A fantastic day: the rain was relentless, the mud puddles large and the race route had a mud slide of a hill to summit at km 4. A rope was necessary to scale the escarpment hill. These obstacles did not slow the athletes as they ran the 5km course through Fireman’s Park and the Bruce trail, in Niagara Falls. This was the final race of a series of six, organized by the St. Catharine’s Road Runners.
It was a great ending to the series, for the women especially. Unlike the men’s races,which had been consistently led by Kevin Moore, the women’s races had been a constant, fun battle between Amanda McLeod and myself. We pushed each other in the races and we entered this race, completely tied for points. The winner of this race was taking the whole series. Amanda set out at a solid pace and led for a km and a half, at which point I passed her and worked on increasing the lead over the next few kms. Trail races have been surprisingly good for me and I think I had the advantage due to confidence on trail.