The Fall Angus Glen Race Weekend 5k – Nov 4th 2017

The Trek and Run Team were supported during this event by;

Kusaga Athletic

Salba Chia

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There are a selection of distances to choose from at the Fall Angus Glen Race Weekend that takes place on a golf course just outside of Toronto. There’s an Apple Creek Kids K, a 5K, 10K and a Ten Miler. Virgil took on the 5k, this is what he thought of it. 

This delightful small community, family friendly race on a picturesque golf course offers a stark contrast to the big, corporate races that I often take part in and it was good to be back at the event this year after volunteering at it in the past. My ankle was still tender from a hiking trip accident and with the Hamilton Marathon on the cards for me the next day, I was going to take a cautious approach on this 5k.

Pickup of race kit went smoothly and I headed out to the start line and took in a Tim Horton’s latte to warm myself up.

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With a 4°C start, it was  a cold one but I braved it with a short sleeve shirt and shorts. There has been many a time in the past where I regretted wearing too much clothing and overheating as a result, but not today. 

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After the couple of jumping jack exercises we were ready to go. I was one of the last runners to cross the start line as we headed into the infamous rolling hills in the forest that separate the golfing fairways and greens. I felt good as I passed runner after runner and had to slow down at several bottlenecks. I wasn’t too worried as I wasn’t running for time, just to enjoy myself.

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My ankle didn’t complain too much as I leaned into a forward toe push off on the many short, steeper sections of the hills. Winding our way past the clubhouse we led a parade through the first eight golf holes on the course, including a quick water station at the midpoint of the race. I was having fun and before I knew it I was already approaching the 4 km sign. There was a young girl who I fixed in my eye line and tried my best to catch but she was just too fast for me and I finished just behind her. A fireman in uniform handed out medals at the finish and I drank like a fish at the station and picked up a muffin. 

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This race is known for its generous sponsors and this year was no exception. A big triple pack of body wash was hiding in the race swag bag, along with an assortment of other bathroom products.

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Normally I don’t like running 5k events as I take them on as full speed, zone 5 efforts from the get go with no time to get accustomed and slowly ramp up efforts. But since I was doing this as a tempo run and reserving energy for the next day’s marathon it allowed me to appreciate the scenery more and I enjoyed taking pictures as I went that showed off the beauty of the golf course. I’m definitely coming back for more next year and I suggest you do the same! Take note, all of the Angus Glen events sell out early so if you want to take part, sign up asap.

You can find out more at http://www.angusglenrunningseries.com/

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