Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SUN RUN 2010

Sun Run by Cory M.

As far as 10km runs go, you can’t go much bigger than the Vancouver Sun Run. Each year more than 40,000 people participate in one of North America’s biggest runs and this year the race registration numbers topped 60,000 people. With that many runners, joggers and walkers of all skill levels clustered onto Georgia St at the start line, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a run as fun as the Sun Run. At some points it may take over an hour for racers to even get to the start line with so many people funneling through the streets, but the experience is worth the wait. The entire length of the run is lined with enthusiastic fans cheering you along the way as well as bands playing every couple of blocks to keep the spirits high. When the weather is as nice and sunny as it was on Sunday, it makes the experience just that much more pleasant. Like any good run it has it’s challenging moments, such as the hill to get onto the Burrard St Bridge, or the ramp up Cambie St Bridge in the last kilometer. But where would the fun be without a little adversity!


With the Sun Run being around for so many years and so many people participating every year, it’s awesome to see so many 1st still occur on race day. I saw a number of customers who have never participated in a 10km run before participate in their very first Sun Run and LOVING the experience! And each time I see that excitement of someone completing their first event, or achieving something that they previously thought was impossible or not for them, it gets me excited too. It’s the greatest part of my job.

I saw a number of customers come back to the Sun Run with goals of crushing their previous year’s time. Although the distance hasn’t changed, the challenge becomes pushing the body harder through the distance and leaving nothing left in the tank at the end of the race. Pushing through pain and coming out stronger mentally and physically on the other side of the finish line. One customer was set on running the entire race without stopping and no walking, something they have previously never been able to do. A slow steady pace the entire way, but as big a victory as winning the entire race itself.

Personally, the best part of this year’s Sun Run was being able to bring my 13 year old nephew down to the race with me as I took photos and wished everyone from IF good luck in their run. He was able to meet some of the people I work with on a daily basis and catch a glimpse of what I do as a training coach. He was there to overhear how excited everyone was to be at the race and to see the magnitude of what these runs that his uncle has been doing over the past 4 years are all about. He finally got why I’m so addicted to what I do. For a kid who spends most of his time reading or playing video games, he was genuinely interested in what he could do at his age to become more active. He was asking me questions about my job as a trainer and wanted to know more about what it felt like to do one of these races. I was so happy and proud of everyone’s infectious attitude on race day that as a group we were able to reach him in a way that his family has been trying to do for a while now. And hopefully his desire to take care of himself and challenge himself is a lesson that he can take with him for the rest of his life… now only if I could convince his mother to let him play football!! But that’s another challenge altogether.

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