The Toronto Waterfront 10k is a race that I have yet to actually run! Last year I took the girls with me and we headed down to cheer with Tribe Fitness. We all had a blast and also emerged with some of the best pictures ever (thanks to Mark!)!
This year I had no plans to run (It’s a hot race which is less than appealing to me!), so when I saw a post asking for race volunteers I clicked the link and signed up without hesitation! Volunteers need to be 14 years old, so I quickly signed Aimee up as well since she would turn 14 the day before the race. Chloe isn’t old enough to volunteer and Carmy joked to me that I should let Chloe run the race. I told Chloe and suddenly wanted to run it! She assured me that running 10k was not a problem for her (she could do it right now if she wanted, in fact!)!
My friend, Carmy, graciously offered to run with her and assured me that they would just walk if they needed to, so I agreed that Chloe could do it. The same day I finally made the decision that Chloe could do the race a post popped up on Facebook telling me that the race was sold out. Instant panic set in. Carmy told me that bibs would probably pop up for sale closer to the day, so I tried to remain calm. She was right and it wasn’t long before I found a bib to purchase for Chloe!
The night before the race I tried to help Chloe choose her outfit. She was insistent that she not wear proper running shorts even though she has a couple pairs. She also wanted to wear a regular t-shirt and would not listen to any of my advice! It was a small battle of wills but I finally caved. I decided she could wear what she wanted and would probably just have to learn a lesson the hard way. (She did change her mind on the t-shirt and opted for a tank top–which she mentioned many times after the race was such a good idea.)
Race morning started with me getting up at 3:45 am and waking the girls at 4 am. I was not completely thrilled with how early it was, but we finally headed out the door around 4:40.
We stopped at the worst Tim Hortons ever on the way, but ended up getting our breakfast for free because they really could not get anything right!!
Aimee & I had to be at the volunteer tent by 6 am, so we ended up dropping poor Chloe and Carmy at the start line two hours before the race even started.
It took me awhile to figure out where to park. I assumed the race finish was at the same spot as last year but it wasn’t, so after a couple messages and a call to Nancy I finally figured out where to go! We checked in to the volunteer tent, got our tshirts (with the largest v-necks ever…wish I had gotten a men’s shirt!), and headed to the medal distribution section of the finish chute!
7:30 came quickly and the runners were on their way! We got to see so many people run by us at the half way mark. It was really cool to get to high five and cheer for people I knew as they passed. At first, I thought I would get pictures with everyone I knew who came to get a medal, but as the crowds got bigger it was just not possible at all! (If you want to see all my pictures from the day, check out my album here!)
A whole wave of friends crossed around a similar time and I am so grateful that Cathy happened to be there to take pictures of when Chloe came through. Chloe’s face was so happy as she came toward me and I was so proud of her! These pictures are my favourite and I will treasure them always!
- She thought it was really funny when she went by the water stations because she heard people saying to each other, “Aww. Look at the cute little girl running!” (She mentioned this to me more than once and then would die laughing after telling me!)
- She told me that when she saw the 8km sign she was just so amazed that she made it that far. She wasn’t sure she could really do it but when she saw the 8km sign she knew she could totally do it!
I am beyond proud of her and her determination. She crushed that 10k in 1:14:26 and is talking about doing another race soon although she said a shorter distance would be preferred. LOL!
I have to give a huge shout out to my friend Carmy for running with Chloe and getting her to the finish with a smile on her face. Be sure to read Carmy’s recap of the actual running part of the race here!
Thank you to Canada Running Series and Lululemon for putting on a great race! On Wednesday I will have a post on some things I learned from volunteering at a race! It was my first volunteer gig and was eye opening for me!