This post is basically a re-posting in translation of my 2015 race summary originally posted in French on Facebook the day after the marathon.
The 2015 Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon was on October 11, 2015. The weather was beautiful for a mid-October day in Ottawa. It was mostly sunny, the temperature reached a high of 19 degrees Celsius mid-day. But in the morning, when the race started, it was pretty cold, around 10 degrees Celsius. I ran the beginning of the marathon with a sweatshirt on (I hadn’t planned to do so, but it was too cold to take it off immediately). When the weather got hotter, I tied it to my waist.
So here it goes, my original race report…
I’ve done it, I ran my 42.2km for 2015! For posterity’s sake, I’d like to highlight a few details on how the day and the race went.
It was a small marathon. 55 runners for the 42.2km (and almost 800 participants to all of the day’s events – 1km, 5km, 10km, half-marathon, …). On 55 participants, I finished 52nd, but with the slowest time of all the finishers, since a few people quit or were disqualified.
The official marathon start time was 10am with a 5 hour time limit to finish. However, the organisers offered the possibility of starting an hour earlier, at 9am, if we planned to run between 5 and 6 hours. A handful of “turtles” and I started at 9am (I’d say there was about 8 or 9 of us), all while the volunteers were arriving on site and setting up the water stations.
I can congratulate the organising team – Sommersault Events. Everything was impeccable. It was a small event, but very well organised.
The course was about 10km long (I’m rounding off). The half-marathon participants ran it back and forth, and the marathon participants ran it back and forth twice.
The marathon took place in a country setting. Roads were not close, we were running on the side of the road. There were a few small groups that had come to encourage some participants, but there were mostly cows and horses in fields watching us run.
When I had registered for this event, there was an option in the form to register in the heavy weight category. This category is called “Athena” for women, and it was for women who weighted more than 170lb. Knowing that I fit this description, I chose to register in this category. Finally, I’m the only runner who signed up for the full marathon in the Athena category. Even though I was the slowest of all the finishers of this marathon, I can say, with an ironic smirk, that I finished first in my category!
I had fun. I ran the first half-marathon pretty quickly, passing the half-way point in 2 hours 35 minutes, but in the second half-marathon, I was alternating between running and speed-walking. I ran the full course in 5 hours 36 minutes. So all in all, I had fun and I ran my marathon for this year.
In this previous post, you can also see the videos I have of this marathon.