The 10km ZooRun in 53:51

runningThis morning, at precisely 9:30, I ran the 10km Oasis ZooRun through the Metro Toronto Zoo. You can see the course here, which started in the Zoo parking lot and snaked around the perimeter for a couple of kilometres before heading into the zoo and finishing up near the kangaroos.

Before I get into my time and thoughts about the race itself, I'll answer the main question I've been getting. Yes, you see the animals, but not nearly as many as you think. I remember the elephants, the cheetahs and the giraffes, but not a heck of a lot more. Of course, they were probably freezing, but more on that later.

I was certain I'd run this race in 50 minutes. I'm still surprised at my time but I was wearing an ankle chip, so it has to be accurate, right? It's right here on the interweb. It was a tough 10km. It was hilly, there was some questionable surfacing, there were a few unnaturally tight turns and even a spot where you had to run up six or so stairs. Then, there was the weather. At the zoo this morning, it was cold. I ran in shorts and a short sleeved shirt but few others did the same. They all sensibly bundled up. Last weekend I complained it was too hot and today I was complaining I was too cold. Go figure.

All in all it was a great day. I drove the party wagon with my 10k clinic peeps and after the race we headed to a Tim Hortons for coffee and convos. I'm not familiar with the area, but I was confident we'd find a Tim Hortons within five minutes of driving on Sheppard. I was right.

I don't have a next race scheduled, but if all goes well it might just be a half-marathon next spring. Here's the obligatory photoset from this morning's 10km ZooRun.

Zoo Running

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Congrats for a sub 55. We salute you!

October 13, 2007 @ 4:31 PM

Toronto Mike

I've come around to deciding that this time is just fine for a dude who hadn't even run a single km until 31 weeks ago.

October 13, 2007 @ 5:59 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Mike good job. That is truly amazing. I need to get myself in the same shape swimming wise and start competing again. What you have done is great.

October 13, 2007 @ 7:49 PM


I so want to do this run of any run. I assume this was raising money for the zoo?

October 15, 2007 @ 11:27 AM

Toronto Mike

I don't know if this was raising money for the zoo. I think the Zoo got paid somehow, but it wasn't pitched as a charity event.

It was just a race with about 2200 runners. The setting was pretty cool though, I just with the temperature was a little less cool.

October 15, 2007 @ 11:46 AM

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