A training race like yesterday also has added benefits of working out a few race day details for Comrades. I am now set on the shoe and sock combination that I'll sport on June 1st in South Africa, I got good practice at grabbing bottles from a the table and remembering to look out for elite stations on a race course, and I had the added benefit of running the first approx 23km with Wayinshet Abebe Hailu (Ethiopia) which was great as we took turns sharing the pace, something which might also come in useful at Comrades. All in all I got exactly what I hoped for out of the day, and had great fun doing so with so many Vancouver Falcons team mates to chat with at the finish line and share our accomplishments together. A huge shout out to Kim Doerksen who nailed her marathon in 2:36:59 for the win, to Bryan Andrews who ran a great race and surely helped Kim to that time both on race day and in training, and to all VFACers who competed in the marathon, half and 8km. In the full marathon all 7 VFACers who raced all came in sub-3 - nice work!
Hope everyone else had a fun day, despite the rather rainy conditions!
|With some of the elites at Media Lunch. Photo - Dan Cumming|
|With fellow trail/ ultra runners Kim Magnus & Sam Lofti-Pour. Photo - Kerry Ward|
|With Bryan, Kim & Courtney - part of team VFAC pre-race. Photo: Dave Palermo|
|With Wayinshet at the half way mark on Spanish Banks. Photo - Ryan Allderman|
|Pacing along Spanish Banks. Photo - Ryan Allderman|
|Posing for the camera with 1.5km to go. Photo - Ryan Allderman|
|Finish line - photo Rita Ivanauskas|
|With cheerer April and training buddy Kristin (who raced the half). Photo - Kevin O'Connor|
|VFAC Coach John Hill with his 1st & 2nd place ladies! Photo - Kevin O'Connor|
|With super star Ferg Hawke (he's come 2nd at Badwater 135 miler, among a whole host of other achievements). Photo - Jim Hinze|
|Top 3 ladies at BMO Vancouver Marathon. Photo - Jim Hinze|