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.
i didn’t know either of those runners, but i did know tons of other participants! for example…
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:
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 running – esp 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.