Heroes behind the Heroes – Spruce Meadows

Heroes behind Heroes marks the second of six fun runs at Spruce Meadows.

This was a 2km run, a 5km obstacle course and a 10km run. To my Surprise the 5km and 10km were chipped timed. It was only advertised as a 10km chip time.

Since I wasn’t able to do package pick up early, I had to do it on race day. As these are smaller events this year there wasn’t much of a wait to get my bag of goodies. Once again I was not disappointed in the bag. This time I received a shirt, a magazine, sunglasses, a first aid kit and a bandana.

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Arriving at the 8:00am start time to find out the 10km started at 8:00am. As I remembered back I thought “oh yeah, the first event didn’t all start at the same time either” The 10km runners started and they the 5km obstacle course runners started. Being an obstacle course the event organizers set up off in groups of 20. So I waited a little longer as I was in the third group. Which I am ok with if it means that racers are safe. I have been to many an event in the past that was a complete gong show and very dangerous.

Finally I am off. First obstacle is jumping jacks, push ups and box jumps. Second obstacle…if you could call it that is “snipers” in the bushes with water guns. Then we trail through the grounds for a while till we reach the third obstacle which I chose to not do given my unstable hip. It is a “carry the bullet case” up and over Everyone seemed to be having a blast with this one.

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Off we go around the parking lot again. Still not sure why we have to do this, but ok. The fourth obstacle is an over-under with heavy water jugs. I came out the other side to realize that I had gone under the overs and over the unders. That must give me extra points right?!?!?! Down a sandy path to another parking lot.

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Up hamburger hill with the help of a rope and a couple of cute army guys yelling at me. Rounds me back to my snipers again. Towards the finish is a huge tank of ice water. The polar bear dip. I Can’t wait. I love getting dirty or wet in races. The nice army man held my ipod for me and even my hand as I climbed the stairs to jump in. Yes the race people said no electronics warning us that they might get ruined. But I wanted to take pictures.

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Cross the finish line and am handed another box of cereal and my finishers medal. Again we are giving a meal provided by Great Events. A pancake breakfast with sausage. Yummy! We were also told that because it was Canada Day and there was jumping going on we could go into the grounds for free. Something I would have loved to do if I wasn’t soaking wet and without my children. I did however wander around the finish line to look at the big tanks, I was allowed to hold a gun. Which was surprisingly heavy. When I handed it back to the man with two hands he took it from me in one hand and I asked him if he had a good hold of it before I let it go. “Yeah cause the huge army guy can’t hold a heavy gun. Duh”

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Once again a great event from Spruce Meadows. This makes two of six. Next event is in August 16th This one is titles “run through the meadows” to support Alberta’s Fire Fighters Burn Camp.

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