Took Friday afternoon off work so we could leave on good time to make it for packet pickup. Brought the passports for the border crossing. Welcome to the USA! We made it with enough time to go to the motel first. Then to the mall for our bibs. The shirts are orange. The next morning having breakfast at Dunkin Donuts I noticed that their company colours matched the race shirts. They're not even a sponsor. Mile 6 was presented by Tim Hortons cafe and bake shop. We didn't know our way around town well enough to be able to find one of those. Tim Hortons is the best! A common theme amongst runners we chatted with was a dislike of the new colours. Maybe the medal will be blue. That's why we signed up, for the blue medal that's shaped like a guitar pick.
The alarm went off at 7. I opened the curtains and just froze. It was raining. A solid drizzle enough to soak you in minutes, and light enough to be able to continue all day. The last item on their FAQ was, "What if it rains". Answer: "You run in the rain". Here we go. Running is the best!
|Shirt with built-in mittens|
|Return of the ninja|
|The volunteers were dressed for the rain|
|Fund raising for the hospice|
It was quite a surprise to find myself warm and taking off my jacket after a couple miles. We saw a "trample the weak" shirt, like at the Toronto marathon, so we struck up a conversation. Turns out the shirt is from the Zombie Run. This was her first half, as it was Jen's. It was warm enough that the rain wasn't a problem at all. Everyone was happy and running and we all had a good time. By mile 6 I felt the pace dragging, and coaxed Jen into stepping the speed up a bit.
|The rain let up after an hour or so|
She did well, and maintained a run right to the end. Most of the run was along the river, with a view across the gorge to Canada. Then we went through the old fort and past a lookout to Lake Ontario. It's hard to imaging looking out at that, not seeing the other side, and thinking, "I could swim across this". People do crazy things like run marathons, race Ironmans, and swim Lake Ontario.
|Mud on the legs|
|It looks like a guitar pick|
The medal is orange. At a distance, it looked to me like it said, "Are you naughty?".