As mentioned last week, I won’t be writing “Monday Marathon” posts for the next few weeks as I’ve switched to the half marathon due to an ongoing, annoying injury. BUT – this weekend we did something fun! Max and I were invited to the Pure Protein Night Race in Ottawa. I was invited to run the 5K or 10K but couldn’t because of the obvious injury issue. I saw that they also had a 1K Run Happy Kid’s run, so I asked if we could do that inside. I told Max that he was going to run a race and he was super excited.
At the end of the post – see details about how you could win a bib to the Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver or Montreal races!
The Night Race was on Saturday night, with the start/finish line at the Terry Fox Track – which is were my track team trains during the summer months. Unfortunately, I haven’t been coaching lately because of the whole solo-parenting thing and being away for the Pan Am Games + California. I haven’t been to the track since early July! Yikes! Max and I did not go downtown to pick up our race kits before, so we quickly went into the trailer to pick up our kits. Max was given a super nice Brooks Tech shirt and a headlight, which he loved. He even asked after the race if he could keep it. I saw that I was signed up for the 5K race. I picked up my kit, which included the headlight, a different Brooks tech shirt and a Pure Protein shake. The race costs $60, which is slightly above an average 5K, but not bad considering you get a headlight.
We arrived at the race really early. It was perfect because we had no lines anywhere. We went to the little race expo area in the middle of the field. They had a beer garden, music/DJ, a display with all the newest Brooks shoes, a 50/50 draw to raise money for the Starlight Foundation, and a table where you could get some cool glow in the dark make up on. After a bit, the line up was rather large so I’m glad we were there early. Max was antsy to start racing. He kept telling me to “hurry up and run!”. We walked around the whole track and up to the 80m strip at the top of the facility as Max remembered that this is where my team starts practice.
Finally it was time to start the race. Max was a bit quiet, but you could tell he was excited. He knew what to do. Max saw the start line and went to line up in the front, putting his feet on the line. Seriously – how does he know that? There were maybe 30 kids or so at the race? Most of the kids were a little older, with Max being one of the smaller kids. The “race course” started at the finish line of the track, but went in the opposite direction for 300m. Then the kids had to run on the sidewalk for 100m before turning around and heading back for a victory lap around the track. The kids thought this was super fun. The race organizers asked the waiting 5K/10K racers to line the track to cheer on the kids. Because it was now dark out – everyone had their headlights on and it was as if lots of tiny stars lined the track. The kids of course were all super excited to run. Max gave me a ‘thumbs up’ to say he was ready.
Soon enough we had a 10 second countdown for the race. A few kids were a little two excited to run and started the race 2 seconds early. This confused Max who likes to countdown down (we have watched too many space shuttle launch videos). As you can see in the video below – he starts when the kids start, and stops for a second. Then off he went.
Of course, Max just starts sprinting down the track – loving all the cheering. We got to about 200m and he looks at his “watch” (he doesn’t have one) and says something like “ok that’s time”, thinking it was time to stop. Seriously – who is teaching him this stuff? We took a little walking break as I explained that we still had to run a bit. I pointed out the other kids and said he had to chase them. We ran another 100m or so and then took another walking break. Soon we were on the sidewalk for a bit and Max did ask to be carried. I carried him for maybe 20m before he asked to run again and chase the kids. He chased after this one girl and when he passed her she went “Nooooo, I’m not letting him pass me” and they proceed to sprint back to the track.
The last 300m, we took another walking break and sprinted some more. Max wanted to hold hands, but apparently he wanted me to pick him up again. He got really excited during the last 100m since the track was lined with all the runners/spectators. He waved “to the people” and even ran to the side to talk to someone? The race wasn’t chip timed or anything (the 5K/10K was) but they had a clock going and Max ran his first KM in 7:19. Not bad for a little guy. He got his medal and then said “ok, time to go home!”.
Max had quite a bit of fun at the race. This morning he was asking to go back to the track. 1K are just enough for the little kids and the race organizers did a great job and encouraging the kids. I wish I could have run the 5K. It looked like fun. Maybe next year!
As mentioned, the Night Race has a 5K Race and a 10K Race. There are locations across Canada. Calgary and Ottawa have already had their races. But there are races coming up in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. With your registration fee, not only do you get to experience a fun run, but also receive receive a Brooks Tech shirt and an Energizer LED headlight. After the race, you can enjoy a cold water or beer and dance the night away under the starts. The set-up last night had a great DJ and lights. One of the sponsors, Molson, was offering Molson Canadian 67 beers after the race. Other sponsors included Brooks, The Running Room, Energizer and Pure Protein.
The race is a fun one – so come out ready to have a great time. The Night Race’s charity is the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada. A portion of the fees goes directly to the foundation to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children through a variety of in and out programs. The progams can vary and help children in a variety of ways. They provide programs in the hospital to help with distraction, relief and entertainment but also provide out programs as well (known as Wishes/Escapes) to leave the sickness behind and create family memories. The Starlight Foundation also had a booth at the race, selling 50/50 tickets as well as Bear stuffies to raise additional funds.
To learn more about the Starlight Foundation – here are the social media/website links:
So – TORONTO, EDMONTON, VANCOUVER and MONTREAL – Do you want to experience a Night Race? I am giving away to one lucky ready TWO entries to a race location/distance of your choice. Visit the Night Race website for all the details about the next events. Winners will be notified and then connected with my contact to confirm registration. It is a super fun race and you will have a great time.
To enter, you can do any of the following. Each methods counts as ONE entry. So if you do all four things, you get four entries!
a) Comment on this post – telling me which city you want to race at
b) Follow me on Twitter and comment on this post telling me you did
c) Follow @StarlightCanada on Twitter and comment on this post telling me you did
d) Tweet about the giveaway: “I want to win a bib to #Nightrace with @rebeccaruns giveaway” and comment that you did
Please do separate comments for each entry 🙂
Contest will close Friday, August 21st at midnight. Open to all Canadian runners. Good Luck!
Disclosure: Max and I were given two bibs for the Ottawa Night Race.