This is going to be much less of a race recap, and much more of an event recap.
See, Friday was cold. Like for-freaking-real cold. Like, if you don’t have to leave your house, don’t, kind of cold.
Oh, and yet.
I got home from work, grabbed as many layers of clothes as possible and headed down to Spruce Meadows for the last race of the season.
My initial plan was to jog the 5k which enjoying the Christmas lights. As soon as I saw the forecast, I knew my plan would be changing. Instead, I donned my winter layers, changed my registration to the 2k, and quickly walked and took photos (when my phone wasn’t angry at the cold) of the lights.
Winter in Alberta, y’all; we don’t mess around.
I was really surprised at just how many people turned out for the race. Given the cold, I had expected lots of people would have opted to stay home, but Calgary folk are brave!
The organizers were very attentive to the cold and encouraged people to drop down to the 2k, or if they started the 5k and wanted to shorten the route, that was fine too. Really, with a windchill of -34C safety is the most important.
Prior to the race start, Spruce Meadows presented a cheque of $1000 to the Senior Secret Service, which is a big help to them this year as the economy in Calgary has resulted in shortage for all charities, so any little bit helps.
We also found out that the original medals for the race were held up in being delivered, and so we were all presented with the Canada Day medal, and will have the official race medal mailed to us. Not many organizers would present participants with two medals! Spruce Meadows continually goes above and beyond when it comes to their races and I’ve felt extremely lucky to be able to work with a company that values people as much as they do.
The race started and finished indoors (which is amazing!) and the Equiplex was decorated for Christmas.
The Dixie Knights provided entertainment for the evening and were the cutest. The regularly snuck up behind children and started playing Christmas tunes – it just made my heart so, so happy to see.
At 7pm on the dot, the 2k runners (and walkers) lined up to start the run (or walk). I wanted to take pictures and enjoy the lights so I opted to walk the event, but walk very quickly. Sadly, the cold froze my phone and I was only able to get a few pictures of the lights.
In the nearly 14 years I’ve lived in Alberta, this was the first time I’ve been to Spruce Meadows for the Christmas Lights and this certainly won’t be the last! They opened to the public on December 10 and run through to January 8, so if you want to see the lights, you can do so from the comfort of your vehicle from 5-10 each night.
After the run, we were treated to beer and cider samples from Big Rock and chili (meat and veggie) from Cravings. It was great to be able to sit down and warm up with some food before venturing back outside to my car.
All-in-all this was an awesome event and I can’t wait to do it again next year – I just hope the weather is a touch warmer for it 🙂
I want to say a big thank you to Spruce Meadows for supporting me this year and permitting me to combine my love of horses and running by partnering with them for their events, it’s truly been my pleasure.T'was a chilly night for @Spruce_Meadows Dashing Through the Glow, but it was worth it!Click To Tweet
What’s the coldest weather you’ve ran in?
Disclaimer: Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Your support is appreciated. Thank you!