Edmonton 10k took place on Sunday 22nd of July 2018. I was lucky enough to win my entry for this race and stay at a friends sisters house the night before so it was quite affordable for me to go 🙂 I had just recently purchased the Calgary Skyline hat and decided to pair it with my YYC Run tank to represent YYC Run Crew who I run with on Sundays!
Package pickup took place at the Lululemon store in West Ed Mall. The following times were available for pick up. I found the package pick up times to be very accommodating. Especially for out of towners like myself having the option to pick up your package before 8pm the night before the race. Our race package included a white Swiftly t shirt with the Edmonton 10k logo on the arm. It’s simple, but i think that’s what makes it so beautiful. In race tradition i am wearing it right now!!!
Tuesday July 17th – Thursday July 19th: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday July 20th: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday July 21st: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The race started at 106th street between 96th avenue and 97th avenue. It was a semi out and back. There was a loop about half way through the course and then you returned back towards the start the same way you came. We were lucky enough to cross the High level bridge. I was informed by one of the pacers that this is the first time the bridge has been closed to drivers. Unless you were with the yellow corral which had to move across so a police car and ambulance could get through.
There was a staggered start for the race and everyone was divided into corrals. I was in the Blue corral which was for estimated finish times of 58 minutes to 1 hour. Although I didn’t quite get my desired time today finishing at 1 hour 2 min and 39 seconds.
|7:30 a.m.||Red Corral and Yellow Corral starts|
|7:34 a.m.||Blue Corral starts|
|7:37 a.m.||Green Corral and Purple Corral starts|
|7:42 a.m.||Orange Corral starts (Walkers)|
I do like the staggered start because with the larger races the 1st km is can be a slower start due to the weaving around people. However there were quite a few people in the Blue corral so I found it still to be a slower start.
The course was really enjoyable, and there were a lot of cheer stations! Lots of cute and encouraging signs, bubbles, balloons, music. I recall there being 4 water stations if I remember correctly that offered Nuun and water.
Post race you received a medal, bag with food and drink a doughnut, $20 sage coupons, Nuun Samples and a Gerbras.
There was also post run entertainment including many back drops to take group photos, blow up animals spraying out water so you could cool down and yoga.
Overall I would have to say that Lululemon and Canada Running Series has put on a very successful event. I am hoping that they decide to run it again next year because I would really love to be apart of the experience
For more information please go to http://canadarunningseries.com/edmonton-10k/