Oct 2, 2009 - 7:33 am
Completed in Record Time: 3 Days, 23 hours, 10 minutes
Jul 15, 2009 - 8:40 am
A taste of the athletes in action from the Blaze race!
Jun 21, 2009 - 8:45 pm
More thoughts on the event
Resting comfortably now and back in Calgary, the past week really does seem like a blur, and yesterday I drifted in and out of sleep through the remainder of the day.
The race was a great experience for me, and was full of incredible moments though, that are still quite vivid, like running into the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake near Cypress Lake, watching Jeff chase two baby skunks off the trail around Hockley Valley, or running through my old ski racing stomping grounds in Devil’s Glen.
This event was as much about the people as the natural splendor though. There were so many examples of amazing team work, incredible courage and determination, and astounding athleticism. Ultimately, and unexpectedly, despite each athlete digging deep within themselves to run their best each leg, the teams were so close together after stage 44 that it only made sense to run the final leg as a group to celebrate our achievement.
One of the interesting observations made by several of us was that the early muscle pain that many of us experienced (mine was tight calves) vanished as the run progressed. For me, after day 2 I had no more calf pain and only experienced slightly sore, tired muscles. We don’t yet know what caused this, but it may be attributed to our incredible massage therapists who accompanied us on this adventure. Tracy and Gord were a blessing to have at each base camp and worked all day each day to keep our bodies loose and able to run. They were both excellent, and on behalf of myself and all the athletes, we send a sincere thank you to both, for taking time out of your lives and schedules to participate.
I’ll be adding more thoughts on the past week and our achievement, but for now, it will be more sleep!
Jun 20, 2009 - 5:45 pm
Early post event thoughts
It’s been nearly 12 hours since the race finished and I’m marvelling at a few facts:
1. The two teams were so close through the entire event.
2. After the first 2 days, muscle soreness seemed to disappear and the running actually became easier (although the muscles were tired).
3. Considering the rugged and technical terrain we covered, injuries were rare. Stubbed toes (and blue toenails), mild – 1 severly sprained ankle, minor abrasions, brusing, and contusions, and a few instances of “bonking” and dehydration were the only medical issues we faced. We are definitely fortunate.
I’m sure I’ll have some more thoughts on this after it all sinks in in the next few days. The start of the event already seems like a distant memory, despite only occurring 4 days ago. Weird.
Jun 20, 2009 - 5:40 pm
Thanks to the volunteers and supporters
This event has proven to be an incredible test of teamwork, physical and mental stamina, and athletic ability. It would not have been possible however, without the assistance and support of many volunteers, in particular Erin, Alissa, Mark, Allyson, Carrie, and Stacie. Our base camp scenario was made possible through the generosity of the Van Dorp, Tarnopolsky/Smith/Rydlo/McGrath, Erlich/Campbell, and Chew families. We appreciate the generosity and kindness that these families displayed.
We will continue to fundraise for both our respective charities and provide updates on this effort.
Scientific data collected during this event is destined for the website, and we will be writing a paper for a peer-reviewed journal, should be really cool results!
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