….today was the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
There were 25 000 runners participating in today’s race. Not all of them ran the marathon. I would hazard a guess that most people signed up for the 5k or the half marathon, which is 21.3k. Our oldest daughter ran her first half marathon today.
My husband and I drove to the turn around point for the half marathon where friends and family could cheer on the runners. Lakeshore Blvd. was shut down for the race so we parked about 1k away from the viewing area and walked along the trails and over the bridge.
When we got to the turn around point there were already hundreds of people running around the bend in the road. Andrea told us that she thought it would take her approximately one hour to get there. We arrived exactly at the one hour mark. We waited and waited and were worried that we had actually missed her but shortly after 10:00 we saw her run by. She saw us before we saw her and she turned around to make sure we saw her. She had the biggest grin on her face and didn’t look any worse for wear. It turns out she had good reason to be happy. Her goal was to finish the race in two hours and she did it in 1: 56.55.8. I guess she started further back in the field at the start line where all the runners were staggered.
So I guess next year you’ll be training for a full marathon. Am I right, Andrea?
Back in Hamilton, our daughter, Gaelan and our granddaughter , Winnie were both a bit under the weather with colds. In the morning they ventured out to the park and Gaelan got this great shot of Winnie. Despite a streaming head cold, little Winnie decided to show support for her aunt by running her own mini race. Look at those legs move! I think we may have another runner in the family.