The Broadway Run Club boys are scattered like seeds in the wind to race across the country this weekend, and man, am I feeling left out. Brian Wynhoven is in the nation’s capital to run the Ottawa Marathon where he will be cheered on by BRC marathoner emeritus, Rich Widdifield. Dressed in a parka and Sorel Felt Pacs, Tim heads to the Calgary Marathon to run the half to compete for Wiens family bragging rights over a distance he could do in his sleep. Over on the Island, Bill Corsan’s bark mulch comeback trail takes him to the second race in the Gutbusters Series at Westwood Lake in his new backyard in Nanaimo. Pulling dual-duty as a Lions Gate Road Runner, Dario Herrera is sticking close to home and running the Shaughnessy 8k. Rumour has Paul Felton lining up next to Dario, but the Vegas line for a Felton DNS is 3:2. Good luck guys!
To get pumped up for a long solo run Sunday morning, I’ll be following South Africa’s historic Comrades Marathon online starting at 8:10 our time Saturday night, right around the end of game one of the Stanley Cup final between a team that beat the Canucks and some other team not based in Vancouver.
Speaking of the Calgary Marathon, they currently have this photo from the start of the 2008 race on their home page. Calgary starts the full and half marathons at the same time and I ran the half that year. See if you can spot me.
Brian ran a 2:57:17 in Ottawa. It wasn’t what he’d hoped for but it was another sub-3 in the books and another province checked off his To Do list. His fiancée, Grace, on the other hand, knocked big time off her PB and went sub-4 for the first time with a 3:57:34.
Tim casually racked up another sub-1:30 half to prove he’s the fastest Wiens on and off the road. In the Calgary Marathon, Tim’s old training partner and our friend Ellie Greenwood won the women’s race and set a new course record. Rumour has it she ran her 2:52 in trail shoes!
Click here for full results from the 2010 Calgary Half Marathon
Billy continued his strong comeback on the trails. Quote of the day: “I forgot how long 21k is on trails. I looked at my watch an hour into it and realized I was only half way.”
Dario ran a 29:04 to take second in his age group at the Shaughnessy 8k.