notes from the cheering section

yesterday, i was lucky enough to be able to watch the oktoberfest 10k runners as they participated in their race. [there was also a 5 k race that followed a slightly different course].


the course ran right in front of the store!

it was a blustery day for a race, but at least the spectacularly hideous weather of saturday was diminished somewhat. the rain even held off ’til after the race.

we had a tiny but boisterous cheering committee: me; my manager, paul; my friend-from-the-store, derek, and his three children (they were cheering on wife/mom).

since i had zero customers at the fine hour of 10:00 a.m., i was able to watch all of the runners run by. they reached our location at about the 4.5 km mark.

lead male!

first female!

i didn’t know either of those runners, but i did know tons of other participants! for example…

andrew and b, looking strong! and smiling - that is always a good sign! can you tell they trained together? look at the feet!

this was b‘s first 10 k race, ever! he finished in 55:58 – way to go, b!

i loved watching everyone stream by. clothing attire went from shorts and singlets to full-on fleece and toques. and talk about a variety in running styles! some people look smooth and effortless. others are gallumping with such awkward force that their gait looks positively painful.

and, reader ali let me know that she did the 10k! we have never met in person, so unfortunately, i don’t know which runner she was! but special congrats to you, too, ali!


the other running event of the day was the scotiabank toronto waterfront 5k, half marathon and full marathon. i knew tons of people from both the store and theOTHERstore who participated, so i had great fun looking up their results last eve.

there were three stories that i was particularly interested in:

1. reid coolsaet – i met canada’s top marathoner back in the spring:

file photo, march 2011

reid was totally going for a canadian record yesterday. he needed to run faster than 2:10:09 to beat jerome drayton’s 36 year old canadian record. [side note: there was a very well-written article by john allemang in saturday’s globe and mail on jerome drayton and the canadian record – click here to read it]. while reid did not achieve that goal, he did run a pb of 2:10:55, and was third overall, first canadian male. the really cool thing is that both reid and eric gillis bettered the olympic standard time of 2:11:29! (eric squeaked under that mark by two seconds!!) canada will have male marathoners at the london olympics!

[my heart goes out to these elite runners. can you imagine dedicating your life to running, prepping for this goal race…and then dealing with cold and windy race conditions. who knows what times they could have run in ideal conditions. but them’s the breaks in runningesp running in october in canada].

2. ed whitlock – just google his name for all the details on this inspiring 80 year old man. mr whitlock set a new world record for his age group by racing a 3:15:51 marathon, yesterday. zow-ie. i have had the pleasure and honour of seeing ed at races, and he is just a little sprite – a little elf of a man who is very humble and unassuming. i’m so proud he’s canadian!


[here is where i got all the stats, quoted above]

3. 100 year old fauja singh completed the marathon in 8:25:16. i don’t think there’s anything i can add to that!

for sports in general: do you prefer to play or cheer? running – i prefer to participate. team sports – please let me stay on the sidelines!

how was your weather this weekend? i do believe this was the ickiest two day weekend of 2011.

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  • Zo  On October 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I’m not really a sports person..although I do enjoy running. I usually get sucked into watching the Wimbledon finals and get Olympic fever, but otherwise, my spectacting is as a bystander (mr. sc watches football and baseball; my dad will watch golf).
    The weather this weekend was nice in NJ, but a little windy. Sounds like you had crazy weather!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      i can’t wait to hear about your october running goal at the end of the month, zo! i, too, like tennis finals – but only the major tourneys. and like your dad, my dad is a golf fan, too!

  • Gina Unger  On October 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    WOW! I have SO many things to comment on – where to start? Congrats to B for completing his first 10k! That is awesome and he looks great! and B, you bested MY first 10k by 2 minutes! (i am running my second 10k this weekend and was hoping to take off 4 min but have been sick for a month and am not getting better so… we shall see… but it’s windy AND cold here now!)
    as for the TO waterfront races… a friend of ours ran her first full marathon there last Fall so that brings back memories. ed whitlock IS so amazing and inspiring! 100 years old and doing marathons – awesome!
    i like BOTH running and cheering people on – esp. Jeff!
    thanks for this post, Cath! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      thanks for your enthusiastic comments, g! ouch on being sick!!! yikes, i sure hope you get over this bug soon. yes – revising goals for this weekend may be needed…but i know you’ll do great and run to the best of your ability. i love how you’ve caught the running bug! let’s aim to be like ed -> 80 and running! 🙂

  • Lisa  On October 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Love when things work out conveniently—and you get a nice surprise like being able to watch the race (even though you’d rather run!).
    So cool to just get to know a little about some runners…I love knowing what they are all up to!
    I used to want to participate in games and races…but now I prefer to watch, and just exercise and recreate for fun. I get too anxious about races (even when I say they’re for fun)… so it’s better if I watch!
    It’s chillllly out there!!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      it’s c-c-c-c-old again, here! feels like november! :/ glad you’ve discovered what works for you for enjoying fitness, lisa. esp with races – why pay for something that causes stress? you can, in turn, put that money towards fitness toys! -> can’t wait to see what is next on your purchase list!

  • Johanna B  On October 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’ve been waiting to see the Scotiabank marathon results because of the 80+ year old competitor and the 100 year old competitor. What great results for those two! I guess there’s hope for me yet. Thanks for sharing and great results for B too. My first 10K was right at 2 hours but I walked.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

      yes, it sure was an exciting race day in toronto! i’m enjoying reading the various news reports. walking 10k is an invigorating workout! good for you, johanna!

  • Ali  On October 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Thanks! It was my first 10k race. Set a new PB 🙂 I think it was my bright orange 20 min challenge hat that made me faster 😉

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

      now if i had known to watch for the orange hat!… there’s nothing like the first time you complete a race distance – it will always hold a special place in your running memories. hope you’re wearing the tshirt today! 🙂

  • Anonymous  On October 17, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I believe, Eric made it by one second, not two.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Yes! The press release I saw last eve said two seconds, and now today I read that it was indeed one second. So glad he made it be one second, and didn’t miss by that margin!

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