parkrun Okanagan #4 is in the bag which signifies one month of parkrun in Canada. With Bill still recovering from his knee injury, Davis (my 8 year old son) and I took over the RD role to help get things going. Thank you to all our week #4 volunteers and congratulations to all our runners!
We had an amazing group of volunteers helping make this whole thing run smoothly. We have Amie Olar who comes to us from our local running store Fresh Air Concepts who heard about parkrun and decided that even though she doesn't really run, she wanted to be a part of the run. Heather Edwards and Kris Edwards who are married and were finish line volunteers this week but have been running each other week since parkrun Okanagan stated. Zach Jackman, who is the parkrun Okanagan record holder and the only male first finisher we've had so far decided to take the week off from running and volunteer instead. Our stalwart volunteers Garrison Frost and Sylvia Thompson were out once again to cheer our runners on their journeys. I was very grateful for Chuck Abney who I assigned to one spot on the course as a marshall but at the last minute was able to change it up and be the sweep... which I realized I failed to assign until after the runners had left.
Saturday was a great day to be a parkrun Okanagan runner! We saw our oldest finisher, at the age of 88 years old Ted Swart, came running across the finish line in impressive fashion. Nick McGowan Latimer and his mom Catherine as well as Cody McGill were all first timers last week and came out this week to see if they could improve on their times and awesomely, all three did accomplish their goals! With parkrun Okanagan's only first time finisher volunteering this week, we saw a new name at the top. Loren Nelson ran a very quick time of 19;16 to take the top spot, 10 seconds off the parkrun Okanagan fastest time. The Female first finisher was also a first timer, Dominique Frost, who is also the sister of our finish line volunteer Garrision Frost!
parkrun Okanagan had 61 finishers this week including 22 first timers and 26 PBs! After one month of parkrun we are seeing so many incredible stories with each and every runner and volunteer. I look forward to seeing what month two brings to parkrun Okanagan and watching parkrun Canada as it continues to grow.
parkrun Okanagan is always looking for volunteers! I will be off next week which means our injured RD Bill will be back in action but he will need some extra help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to volunteer.