This year was the 10th annual Stampede road race. This was my 3rd time running the race and this year my my 1st year as a race ambassador. The race had 3 events, the 5km, 10km and Half marathon distance. They even offer kids runs too 🙂 This event supports Can Praxis -Equine Rehabilitation program for Veterans diagnosed to PTSD.
As an ambassador I was able to be more involved in helping out with the event. I have to say it is a very well organised event. I helped out with package pick up on the Friday evening and then hung out and helped out where I could on the Saturday. Every participate received a Mizuno shirt, race bib, Honey Stinger Waffle, Go Macro Bar, Stoked Oats and a few other things. They were great swag bags! As an ambassador I also received an orange shirt which I plan on wearing today! Post race tradition is to wear my race shirt proudly 🙂
I ran the Half Marathon distance. Normally the route goes right around the Glenmore reservoir , however this year due to the construction that was not possible and it was an out and back. I do prefer the normal route, yes even with Weaselhead, but I am thankful we were still able to run the event with the construction. I just found the out and back to be a little more hilly opposed to going right around. There were aid stations about every 3km and the volunteers were wonderful, they were very encouraging and well prepared with Ultima and Water. I was running with my own electrolytes – Nuun Performance, but i did appreciate the water.
I crossed the finish line in a time of 2.20 which is exactly where i wanted to be for my training. I was actually on track for a personal best until the last 6km where i started to struggle with the heat and hills and opted to add a little more walking into my run. Especially up some of those hills!
After the race I had the pleasure of handing out prizes to all the kids runs. Depending on their age would determine how far they ran. It was such a rewarding experience. Then jumped in the line for a traditional pancake breakfast.
Cobs supplied scones for us to enjoy and then we could get sausage and pancakes. Stoked Oats offered us a choice of 3 flavours or oats (I took chocolate) and a choice of juice. If your not a runner you just have to stop by for the breakfast alone, its delicious.
I am thankful to be apart of Stampede Road Race and I look forward to running it again next year.
For more information go to http://www.stampederoadrace.ca I hope to see you next year 🙂