Guest Blog- Joanne Gassman

Joanne Gassman

Who wouldn’t love to get up at 5:45 a.m. during the weekdays to run around the Stanley Park Seawall?  Well, the second part is true at least – the seawall run is one of my favourite parts of the day in training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon’s half event on Sunday May 5th.  I’d even say the early morning run with some BMO colleagues is getting to be much more enjoyable with the lighter days.

Unless you’re training to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which I’m not, being committed to completing your run feeling good is more important than how fast you finish.

Last year was the first time on the new point-to-point course, starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and ending downtown. It’s really one of the most beautiful courses I’ve run – anywhere.  You can savour the cherry tree-lined streets and take in ocean and mountain views – what could be better!  And having volunteers and spectators along the route to cheer us on is incredible.  It really does make a difference to my energy level.

This year I’m looking forward to the new family-friendly Street Festival after I cross the finish line; fingers crossed! There will be lots to celebrate and enjoy on Hastings Street between Bute and Thurlow Streets, including the BMO Kids’ Zone, musicians, food vendors and entertainers.

See you either on the course or at the finish line celebration!

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