It was a chilly overcast day as I drove from Toronto to Niagara Falls. After picking up my race kit, I hopped on to the race bus to be driven to the race start. The field was sizeable and there were a lot of foreign runners. The whole race was run along the Niagara Parkway along river Niagara and finished beside the falls. The crowd support on the course was not that big, probably because the entire race was outside the city. It was my sixth race in 8 weeks and instead of being tired I was feeling quite fresh…maybe because my legs had gotten used to long distance running. I finished the race a little over 2 hrs which was my personal best. We were given thermal blankets after the race and then transported back to the race hotel. The medal was actually quite nice. This happened to be the last race for 2002 and am already looking forward to the races in 2003.
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.