There were some challenges to the 2021 Boot Race: McCarthy Boulevard is closed to vehicle traffic and an obstacle course for pedestrians, The rain Thursday night made the normal race route unsafe, flooding closed the washrooms at Rick Hansen park and the race clock failed before the race but the volunteers and runners were eager for the first live club event since the beginning of the pandemic so everyone showed up.
The race began on time with 12 runners and a great crowd of volunteers to time them. Jan and Robert ran neck and neck throughout the race right to the finish line where Robert edged Jan out to take the much coveted trophy home to Waldeck. (Ok, I think they were chatting until the last few metres).
Sunshine and laughter were everywhere and we look forward to seeing everyone at future RRRC events
Great news! We are proceeding with this years Boot Race. We are limiting registration to 20 people and we expect everyone to maintain social distancing at the event.
Boot Race is a 5 km handicap race. For those who have never run a handicap race, or need a reminder, each runner starts the race based on his/her best 5 km time in the past year. If everyone matched his/her time exactly, everyone would cross the finish line together. BUT, if you can beat your best time, you come across the line just a little bit ahead of everyone else – unless they beat their time, too.
The breeze was brisk (I think I saw pets blowing by) but the sun was shining and there was no snow so the race went ahead. The race course allows spectators to watch most of the race as it unfolds so there was lots of cheering during the heart stopping action. The race director got lazy this year and limited the number of signs so a couple of runners missed turns but recovered and finished well.
Rob Humphries was left saddened with a large hole in his trophy case after giving up the prize to Marilyn Leask, who won the race handily. Our only first time Boot Racer ended up in second place.
The race was followed by mini cinnamon buns and drinks as everyone reviewed the highlights of the race and discussed other activities to follow this season.
Boot Race is a 5 km handicap race. For those who have never run a handicap race, or need a reminder, each runner starts the race based on his/her best 5 km time in the past year. If everyone matched his/her time exactly, everyone would cross the finish line together. BUT, if you can beat your best time, you come across the line just a little bit ahead of everyone else.
Come on out and have some fun.
Watch for others using the pathways.
What an awesome day for a run! By race time it was 20 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze. The race followed the usual course from Rick Hansen park and circled A.E. Wilson Park with a full loop of the island. The crowd (all 3 of them) watched with racing hearts as the race unfolded. Several unexpected passes mid-race left the timers and finish judges on edge as the group neared the finish line. It wasn’t quite a photo finish but close enough to be exciting.
This year we had 3 first time Boot racers. Rob Humphries ended his first ever Boot Race by taking home the coveted trophy.
All the runners did a great job and there was lots of chatting as runners and volunteers enjoyed a snack and a drink while waiting for the official results. Mary Simrose was sad to give up the trophy but ran a very strong race.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped setup, tear down and manage the race.