Saturday, March 26
5 Peaks held an orientation run for their Alice Lake race and turned it into a scavenger hunt with over $1200 of prizes, including a few pairs of Altra running shoes as part of the #AltraEggCellentAdventure. They had hid eggs on the course with a number written on them that corresponded to a specific prize. There were two distance options, 9 km and 13 km.
A few of us drove up to Squamish to participate at a leisurely run/hike pace. We were at the back so we weren’t sure whether we would find any eggs. Turns out we found two! I won a 1-hour “fix my form” session at Distance Runwear. I’m excited to find out what I need to work on (I know there’s a lot of room for improvement)!
The race director, Solana, passed us about halfway in, gave Kyle and I bunny ears and masks to wear, and dropped a small trail of chocolate eggs. It turns out that bunny masks can be kind of creepy …
Tons of people participate in the orientation run and it was a blast! There was even an Altra tent with a fleet of demo shoes that runners could opt to wear for the run. I met Paul Romero, founder of Uprise Performance Camps and Altra rep, as well as a few other Altra ambassadors. There were also Ladies of the Trails, November Project Vancouver, West Van Run crew, and of course, We Run Mas representing!
Sunday, March 27
I organized a run on Sunday to support a friend and the restaurant he manages, Chambar, which was hosting a 24-hour fundraiser. From 4pm March 26 to 4pm March 27, 100% of ALL sales benefit Universal Outreach’s anti-poverty honey and beekeeping initiatives in the West African nation of Liberia. Amazing!!
The run was planned for 5am with breakfast at 6am so as to fill what I figured would otherwise be empty seats because who goes for breakfast that early?? About 20 people had RSVPed as going but I think some people had second thoughts with the early morning wake up combined with less than ideal weather (it was pouring rain) … including myself. “Would it be wrong to bail on your own run? Yes, a thousand times yes. But it’s raining so much!!! Ugh, okay, well my ride will be here in 20 min so I should probably get out of bed.”
Still, about 10 people woke up around 3-4am, many drove from all corners of Metro Vancouver, and met at Chambar at 5am. Four more joined us for breakfast around 6am. I was very impressed!!
We pulled up out front and saw that the restaurant was bumpin’ and there was a small line up outside!! WTF?? The bouncer asked us if we he a reservation as we headed inside to use the bathroom. Yes, we did have a reservation … about an hour later. He let us in and the place was in full blown night club mode.
We waded through the party-ers and people dancing by the DJ to the washrooms. I’m sure everyone in there was as horrified to see us and we were to see them. I’ve never felt so sober in my life! We regrouped at the front of the restaurant, took a selfie, and headed out on our dark, rainy run.
Apparently I hid the egg way too well and posted the more important clue too late. For the record, I did strongly recommend headlamps! Also, I was worried a random person would find it, although in hindsight NO ONE was out walking on the seawall that early! The night before I actually had nightmares that I forgot to hide the egg altogether and ruined the event. It was a restless sleep.
Pam found the egg after checking out some nearby shrubs. Her and her friend Lauren had joined the event not knowing anyone but fit right in with our crazy group! Hopefully we will run again together soon.
We arrived back at the restaurant to find that the lights had been turned up and the drunks had finally gone home. A few people were at our reserved table downstairs including Ward who had run from White Rock to downtown (47.1 km) throughout the night just to have breakfast with us! My husband joined us for breakfast too. I had my doubts whether he would actually get out of bed that early but he did!
Everyone’s meals looked delicious. I ordered three waffles with three different toppings: dark chocolate, salted caramel, and white chocolate pistachio rosewater. They were AH-MAHZ-ING! Seriously, the best waffles I’ve ever had! I need to go back for more soon.