Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Lululemon Ghost Race 2018

The Ghost Race is a partnership between Lululemo + Strava and it started last fall.  Calgary was fortunate enough to be on the 12 cities selected for the second year in a row.  Last year it was held in eau claire with a run around the river and back.  I was rehabbing an achilles injury last fall so I was forced to walk it on the last day with Greg and the girls - you can read about it HERE.  So needless to say I was excited to be healthy enough to run it this year. 

This year the race started in Mission and then we ran along the river into the community and then turning around at the sandy beach bridge.  I had biked parts of it, but for the most part, it was all brand new running area for me which is great!!  I dropped the girls off at school and then made the drive over to mission to start the virtual race.  You can register for the ghost race HERE if you are interested in doing it.  The only requirement is that you also have the strava app so you can follow the virtual road course and record it for the world to see it.  Or at least those in Calgary haha. 

The black ghost flags are clues and guides to make sure that you are going the right way if you cannot read the strava map.  I am not great at reading maps so it was nice to have the reminders haha.  

It was so gorgeous yesterday when I ran even if there were still traces of the gross weather we have had for the last several weeks.  It was nice to see that fall decided to show up after a few weeks of an early winter hahah.  

There were a ton of runners who were also out Monday morning running the ghost race which was great to see.  I am not sure how busy this pathway would be if not for this race.  The Calgary running community is pretty fantastic and I feel very blessed to be even such a small part of it. 

This was the turn around part but I wasn't paying attention and ended up running over the bridge before I realized it was the turn around sign.  I knew that this was the turnaround part from various stories on instagrams from the YYCRunCrew and other friends who have already done it. 

Almost at the finish line and I was so happy that I got the opportunity to run it this year instead of walking in pain like I did last year.  I love that Lululemon encourages you to be active and especially active in the community.   There are 2 Lululemon Run Clubs that operate in the city and they will be doing group runs tonight and on Thursday night while the The Tech Shop in Mission will be doing one on Wednesday night.  There is a big ghost party on Saturday night that sounds great and you can register on eventbrite for that one. I have to miss it though due to previous obligations.  The YYCWheezers will be running it on Saturday morning too if you want another opportunity to run it with some great girls.  You can take a look at the YYCRunCrew + LululemonYYC Instagram posts to get more information on each of the group runs going on.  Otherwise you can run it on your own with Strava until October 20th. 

When you finish up, Strava sends you a badge to show that you completed the challenge.  The badge is this year's Ghost Race logo.  I have no idea what it means but I sure do like it.  Then there is a redeem reward button that sends you to the Strava webpage which you fill out which then sends you an email for 25% off at Lululemon!!!  Not that I needed another excuse to go shopping haha. 

So after I finished my run and redeemed my reward, I drove over to the 4th street location because rumour had it that they had limited edition ghost race gear and I wanted to check them out.  I hadn't planned on getting both the CRB and Love Crew but with 25% off, how could I say no???  Both are so cute!!!

I also bought the Down For It All Vest since I needed (wanted??) a new vest for winter running and cross country skiing.  I am still a little unsure about this one but I will let you know if I kept it or not later on.  

I didn't run the ghost run very fast because I was mostly focused on not getting lost or at least off of the ghost race trail and have the run not count haha.  I do plan on running it again on Wednesday when the girls are at school and maybe even Friday too but we will see how the week goes.  If you want to run it with me, just let me know! It could be fun.  

Lastly, Thank you so much to Lululemon for selecting Calgary as one of the cities to run the race and to Lululemon Calgary for setting such a great virtual race for us to run.  It was a great treat to leave my regular running area and checkout another great place to run in Calgary!  Hope we are lucky enough to have this back next year too!!!

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