Sunday, May 3, 2009
Toronto Sporting Life 10K In Pictures
Runner #4810 celebrating life with more than 10,000 runners at Yonge Street, Toronto.
It was cold, 7 above zero in the morning before the race.
Runners started arriving early for the 8 am start time.
Volunteers were busy, what with more than 10,000 participants.
Runners were assigned a corral depending on estimated finish time, mine was blue - for 1 hour or less.
I like being early to drop off my bag, take pictures and enjoy the sights and festivities.
The start line area 45 minutes before the race.
Yonge Street, Toronto shortly before the start of the race.
This lady devised a good way to find her runner, a stick with a red plastic shopping bag.
Finishing uninjured to run another day is a blessing, plus the medal of course.
With more than 10,000 runners, it was anarchy to find your friends or relatives waiting outside the finish line.
With no more than 4 hours of sleep last night (from watching and celebrating Pacman's win against Hatton), I ran the Toronto Sporting Life 10K Run with more than 10,000 other runner participants along a route that was mostly downhill starting at Yonge Street south of Eglinton Avenue, turning right to Front Street and finishing at Fort York, Toronto. The annual charity run raises money for the support of kids with cancer.
It is considered the fastest and biggest 10k race in Canada because of the relatively downhill race route and the most number of participants. This year more than 12,000 people registered for the race. I was aiming for a new PR, a time faster than 1:02:01, my previous best in the 10k distance that I did in the Oasis Zoo Run last year. My other target goal was to go below 1 hour for the first time. I gave it my all to achieve both goals and was happy and thankful to finish in 1:00:16 a new PR in the 10k. It was so close and yet so far to break the 1 hour barrier as I missed it by 16 seconds. The thing is, when I crossed the finish line, my Garmin 305 gave me 10.61 kms. total. So, if my Garmin was working good I got shortchanged by more than half a kilometer , which when converted to time is about 3 minutes and change. Oh well, you can't be too greedy. Tomorrow is another day.