Millarville "Run to the Farmers' Market Half Marathon 2015
A fine day for a run in the country.
You see the oddest things . . . .
Counting down telephone poles on Racetrack Road
The climb . . . . . after a mostly downhill 8-kilometres from Turner Valley, a climb up the Campbell Hill, 1.1 KM and not as steep as the telephoto makes it look
The final mile, turning into the Farmers' Market in the distance
The lululemon Calgary Southcentre cheer team to give a final push to the finish line
Aid station on Racetrack Road
Chowing down on cinnamon buns on Racetrack Road. For these bunners, one more bun to go three miles down the road
Climbing the Campbell Hill
Another Aid Station - the Sheep Creek Weavers!!!
Residents offer encouragement
Turning into the finish line
The finish line
They were free . . . . . but nothing like the feeling of stealing some cinnamon buns from under the watchful eye of COBS Bread Okotoks owner Lee Hodgins. About 1,400 cinnamon buns were handed out at the event.
Fabulous finishers medals
The cycle team!!!
Before the race, the bachelor party takes a moment to reflect. The gentleman on the left was getting married and paying his penance in that shirt and tiara.
And then he won the 8-Mile "Bunner" event with his brothers second and third (Deryk Salter photo).
The shirt says it all . . . . . lots of runners feel that way near the end of a race!!! (Deryk Salter photo)
That's getting pretty familiar with our course marshall . . . . . they hadn't seen each other in 15 years (Kathleen Long photo)
Let's have a round of cinnamon buns for the ladies over here!!!! (Kathleen Long photo)
Batman does his thing in the sack races at the finish line (Kathleen Long photo)
Proud of mom at the Farmers' Market finish line (Kathleen Long photo)
Going crazy on the Friendship Pathway between Turner Valley and Black Diamond (Kathleen Long photo)
On the Friendship Pathway, heading to Turner Valley (Kathleen Long photo)
On the Friendship Pathway (Kathleen Long photo)
Meanwhile, out on the prairie at a cinnamon bun station . . . . (Kathleen Long photo)
. . . . . that last bite (Kathleen Long photo)
Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon 2014
Nanica and Lorraine, a happy relay team at the finish line
The start line in Black Diamond for the Half Marathon
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay leaving Black Diamond
Forty-five minutes later, the COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Milers leaving Black Diamond in a different direction
The Half Marathoners on the Friendship Pathway
Short stuff high five's on the Friendship Pathway
The COBS Cinnamon Bun 8-Milers hop onto Racetrack Road after leaving Black Diamond, merging with the Half Marathoners coming from Turner Valley area
With the group merged together, everyone rolls down Racetrack Road
Bunners peel off to take on the first Cinnamon Bun Station
As do some non-Bunners too . . . . .
Over the Campbell Hill and down the other side . . . . .
. . . . . and up the next hill too . . . .
The Millarville Tilt & Lance Cavalry were a hit at KM 18 on the half marathon course, about mile 6.4 on the Cinnamon Bun Run
Stopping for a picture . . . .
. . . . . or just running by
They kept on coming . . . . .
. . . . and Officer Kevin was a popular guy with his high-fives
The Champion Bunner, Ben Elliott, was first among all 8-milers, including those just running through, in spite of stopping twice himself to eat some cinnamon buns.
. . . . . . as young as 14 and one of the fastest in the field . . . .
Over the last hill . . . . .
. . . . surprised by lululemon cheer team
. . . . who were not shy at all . . . .
. . . . around the final curve
Getting the prize . . . .
Celebrations abound . . . . .
Time to let loose . . . .
. . . . . with a post-race cinnamon bun . . . .
COBS Bread Okotoks owner Kelly Hodgin (right) gave away 1,000 cinnamon buns on the morning
Proud Bunners and probably not too hungry after getting to the Farmers' Market
Lots to see and do at the finish line
Half-marathon in the bag
Post-race massage . . . . .
Our intrepid team of pace cyclists . . . .
Shopping at the Market
Two Relayers and One Bunner = a fun day at the Millarville Farmers' Market
Thank you to all the
volunteers . . . .
The memories . . . .
(Pics above credit to volunteers Kathleen Long, Deryk Salter, Lindsay Fenton, Rick Charlton and various others)
MILLARVILLE "RUN TO THE FARMERS' MARKET" HALF MARATHON 2013
Second place finisher Duncan Marsden crests the tough Campbell hill at KM 15
Winning first place overall was Nathan Kendrick, here running the long, long downhill stretch on Racetrack Road. Kendrick also set a new course record at 1:13:27:55. The old record had been set by Duncan Marsden
Former Canadian Olympian Lisa Harvey of Calgary won the women's side of the Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon.
Nadyia Fry, winner of the women's side of the Calgary Marathon three weeks before Millarville, was second in the Run To The Farmers' Market.
A pair of our awesome volunteer cyclists
Leaving the start line in Black Diamond
Priddis volunteer firefighters join in some finish line yoga with the instructors on hand
Aaron Swanson, left, third place finisher on the mens side, joins Nathan Kendrick and Duncan Marsden on the podium
Dawn Ladds-Bond, left and third place on the women's side, joins Lisa Harvey and Nadyia Fry on the podium
MILLARVILLE "RUN TO THE FARMERS MARKET" HALF MARATHON 2012
The opening moments of the inaugural Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market Half Marathon, led out of the gate by Nathan Kendrick (centre), Duncan Marsden (right) and Melissa Kendrick (right)
. . . followed by the rest
The start line in Black Diamond . . . . . the happiest place on Earth.
A long string of runners on Racetrack Road (photo by Jim Nelson)
A beautiful country run . . . .
Enthusiastic volunteers!!! (photo by Jim Nelson)
Duncan Marsden, winner of the inaugural Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon
Duncan Marsden receives his medal from a young volunteer.
Every participant received a hand-made, clay-fired finishers medal produced by Lopinto Pottery, a Millarville Farmers' Market vendor.
Melissa Kendrick wins the women's side with a time of 1:21.
A 69 year-old entrant completes another half marathon under the watchful eye of a volunteer and her mount
Racers enjoy the Millarville Farmers' Market post race