Running with Friends: 5K Jamaica Pond Parkrun Every Saturday

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Do you want to run but don't want to get out there alone? Then the free Jamaica Pond Parkrun happening every Saturday morning is for you.

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The Jamaica Pond Parkrun is every Saturday at 9 am.

Rose Penfold and Laura Cornelissen created the organized 5K run that starts at 9 am every Saturday from the Pinebank Promontory.

Penfold said she wanted to create a community run because she missed her local parkrun in London after moving to Boston in 2017. So she Cornelissen and Ann Carbone held a few informal weekly runs. "There ended up being 20 of us that first run, and one dog," said Penfield in a blog post.

Now the runs are part of a national parkrun organization and the first official run took place on March 31st.

It is a noncompetitive run -- just you against yourself and the timer (if you want to know your time). If you do want to know your running time you'll want to register and print out a barcode by visiting the Jamaica Pond Parkrun website.

The run is organized completely by volunteers. If you want to volunteer or know more please email jamaicapondhelpers@parkrun. After the run participants often grab a coffee at City Feed and Supply.