The start area at the corner of Trinity and Front Streets in Toronto, the CN Tower in the background. The morning was sunny with the temperature just above 20 degrees Celsius, for me a bit too hot for comfort. This race also introduced a new thing in running, the timing chip on the bib numbers instead of placing the chip on the runner's shoe or around the ankle.
The yellow brigade of young volunteers were hard at work early preparing to assist runners in the race with hydration (gatorade or water).
A young and cheerful volunteer ready to answer all kinds of questions about the race from runners and their friends and loved ones.
Shortly before the 8:30 am start, more than 2,000 excited runners await the starting gun for the 10 miler and the 5k run.
The race is on, I ran at a leisurely pace of between 7 -8 minutes per k at the early part of the race, and after the warm up, ran even much slower. The winner finished in 48 minutes.
More volunteers serving the runners at the water stations,which were strategically located every 2k with more than enough cups of cold water and gatorade. Runners were also treated to tents with showers to cool them down.
It was a joy to see the the skyline of our beautiful city, Toronto basking in the sun this bright Sunday morning.