What's to do in Fredericton? Not much. There's the art gallery, but it was closed for construction. I wandered through the military museum at the army base. The farmer's market made the top 10 list of must-see attractions, so we went there before the race expo. It's truly great to see Jen again. She's grown up and gone to save the world, but hasn't lost her youthful charm. I have cherished every minute of being with her over the last few years. We wandered by the riverside, ate sushi (at Naru), went to Strange Adventures the comic-book store, went to a movie (Captain America Civil War -- it was awesome). All the fun things all over again.
Race day! She called a week ahead to say that she was signed up, so with that little notice, I signed up too. They did a good job of putting together a big-city race. There was water right to the last aid station. It was well organized and operated, with race packets readily available at the expo, and all the support right where it needed to be. We got to see the kids races on Saturday, which is a great part of the race weekend. It's an inclusive sport, so it's good to see them have a special event for everyone.
The weather was overcast, with not much wind, and the rain was finished by race start. After a short loop through downtown, we crossed the converted rail bridge, and used the rail trail for a double out and back. For the first half, we stayed close to the 2:30 pace rabbit, with lots of walking in the second half. We even met a lady from London, who raced at the Forest City Road Races a week before.
Finish time: 5:33:33
|On your marks|
|Me in my Sporting Life 10k shirt|
|Start off with a loop through downtown|
|Of course, some people do go both ways|
|Bridge across the Saint John river|
|Sure, you look happy now|
|Much of the rail trail is paved for us|
|One more bridge to cross|
|Back at the start, we keep right for 2nd lap|
|Jen in the race shirt|