The race ran out and back along the boardwalk, then out and back on some roads, then back to the boardwalk. Being a west-end girl all my life, I get all disoriented when I'm east of Yonge Street, so that's as specific as I can be. The first turn-around proved to be a bit of a problem, seing as it was half a kilometre early, thereby creating the inaugural Game of Life 9k. I could smell a PR coming since I'd never run a 9k before.
Oh well. Stuff happens. It was fun but I didn't do so well -- went out a bit too quick and bonked later. As I was coming in to the home stretch, I gave it everything I had to sprint to the finish, then a lady pushing a stroller crossed the course right in front of me. She had been talking to a bunch of spectators, so was clearly aware there was a race happening and that she was AT THE FINISH LINE. I did manage not to trip over her baby or swear at her, but wish a photographer had been there to capture that fail.
Phil ran an amazing time and came in 4th in his age group -- so close! You'll get 'em next time, Tiger! Tim did really well too, even though he should really have been on the injured list as his back is giving him trouble.
We stayed for the awards and festivities at the end -- who knew we were again going to be dazzled by celebrity? You may remember my most favourite race last year, the Audi Best Buddies 10k resulting in these relationships:
|Me and my boyfriend Reid Coolsaet and my new friends the Olympians|
|Me and my BFF Joannie Rochette and Phil's thumb|
Seriously, she and her teammate won Gold in 2010 and she gave an eloquent speech promoting the charity they were raising money for (again, that's about as specific as I can be).