On Saturday morning we drove to Kingston with Khalid Noon and Nosheen and had a really nice BBQ at Mama’s place. After spending the night in Kinston, I drove to Ottawa in the wee hours of the morning. I got to downtown Ottawa at least half an hour before race start. The race started at 7am with over two thousand full marathoners under clear blue skies and moderate temperature. The race route was breathtaking. Running along Rideau Canal was a treat and there were plenty of supporters along the course. In the last few kilometers, the runner traffic increased as most of the half marathoners were also finishing their race. The best part of the race was the medal, probably the biggest and most expensive medal I ever got. Post race party was as usual quite nice with plenty of fluids and food around. I drove back to Kingston after the race and after a few hours rest, headed back to Toronto. So after 6 hours of driving and 5 hours of running, I was back in TO around midnight. After all, I am super human!
This was the 2nd edition of the Mississauga Marathon and a much better organized race. The field was much bigger than the inaugural race as more and more people found out how flat and scenic the course is. I even had my name on the race bib. The race started after the national anthem of Canada and a speech from Hazel McCallum, the mayor of Mississauga for the last 40 odd years. The course zig zagged thru all the upscale neighborhoods of Mississauga, including UofT to finally finish at the Promenade Park where the spectators were aplenty. Finishers medal was quite nice and they even had burgers and fries for all the runners.
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.