Shaughnessy 8K 2019


July is now upon us and I’m only now writing my Shaughnessy 8K review…a race I ran way back in May! Chock it up to trying to make the most of the summer, spending more time outdoors and less at my computer. However, it’s weirdly chilly and rainy right now, so it’s the perfect time to start getting caught up on the blog. And what better way than with one of the best local races in town – the crowd-pleasing Shaughnessy 8K!

I’ve run the Shaughnessy 8K five times before, racking up some decent times and earning a bit of bling. (Check out my 2018 and 2017 reviews.) While the Shaughnessy 8K 2019 wasn’t a winning race for me, it has all the hallmarks of a race worth running:

  • Low registration fee
  • Lots of local running buddies and familiar faces
  • Challenging but beautiful course through the streets of the upscale Shaughnessy neighbourhood
  • nuun Hydration – both on the course and at the finish line
  • Well-stocked post-race food, including coffee, bananas, cookies, yogurt and energy bars
  • Age group medals
  • Loads and loads of draw prizes
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All the food!
All the door prizes!

Arriving in plenty of time, I did a wee warmup in the neighbourhood, including a couple of laps at the Point Grey Secondary School track, where all of my track workouts with Mile2Marathon took place last year while I was training for Eugene Marathon.

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Morning-of package pickup – thanks, Judy!
Debra rocking the wig!

Jeannine joined the race this year for the first time, so I gave her the low-down on the course before the race. It’s one of those deceptive courses because it does a double loop, and you keep thinking you’re done with the hills when another one sneaks up on you. (If you want to read what Jeannine thought of the event – and you should – read her race review here.)

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Spoiler Alert: Jeannine won an age group medal!

It was a warm day for the end of May, so my goal was just to have fun and get it done. There were no real surprises on course – just the usual enthusiastic volunteer support (with the exception of the couple who sat on the corner hugging and ignoring the runners hahaha). At my final push to the finish line, I found myself gunning past a young guy I’d be following most of the race – I always get a bit of a thrill when that happens!

The Shaughnessy 8K is one of the rare races where I definitely stick around – the chances of winning a draw prize are high, and you have to be there to win! Much to my delight, I came away with a complimentary entry to the 2019 Seawall Race in October – so I’ll see you there!

Every 1st place age group winner got a branded wine glass!

One of my highlights – father and son age group winners! Both Ben Hanke and his son, Oscar, placed in their respective age groups with some pretty impressive times (29:34 and 34:52)!

Debra won a draw prize, too!

Once things had wrapped up, Jeannine and I went for brunch at Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano – we earned this meal!

Final Results

Chip Time: 40:30
Overall Place: 51/126
Place in Gender: 35/71
Place is Age Group (45-49): 5/10 
Click here for full results

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