The Try Events Chilly Chase has become a tradition for me. It was my first race ever in 2015 and every year since, the Chilly Chase was the race that started my running season. Nothing like an easy picturesque race to start off the year.
The Try Events Chilly Chase has something for everyone: a 5k, 10k, 15k, and a half marathon. Runners of all abilities are able to join this mostly flat and scenic course. For the second year in a row, I ran the 15k distance. You start at Olympic Village and run along the seawall to English Bay, where you branch off and run towards Lost Lagoon. You then get to do a little bit of mild trail running (mostly packed gravel) as you do a loop of Lost Lagoon and then head back to Olympic Village the same way you came from. The hills were by the Granville and Burrard bridges (slight incline) and when you branch off the seawall towards Lost Lagoon… and also on the way back from Lost Lagoon. You get to see an urban landscape and lots of natural beauty (False Creek, the beach at English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and maybe you’ll even see some ducks and Canada geese). All distances were pretty much an out and back of the same course. There’s a part where the 15k and the half branch off in different directions but later on, the half also heads back to Lost Lagoon and uses the same way back.
How Did I Do?
When I signed up for the Try Events Chilly Chase this year, I thought it would complement my First Half training plan nicely. As “luck” may have it, the week before the race, I slipped and twisted my ankle and didn’t get to do my long run that weekend. So all week I’ve been stressing on whether I could even run this race or not. I iced like crazy and managed to maintain some of my fitness by swimming and pool running 2 days this week. Once I felt brave enough, I tried doing short runs. I ran less than 5k on two different days. My ankle seemed to hold up but the real test was this race… it’s been 2 weeks since I ran a long distance and lots of mileage so I had no doubt my endurance suffered. Thank goodness, my run buddy Gabrielle was with me the whole race and we just talked the whole time and ran an easy pace. I ended up running 1:43:16 which was about 8 minutes slower than last year’s. At least I had a good reason and I really didn’t mean to push on this race. I’m just glad my ankle survived. Sorry for the lack of course photos… my phone was acting up in the cold again.
This race is great, obviously since this is my 3rd year doing it. The course is awesome, especially on a nice day like today. Running the Vancouver seawall is always a joy. You get a pair of socks with your registration and it just so happens that the socks, logo, and medals were designed by fellow BibRave Pro Brie like the Cheese. Well done, Brie! Package Pickup was at two different shops on Friday (Kitsilano) & Saturday (Burnaby). It was a little inconvenient for me to get to but that’s because I had no car and I had to plan to get out of work early and catch some buses. Besides that, it was a quick pickup. They give you the bib, timing chip (which you had to return at the end of the race, but there were volunteers waiting with scissors at the end), the socks, safety pins & zip ties. For an additional couple bucks (I think) you can get a bag, but it’s best if you brought your own. I wish the bib was printed on higher quality paper. One corner ripped before I even left the house. Luckily, the bib stayed on the whole race. The start/finish line was conveniently located in Olympic Village which meant that good restaurants were only a short hobble away. We ended up going to Terra Breads for a croissant and a coffee. The medal is nice and smaller than the previous two years. I like that it’s a different shape. I have enough round medals lol. You can see my cat modelling all three Try Events Chilly Chase medals I have so far. (left to right: 2015-2017)
And then afterwards, Cuski and I took the skytrain home… no judging, it was raining and I think I earned my train ride 😛 Thank you for cheering us on today!