CANI running Snowflake Series
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Start Date/Time December 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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This was my first time running this race. I had heard about this series last year but never got around to running one of the races. As Jennifer said previously, it was a small but excellent race. I ran the 5k with my 10 year old son who had never run a race before but had been begging me to take him to one. He loved it. The course was scenic and traffic on the streets was light. The course was well marked. A volunteer or several were placed at every corner or turn so you could not get off course. The atmosphere was very family friendly. I never felt that we were going to be run over by elites or anybody else for that matter. People were friendly. One of the volunteers at the finishing mats was wearing Vibram shoes. My son has seen them in magazines and was curious. This volunteer was so eager to share what he could about these shoes with my son. He came away encouraged and wants to run again. There was plenty of food and drinks post race. I never felt like the race was lacking in anyway other than the lack of something other than the tech shirt. Since there were quite a few kids running with moms and dads, a little medal or ribbon at least for them would have been nice. Overall, though, considering that this is a fairly new series I was very impressed. If I didn't have plans already on the next race dates, I would love to run this series races.
The first time running this race and the first one in the series. Venue was waterfront trail (TransCanada Trail), sidewalks, and local uncrowded (but not closed) streets along the waterfront in Orillia. The weather co-operated and the rain held off. Organized and under protection, and they had seemed surprised at the turnout. ?about 150 people? Only 60 had signed up online as of last week. 10k'ers started out 15 min ahead of the 5k'ers and the only thing that might have messed me up; had I been doing the 10 k is that the timing clock was set for the 5k'ers only. Gun time, chip finish, with water, bagels, cookies and snacks, enough for all. No photographer along the way or the finish line; which surprised me; as I thought someone could be making good money selling them later on for the proofs. (Might think of this myself next year!) Soft, rolling hills, the traffic was extremely light and not bothersome. Nice homes to run by and the park was a great way to start and finish the race. This race was very laid back and family/kid oriented, where the local highschool also had a challenge going on and the kids were super excited and did a great job. Not sure of times yet, as nothing is posted, but my 11 year old who has never trained for; never ran more than 1k did the 5k and found it hard, but afterwards was glad she did it. Nice tech t-shirts (that fit too small) but always disappointed when there's no bling (a simple 2.00 ribbon/medal/homemade something would have been nice). It was such a relaxing and well planned run that I would def do it again year after year. Unfortunately the other 2 runs in the series are either on my weekend to work; or I'm signed up for another race. I'd do all in the series if I could. Loved the organizers and the venue. No complaints (but the absent bling) and would go again in a heartbeat. Def made for kids who want to run and they do not get in the way of the fast runners either.