|Hershey Harriers from Victoria|
|Great form by The UBC runner and Jason Loutit on my tail|
I was wondering about shoe selection and had brought my spikes with the intention of wearing them during the race. I was a little sceptical of wearing my spikes for ten km as I wasn't sure of how much pavement or hard pack gravel areas we would have to run on because it was my first time on this course. I considered wearing the New Balance 101's that I had just got as Drew was wearing them. After some quick advice on the course from Gramps, I was sure that the spikes were certainly going to be the best bet for this mud fest. Grampa and I had been out here a few weeks earlier for a prep tempo for his National Cross Country Championships in Guelph Ontario. It was muddy and slippery that day and not much had changed in the way of how mucky it was. The organizers for this event usually have the runners run through a water section with water up to their knees, but it was frozen this year so they had to alter the course slightly. There was also a section where you had to run along Jerico Beach in fairly deep, loose sand.
|Down town Vancouver in the background and Mount Seymour|
Things I hate: Not being able to partake in the free pizza and awards after the race.
Things I love: Splashing through the mud on the trails.