The best way to celebrate the end of the 2014 season is to spend the evening with awesome people from the running community in a way that benefits a worthy cause.
The proceeds from The Q’s Victoria Run Series and the end of season silent auction go to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. I’m always up for helping the community in any way I can, so I was happy to contribute some personal training sessions to the silent auction.
Also, CytoSport donated a couple of cases of Muscle MLK.
Above: Jessica, Binder and I; shot by Chris Kelsall (the series organizer).
I bid on and got some awesome items for a good price. If I had unlimited money, I would have bid on much more as there were a lot of great products and services in the silent auction.
When it came time to do the series awards, I was extremely happy to see that my client Stephen won 2nd place overall in his age category. It’s a huge accomplishment because this was his first running series.
Stephen finished ahead of some runners that have been training longer than he has and I’m very proud of him for that. What’s even more awesome is that he also won a free pair of Saucony shoes (I’m a HUGE fan of Saucony).
I ended up winning 1st place overall in my age category as well as a free season pass into the Q’s Victoria Run Series 2015. This means that I get to do it all over again next year and I’m very thankful for the free race entries.
Above: BlackBerry photo; holding the trophy
Also, I won the Marcia Stromsmoe Performance Award, which I’m extremely stoked about, especially because Marilyn Arsenault (aka one of my running idols), had won it the year before me. It truly is a huge honour.
Overall, I had a blast at each race and that evening. I highly encourage runners of all levels to take part in this series because it’s fun, motivating and you are bound to make new friends.
Running isn’t all about being faster than other people-it’s about being faster and healthier than you used to be.
It’s also about being part of a community filled with ridiculously fantastic people who are all out there giving their best.
Since it’s inception, the series has raised thousands of dollars for The Mustard Seed Food bank. Not only would you be there to race and meet great people, but also you would be supporting a great cause.