This past Saturday, I ran the final timed race in the Spruce Meadows 40km for 40 years race series – the Oktoberfest 10k.
The Tuesday before the race I drove down to pick up the race packages for myself, my mom and Victoria who is finally making her return to running!
I was extra pumped when I saw we were receiving an etched beer stein as part of our race swag. I have to say, Spruce Meadows has been amazing with creative and fun swag for this whole series. So of course I messaged Brie in the hopes of enticing her to come join us 🙂
All week the forecast was not awesome for Saturday. It wavered between rain and snow and come race day – it did both.
Thankfully the race started and ended indoors (it made the beer and bratwurst easier!) so we were able to keep warm before we kicked off (though we did have to momentarily stand outside to sync up our Garmins).
After fretting over what to wear, and nearly packing my entire closet in my car, I set out to pick up Victoria and head down to the race so I could see my mom before we set out.
We arrived with about an hour to spare, which felt perfect since I needed to worry some more over being too hot or too cold. This also gave Victoria and I enough time to mark our bibs for Jen (for anyone who might not be aware – a memorial fund has been set up for Jen) and get proof that we were there and running.
Since I didn’t have much of a plan and both Victoria and Brie were running the 5k, I asked my mom what her plan was for the 10k. She was aiming for under and hour, so I told her I’d hide my Garmin and run with her for the day.
I took zero pictures while running, but I made sure to soak up the scenery (and duck my head when we were running into the wind).
We hit the 5k mark in 29:40, so were right on track to run a sub-60 10k. I think the second half was a tiny bit more challenging than the first as that’s when we headed over to the pastures and were running on gravel and I find my legs get just a bit more tired with the gravel.
Once we hit the 9k marker in 53, we knew we were right on track to finish exactly where we wanted to – and then my mom picked up the pace!
I ended up booking it – hard – for the last km to try to keep up with her, and it was an all-out-sprint to the finish.
I was a bit disappointed when looking through the Spruce Meadows photo album to only see 32 pictures, as I would have loved to have a picture of my mom and I running together, and I bet our battle to the finish would have been a sight!
Like other races, there were bratwurst and I wasted no time getting one, topping it with sauerkraut and mustard and shoving it in my face. And…..I didn’t even get a picture.
We stayed for the presentation ceremony where all of the chosen charities were awarded $1000 cheques raise as part of the run and the amazing prizes for participants of the 40km for 40 years events. I kind of wished I’d been able to run them and had raced them because the prizes were amazing!
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The final event of the year will Dashing Through the Glow on December 4 with a 2k or 5k option. As much as I haaaaate being cold, I really enjoy running in the snow at night.
Have you run with a family member?
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free entry into the Spruce Meadows race series in exchange for promoting the event. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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