The first ever Max Muscle Vancouver Parade Run/Walk went off without a hitch on Saturday May 15th!
We weren't really sure how many people were going to show up that morning. I had ordered 75 finishers medals and 75 shirts. I figured if we had more than that, we could just order more and mail them to those who were shorted. Luckily, that wasn't much of an issue. We had 74 participants. Doesn't get better than that...does it?!!
We had a great group of people out to run and walk. Some of these folks had done many runs and races before, some had never walked or run 2.5 miles in their lives and this was their first race. We were happy to have every single one of them out on the course with us!
Everyone showed up with plenty of time to get to the start line. We even got to take a group photo!
10 am came and off they went! Lead by two awesome sheriff's deputies in their car and Trevor on his bike, they made their way along the route of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. The streets were lined with people and many asked us what was going on! This was the first year, so it was a bit of a surprise to see runners and walkers ahead of the parade. We are hoping this will lead to many more participants next year!
The winner, Madeleine Sellers, 51, of Washougal, crossed the finish line in 16 minutes and 32 seconds. That is a 6 minute and 36 second mile pace. WOW...that's FAST!!!
We had a group of triathletes in training participate. Sherri McMillan from Northwest Personal Training has a training group for her "Girlfriends and DudesTriathlon" on July 25th. They went for a bike ride before the run and then RAN the run!! Great job you guys!
We had quite a few families participate and it was so fun to see them out there being healthy and fit together. This was a great example to the entire community. We want people to get out there and live their lives...no more sitting on the sidelines and watching life pass them by.
At the finish line, there were medals for each finisher, Max Muscle Triple Whey Protein Shakes, water, Max Crunch protein bars and brownies (who doesn't love brownies?). We had excellent volunteers helping on the route. It was a fabulous time and we can't wait to do it again next year!!!