Last weekend, I was invited on behalf of Subaru Canada to speak at the Triathlon New Brunswick Awards Banquet.Subaru Canada is the sponsor of the East Coast Series which makes Subaru the dominant triathlon sponsor in Canada with support of races from the West Coast Triathlon Series, our Ontario Subaru Triathlon Series (Trisport), the East Coast Series, Quebec’s races, as well as the king and queen of Canada – Subaru Ironman Canada and Subaru Muskoka 70.3.
The hospitality was unbelievable as we planned out my trip. Peter very graciously picked me up at the airport; Vincent Lee arranged for me to drivethe new 2010 Outback; John Russell planned for Carter and his family to attend and then Peter facilitated a run withover 50 runners from the Moncton Running Room.
I landed at 4:45 p.m. and once I settled into my hotel, I quickly walked over to Carter’s hotel for a short visit with his family. I had not seen them since our finish at Kona 2007! Then it was off to the banquet at 6:30 p.m. to meet the New Brunswick athletes.
I helped to give out a few awards and then did my slide show presentation and motivational talk. We finished off the evening with some autographs and photos!
The next morning, I was due to run with the athletes at 8:30 from the Running Room but with my flight at 11:30 and wanting to spend a bit of time with Carter, I started to run at 7:15 and then met up with the crew. There were around 60-70 runners assembled. We had a nice 10 km run and then I was off to shower and then a short visit and goodbye with Carter and his brother Fraser and mom and dad and Lightning the dog. It was a very full 20 hours but an amazing 20 hours celebrating sport, meeting new people and treasuring old memories.
In other news, on December 12th, Dave and I are planning a “clean the house and warehouse” sale. I donate most of my slightly used or ‘too small’ gear to a local youth triathlon group but I have a few treasures that need a home. And Dave will clear a few years worth of 2XU samples that need a home and other gear that he cannot sell to his retailers. A portion of all sales will go to the CF Foundation or to a particular family with CF that needs assistance. I am waiting to hear from the CF Clinic which families need some extra support over the holidays. It will take place at the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Library. I will make a little advertisement soon that people can print off and bring to the sale to get in. It is by invitation only. During the sale we will also be taking orders for our new LBT jerseys, cycling shorts and jackets and race singlets. Everything is cash only since we won’t have the hook up for Visa or MC.
Enjoy the mild weather! Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends – Lisa