So here we are–race recap time for the 2013 Grand Beach Sun Run 10K Road Race.
Race kit was basic. It came with a sample bar of dove, an individually wrapped piece (a proper sample) of Trident gum and a TON of pamphlets about upcoming races in Winnipeg. It also had a bib number and four safety pins and a draw ticket for after the race. No information in the kit about the start times or awards or anything for the race.
On race day the start was delayed by about 20 minutes. They had to change the last bit of the course because a storm had made a mess of the beach where we were supposed to be running, so we had to detour that portion. They also took same day registration, which led to further delays. I found this to be a bit frustrating as I timed my warm up to coincide with the original start.
The course went down the highways and in and around Grand Marais (the community that neighbours/supports the beach). It was a lovely course, running at times on roadways overlooking the water. It started out rather flat, but became quite hilly in the middle, which was a surprise to me. Those hills were made to be more fun with the gale force winds that were coming off the lake. At times I felt like I wasn’t even moving. It was impressive.
I started out waaaay too fast and it really caught up to me. By the time I got to the 8th KM, I was feeling like death. The sun had finally come out and my brain was messing with me. I was exhausted from my fast start and the wind/hill combo and the thought of my 1KM on the sand ahead of me made me feel a wee bit desperate and wonder why the hell I sign up for these damn races in the first place. lol.
The sand part was bad, but not as bad as I thought. I think the worst part was seeing the finish line flags a KM away and knowing how much sand is between you and the finish line. lol.
Eventually, I finished that last KM with the following stats:
Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 8:10
Mile 2: 8:13
Mile 3: 8:34
Mile 4: 8:19
Mile 5: 8:24
Mile 6: 8:53 (can you tell this is where the sand starts?)
And I would argue that I looked pretty good, too.
The race ended rather unceremoniously–and I was quite surprised as most races have a small awards thing for top finishers (I didn’t know I had one my division at the time) and raffle off some prizes (apparently there is a small, hidden blurb about this post race event on the website–I didn’t see it–this is something that should be on a piece of paper in the race kit, IMHO). I just figured maybe they didn’t do that sort of thing at this race and wasn’t fussed. My friend and I changed into swimsuits and sat on the beach for a bit before heading out to her friend’s for brunch. Sometime later my phone is going off like crazy, with friends of friends texting and asking where I was because I placed in my age group and got a medal.
Fortunately the brunch hosts knew where this award ceremony was likely taking place and drove me over. I got there just as they were cleaning up. I told them I was told I won a medal and I didn’t know this ceremony was happening. The guy didn’t even ask my name or check any results and just handed me a medal. My friend’s sister in law, who alerted me to this issue, thought they said I won a second in my age, so I told them that and got my silver medal. Turns out I should’ve gotten a gold as per the results that were posted yesterday–not that it matters, but it bugs me that the guy didn’t take the time to check. Regardless, I did get A medal, I have a new PR on a hard course and I WON my age division. YAY!
So I definitely plan on doing this race again next year, though I will know better for next time–expect hills, wind, sand and a post race awards party at the community centre, not the beach. lol.Happy Running!