The Gretzky Marathon

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Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #099
  • Date: Saturday June 5th 2010
  • Course: Cochrane Town Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 18min 51sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 97 BPM
  • Temperature C: 7C
  • Distance covered to date: 4177.8km (2593.8ml)
  • Total number of runners: 2

Saturday is long run day with the Cochrane Red Rock Running and Tri Club. I left the house at 7.30am and wound my way down along the red rock paths, towards Guy's bakery. I was dreaming about a medium dark roast when I spotted a group of runners heading my way. The gang had decided to start early so "no dark roast for you!!!!" We made our way up the valley, towards the Ranche House. I love this run, we ran between the trees on a single track trail then up the hill to Dr. Foster's house (he's not from Gloucester). The return trip was fast because we all wanted coffee. Runner Roy is training for the Sinister Seven Ultra. It's a 146km grid with no redeeming qualities. Last year the soles of my feet totally blistered when I didn't change wet socks (note to self....). We finished the marathon at 2.00pm and Sue showed me the Globe and Mail article about MQ 250. Very cool.

I arrived in Kimberley, BC, Canada in 1977. I was fresh off the boat and a friend of mine introduced me to rec hockey. The first season I had bruises the size of dinner plates on my hips but I loved the game. In 1979 I moved to Yellowknife and became a member of the invincible "Yellowknife Dusters", a team of mostly teachers. In the early 80's I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the Edmonton Oilers and watch probably the greatest player ever to put the biscuit between the pipes. Time moves on and this year it was with pride that I watched Wayne Gretzky's route through the city of Vancouver, carrying the Olympic torch. It was raining and Wayne was in the back of a pick up truck. He made no attempt to dodge the rain and finally he lit the flame in the outside cauldron. Wayne has been work with children over the years and he is a Sports Ambassador for Right To Play.

Fact of the Day

In the UK if you were to ask folks what "99" meant to them, the majority would say that it's a vanilla ice cream with a chocolate flake in it.

Quote of the Day

"I believe in the positive power of sport and play for children"

Wayne Gretzky

No. 99

099 Gretzky

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