Coop Toonie Two km Race

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  • Start: 7.00pm Friday April 27th 2012

  • Finish: 7.00pm Saturday April 28th 2012

  • Location:South Fish Creek Recreational Centre, Calgary

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $50,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $16,878.81

Over the last couple of months I've been putting together my races for 2012. They include the Calgary Marathon at the end of May, the Iron Legs 80km Ultra on August 11th, the Cook Islands Quest 100km Ultra on September 23rg and the New York Marathon at the beginning of November. These are all great races but one of my favourites took place last Saturday. I had been invited by the Coop to lead the Coop Toonie Two km Race. This is the final event in the Coop's "Whole Health Challenge". Over a three month period individuals and families are encouraged to reflect on their diets and start exercising. The main attractions for Saturday were the 10km and 5km race but for me leading the kids in the Toonie Two km was tops.

As I drove into Calgary the snow flurries started. I arrived at Eau Claire Mall went over to the sign up table. My first registration was Conner and he planned to push the pace. A few minutes later 3 year old Emma signed up. Her plan was to run 500m, sounds good to me. At 9.50am every one headed outside and at 10.00am a large group of 10 ker's headed off. The race started from the Olympic Plaza, down to the river path and west. It was an out and back so no tricky navigation. At 10.05am the 5 ker's headed off and that just left the Toonie Two kers. I thought there would only be Conner and I, with Emma trundling up the back, but at the last minute Emerson, Ashley and Kaylee turned up.

At 10.20am the gun went off and we bolted from the start. Conner, Ashley and Kaylee shot off but Emerson and I knew that a steady pace was the key. Emerson told me that she was 6 years old and in Grade 1 at Chaparrel School. She had never run 2 km so this would be a new World Record for her. She was a machine and I had to tell her to take walk breaks. After 1.5km we caught up with Ashley and Kaylee, both in Grade 2 at the same school. We all crossed the line together in 19 minutes 57 seconds, a very respectable time.

After we were presented with our medals, Emerson said that she had to go to a birthday party. Life doesn't get any better than that.

Quote of the Day

"It's all about the little things"


Ashley, Emerson, Kaylee (and Martin) get their well earned Coop Toonie Two km medal.

Coop Toonie Two km Race

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