Race Recap: Ottawa Race Weekend 10k
Cousin Nick — 57:25 (!)
So this race was crowded. Not just at the beginning. The whole route, I don’t believe I was ever more than a sweaty elbow rub or a near piggy back ride on a suddenly walking stranger. I was really set on breaking an hour, and actually (secretly) hopes I could break 55:00. Not likely in that human obstacle course.
But, on the upside, the fans at this race are amazing. The weekend hosts a 2k, 5k, 10k, 1/2 and full marathon 44,000 runners and their fans make for a running festival that completely takes over downtown Ottawa. The last 800 m was 3 deep with supporters, and the race prints your name on your bib, so lots I people yell your name. Another selling feature of this race is the route; it doubles back along the opposite side of the canal, so when us common folk were slogging through km 3, we were able to see the elites blazing back through km 7-8, which was thrilling and humbling at the same time. The winner of this race killed 10km in 28:00 flat, so I have some work to do.
Also, props to the patriotic hardware! What appropriate medals for a race held in the nation’s capital.
Next weekend, I have a date with runtastic to see if I can’t break an hour.