The race was held at the beautiful Cumberland Heritage museum on the outskirts of Ottawa. I drove with Yasser on race day from Kingston and got lost on the way to the race site. Luckily I got in about 20 minutes before the race start. The field was small (capped at 500). It was a chilly overcast day with a little breeze. The course was quite hilly but the scenery was unbelievable. It was fall colors at it’s best. There was minimal crowd support on the way and felt quite lonely at times. By the time I finished the race, it was raining. The medal was quite basic but got a nice massage and a hearty meal. After the race, I had to wait half an hour for Yasser to come pick me up as he had gone to drop off his friend to downtown. The worst part was that my warm clothes were in his bag, so had to shiver in my wet running clothes for that time. He did get a mouthful from me in the end!
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.