At parkrun we love supporting races and other events that encourage community. Last weekend was the RUNVAN Vancouver marathon and we thought we’d help out those taking part by organising a water station. The location of the water station was positioned strategically to give runners a boost and may have been familiar to parkrunners both locally and those coming in from further afield.
I can’t remember where the idea came from, but I think I remember hearing about it a few years ago at London marathon where at 37k there was a ‘parkrun-to-go’ cheer station. Anybody who has run a marathon or any other kind of endurance event knows how tough these kind of events are. At roughly 32k in, people often ‘hit-the-wall’ and become really, really tired. By the time 37k comes around, there only 5k to go but it may as well feel like only half way.
That’s where we come in! We’re there at that crucial point to cheer up the participants and remind them that there is ONLY 5k to go. How many times have they taken part in parkrun and smashed their PB and felt great? 5k is much less than 42k and we’re there to remind to keep their chin up, smile, and they are almost done with just a liiiittle further to go.
Also the benefit of being a water station is that we can refresh them with copious amounts of water and electrolytes. The conditions on Sunday were very warm, and almost all of the marathoners felt the heat. A huge congratulations to all who participated and endured those hot, hot temperatures. We hope we made it that much easier for you!
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