Last Sunday I ran a race I was not expecting to run. While out visitng family on the west coast I ran the Miracle Beach 10 km race that is organized by the River Runners Association in Campbell River BC. Their website is worth checking out if you are travelling to the area and looking for race to run.
I traveled to BC early the previous day. My trip was 3658 km (2272 miles) across three time zones. As usual, I brought running gear thinking I would be able to get in a few early morning runs while others slept.
Not long after I arrived my aunt let me know about the race. It was taking place the following morning just down the road from where I was staying staying. I managed to find the details online quickly.
Since the start time was early enough to not interfere with anything we had planned for Sunday I decided to head down early and register for the race.
The weather Sunday morning was typical for the west coast at this time of year – overcast, damp and cool. It rained overnight but had stopped before the race started. To me it seemed like ideal weather to run a race in.
The race starts off in the parking lot of Miracle Beach Provincial Park. The course involves an out and back through a residential area before coming back toward the start area and heading in the other direction for a loop of another residential area.
Due to the small size of the field and nature of the course I knew I was in 5th or 6th place the entire time. The first two runners were on their own and were going to finish in the lead unless they pulled out of the race.
At one point I managed to close the gap with the runner ahead of me and felt like I had a chance to catch him. However, despite not losing any ground to him from that point on, I was not able to make up the difference before crossing the finish line.
As I made my way around the final turn back in to the parking lot I could see the clock at the finish line and knew I would finish with a time between 40-41 minutes. That gave me the needed incentive to pick up the pace one last time.
My time of 41:08 was good enough for 6th place out of 98 runners. I am pleased with that. Running a race the day after travelling that far was the last thing I expected. Running this race was a great alternative to a run on my own.