The 100th

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #100
  • Date: Sunday June 6th 2010
  • Course: Impact Marathon
  • Run time: 4hrs 56min 18sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 109 BPM
  • Temperature C: 14C
  • Distance covered to date: 4220.0km (2620.0ml)
  • Total number of runners: 50

I woke up and the sun was blazing through the window. I hadn't slept well, tossing and turning most of the night. This was a big milestone and I was a little apprehensive. Sue and I headed out at 7.30am and made our way to Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary. I had had an email a couple of days previously telling me about a walk for Multiple Sclerosis that was taking place at the same time. They expected 2,500 people. We met Elaine from Impact Magazine and set up a table outside the Good Earth Cafe. At 8.30 people started to register and by 9.00am we had a group of 35 people at the start line. 5..4..3..2..1.. and we were off. The route was four, 10.55km loops along the river with a short break between each loop. A number of the Red Rock Running club turned up plus folks from the schools and other running groups.

We soon got into a comfortable rhythm and the group enjoyed the 7min run / 3min walk routine. Runner Pete had just got back from Hawii on Saturday and planned to do a couple of loops. He writes fitness articles for the Herald, and other publications, and we had met at the Powderface 42 trail marathon a couple of years ago. As we appropached the last 2 km of the first loop we hit a wall of people, the MS walk had started. There were no issues and we weaved our way to the finish line. One loop completed. Some people left, others joined in and others kept going. Loop 2 was smooth, most of the MS walk supporters had crossed over to the other side of the Bow and were going back to Princess Island. We finshed at 11.45am. After a quick chat with CBC radio, we were off.

Loop 3 flew by and at 1.00pm we started the final loop. Sue joined us for the last lap and for several of the group it would be a complete marathon. One of those was Pete. He had decided to finish it off and called it his "Mistake Marathon". At 3.00pm we arrived back at the Good Earth Cafe. Owner Cathy had arranged a beautiful carrot cake with "Congratulations on the 100th". It was a wonderful day and to top it off we collected $455.00 for Right To Play.

New Llama Facts

Thanks to "Team Llama" at Ecole Sam Livingston School for the latest set of facts.

Fact 13: In the past, Llama's were made sacrificial offerings to the gods..

Quote of the Day

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming."

Frank Shorter

Runners at the 100th

100 Group

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