Okanagan parkrun is cancelled on 3 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

New Yr RUN

When you awake in 2020... remember we will start at 9am...for our new years day deckle... there will be some special help for those attending.  See you all there

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Canada Day

What a great way to celebrate our countries birthday!  It cant get better then 2 parkruns in the same weekend one on the 29th of June and one on the 1st of July! see everyone Monday morning at 9am

 

new yeARS DAY

We will again hold a new years day run... this will be #3 in that tradition... hard to believe that is it only 3 weeks away

 

Motivation

What ever your reason, whether its to stay fit, to get fit, to see old friends, to meet new ones, parkrun will motivate you. parkrun rewards you much like life, if you work hard or go to school and study hard you get a good paycheck and great grades. If you parkrun every week you earn points and not necessarily for being the fastest or having the best attire, but for being motivated to be out and be included. So the more you come out the harder you work the faster you'll get the better you'll sleep and you will change, just like life the better you preform in school or at the job the better you will do in other aspects of life. Pic above Kris Edwards 1st in mens standings in Burgundy top Chuck Abney 3rd Mens standings Yellow Top I see everyone each week, and I cheer you into the finish line I try to be as excited for the first to the final runner. I hope that you here that in my voice as you hear me try to pump you up in the final 300 meters. I attempt to make sure that you feel like you are the best of the best. In fact you are! Here is some food for thought your one of approximately 140,000 parkrun finishers each week that puts you in a really elite crowd. There are 7,125,000,000 people on the globe, and that puts you in .0001% of the world population out and doing something active. Think about it parkrun that you participate in is bigger every Saturday then: Philippines - A Run for the Pasig River 116,000 USA- Bay to Breakers 110,000 Austrailas - City2Surf - 87,000 Hong Kong - Hong Kng marathon 73,000 Canadas - Sun Run 45,000 Chicago, London, Boston, Berlin Marathons Combined That's pretty big company that your in! Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Kris EDWARDS (Unattached) 489 pts. Carsten REINSCH (Unattached) 481 pts. Chuck ABNEY (Unattached) 471 pts. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Violet FROST (Unattached) 576 pts. Melissa BISHOP (Unattached) 557 pts. Charmaine MANLOVE (Unattached) 525 pts. Okanagan parkrun started on 20th August 2016, and since then 183 different runners, including participants from 4 athletics clubs, covering a total distance of 1,920 km, and there have been 108 new Personal Bests. Make each day a work of art only to be seen the heart! Bill J ED parkrun Okanagan

 

It Rains here too.. but smiles don’t get wet!

Well week 5 is in the books! Weirdest day ever, we saw a new record our first Sub 19 runner! Bombed by a fish!, and raining for the first time ever at parkrun, and that did not dampen anyone's spirits.

We have had an amazing group of familiar faces every week and I as get to know you all, and the goals you have all set for yourselves, it keeps me looking forward to helping with those goals in any way I can. Seeing the new parkrunners grow into runners or athletes makes me glad I do this ever week. The seasoned runners setting new goals or training for other season goals also adds to my excitment.  parkrun takes me from my business and family and allows me to meet a group of people that truly are excited to be out and running/walking/crawling to the finish line. I said being bombed by a fish, while at the start waiting for all of you I saw some birds swooping and playing in the air and water of the creek. Thought nothing of it, then while looking over at where to place the parkrun teardrop flag i was missed by 2" when they let go of their "Catch of the DAY"

I have already seen major changes in people confidence as they are no longer first timers and their bodies are adapting to the run. I see more people hanging around at the end, today in the rain talking about the run or the workouts this week and the motivation to come back next week. I see Mom/Dads with kids out and being active as a family. It makes my day to see people smile at the start as they arrive knowing that they will test there own limits and make this day a picture in their minds that will last until the next week.

Now on a personal note!
Today was my grandmas 99th birthday and she has walked most of her life, my guess 2-3 miles a day or a parkrun distance. Now i'm not saying that she made it to 99 because she walked but who knows!, The sun and the movement sure didn't hurt. She is well and still takes care of herself in her own home in a little town in southern Saskatchewan. So if you get this fall/winter feeling like its to cold or to wet to go to parkrun, stop yourself and think of Grace Justus 99 if she can get out and go get mail or groceries then you can get up and out to parkrun, you'll be happy you did!

See you all next week!

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