It was a chilly and windy Stockholm on Saturday 27th October when Haga parkrun transformed into a pumpkin and trick-or-treat inspired parkrun. In short, the tricks included running the course in reverse and finding a fun costume or silly hat to run, jog, walk or volunteer in, while the treats included something hot to drink and something sweet to eat at the finish.
The main trick of the day was, for the first time in Haga parkrun history, to run the course in reverse - turning right into left and uphill into downhill and vice versa. All the signs out on the course had to be turned around, in addition to left/right arrows being turned upside down and km signs switching positions. Comments and reactions at the finish suggest that it was an appreciated trick – fun to view the park and to experience the ups and downs and from the opposite direction, and to finish after a comfortable downhill final km.
Some parkrunners also managed the trick to dare dressing up, especially by wearing silly hats and hairbands including animal ears, alien antennas, clown hair, a dragon tail, a crown, a fish, a spider and an orange pumpkin and a green Leprechaun hat. Other costumes included several historical figures in hats and capes as well as the Queen of Hearts. Some signs out on the course were also dressed up in pumpkin, ghost and bat decorations, and the finish line became a finish gate dressed up in decorated orange flags.
After the finish, parkrunners were greeted with treats such as pumpkin satsumas, finger cookies, meringue ghosts and some scary candy. Some parkrunners also took pictures together with the beautifully carved parkrun pumpkin. However, the biggest treat was of course parkrun itself – a friendly, free, fun five km run out in a park and nature.
For the Happy Halloween special event, Haga parkrun was also happy to welcome a group of jolly dressed up parkrunners from Tampere parkrun in Finland, as well as a number of parkrunners from South Africa and from around the UK. In total, 76 people ran, jogged or walked the course of whom 22 were first timers. We hope all visitors, first timers and others enjoyed parkrun in Hagaparken and this week’s Happy Halloween theme!
A great thank you to all wonderful volunteers who helped make Haga parkrun #105 happen: Anna F, Anna I, Anna K, August, Deri, Gunilla, Göran, Klara, Leena, Mark, Mats, Mija, Patrick and Peter. Extra warm thanks for enduring the chilly wind and temperature that bite a little extra hard on certain volunteer tasks where you need to stand fairly still. Hopefully all fingers and toes that might have felt a little frozen soon thawed out!
Finally, a special massive thank you to outstanding volunteers Peter and Deri. With this week’s parkrun, Peter has now volunteered fantastic 50 times at Haga parkrun. Thank you for your continuous parkrun volunteering - you’re a real hi-vis hero!
This week, Nordics and Haga parkrun superhero Deri also reached impressive 70 times volunteering at Haga parkrun (89 times volunteering if including other parkruns!). Thank you for your immense contribution to making parkrun possible and running every week in so many both old and new places! Deri, dressed up in parkrun apricot orange shirt and orange pumpkin hat, celebrated his 70th time volunteering at Haga by finishing first, in this first Haga parkrun in reverse, before helping out with barcode scanning - in addition to helping out with so many other things before and after the event, just like so many other times!
Have a nice week and see you on Saturday, in November!