It was my first time actually taking part in the festival. I was a "pace rabbit" for the 1:30 group in the half-marathon. I had initally signed up to race it but got the offer to be a pacer and took it up - it made sense on a few different levels. After a solid and consistent winter of running I knew 1:30 would be a solid tempo run and wouldn't shell my legs during an important training block for the race which I'd say is my "A" race of the year, Mont-Tremblant 70.3. As expected, running 1:30 was a good workout and I was able to be very comfortable the entire run.
Crowd support was unbelievable with over 100,000 people lining the streets on Sunday for the half and the full marathon events! I didn't quite look the real-deal, though, as the group was unable to provide me with a bunny-eared hat or a proper-fitting shirt and my sign busted after 6km's. Wasn't to matter though, much of the group who began with me didn't finish with me, dropping off at about 17kms as hit the "uphill" coming onto Alexandria Bridge.
Check out some photos (some of me and my group) as always, stolen unashamedly without permission:
|Elite women in the 10km race|
|Geoffrey Mutai, 2011 Boston Marathon winner (ran a 2:03, by the way!) won the 10km race in 27:41!|
|Elite men crushing it. It was won in a sprint finish in 2:09:xx|