The carparking was a little tricky but Running Buddy negotiated me around some bollards and had a nifty back way past the Casino that saw us arrive in the pre destined parking bay in good time.
|the MCG at sunrise|
|early start for us|
|there's something motivating about running with 30,000 others|
We still ran through the Domain Tunnel and then up and over the Bolte Bridge. This was the first year I ran all the way to top of the Bolte. I was determined and very pleased to accomplish this feat. It was an interesting challenging route and I felt good the whole 16k but was pleased when the finish line finally came into sight. It was a good event to increase the distances we need to cover before July.
This event more than any other is about participating, challenging yourself, raising money for the Children's Hospital and involving all sorts of runners. Our conversation at brunch was peppered with highlights of the event and the things we spotted, like the man running in a leopard print dress, a man running with a pusher with AC/DC tunes belting out, a short statured runner who's running style looked like hard work, There were lots of people running who looked like they don't run regularly, lots of costumes as well as some famous finishers such as Craig Mottram and Lisa Weightman.
Our next event is a serious one, a half marathon where there will be no dress ups or frivolity, where the time is the focus.