Sunday, January 31, 2010

20K for Haiti



Yesterday I took part in the Run for Haiti/Mission for Solidarity, a 20 kilometre run to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.

The run started at 9:30 and took place downtown along the Toronto water front. A bunch of us from my training group drove and ran together. The run was casual, but well-organized and well-supported. The event raised over $15,000 for Haiti relief, which will be matched by the Canadian Government.



It was extremely cold and windy down on the lake, which made it feel even colder. I wore just about every piece of winter gear I own and still worried that I would be cold. As it turns out, I warmed up pretty quickly and felt pretty comfortable for most of the run, except for my face which was constantly frozen.




Group shot before the run... we are a colourful bunch. (I'm in the pompom hat.)





City skyline view over the water along the trail. It is extremely unusual that we don't have any snow on the ground, but January has been pretty mild around here until the cold snap this week.




The 5K turn-around, which we saw twice. We ran an out-and-back-and-out-and-back.



Photo op on the bridge.




And group shot post-run.


I kept the pace comfortable for most of the run, and picked it up for the last couple kilometres. It was by no means a race, just a training run for a good cause.


20.0 KM
1:57:43



After the run, we were treated to bagels, hot soup and free Gu! A great morning overall.

And now it's time to do it all over again with a 19K group run...

31 comments:

Jen said...

Yay... it looked cold. $15 grand... AWESOME!

Heather said...

Nice job on a chilly race! Good luck with your long run today.

Mama said...

Nicely done! What a great fundraiser! Have a good long run today.

MCM Mama

candlerun (htabby) said...

Great run for a great cause! Hope today's run is easy on you. :0)

Lisa said...

great run for a great cause

Barefoot AngieB said...

You are so brave to be out in the cold. I can barely stand it here. Great fundraiser and I love your hat!!

Kerrie T. said...

Brrrr!

There was a run for Haiti here in Seattle, too, but I didn't even hear about it till Saturday morning (the day OF the run). They didn't do a very good job letting people know about it. Hopefully, they raise a lot of money, though.

Meg said...

Wow, I love this run and it's purpose. You all look totally bundled up, yikes!!

Morgan said...

Great job and so awesome that ya'll raised so much for the Haiti relief!

As far as being cold goes, seriously? I mean you should be a pro after Disney! :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Great run for such a great cause! Awesome job!

Hope the 19K goes well!

Anne said...

Sigh..."only a training run for a good cause" My dream is to complete my first half-marathon (in May) in under 2:30...with a dream time of 2:15! :) You are amazing. It was indeed a great cause...and you are an inspiration! ...and now 19K, wow! :)

Jill said...

Burrrr, you guys look chilly! Glad it warmed up quickly. Hard to run fast in all that gear but you gusy did a great job. Enjoy your day!

I Run for Fun said...

Great job on getting out there in the bitter cold for such a worthy cause.

Aneta said...

congrats on the run!
ya it was very chilly!!! u guys got great time!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great job on the run, and hope today's went just as well!!! Ugh! It's so cold being home!! Haha.

Jess said...

Brrrrr....Nice job!

J said...

WOW i love your hat! You all look so cute in your winter running outfits!! Great job on the run!

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Jocelyn said...

Awesome cause awesome race. Such great pictures. Looks like a tons of fun!

Marci said...

What a great cause, and that was hardly slow for that weather!! congratulations!

Ali said...

That's awesome! Great reason to do 20k on a chilly day.

Love all reflective strips in the pic!

Teamarcia said...

WTG raising all that $$! Looks like a fun time despite the temps!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Awesome that the event raised so much money. And good work on getting the kms in!

trialsoftraining said...

Looking gooood in all your winter gear! :) You guys deserve huge kudos just for getting out to run in that COLD cold weather!

ShirleyPerly said...

Great job! I was kinda chilly just reading about it :-)

And good to know the reflective stuff works, eh?

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Love your colorful outfit! AMAZINg that so much money went to such a good cause.

Out and Back and Out and back.. LOL!! Like a mouse in a cage. I love pictures of runners because the flash hits the reflectors, makes me smile.

Runner Leana said...

Congratulations on a great run for a great cause. That is a fantastic amount of money they were able to raise!

Staci Dombroski said...

WOW! That is awesome how much money was raised! Way to go on the run :-)

destination262 said...

I love it! What a great way to give back. And that is awesome how much money was raised! :) Good Job Marlene!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great effort! What a difference people can make when the band together.

Marlene I love you hat and scarf! Colorful! Love it!

lindsay said...

awesome all around! it's amazing and inspiring to see various people come together for a good cause :)