This years race proved to be more exciting and more challenging than last year. The weather was not bright and sunny but the rain held off until after we were finished. Now I can say I have eaten a live cricket and had a tarantula crawl on my stomach. My new claims to fame. This race is the closes thing we have to the Amazing Race in Canada. So for everyone that has ever said they wanted to be on Amazing Race, give this a try. Saturday's event was the first of the season and will be broadcast on CBC June 30th. Can't wait to see the strategy of the winning team.
After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt. I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time. It never fails to be hilly and hard. Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park. I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'. I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west. I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills. That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes. After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver. Reward: White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.