On July 22nd I ran the Neepawa Chiropractic 10K. Barb Sousa and I made our way out to the lovely Manitoba town of Neepawa for the event, about a 2 hour drive from Winnipeg. Last week Barb was out in support but today she was running the 5K so I drove this time.
I'm falling way behind on my reports so I'm going to try and be relatively brief. They gave us a course map with our race kits and here's a copy of it (people will have to click on it and enlarge it to see it). The map covers 5 kilometers, so we 10Kers had to run it twice. Both races started at 8 AM, but it was already getting hot out.
Young Daniel Heschuk, last year's winner, took off quickly and never looked back, and I was running in 3rd place until just before the cemetary, when I passed the young fellow ahead of me. I didn't know it at the time, but he was in the 5K, and ended up winning it. As I was coming out of the cemetary the first time Barb came around the corner going towards it, and she said I was in first place, but I said "Second!" Barb hadn't seen Daniel because he was so fast he'd already turned off to run down the residential sidestreet loop before she could see him. As I turned down it myself I saw the police car escorting the leader coming back down towards me, and as I ran past I saw Daniel behind it and yelled "Go!"
Basically the rest of the race I ran by myself, and exchanged pleasantries with runners going the other way as I raced my two loops. After we finished our races they had nutrition bars, bananas, oranges, bagels with two types of cream cheese, water and Tim Horton's coffee for us to partake of while we waited for the results and awards.
They also had several draw prizes. Barb said she's never won a draw prize, and if I stayed near her I wouldn't win one either, and darned if she wasn't right! The good news was that I was 2nd overall and won my age group, and Barb was 3rd in hers, so we both got those great keychain medals! I also got an additional medal for being first. Barb's run the Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa twice, and these don't have quite the cache of a medal from that race, but they're still pretty cool. We got a guy to take our picture with us showing off our bling.
Here's the results, quite a bit of family participation in this one!
Thanks to Barb for coming out and running with me, it was a blast! We made some new friends and hopefully we'll both be back next year.
My next race was the 5K at the inaugural Kamloops Marathon on July 28 at 8 AM.