A year in review.
It has been a long winter here in Creemore, Ontario. It started in November and now on April 4th it seems to linger on. Running has been very icy, windy, cold and difficult at times, but I still managed to get out about 6 times a week.... o.k. January and February had some record breaking 6 hour treadmill runs. The 4K hike\hobble\run up Collingwood Street is so beautiful during the winter. It remains a challenge even after running it for fourteen years.
My pottery has gotten so much better because of watching three hour youtube sessions while on the treadmill! Youtube brings the classroom\learning environment very close at hand. It allows you to watch the worlds best potters, right in your living room. Race prizes will be so improved this year because of change in clay body and glazes that are rich and full of depth.
The Tim Hortons Copper Kettle Dash will be even better this year. Tim Hortons of Stayner has become our presenting sponsor. This will promote the race to upwards of 300,000 customers. The running field might get bigger and more diverse. Watch out! Tim's will also provide food, coffee and cups for the race. All in all, a very welcome and exciting progression for Copper Kettle Dash.
On a personal note, in December, I went to Pheonix Arizona to run a multi day race called Across The Years. My race started on December 29th and the plan was to break the Canadian 100 mile record for my age category. At 11 hours of running I was told that I had broken the 12 hour world road record for my age category! Amazing, as I was running slowly since breaking the 100 mile record would take about 26 hours. At 120 K I was forced to abandon my attempt due to total fatigue and sore calf muscles. My lack of experience running 100 miles meant that I could not find the formula to fuel properly. My record lasted for 24 hours and was broken the next day by June Gessner from the USA. Even though records are made to be broken, it would have been nice to hold the title for a wee while longer.
This is going to be a fantastic year for Tim Hortons Creemore Copper Kettle Dash! T-shirts, great prizes, clay medals, a fantastic course (one smashing hill on the 10K) and the Copper Kettle Festival to enjoy after the race. What could be better? Come and enjoy.
Lee Anne Cohen - Race Director.