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Parkour in the Park

August 25, 2015

She runs, jumps and scrambles over urban obstacles with the greatest of ease. Brandee Laird introduces us to the art of parkour at Seattle's Gas Works Park.

“When we’re little, pretty much everyone climbs and jumps and explores the environment, but at some point they stop. I just never stopped,” said Brandee Laird of Parkour Visions.

Instead, she began exploring parkour, the art of overcoming obstacles as swiftly and efficiently as possible- using only your body.

“You don’t just start by jumping on railings and, you know, back-flipping off of buildings,” Laird said. “You start off on the ground, figuring out how far you can jump and how long you can hold yourself up on your hands.”

It isn’t always fun, and you hardly ever get it right the first time. But Laird says “When I get it, I feel awesome. I feel like a superhero.”

Parkour isn’t just for exercise. It can help your mental state as well. “I worry a lot, and I have a lot of fears that aren’t necessarily valid,” Laird said.  “I think one of the reasons that I have gotten into parkour so effectively is to be able to overcome my anxieties and my fears.”  

Watch the video above for more! 

See more parkour from Brandee at Parkour Visions

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Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is the managing producer of Spark Public. She is an Emmy-award winning producer who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital media and training the next generation of multimedia journalists. Stacey has been a Digital Content Producer at KCTS 9 for the past four years; her stories have been showcased locally on IN Close as well as nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat. Stacey’s experience also includes working as a senior producer for KPTS, as an assistant media instructor and producer for Portland Community College and a TV news reporter for the CBC in Canada.

Fun Fact: Stacey’s guilty pleasures include over-the-top Halloween decor, eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” video.

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