Canada Day Marathon
By. Kevin Larive
Every year TISC (Toronto Inline Skating Club) puts on a Canada Day Marathon and on July 1, 2014 that marathon was back for another chapter.
This year’s event went great despite a little rain falling during the event. Skaters came from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and even the USA to show off their skill and speed.
Two of TISC’s own Maggie Dort and Kerry Taylor finished second and Third overall in the women’s 42km race and Peter Doucet finished in third place in the men’s 42km race.
The Canada Day marathon took place in Cambridge, Ontario and the course took place on rural roads, mixed quality asphalt, single lane roads that are also open to traffic with police control at intersections. The race started at 8:15am and all racers were given to 10:45pm to finish the race.
TISC takes safety seriously for all participants and with that in mind all skaters are required to wear helmets, mouth-guards, wrist protection and knee and elbow pads. The Canada Day marathon awarded finisher medals, age group medals and a cash purse to the top three finishers in the mens and womens divisions.
The following types of races were in play featuring a 10km, 21km and 42km races. There were also age group races for Youth 14 and under, Junior 15 to 19, Senior 20 to 35, Masters 36 to 45, Grand Masters 46 to 55, Golden Masters 56 and over.
All in all it sounds like all participants enjoyed themselves as well as all the wonderful people that volunteered their time to ensure the race went off smoothly.
TISC can’t wait to see more people in 2015.