Sunday, June 9, 2013

Race Recap: Run for Patrick

What a great event!

It was a sunny day, quite warm at the end, but the breeze took the edge off the heat, so conditions were great!

Both Denise and I planned to use this as a training run, as we head towards Massey. This being only our second longish run after the Mississauga Marathon, we were happy with whatever time we got, with our eye on potentially getting me to a PB. All I needed was under 2:18

The race itself is well supported and the volunteers rock! All runners were super supportive, and we garnered high fives from nearly all the front runners as the blew past us on the switchbacks.

We were ridiculously excited to see that candy was offered at the water station around the 9km/16km mark. Gummy Bears, M&Ms, and Smarties, Oh My!!!

The route is quite flat with some mild hills, but nothing that would worry a Sudburian.

There are several water stations along the route so you can definitely run without the cumbersome fuel belt, and there are two opportunities to grab a gel as well. Not too many port a potties, so be sure to go at the start, because a creek makes it difficult to dash into the wooded areas.

This is definitely a course you could try for a PB on, even with the switchbacks, there is a lot of room to maneuver. And the race has great community support. Average finish time at this year's race was sub-2.

It was nice to see fellow Sudburian Jeffrey Paul with a top 3 finish.

We will definitely run this race again. It's hard to beat a race with candy on the course and a cookie as a medal!

Oh yeah...and me? PB!!! Thanks to Denise for staying with me!

Visit the race's webpage for more information on this event. Also, be sure to visit the Patrick 4 Life page to learn more about Patrick. Put this on your race calendar for next year!

Long may we run,


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