This morning the whole family ran at the Suck it up Buttercup race at Rundle Park in Edmonton. This race event may not be the most professional, but what it lacks in professionalism, it makes up for with heart. The organizer is so devoted, so giving and determined to make sure that everyone has a good time and that the most money possible can be raised for the Canadian Diabetes Association. You can feel the excitement that she gives off. She is truly a gem.

The morning began with the kids race (I am guessing about 1K). This was my kids first race and they were pretty excited. They were made to feel like the stars of the day. The kids all got finisher medals and personalized race bibs and were cheered right through the finish line. I am glad that the kids got to run first, so many other events have the kids race start times after the other races begin. I was happy to be able to witness my children’s accomplishment. The kids were greeted at the finish line with their medals, bananas, water, cookies, and chocolate.

I did the 10K course and my wife did the 5K. Both events were chip timed and results were posted online within an hour of the event ending. The courses did have a few smaller hills and the courses were a little confusing because of the number of different paths in the area but the volunteers kept us on course. There were 2 water stations on the course and the weather was beautiful.

It was a basic paved path course. The 5k was an out and back and the 10k was an out and back to the east, followed by an out and back to the west. I really liked that the 10k course was setup this way and was not just 2 loops of the same 5k course. I like the variety.

This race made for a wonderful Saturday morning. Will be marking this one on the calendar for next year. 2016 was a sell out with 390 participants of all skill level. This race was all about having fun and raising money for a great cause, and the bling of course!

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