Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country as part of being a WestVanRun Ambassador. Don’t forget to register for the West Van Run (5k / 10k) on March 4 & 5, 2017. Use the code ‘bradley‘ for 15% off!
*Also, special mention to Debra Kato for many of the photos in this post – she kept the camera snapping throughout the whole course!
Although I’ve run a lot of races, I still get butterflies the night before each event. But my stomach was a bit more fluttery than usual in advance of this year’s Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country race. Previously, I had only run one other cross country race (the Spirit Run last autumn) – which was fun and challenging. However, there were a few reasons why I was a bit more nervous about Gunner Shaw:
- Last year’s weather – I wasn’t there, but it was pouring rain, windy, and (based on the photos) absolutely brutal weather-wise
- This year’s weather – Vancouver has been having a rainier AND colder than usual autumn…and snow was forecast
- Clothing – what the heck does one wear to this type of race?
- The puddle (more details below…)
I had originally registered for the 10k (2 laps), but ultimately elected to stick with the single lap 5k.
And it was one of my favourite race events of 2016!