The day was hot with smoke in the air but 42 runners came out and ran the race. We had difficulties at 1 turnaround point that affected all of the 15km runners and some of the 10km runners. The actual distance run is noted where we have that information. We appreciate the positive attitude of those who had fun with the longer run.
There were 14 volunteers involved in putting on the race.
The results are not all tallied but there was a significant amount of donations and profit from the race that will go to Theo’s Challenge – the total will be posted when it is finalized. Many thanks to all of you who participated in whatever way. All in all a fun and successful day.
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
The turnout at the Regina Road Runners 2020 Prediction Mile was great with 20 participants plus timers and observers. The goal was to predict your running/walking time and then try to match it (no watches allowed, except for the timers). The event was run in 2 heats. Art and Vicky Bonnell coordinated the timing with participants assisting when they weren’t on the track. The larger group lead to a lot louder cheering and more high fives for the athletes as they completed each of their seven laps.
There were ties for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th but everyone won as we all had fun.
The 1st annual Kipchoge challenge took place following the Mile. Kipchoge ran a sub 2 hour marathon which is a pace of 34 seconds for 200 meters. Several participants ran as a pack to attempt that pace. The times varied from 31 seconds through to 40 seconds. Some very impressive speed!
The energy burned cheering and running/walking was restored with pizza and pop and lots of socializing afterwards
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.