Who could have foreseen it? After all the planning BD had done and the training we had endured during the hot summer months (including that excellent hill training in High Park!), who could have imagined that Alberta would be in such horrific pandemic shape by the end of September 2021? And the race we had decided for our first(!) post pandemic trip out of town together would also be out of the question for a second time in a row. In the words of Dorothy Parker: “This wasn’t plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it”.
So what did we walkers do with our disappointment? We held our own “Melissa’s Race” along the waterfront of Lake Ontario; a far cry from the city of Banff to be sure and yet there we were, undaunted and unstoppable, doing our own “virtual” race in the spirit of the actual race we were missing. The day itself was race perfect, a little cool but sunny with a glorious breeze blowing through every once in a while. Varying start times reflected the differing lengths the walkers were doing; 5 km, 10 km and 21 km but we all knew where we were going to finish – on the patio of the Amsterdam Brew Pub where we celebrated being together again after a well walked race and a wretched pandemic. Now just how lovely was that? We have the photos to prove it.