Saturday, May 24, 2008

In about five hours we'll be motoring north of the border to the capital of Canada to participate in Ottawa's race weekend.

For the first time, we'll be spending Saturday night in Ottawa before Sunday's race. In past years I'd drive up to Ottawa on Saturday morning to get my race packet and peruse the vender's booths, and return home (it's a little over an hour's drive including clearing customs and immigration at the border). Then early Sunday morning D. and I would drive back for the race.

This year my adventuring compatriot decided to participate, as well as a few other employees of our work place. The price of gas, having risen above $4.10 / gal., makes it seem prudent to make the trip only once.

After a week of cold rainy weather, the forecast for Sunday is absolutely perfect. With a high of 73 degrees F. forecast for Sunday, it's a good guess that we'll start the 1/2 marathon at 9 AM and the temp will probably be in the mid fifties....just perfect!

To summarize:
A weekend in Canada's capital city!
With friends and co-workers,
Plus 30,000 race participants.
Festive atmosphere in a clean, friendly city-
Good food
Good wine
Good beer
Good exercise
Good fun!
There'll be no quitting before the finish line, even if I have to crawl across. ;) And this will be my third time returning to the 1/2 marathon in Ottawa.

Since we'll be away 'til Monday, Memorial day, and I think this post well qualifies for both Sunday Scribblings (#112 Quitting) and Writer's Island (#36 "The Return") prompts for this week, I'm going to link to them.

We move to camp on the river Monday....see y'all whenever................


Blogger anthonynorth said...

And DO enjoy yourself.

8:56 AM  
Blogger paisley said...

best of luck on a timely finish,,, but more importantly just have some fun!!!!!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Good luck in the race and have a fun weekend.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Granny Smith said...

Have a great weekend! This post lets us share your happy anticipation of the race and the fun afterward.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Kick Ass Rel Man! NO Crawling for you, I KNOW you will be sprinting across that finsih line! Can't wait to hear all about it! It sounds like an awesome weekend!

5:08 PM  
Blogger jellyhead said...

I hope you have an amazing time, Rel. Go Rel go!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Greyscale Territory said...

Love this insight into your passion for racing!

Beautifully presented!

Have a great time and tell us more!


9:03 PM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Good luck in the race, and enjoy your weekend.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Patois said...

Can't wait to hear the wrap-up when you're back. Good luck!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Rambler said...

hey good luck!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Have a great time!

end of the world for me

12:45 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Happy Memorial Day to you and yours, dear Rel. I'm so looking forward to hearing how you did at the marathon, I'm sure you didn't have to crawl to the finish line:-) Hopefully the weather was perfect as they had predicted...would love to go back to Ottawa one day, I've only been there once in 1975 on a school trip! xox

2:33 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Good for you. I'm excited to hear how it went.

11:07 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

trust you had the grandest time and a wonderful weekend - expecting a full report! :)

10:49 PM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

So how was the race ?? I hope you went very good

3:30 AM  
Blogger paisley said...

rel i am over here, at,, just drop the - between the why and the paisley,, the reason why is over there too... i emailed but it came right back.. either gmail or hotmail is having a problem,, as you are the second return i got on a got mail address...


7:20 AM  
Blogger Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hope that you won it, I have faith in you.

Hope you have fun wandering about; I wish I were doing the same.

And, when you come back you may want to pop over and see Seamus; he's left the blog world.
There is a farewell post on Shameless Words.
I am very sad about this.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

4:11 PM  
Blogger JP/deb said...

Now that sounds like a great time! Hope you've been having fun Rel. Peace, JP/deb

1:11 AM  

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