Race – B&O Yorkville 5K
Date – September 9th, 2012
Benefits YWCA Women’s Shelters
Perks-Black Tech Shirt, Duffel bag, Get Out There Magazine, pamphlets, samples in bag for Lakota, Deep Relief, Florida’s Natural Nugget fruit treats, Water bottle, post race snacks and medal for all finishers
I was definitely spoiled today during today’s race. It’s been a long time that I’ve received so many goodies in a race kit.
The race itself was held in the elegant & exclusive shopping area of Yorkville in Toronto. The temperature today was excellent for running, and I couldn’t be happier with the 9am start.
The race course is pretty fast and I was hoping for a better time today, however, my stomach didn’t agree halfway through the race, so I ended up with a chip time of 32:45. I’m ok with this as these are just the trials and tribulations of racing. Sometimes it’s your day, and sometimes you just have to get it done, and work on the next race.
After the race, participants were rewarded with a very colourful medal. I’m not certain of the significance of the tree on the medal. Perhaps it just has something to do with the landscaping of the area, as I believe Yorkville is known for their mature trees and gardens.
Participants were also treated to local food fare from neighbourhood establishments. I don’t think I can recall eating more calories at a race then I had burned. From bagels with cheese, lettuce & tomato, to huge cinnamon buns, breakfast cookies, cheesecake, frozen yogurt & crepe samples, Red Bull, water and gum-it was definitely a lot of food.
Elite runner Wesley Korir and his wife Tarah also raced in today’s event. Korir is the 2012 winner of the Boston marathon. Today he ran a new record for the Yorkville 5K at 14:05 chip time. Tarah ran 16:56 to place second in the female category. It was awesome seeing these two athletes at this local event.
Over $52,000 was raised during this event. All in all, a fabulous day to run a 5K!