I'm not a runner but I'd signed up to walk the 5km. Though I've done lots of 5km walks on my own and in charity walks/runs, I've never done this one. I'm doing it in the Charity Challenge in support of the Annex Cat Rescue, who I volunteer with. I raised $460 ... thanks to Gord, Leanne, Shirley, Dawn, Mary, Kathy and Shawna!
The 5km started on Lakeshore Blvd., just west of Ontario Place and I walked there (about 2.5km). It was about 0C so brisk. It felt warmer when the sun was out.
There were different "corrals" ... the fastest corral started first at 8am.
I was in the third (green) corral and we left at 8:15am. The 5km route was east along Lakeshore Blvd. and then north on Bay Street to City Hall.
|This group carried a canoe the whole way!|
|The first km point|
|There was lots of support along the way|
|There were hydration stations along the way|
|The 2km point|
|The 3km point|
|The 4km point ... north on Bay Street|
As soon as we crossed the finish line, we received our medals. My finish time was 57 minutes ... I would have gotten in sooner (my estimated time of arrival when I started was about 40 minutes) but I stopped to take pictures along the way.
We were given a goody bag of snacks (banana, crackers, etc.)
There were some photo ops ... I passed as the lines were long.
There were vendors providing coffee, juice, yogurt, etc.
When I left, the marathoners hadn't arrived yet but there was still a good size crowd.
It was fun and I look forward to doing it again next year!