So I pretty much just fell down after yesterday & slept & watched old Dick van Dyke episodes with my daughter. I tried to count the money but was too mushy brained, I tried to sort the food stuffs but was too pooped, I tried to figure out the times but what a mess. This morning though as we turn the corner back towards spring (through a long January & February mind you) everything seems a little easier. Pretty sure Dick van Dyke helped too.
So - today Beatrix & I will be taking $206.13 to Loaves & Fishes down on Farquar St, along with a living room full of canned goods. Thanks to all the runners who donated so generously & Julie Goodman for collecting $60 through VIU - not bad for a small young race at Christmas time.
So what is messy about the times is the splits - I knew it would be - I knew that when a flock of runners (gaggle? murder? pride?) came in at once it would be tricky to keep track & it was. I will work on that for next year - I suspect the key lies in volunteers....
What I do know is
The gentleman in the yellow running vest is James Griffin. Watch out for him! He seems mild mannered and polite but he was here last year & is a rebel rouser! He invited all the C-Vacs & then went to be the 2nd place male finisher in the full @ 4:30.
The woman with the 442 bib is Susan Marshall and what is cool about Susan is she decided on the spot to upgrade to a 1/2 from a 12k. I don't mean at the start, I mean mid race! SO she did an unexpected 1/2, finishing it in 2:53. Impressive.
The rest of the C-Vacs were crazy & loud & know they will not be asked back!!! Or they were actually a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic runners who made the event a lot of fun and have promised to come next year with a bigger group. Thanks C-Vacs!!
Ok - so here is my biggest confusion & cluster eff. I think - & ladies if you read this & can correct me - please please do - but I think - that Tracy Marshall, VEGAN runner (& maniac) ran it in 4:18, & Jenny Taylor ran it in 4:24. My confusion? Well their numbers are consecutive - NO WAIT - & Tracy had an early start. So they were not running together & would come in & have their bibs covered (no I am NOT blaming them) Ok - look it was my first time keeping times so I did the best I could & please correct me if you know otherwise!
Tracy shakes hands with James at finish line
Stacy Wallington - local boy who has been injured - ran the 1/2 in 1:51. Well alrighty then. Congrats to Stacy, who also won a gift certificate from Old City Organics - lucky!
All in all I would say it was a highly successful day - beautiful weather & really good pancakes....
See you all next year. Hopefully on the day that is actually the shortest day - oh whatever.
(timed results to be posted soon)