Parkrun wins kudos from D.C. Council

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, left, presented Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt with a ceremonial council resolution on June 1. (photo courtesy of Andres Falconer)

The local Parkrun events at Fletcher’s Cove and Roosevelt Island have earned citywide recognition from the D.C. Council, which passed a ceremonial resolution declaring last Saturday “Parkrun Day” in the city.

June 3 marked the five-year anniversary of the first Parkrun event in Livonia, Mich., which served as the first Parkrun outpost in the United States. The series — which gathers runners each Saturday morning for a free, noncompetitive, timed 5K race — began in England in 2004 and now has more than 500 races there, as well as 12 in the U.S.

Other local races include College Park, Baltimore and Richmond. An Anacostia event is in the works, though the team is currently waiting on National Park Service permits and additional finances before launching it, according to volunteer Andres Falconer.

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who has participated in several D.C. Parkrun races, presented the local volunteer team with the resolution on June 1.

Interested runners of all ages must register for their first Parkrun at