So this recap was delayed for two reasons: Firstly, work exploded. But secondly, I neglected to take any pictures because I was so frustrated and so I wanted to wait for Try Events to put up all their pictures on Facebook (I love that they do this!).
So the Boundary Bay Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K took place on Sunday November 4, 2012. This is the third annual iteration of this race that takes place in Delta, British Columbia every year. This was my first time running it and my understanding is also that this is the largest number of participants that they have had so far.
This was super easy – once I got to the RunningRoom store, it took literally 30 seconds to pick up my package. In the mix was a Brooks Technical Tee, a Muscle Milk Protein Shake, and a Vega One Pre-Workout Energizer Sample.
My only disappointment was that the Brooks Technical Tee was so cute, but my giant head didn’t fit through the head hole. I was planning to wear it for the race but I kind of felt like I was choking. It must be my enormous brain.
The promo for the race was pretty accurate:
NO HILLS!! FLAT, BEAUTIFUL & the Last Boston Qualifying Course of the year!
3rd Annual Boundary Bay Marathon
TRY EVENTS’ only a Full Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday
November 4, 2012. The route is on a beautiful gravel ocean side trail! This is one of those
routes that are so scenic you forget you are running! We are talking BEEAUUUTIFULLL!!!
All distances are an outback design and the route is completely flat! The only challenges
you are going to face is the weather and the fact you might run off the trail as you gaze
at the ocean views!
And this was true. The course WAS beautiful, but it was also raining so much that I wasn’t that excited about checking out the scenery. The other issue I had with the gravel aspect of the trail is that the rain made it a bit difficult to run and I found that instead of my usual calf tension after the run, my quads were killing me, and I wonder if that’s because I needed to use more stability muscles given the running surface. But the flatness – that was a special gift. All pics from HERE.
For a small race, there was a lot of heart! All the volunteers were great, smiling, lovely people. I was offered extra samples of pretty much everything wherever I went.
There weren’t a lot of spectators, but those that were there were fantastic! I found that most of us were pretty spread out, and they cheered equally loudly for every single participant.
There were two water stations that we saw twice each (course was out-and-back) which especially given the weather was completely sufficient. They weren’t overcrowded, they had enough supplies, well-organized.
They had a heated tent for us to congregate in after the race, which was fantastic given how crappy the weather was!
Also they had coffee for the finishers (anyone else have a deep love for McD’s coffee? I take it over Starbucks anyway).
Not so awesome things:
Honestly, I didn’t have too many complaints. It was definitely low key and relaxed, and I actually really liked the vibe. Overall thought it was actually run very well and was a lot of fun.
The only issue for me was that they started out the Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K all at the same time and out of a very small space. The initially 1 1/2 miles were REALLY crowded and frustrating. My guess is that for people that are really serious about running or even those that really were wanting to Boston Qualify, that this would have been a big deal.
I will most definitely run this race again! But next time, I need a better photo. There are reasons I am never seen on profile. In my head I resembled more of a gazelle than a gremlin, but there you have it.
Congrats to everyone who ran!