North Bay is 3 ½ hours north of Toronto and I decided to drive up on race day. Nadia as usual wasn’t too keen on me driving alone so decided to accompany me to the race. We left home at 3:30am and headed north. The drive was quite interesting especially past Bracebridge. We reached North Bay about an hour before the race. The race turn out was small and they did not even have the timing chip. It was an out and back course with most of it through the national park. My ankle was slightly sore after the last race and I aggravated it around the 16th km mark after tripping off a stone. In the process my Oakley’s fell and broke. I literally walked the remainder of the race and finished in about 2 ½ hours. Nadia, who mostly slept in the car was there to take a few pics of me. The medal was quite good considering how small the race was. We did some sightseeing in North Bay and then headed back to Toronto. So, all in all, after 7 hours of driving and about 2 ½ hours of running, we were back in Toronto around 4pm. Now that’s what you call time well spent on a lazy Sunday!
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.