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Race Report: The Unity Run 2013

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 by in Running | 0 comments

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Duncan and I were thrilled to participate in the 2013 Unity Run in Arnprior.  This year, the race celebrated its 10th anniversary, and judging by the increase in runners/walkers, the secret is out!UR10

In support of Community Living of Renfrew South, the Unity Run offers a 1K Family Run/Walk, a 3K Run, a 3K Walk, a 5K Run, a 5K Walk, and a 10K run.  The entry fee for all distances was $35.  In return for this fee, a $20 tax receipt was offered, along with SportStats timing, gender specific tech tees in youth and adult sizes, and a great swag bag.

Coming off a stellar self-pacing job at the Sole Sisters event in Smiths Falls, Duncan was eager to try beating his 5K PB (personal best).  Set on Canada Day with Andy Fong as his pacing guide, Duncan needed to run a chip time of 26:33 or better.  I felt the Arnprior course might be suitable in this endeavour, as it offers a variety of rolling terrain, coupled with a combination of asphalt roads, concrete sidewalks, and gravel paths.  Duncan set off like his shoes were on fire, and beat me across the line by exactly one minute and thirty seconds.  His loud cheers and huge smile told me right away he had nailed his intention.  Duncan secured a new 5K personal best with 26:19 on the chip.

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This event starts and ends at the Nick Smith Centre, a perfect venue with fall weather in full swing.  The facility offered free parking, along with indoor washrooms, changing rooms, and a first aid station.  The gymnasium was setup with plenty of seating, a local RMT offered “by donation” massages.  Post-race munchies included piping hot Tim Horton’s coffee and TimBits, along with bottled water, juice boxes, mini bagels, cream cheese, mini muffins, loads of fresh fruit, and yogurt.

Duncan – 5K
Chip Time: 26:19
Overall Place: 18/106
Gender Place: 12/27
Men 14 & Under: 6/13

Andrea – 5K
Chip Time: 27:49
Overall Place: 26/106
Gender Place: 11/79
Women 35-39: 3/15

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