|“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|
After 2 back to back half marathons, I signed up for the inaugural Mississauga Marathon. The race started from Square One and headed south towards lakeshore to finish at the Promenade Park. It was a very well organized race considering it was held for the first time. The support on the course was excellent with water stops every 2 kms. The latter part of the race was along the lake. The only disappointment was the medal. Even the 2K, 10K and half marathon finishers received the same medal. Furthermore, the after race food stall only had bagels and water on offer and there was no massage tents as well. The journey back to "Square One" was a pain. We had to walk 2 kms to the race bus that took an hour to transport the runners back to square one.
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.