We did it! We held our second Summit Run-It on June 5. This time we advertised, last year we didn’t as we just wanted to test out the idea. This year we had 51 folks participate and about 12 dogs. Several hiked the route and the rest ran. The route is uphill for 6km and then you turn around and get to run all the way back downhill. There are some steeper sections, but they aren’t too long.
This event is free so you don’t get a race shirt, have catered food or win any prizes. You do get to drive yourself 1.5 hours up the Alaska Highway to the incredibly scenic Stone Mountain Provincial Park. Water, granola bars and dog treats (for the canines) were available post-race and participants received handmade finishing medals.
We did have two “aid” stations. We had a park ranger at the mid-point and a volunteer fireman at the turn-around. These stations only had water for dogs and were primarily there just to provide assistance to participants should it be needed. The other park ranger and volunteer fireman stayed at the finish line ready for dispatch in the unlikely event of an emergency. We are in the great white north, so one never knows what one might encounter.
Now onto me, recall I have basically been off running since March with only a few shorter runs completed recently. My intent was to run to the turn-around and then just dawdle along and take photos of the other runners. I realized early on that one does not sustain running fitness by not running for 3 months. To avoid vomiting in front of folks, I changed plans and started taking photos much earlier than planned. I was okay with that.
I had Kobi in her harness and a bungee leash attached to my waist. This set-up speaks to her inner sled-dog so she pulls very well. I was worried that her pulling my pathetically out-of-shape butt up a mountain might re-hurt her recently healed foot so she wasn’t on leash for too long. I can see why folks like canicross. Man, you can really give’r when you’ve got a dog pulling you.
Of course Wolverine (aka my heel spur) didn’t want to miss out on the scenery and fresh mountain air so he hung out with me too. On a pain scale of 1-10, I was at a 7 by the finish line. Just so happens Mavis, our local massage therapist, completed the event and has been working on my foot a bit so she did some post-run work on me.
Let me tell you about Mavis: she also did this event last year, is close to 80 years old (but looks way younger), still works as a massage therapist, is constantly taking new training in her field, swims three times a week, and hikes like no one’s business. She is amazing. She even brought almond cake to share with everyone post-race.
It was a good day. Happy running y’all!
Are you all about the swag or would you dig this kind of event? Uphill or downhill runner? Maybe I’ll encourage folks to bring baking next year like Mavis did. Do you know of someone like Mavis? Isn’t she the coolest?!