|“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek|
It was beautiful sunny day in Toronto as I stood at the starting line at Mel Lastman Square. Being one of the biggest marathons in Canada, the turn out and festivities were amazing. It took me about 5 minutes to cross the starting line. The route was simple and downhill most of the way apart from a tough climb on Hoggs Hollow and the last km up to Queens Park. There was plenty of support on the way and running through Forest Hill and Rosedale Valley was a treat. Nadia was there at the finish line taking photos. The post race party was quite elaborate. We stayed around for a while and then took the subway up to Mel Lastman square to pick up the car. The best part of the race was receiving the half marathon medal which was literally half a medal (quite fascinating).
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.