July in Cochrane

Posted by martin.parnell |

July can be a tough month. I remember in 2010, when I was running 5 marathons a week, after a brutal winter and wet spring, I was so looking forward to long summer days running along the Bow. It didn’t happen. July and August were wet, wet, wet. However, this year was different and I managed to get some long- overdue yard work done. I have one of those “zero” maintenance gardens. Not a blade of grass just lots of shrubs and rocks. However, weeds don’t know it’s a zero maintenance yard and they pop up everywhere.

After three days of removing the little devils, it was time for the “piece de resistance”, 12 cubic yards of mulch. Now that’s a lot of mulch. Wheel barrow after wheel barrow of the chopped-up bark was carefully laid and the front and back garden were soon a sea of mulch. Weeds-be-gone. Hopefully I’m good for a couple of years.

July is also a busy month for events in Cochrane and area. Last year, I won a registration for the TransRockies Gran fondo Highwood Pass and this year’s event was scheduled for July 12th. Gran fondo means “Big Ride” in Italian, and this is one of the biggest. The route was 134kms, starting at the Stoney Nakoda Resort, and heading out along highway 40 to the top of Highwood Pass. This is the highest paved section of road in Canada. At 8.00am a group of 400 of us headed out. The winner came in at 3hrs 48mins and 31 secs and I rolled in at 7hrs 10mins and 50secs. Good value for money.

The next two events were on the same day, July19th. In the morning, I headed down to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. This was the setting for the 5 Peaks Riversong Run at the Ranch. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Cochrane organized the parking and participants were shuttled down to the event site below the Park building. Over 400 runners were involved in a number of races including a 3km for Kids. 8km trail Sport, 13km trail Enduro and a half marathon. I tackled the Enduro. Starting at 9.30am I was finished at 10.50am and hiked my way back the parking lot. Time to head to Canmore.

The annual 24 hours of Adrenalin has taken place in Canmore for the last 16 years. Teams and individuals cycle the Canmore Nordic Centre trails, nonstop for a day, starting at 12 noon on Saturday and finishing at 12 noon on Sunday. The highlight of the weekend for me is the kids 24 minutes of Adrenalin. This year we had over 150 children aged 2 to 12 participating and we raised $3,895 for Right To Play.

July has also been a planning month. I have one Quest left in my “Quests for Kids” initiative, to complete 10 Quests in 5 years and raise $1m for Right To Play helping 20,000 children. So far over $600,000 have been raised and now it’s time for one final effort.

On Monday, August 11th at 6.00pm I will be announcing my 10th and final Quest at the Town of Cochrane Council Meeting. Stay tuned

Quote of the week:

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all"

Helen Keller

Participants in the kids 24 minutes of Adrenalin came in all sizes and with every style of bike. Fun was had by all.

 24 minutes


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