|“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 a small, low key event in a very small town. I drove from Kingston on race morning. Glengarry is a town situated off 401 on the Ontario Quebec border. A total of 38 people were registered for the half and the race was held on quite an uneventful out and back course. The windy over cast weather made the first 11 kms really difficult. However with the wind on my back, the 2nd half of the race was much easier. I met a couple of local women who were competing in their first half, so chatted with them along the latter part of the course. I reached the finish line with a handful of volunteers present. The finishers medal looked like it cost the organizers 10 cents each ! After the race, I hopped into my car and drove back to Kingston. Nadia and her mom were there as well. That evening, we drove back to Toronto.
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.