Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Banff Jasper Relay

Last weekend I did the Banff Jasper Relay with 13 of my coleagues from work. We entered a team "The West Fraser Warriors" in the mixed Corporate event.
The relay consists of 15 legs starting in Banff by Lake Louise and making it's way up the Icefields Parkway ending in the Town of Jasper. The race is divided into a south phase and a north phase and each team starts a runner on each of the phases at 0700h sharp. Thereafter there are forced starts on each remaining leg to ensure the event finishes in the daylight hours.
Our team performed incredibly and we ended up fourth in our division. I drew two legs because of a last minute injury and did leg 9 - 15.7 kms and leg 15 - 19.7. A bit of a challenge, but I was able to finish 3rd overall on both legs. The first one was all uphill to the Columbia Icefields. The scenery was breath taking and although it was a grind I was able to manage a 7:44 / mile pace.
The finish was also a beautiful run, and it was nice having the whole team there to support and cheer me on. On this part of the course I was able to cruise comfortably at sub-7 minute miles.
After a couple days recovery I am back to full on training but still no definite plans. I'm feeling great and will have to find something to use up this training on.
Happy training!

1 comment:

Love2Run said...

Nice cruisin' there Gary!