Friday, April 24, 2009

Uma Rapiti Uma Rapiti Uma Uma Uma

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So Kyle and I went down to Vancouver with some friends last weekend and ran in the Vancouver Sun Run (sponsored by the news paper the Vancouver Sun).

My official time 1:57:05

My official placing 39268 out of 50,000 to 55,000 people no one seems to have the official count.

Now despite buying a disposable camera specifically for the race, neither Kyle nor I remembered it on the actual race day. Brilliant of us!

So here are some photos from the Vancouver Sun's website. If you look hard enough Im sure you can see me in one of the crowd shots!















Look see I'm one of those tiny little blips at the back!

Here's a couple more














Edited to add- and by a couple apparently I mean ONE hahaha

The most of the ironic part of the race was there were two very short hills and everyone slowed down on those but I speed up, I guess going to a university for 3 years up a very steep hill and having my bus stop being across a valley on a second very steep hill must have prepared me? Well that and perhaps the 12 years of ballet?

You CAN get a photo of yourself crossing the finish line, once I figure out how to get it and see how bad I look I might just put it up on here.

It was all very fun! We are definitely going next year, there's another 10k in Kamloops tomorrow.

The other good thing about our trip (other than our company who were very fun! Props to Matt and Steph) was getting out to explore just where in Vancouver we want to live. We have it narrowed down to Maple Ridge, Abbostford or Mission.

Maple Ridge is the edge between completely rural and the city, kiwis think of Albany 15 years ago or Greenhithe now, Canadians think of....um... Maple Ridge? Look one way and theres a mall, main drag, and surburban style houses. Look the other way and there is farm land and a river and surround them both with BEAUTIFUL mountains!

Heres a picture I took just as you get into Maple Ridge, its overlooking the lougheed highway from a big megastore mall to the more inland rural area that is part of north Maple Ridge.















See what I mean, behind us is a mega strip mall with stores the sizes of small cities and ahead of us is beatiful and rural landscape (thats beyond the golfcourse of course).

Somewhere between civilisation and "the sticks" is where Kyle and I eventually want to settle.

4 comments:

Trish said...

Yes I see you in the front row!!!!!
congratulations I cant even imagine walking that far...Its 10 km from Browns Bay WINZ to Glenfield Winz I tracked it last week to try to understand how far it was...good on you. Maple ridge looks wonderful I loved Albany years ago driving out to Airborne Orchards etc...

Heather said...

hi chanelle! ive forgotten how to run! im so proud of u two! when u come home at xmas bring ur disposable camera u didnt use in the race! i love the sound of maple ridge! sounds like paradise!

Trish said...

Oma rāpeti, oma rāpeti
Oma, oma, oma
Oma rāpeti, oma rāpeti
Pūhia te kaiako

Pako pako pako
Ko te tangi ō te pū
Oma rāpeti, oma rāpeti
Oma, oma, oma
Run rabbit, run rabbit
Run, run, run
Run rabbit, run rabbit
Shoot the teacher

Bang, bang, bang
goes the farmer's gun
Run rabbit, run rabbit
Run, run, run

Anei rā ngā mahi e

Kyle said...

Very proud of us. 10k in under 2 hours was a good time in my opinion!