This weekend I participated in another 5k run with my sisters, and I thought I would tell you all about it. This run was the ‘What’s Your Wild’ run put on by MultisportsCanada. We have done a few runs last year by this company so when I got the email about this one which was a run through the Edmonton Valley Zoo I couldn’t pass it up.
This was the first annual Whats your Wild run in support of the Valley Zoo Development Society. There were a couple of different events:
• Run like a…. (insert YOUR fast animal) – official timed 5km event
• Walk, trot, swing like a…(insert your favorite slow mover) – 5k fun run/walk
• 1k ‘Wild-Onesie’- Animal Onesie Fun Run
o Come dressed in your fanciest, cutest or best animal costume for a chance to win some great zoo-rific prizes!
My sisters and I signed up for the chip timed event which was a little intimidating since I hadn’t been doing any running/training since last year. On Saturday we went to pick up our race packages (in the middle of a sand storm) and the people were really friendly. We got some great things included in the packages. There was a reuseable bag, a chocolate bar, a macrobar, a honey wafer as well as our t-shirts.
On the day of the event we all dressed in our cheetah/leopard/tiger print best and showed up at the Edmonton Valley Zoo early to make sure that there was enough parking. We didn’t have to worry because there was ample parking. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating and it was really windy. We ended up inside of the buildings to wait for the race to begin.
Soon it was time to make our way to the start line, and I’m not going to lie I was a little (i.e. quite) nervous as I hadn’t ran in awhile. It was interesting to look around and see everyone who was dressed up as their favorite animals. There was a chicken, a gorilla and zebra just to name a few
Before I knew it we were off. The path was actually really nice. We started in the parking lot of the zoo and ran into a nearby park. During the first km there was a steep hill with a switchback which was killer on the calves. Then we looped back around and wound up back in the parking lot and into the zoo. The path in the zoo was really nice although it was also full of hills. It was nice to look around and see the animals. As I was approaching the end of the run there was an Alpaca I swear that he was standing near us trying to figure out what was happening. As I was passing his head followed me it was so cool.
Next thing I was passing the bald eagles cage and found I was coming up on the finish line. I was very proud of myself for finishing in 33:15! Everytime I run I remember that I actually really enjoy it, so I really need to do more of it. I didn’t have very long at the finish line before my sisters were coming across. We got our medals and headed over to the snacks table to grab some grub. They had fruits and muffins and cookies, but since I was doing Whole 30 at the time I could only enjoy the bananas and the oranges. The wolves weren’t sure what all the commotion was about since the finish line was right by their pen and they kept howling to remind us that they were there.
After our bellies were satisfied we decided to take a walk around the zoo since we had never been there before. It is a pretty small zoo (nothing like the big zoo in Calgary), but is nice nonetheless! We were able to see zebras, tigers, arctic foxes, and snakes just to name a few of the animals. I made friends with an iguana named Stella she was beautiful!! I wish that the weather would have been a little more cooperative (i.e. less windy) because we would have spent more time there. I can’t wait to go back another time and have a proper visit.
Another successful run completed. This was my third 5k race of the year and I have lots more planned. I have officially signed up for my first 10k run this year in August during the Edmonton Marathon so I will start training for that closer to the event. Stay tuned for lots more fun runs we will be doing in the future.
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