HAIR STRAIGHT BACK
Before I get to my title report, I’m going to comment on the final xcountry events.
At the Weaslehead event, race organizer Alan took runners from South Glenmore Park across the open area for a ways then turned them into the trees and onto beautiful single track. Then the hills began. As expected, the trails were icy so if any runner didn’t wear spikes it would be tricky getting through this course. Personally, I love this course. The flat start helps to spread runners out before getting into the woods where it’s more difficult to pass. And Jackrabbit Trail is one of the best trails in suburban Calgary, offering challenging hills and fun turns.
The Fish Creek course was an interesting one. As usual, it was longer than the other races, taking runners across the valley where Fish Creek winds from west to east. The terrain was gnarly. Anyone wobbly of knee would have had a tough run through the uneven footing, not to mention the three creek crossings. Runners were also treated to a steep hands-on climb - but what goes up must come down! A suitable finish for the xcountry season!
Every Awards Banquet is entertaining. Kathy T always has her stories about various happenings throughout the series, sometimes to the embarrassment of some hapless runner. The awards are always amazing and this year was no exception. Generous-sized hand-made mugs and bowls painted with the theme of the tropics were this year’s offerings, although it seems one enthusiastic painter’s brush went astray… Maybe next year the powers –that- be will choose music as the theme. ;-)
The overall finisher awards changed hands this year, Evan Bayer toppling Trev Williams from the throne. Will Trev reclaim his position next year? Plan to be there to find out! (I apologize that I don’t know the name of the gal who won the overall female finisher’s award this year).
And that’s a wrap!
Now, on to the main item….
Saturday, April 9, 2016 – MEC Race 2
Of the hundreds who showed up for MEC’s number 2 race, I recognized only a few people. This was sure different than the cozy xcountry races the Club holds! Final results show that 755 runners finished, competing in 5k, 10k and 15k distances. It was great to see Roger and Helly there, preparing to sprint the 5k. We were all running from St. Luke’s School into Nose Hill Park, the longest-distance runners taking on The Hill then enjoying the scenery from the top for about five km before turning around. The wind was ferocious that morning. Reports that it gusted to 70 kph are no surprise - at times I felt that I was running in one spot or couldn’t run fast enough as it pushed me from behind.
The race was well-organized and the course nicely marked; that is, until the wind bent the signs horizontal, preventing runners from reading them. One thing for sure, the race provided a good supply of portable toilets! (see attached photo)