Calgary Marathon Part II

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Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

Every $1 donated matched by $3 by Right To Play Partners !!!!!!!!

  • Start: 9.00pm Friday September 28th 2012

  • Finish: 11.00am Saturday September 29th 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $25,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $2,908

It was an early start Sunday morning. I had my usual "Paula Radcliffe" pre race breakfast: oatmeal, yogurt, honey and a banana. If it's good enough for Paula, it's good enough for me. I was out the door at 5.00am and heading into Calgary to pick up my running buddy Don. I had met Don during Marathon Quest 250 and we've been running together ever since. I picked up Don and headed into the city. It was pretty quiet and we found a parking spot in lot #6 in the Stampede grounds.

This year's marathon had a new venue and new course. The facilities at the Stampede grounds are excellent and the finishing chute is in the grandstand. Very cool. The place was beginning to fill up and the number one thing to do before a race is to do number one. With the hundreds of others, I got in line for the porta-potty and waited. Time was ticking and after I finished I headed back to the car to pick up my nutrition. Don and I had become separated earlier on and I was shocked to see his fuel belt still in the car. I could hear the announcer say "five minutes to the start of the marathon". I grabbed Don's supplies and ran to the race chute. It was jammed with people and I squeezed my way to the 4.30 bunny.

An explanation about the "bunnies". These individuals run at a predetermined pace to get runners over the line in a certain time. They wear pink ears and carry a placard that states, in hours and minutes, how long the run will be. There were half marathon bunnies carrying signs that ranged from 1.30 to 3.00. The marathon bunny signs went from 3.30 to 5.30. Having lost Don my only hope was that he'd turn up at this prearranged point. I had planned to meet Peter, Ally, Ken and Kyle at the bunny and they were all there. One minute to go and we're singing "O Canada". Just as the 30 second count down started Don turns up. Phew.

3,2,1 and the gun goes off. We're on our way. It was a cool morning which was fine by me. Our little running gang stuck together and as we got into our stride the chatting began. After five km Kyle headed off. This was his first marathon and he was shooting for a sub 4 hr time. I had been training with him and I knew he had a good shot at it. After ten kms Ally headed back. She hadn't entered the race and this was a bit of a training run for her. Her plan was to do a bike ride then meet us at the finish. It was then just the four musketeers left, Ken, Peter, Don and myself and 32 km to go.

Quote of the Day

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquest of it"

Anon

Enjoying a break at the Right To Play aid station

Calgary Marathon Part II

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