Watercolor Vignette – Park Groundskeepers / The Allerton Trails Half Marathon

The seasonal Park groundskeepers have returned to work. The mowing season kicked off early for everyone! The Groundskeepers are the seemingly invisible forces who manicure the landscape. during Robert’s tenure on his estate, now public park, the groundskeepers melted away when he took his daily stroll through the grounds. Invited guests, likewise, were not to be intruded upon by groundskeeping tasks. Even today, the groundskeepers strive to perform impeccable grooming to the grounds, while respecting the peace of the strolling visitor. During the week, mowers rachet, trimmers purr and leaf blowers protest as Park workers accomplish their tasks. The end result, by Friday, the Park magically waits, poised and ready to enchant the multitudes who stroll through the gardens, who play frisbee and sunbathe on the meadow slopes, who witness weddings and all who make lasting memories of their time in the Park.

Park Groundskeeper on the Job

Park Groundskeeper on the Job

On another note, The Park played host on March 31st and April 1st to the Allerton Trails Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K running races. Despite the heavy rains of the week, the usual muddy spots on the course had been remedied by recent trail upgrades and maintenance, overseen by the Natural Areas staff and workers. Park groundskeepers helped in the work of setting up and taking down the course.

Reis Desantis, age 21, took first place in the half-marathon (13.1 miles) with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 56 seconds for a split pace of 6 minutes and 20 seconds. Alex Goodlad, age 23, earned first place in the Male overall 10K race with a time of 39 minutes 18 seconds for a split pace in the 6.2 mile race of of 6 minutes 20 seconds (on pace for 10K at least with the winning half-marathoner). Winning overall Women’s in the 10K with a time of 47 minutes 24 seconds was 40 year old Jennifer Dominick. Full results can be found on-line. The Second Wind Running Club hosts the on-line results.

Good job to all the runners who competed and to all the Park workers and volunteers who made this annual event happen.

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