The Winterman was quite cold this year. Making 8 loops of a 5k course that has some rolling hills became tedious towards the end, but it was a fun race nonetheless. I think I hit everything in the video. I do like this race, but there seemed to be some confusion at times (like the beginning of the race), and some crowding – particularly at the War Museum end of things (which was a real problem for some people trying to keep pace while weaving through slower-goers on the narrow stretch). With freezing temperatures and a fairly strong wind, this course is not for the faint of heart, especially in cold weather. One other thing that affected me (and maybe not others as much) was that some of the people helping give drinks at the 2.5k and turnaround were pretty inefficient – I actually missed getting fluids for 2 or 3 of the stations, and actually had to stop, turn around, run back to the stop and get some Gatorade because I was getting dehydrated – it definitely was a big blow to my pacing and pretty much ruined my last lap. However, not everyone had those issues.
I definitely recommend running this event if you can handle the psychological elements of weather and looping course. This is a definite ‘run once for the experience’ type of race that defines what it means to be a runner in Canada.
In an effort to start recording some stats again, here’s how the race officially turned out for me…
Category Place: 5/9
Gender Place: 13/46