This past Sunday I ran in the 16th annual Run Wild for Wildlife in support of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. This event has both a 7k (though my Garmin said it was actually only 6.6k) run and a 3.5k run/walk component.
I feel like the total elevation gain of 77m sounds too small. There was a large, long hill that we had to climb on each loop about half a kilometre from the finish line, and it really felt a lot more serious than 35m or so. I guess this means all the hill workouts I have coming up in the next stage of my training could have come in handy this weekend!
There are no medals for finishers in this event, but they gave gold, silver and bronze medals to the respective 7k finishers in men, women and youth categories. I did not place ;P
Each participant received a race shirt with a white hawk on the back.
I like the design, not the least because growing up my mom would buy those hawk shadow magnets and stickers to put on our sliding glass patio door and large front windows to keep birds from running into them (didn’t always work). This reminds me of that, and extra bonus because she would buy them at the JJNC.
It was a beautiful run and a beautiful day for it. Since most of the run was on trails in the shade it didn’t get too hot, but the sun was nice before the race and after cooling down. The WRSE also had their Migratory Bird Festival following the run, which had info and some small items to purchase as well as face painting and temporary tattoos.
Overall it was a nice experience and a beautiful race (despite the hills!). I prefer trails over pavement and I like the relaxed nature of small races so I love events like this. I’ll definitely be back again next year.