Montreal Race Weekend

This weekend was the culmination of summer training for many of our members.  A group of about 2 dozen people (including a few good men) met in Montreal to participate in the Montreal Rock ‘n Roll half marathon.   Sherry had found us a great hotel in Old Montreal.  Friday night, Martha and Diane led 7 of us on an expedition to find the perfect dining experience, complete with sangria.  Saturday, Sue’s search for the perfect garlic braid took us to Atwater Market where many of us purchased savouries for the pre-dinner cocktail party later on Saturday afternoon.  Sue bought a wonderful wild blueberry pie for the party which we all cared for on the Metro (whoever had the pie got a seat.)

Chihuly exhibit at the museum

After the market, we headed to the race expo to pick up our bibs and bags (and what seems to be the new team jacket.)   Then back to the hotel where we split up.  Some folks went for a great lunch in the old city and some went to see the Chihuly exhibit at Musee des Beaux Arts – a mindblowing glass display  (apparently coming to Toronto this winter.)  We all met for dinner at Holder, another stellar meal, again thanks to Sherry. 

Oh yes, the race!  We left the hotel at 7:15 am on Sunday, waited for a long time in our corral in the rain and finally got off almost an hour after race start.  Everyone was pleased with their race, all who started, finished.  But I’ll leave it to Jo Ann, who walked her first half marathon, to tell that story.

Race morning in the subway
Race morning in the subway

From Jo Ann –

What a thrill to cross the finish line of my first half marathon! The thrill banished all thoughts of the pouring rain and bone chilling rains on the Jacques Cartier Bridge.  Appreciation for the support and encouragement I received from the generous women of TPW warms all my memories of my first demi-marathon in Montreal.

 Five minutes into the walk I heard a band belt out the words of one of Queen’s hit songs…?we will, we will rock you?. The words and music quickened my pace and lifted my soggy spirits. Women of TPW, you rock me. Thank you. 

Start line on Jacques Cartier bridge

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