The race was a joint effort between the Calgary Marathon Society (and also included the 2016 medal reveal) and the East Village and was a celebration of the restored St Patrick’s Island which faced numerous repairs after the 2013 floods.
We planned to take the train to the race as none of us wanted to deal with parking in case there weren’t spots and there was a C-Train station just a short walk away from the start of the race. This is where things went off the rails. We got off at the station and the pedestrian overpass to get to the race was closed. 😒
We then needed to decide if we were going to take the train back downtown and walk, or figure out how to get to the race. This made things far more stressful than they needed to be. After about 20 minutes of walking, we figured out how to get there and then we weren’t 100% sure where the start was, but thankfully Leigh, Kaella, Leslie, and June were already there waiting for us.
We made it to the start with about 10 minutes to spare, affixed our bibs and then got ready to line up. Except, we were starting on the bridge. This meant we needed to push past people already lined up and then wait for the start.
Someone was talking on some kind of a loud speaker but none of us were able to hear anything that was being said, so we took a picture and just waited for the start.
Once we started we immediately turned right, which made starting on the bridge make even less sense.
We did a short out-and-back section of about 1.2km and then crossed the George C. King Bridge and ran a loop around St. Patrick’s Island and finished right by the very amazing Rise in the park.
Upon finishing, we were handed leis and numbered popsicle sticks (which I think were our placing, but no one told us, so we really weren’t sure).
I grabbed a quick drink and then met up with the amazing ForeRunners for a picture. This was my first time meeting Krissie and Donny and it was so great to meet them! We have such a great group of people this year!
Next, up we waited in line for about 40 minutes for our free BBQ. The food was amazing, but I’m not a huge fan of waiting in line for food – but I was hungry and was more than happy to hang out and chat with Kaella, June, Leigh, Leslie, Becky, and Brie in line 🙂
While waiting in line they also revealed the superhero themed medals for the race in 19 days. I have to say, they’re pretty impressive looking!
Just after 1pm, we decided we were fully baked after spending nearly 3 hours out in the sun, and headed home. Of course, we couldn’t say goodbye without taking an after picture!
Although I took it easy during the run, I could feel that my left leg was a bit cranky and I ended up hobbling the last few blocks.
- Location, St Patrick’s Island is exceptionally pretty and I know I want to spend more time there this summer
- The weather, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!
- Getting to the race. I hate it when there isn’t ample parking and while we were notified there was track construction, we weren’t notified that the pedestrian overpass was also closed.
- The start. Needing to go onto the bridge and then face the opposite way meant we needed to push past everyone already lined up (because of the debacle getting to the start). It didn’t make much sense since we made an immediate right turn, so we could have started facing west on the pathway.
- Package pickup. Package pickup was only advertised as being Thursday and Friday and ended as late as 6pm which made it extremely inconvenient for anyone who didn’t work downtown. I work downtown but until 5pm and I knew getting there before 6pm was going to be tight (many thanks to Leigh who grabbed our packages for us!). While package pickup was available on race day, this wasn’t advertised on the race website.
- No course route. Despite being on the “inside” for the race, I wasn’t aware of the route of the race. It wasn’t made available on the website, nor was an email sent (there was no email communication to registrants) with the route.
- Long lines for food. The free BBQ after the race was amazing, but we ended up standing in line for 40 minutes for the food.
- Running out of water. After we had our food, I went to get some more water as all I had was a half cup upon finishing and all water and Ultima was out. I’m sure the long food waits contributed to this, but on a 28C day, it’s absolutely not acceptable to run out of water. This isn’t the first time I’ve had an issue with lack of appropriate hydration at a race put on by the Calgary Marathon Society.
Disclaimer: As a Calgary Marathon ForeRunner I received a free entry into the race, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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