L’Arche Half Marathon Race Report

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I’m happy to say I actually completed a race this year without falling! This was my 2nd time doing the L’Arche half marathon, a great race put on by Rogers Insurance and raises money for L’Arche Calgary’s homes and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Since 2011, the race has raised $200,000. This race has an elite category and I was fortunate enough to qualify. I’d like to thank Scott Venturo LLP for setting us up in the Sheraton just seconds away from the race start and to KLS Earthworks and Environmental for taking care of the race fee. The elite coordinator Don Bambury did a fantastic job of taking care of everything for us.

Race morning was a little different than usual. Staying in the hotel right by the race start and having a start time of 10 am, I was able to sleep in, something I never get to do race morning. About 20 minutes to go until race start I headed out of the room and down to the course to get a quick warm up in. Once I was done warming up it was time to take my place at the front by the starting line. I had saw Frank Woolstencroft warming up and I knew he would be the guy I would run with or rather, attempt to run with. I was gunning for a sub 1:14 and was happy to see we were on pace after we went through 2 miles in just under 11 minutes. We came up on a section where I couldn’t run side by side with Frank so I opted to let him go through first and then catch back up. Since letting Frank go through that section first, a gap had opened up between us, a gap I never closed. Slowly but surely he pulled away from me. After I had went through the 10 km mark and saw I wasn’t under 35 minutes, I knew I wasn’t going to have the result I wanted. I put it in cruise control for a lot of the 2nd half, only picking it up for the last 5 km to come in at 1:16. I feel like I just need some more training yet to run sub 1:14. I’m close but I need to deposit some more sessions in the bank before I’m ready. Frank had a great run (most of it solo) to come in at 1:13, only seconds away from getting the course record.

I had a fun time at the awards getting to catch up with some good friends and my wife was happy to go on a mini shopping spree after to spend my prize money! My next race is the St. Albert 10 miler on April 19. Stay tuned.

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