Training Run — May 10

Grouse to Lynn Canyon Return, 20 Km

We had another big turnout on Sunday and more excel­lent weather. Over 80 people showed up ready to do battle with the trail and them­selves. We had four of our orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers there: Kelsy, Glenn, Rod, (and me). And spe­cial thanks to Peter Watson and Jenn Mar from North Shore Ath­let­ics for being on hand, er, foot. I’m sure they were help­ing to keep people pointed in the right direc­tion and safe as they are both expe­ri­enced run lead­ers and know the trail well. And thanks for the other expe­ri­enced mem­bers of their group for attend­ing as well, Nicola and Tom.

North Shore Ath­let­ics is an impor­tant Part­ner for the Knee Knacker and have been with us for many years. They help us in many ways all year long and not just on race day. And of course they have run­ners – lots of run­ners. Includ­ing the ones from our new spon­sor, Brooks. I’m trying out the Brooks Cas­ca­dia for the first time and so far so good. They are nice and light and seem pretty tough even for our gnarly trails.

It’s been nice to have a wide vari­ety of people coming out to the runs. For those that are not entered in the race this year we have waivers that need to be signed. This only needs to be done once for the season. Thanks for doing that and help­ing to keep our butts less liable. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t care about your safety. It just means, well, you know what it means. But what has real mean­ing is every­one stay­ing in groups and watch­ing out for one another. I didn’t think I was going to actu­ally say that again so soon but with our huge turnouts for the train­ing runs it is becom­ing harder and harder to keep track of people. I’m sin­cerely asking each of you to par­tic­i­pate in keep­ing our runs happy and safe. For those of you that haven’t expe­ri­enced the glory of the course before, you’ll begin to under­stand how remote some of the areas are soon enough. It’s extremely easy to get lost and injured. We don’t have aid sta­tions and atten­dants to watch out for us like we do on race day. So it’s up to each of us to be aware of the people in our groups and around us as we are running.

As for the run on Sunday, we all headed off to Lynn Canyon from Grouse Moun­tain. Most people turned around at the Rice Lake park­ing area and quite a few went all the way to the Sus­pen­sion Bridge. I for one am thank­ful for the out­houses at the park­ing area near to the Learn­ing Lodge. And I’m also glad they fixed the locks

Hey did I men­tion yet that we need more VOLUNTEERS for race day? Yes we do. LOTS MORE. You can check out the many duties to be filled here. To sign up now go to the Feed­back Form. Our vol­un­teers are super impor­tant as you can imag­ine. And it will be so easy to have every­one we need if you all find just one person to help us on race day. We must get more than 200 people and if you all have one family member or friend come along to help then all will be good. If not, you might find your­selves wan­der­ing for miles and miles with­out aid or per­haps not having your time recorded for future glory.

I’ve got lots more to say but I’ll just add a couple more things and save the rest for another report. The next run is one of the few times we divert from the BP Trail. We go from Grouse to Grouse, bottom to top, but the long way. Most impor­tantly, bring extra cloth­ing, gloves, hats, jack­ets, tights, etc. What­ever you think you might need because at this time of year it is always much cooler up on top of the moun­tain than down below. And bring cash if you want food at the top or want to take the Skyride down.

Lastly, thanks to Kelly and her group and a few others for keep­ing me com­pany at the end of the run on Sunday. I thought I was going to be alone but, appar­ently there were bunches of you that got off course and kept appear­ing around me at the most unex­pected times. I’m good with that. But imag­ine, get­ting lost on the BP. Hmmmm.