The day of the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run was an awesome day to be a Greenie. For various reasons, a group of us came together to form a team and take part in something outside of our comfort zone. It was a day of courage and triumph. For most of us, weeks of training and preparation were finally coming to fruition. Some Greenies ran a road race for the first time in their lives, while others battled through injuries, self-doubt and fatigue due to late night parties. To explicitly demonstrate his courage, Mike Scott headed downtown at 7am, in 5 degree weather in nothing but his running shorts and t-shirt, now that takes guts. We arrived downtown and took our places in what soon became a very crowded street.
Runners gather along Georgia St.
The race itself was a bit of a whirlwind, running over bridges, dodging people, finding ‘high five’ stations and singing along with live bands on street corners. Everyone enjoyed the run and finished on a high, proud of their accomplishment. Not only did each person overcome individual barriers but as a team we had some pretty awesome results.
The home stretch after the Cambie St. bridge.
We set a record for the number of Greenies who participated (12) and as a result of having over 10 people participate, we were able to enter in the team competition. As a team, our top 10 times were combined and compared to other groups from the Education domain. Out of 44 teams, we placed 3rd (falling only to the UBC triathlon club and Sauder School of Business). Our team time was 7:51:16, an average of just over 47 minutes each. To keep this in perspective, St Johns College had a team time of 9:11:27, which is an average time of over 55 minutes per person. On average, we beat them by 8 minutes per person!! Wow! Not a trivial margin. To put 8 minutes into perspective, running at the speed of Sam Johns (when he’s injured), that’s an AVERAGE of 2 kilometers per person! Who knew Green College had such well-rounded people. Well done! Greenies, I am thoroughly impressed with your individual and team effort.
Absent from photo: Chanone Ryane