs a personal best

David runs a personal best

In addition to many familiar returning faces, at today’s parkrun we had one newcomer. Martin Cordell brought along his daughter, Freya. She had a strong run, keeping alongside her father and sister for the 5k. If you have a friend or relative who you think might enjoy parkrun, please do invite them out to take part and support them on their first run. Having someone you know introduce you to parkrun is often far more effective than social media posts and it really embodies the community spirit we aim to foster.

The Cordell Family

The Cordell Family

As always, we are very grateful for our volunteers who make each event happen. This week Alex was “helped” by her daughter Lauren in scanning barcodes and Rebecca Rogers stepped up to timekeeping. We would also like to give a special shout out to our tail walker, Diane Taylor, who donated a bag to better transport and store all of our course signs. Thank you so much for finding the perfectly sized container (a gift wrap bag)!

Alex and Lauren Snyder barcode scanning

Alex and Lauren Snyder barcode scanning

Diane finds us the perfect sign carrying case

Diane finds us the perfect sign carrying case

If you’d like to volunteer at a future event please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com. 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. 

Next week’s parkrun

Rain or shine, we’ll see you 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 91 individual finishers and 22 individuals volunteering.

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Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

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The final parkrun of 2019… Run Report #10

Event number 10 at Third Creek Greenway parkrun had anything but typical wintery weather. With temperatures in the 50s and sunny skies, 19 participants took to the course this week.

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For the last event of 2019, we welcomed five first timers - Jack Brown, Jan Brown, Bruce Goulart, Ken Lonseth, and Dana Rohloff all were parkrun newcomers. Jan Brown and Bruce Goulart visited town from Connecticut to spend time with their grandson, Jack Brown.

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Newcomers, Ken Lonseth and Dana Rohloff cross the finish line

Jan Brown, visiting from Connecticut, completes her first parkrun

Jan Brown, visiting from Connecticut, completes her first parkrun

Several junior athletes made major improvements or reached significant milestones this week. Jack Brown impressed us all by running his very first 5k in 27:35! Bruce ran alongside Jack throughout his first 3.1 mile run. Evan Snyder also had an outstanding run, cutting twelve minutes off his previous personal best to finish in 30:06. It’s great to see so many junior athletes excelling!

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Jack Brown completes his first ever 5k!

Several other performances merit a special shout out. In addition to Evan, three returning athletes ran personal bests - Kirk Anderson, Martin Cordell, and Max Lemons. Chris Davis also returned to continue his first finisher streak. Chris has been first across the line at all six of the Third Creek Greenway parkrun events he has completed. Keep up the quick times!

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Evan runs a twelve minute personal best

Finally, we also had a familiar face volunteer this week for the first time. P. Mark Taylor, who has run two of our official events, helped us by handing out finish tokens. We love seeing you guys out each week enjoying yourself and making the most of Knoxville’s beautiful greenways. We couldn’t put on our events without volunteers so a huge thanks to our ‘high-vis heroes’  who make parkrun possible. If you’d like to volunteer at a future event please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com. 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. 

Next week - Time to ring in 2020!

Whether you want to participate in parkrun for the first time or are a veteran parkrunner, join us next week for our first parkrun of the new year. Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

See you then!

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 91 individual finishers and 22 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

The one with the volunteers from far away… Run report #09

What activities do you do with your family to keep them occupied when they’re in town for the holidays? Why you sign them up to parkrun of course.

Your regular report writer Joe has his mom, dad and sister visiting for the week so naturally they were awoken early in the dark on Saturday morning to take part in their first parkrun. 

Mom and dad took on volunteering roles while sister, Alex, was one of thirteen finishers along the Greenway for the last parkrun before Christmas.

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Both volunteers and runners were feeling festive!

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It was an excellent day for personal records - over half our participants setting a new course best! Congratulations guys - keep up the great work. A special shout out to Nancy for her third PR in a row - knocking over four minutes off since her first parkrun!

And we were joined by Martin, Anja and Kirk taking part in their first parkruns - welcome!

We need your help...

We are on the lookout for volunteers for the December 28th, January 4th and January 11th events as a number of the core team are away. Volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, need no prior experience and don’t require a lengthy commitment.

For December 28th we’re looking for someone to distribute finish tokens.

For January 4th we’re looking for someone to barcode scan. If you’re one of our faster finishers you could do this after running. 

On January 11th we’re after a timekeeper, barcode scanner, finish tokens distributor, and a tail walker.

If you can help out please email us at thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com

Next week - it’s the last parkrun of 2019!

Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

See you then!

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 86 individual finishers and had 20 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun