Here is a report on the two races that I ran last week with my comments.
5K Run for Clean Air in Oakville, Ontario
For those people interested in the results please click here.
UPDATE 10/07/2010 – WELL DONE TO EVERYONE WHO SPOKE UP ABOUT THE RIDICULOUS PLAN TO PUT A HUGE GAS POWER PLANT IN OAKVILLE ONLY 320 METERS FROM A SCHOOL. IT HAS BEEN STOPPED! IT IS SURE GREAT TO SEE COMMON SENSE PREVAIL. WE CAN ALL BREATHE A BIT EASIER TODAY!
The first race of the week was held in on June 1, 2010 near the area where the proposed Oakville power plant is slated to be built. The location and decision of this plant makes no sense. If you are not familiar with the Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals plan to build one of the biggest power plants in all of Canada on a parcel of land that only 320 meters from a school then you ought to find out more. There are many sound reasons why this power plant is in a bad location. As a parent, it seems the one reason to be against this plant’s location is that it is most important to me is to ensure all children are entitled to live and study in a safe environment. This is simply not the case for the planned location of the Oakville power plant and it is a real shame that the current laws allow for such a large power plant to be built so close to so many schools.
It makes no sense!
With the environmental disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico still ongoing, all people in Ontario should be wary when we trust organizations to put the lives and safety of our children in their hands. It is up to everyone concerned to make their views known about this issue. For this reason, I decided to run in the 5K Run for Clean Air to do my part – in some small way — to help shed light on this issue.
The run was well organized for such little time they had to arrange it. The route wound though some very beautiful parts of Oakville and finished just shy of the 5K mark based on my Garmin GPS watch mapping. I started a bit too fast but got things under control and finished the race with a time of 20:53. It was quite hot while running but all in all it was a great race. I especially liked the sprinkler to cool off after running.
My parting gift from the race was a “power” plant that will help clean the air as it grows in my garden for many years to come.
15K Bread and Honey Road Race in Streetsville, Ontario
Here is a link to the race results.
The race started out with rain falling as we waiting in the chute for the 8:00 am start time on Sunday June 6, 2010. This was a smaller race but had a nice feel to it. The race was mixed with both residential and industrial areas with a crossing across a highway. The rain eventually stopped midway along the 15K run and I was happy to have the headwind towards the start of the race while running East along Britannia Road.
I knew running through it that it would be a non issue for the rest of the race and the second half was more downhill on the way back to the Secondary school. Despite this, I still decided to test out drafting as I have never tried that before. I comfortably situated myself behind two runners and did notice quite a difference.
My right knee tightened up a bit at the 3K mark, but loosened up as I continued along the race. When I hit the 7.5K mark the front runners were on their way back across the bridge and I was quite amazed by their speed. I was able to get into a nice elastic springing motion while running that made the run on the second half seem somewhat effortless.
The last half was faster then the first and I ended up finishing strong with a time of 1:09 (chip) and happy to have run the race. Below is a picture of the medal. I hope everyone who ran the race had a nice time.