Saturday, September 14, 2013

Top Ten (make that eleven) Reasons Why You Should Attend The Point Douglas Run

Slow down
You're going too fast
Ya got to make the morning last

"Have you registered for the Point Douglas Run yet?  I hear it's awesome!"

10. THE COURSE
The course is simply stunning. It's an out and back course through historic Old Point Douglas. We run along the banks of the mighty Red River outbound and inbound, along majestic elm-lined Scotia Street, under the spanking new Henderson Freeway, through parks and greenways.  It's a little bit country, a little bit rock, and a whole lotta soul.

9. THE COSTUMES
Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear costumes.  Now who hasn't wanted to run in a pink tutu? Come on, admit it, you do! Well now you can and you'll fit right in.

8. THE FOOD
The race committee pulls out all the stops! We're talking buffet breakfast here! Scrambled eggs, juice coffee, tea, toast, yogurt, fruit, pancakes...  It's amazing really!

7. THE SCHWAG/ PRIZES
Everyone wins something and the schwag is awesome.  Last year all runners received a free technical tee-shirt.  I wonder what this year will bring?

6. THE COMMUNITY
The entire village shows up; elders, youngsters, teenagers, moms and dads.  The old Norquay Community Hall is rocking!

5. THE TOW TRUCK ESCORT
The local Tow Truck company shows their support by providing an escort for the runners and walkers. The tow truck escort is better than the fly-by at the Police run, way better.  And best part, if you're tired they just hook you by the back of your tee and bring you in.. cool.


4. STREET FEET RUN WELL
By participating in the Point Douglas Run you are supporting the Street Feet Run Well running program. This program assists individuals in the neighbourhood increase their self-esteem and efficacy through walking and running with the intent that this will extend to other areas in their lives. Street Feet Run well promotes physical and mental health in an inclusive, caring and supportive environment.

3. THE VOLUNTEERS
Best in class!  You'll get a toothache running by these volunteers because they are just SO sweet!

2. THE HILLS
Who said Winnipeg is flat!?  This is the hilliest course this side of Banff... well maybe not Banff, but man, it's a nice little challenge for the quads. Check out the course profile.

1. BOSTON QUALIFIER
Having a little trouble getting your BQ?  Well this is the race for you! It isn't even timed! It's a FUN RUN.  In the immortal words of ...??? ... "Slow down, you're going too fast.  Got to make the morning last".  If you can tell me who said that I'll buy you a coffee on race day.

The other 1. FAMOUS PEOPLE
Haile Gebreselassie, Bono and a few others have signed up.  Even better, MLA Kevin Chief and MP (retired) Judy Wasylycia-Lies will be there.  Get your sharpie poised.

Seriously folks, this is a fine race, with a nobel cause, planned and executed by a caring race committee.  You really should put this one on your fall race schedule. And don't forget the tutu!

Go here for registration information.

Go here for a SMR race report  of Point Douglas Run 2012.

It's a good day to be alive.

Mike

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