Ride for Life returns to Montréal today
My latest heroes, Tracy Patterson and his partner Brendan, are due home in Montréal today – along with their fellow cyclists – after a one week trip all the way to Québec City and back in aid of The Farha Foundation. Wow! I think they said it would be 665 kilometers in total. Please do not go 666 kilometers or, if you do, keep riding a while longer!
As I was shuffling around the internet last night I googled map and satellite images of their route, as well as a few other points of interest to me (Valleyfield, Perth, Portland, Nova Scotia…how my mind does ramble) and then, just for fun, I googled my own name. To my pleasant surprise I found the results of the five kilometer 2001 Toronto Pride & Remembrance Run, something I had set out to do, against a few odds if I do say so myself, after several years of volunteering as a marshal for the event.
Unfortunately my athleticism, such as it was, took a steep decline after my accident in 2003. I can no longer run and even gave away my bicycyle this year once I had concluded that I would not be venturing out on it again.
So it is that, while I eagerly wait to hear from Brendan and Tracy, I can relive the excitement of completing the 5K run, yes, and faster than I had done in my first try of the distance three weeks earlier in New York’s Central Park – where I think I managed a time of a few seconds under 30 minutes.
Out of 583 men, women and child participants in Toronto I placed 390. (That’s my number on the left margin of the results page.) Among the 330 men I placed 282. Of the 63 men in my age category I placed 56.
Considering how my initial goal was just to finish the run I am still pretty proud of that day’s accomplishment.
Oy! What a difference a few years can make!