This past weekend while watching the National Tournament held at Spruce Meadows, I was struck by some of the similarities between running and equestrian events.
So often do we hear of Olympians who are as young as 16 and are retired by their mid-twenties. Olympians in their 30s and 40s are the exception, not the rule, but when it comes to running and equestrian, age isn’t that big of a factor.
Ian Millar, also known at Captain Canada, holds the record for most Olympic appearances at 10, and became the oldest Olympian when he took part in the 2012 London Olympics. He may also break his own record should he be named to the 2016 Rio Olympic team; he’ll be 69.
On May 31, Harriette Thompson, became the oldest female marathoner at 92 and shattered the previous marathon record by more than two hours!
These are just two small examples of how we can keep active and having fun, no matter what age you are.
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This is the only race of the series where you’re able to bring your pooch, so I encourage you to grab your friends and family (and pup!) and come on out for a fun 2k or 5k run/walk on June 21.
Registration increases on June 15, so don’t delay! Woohoo! I heard that there are no more registration increases, so register at any time, but sooner is better!
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- Heroes Behind the Heroes on July 1
- Run Through the Meadows on August 16
- Summer’s Gone, Run On! on September 6
- Oktoberfest Run on October 4 <– this one has beer! And I’ll be running this with my mom and sister 🙂
Race day details:
Package Pickup: July 16 & 17 at Spruce Meadows (see the website for details) or June 21 until 8:30am.
Race Start: 9am on June 21
Parking: $10 can be paid for at package pickup, or on race day (cash or credit only)
Food: Race participants will be treated to free bratwurst from Cravings Restaurant and there will be a Pet Planet tent on site with promotions and giveaways 🙂
Are you planning on participating? Do you have a dog I can borrow? 🙂
Disclaimer: I was provided a free entry into the Pawsitively Fun Run in exchange for writing about the event. All opinions are my own.
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