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Ever go for a run or a race and meet up with a great running group that you just knew you had to join up with? On New Year’s Eve I ran an 8km Resolution race that was by far my best race of the year. It was the most enjoyable and likely my best time. I owe the results mostly to an awesome running group called Blacktoes.

They are a local running group that formed through the local Running Room. What caught my eye was the group’s “Get on the Bus” clinic for the Bank of Montreal Vancouver Marathon.

What I really liked was their slogan “No one gets left behind. EVER!!” That hit home in the race I ran on December 31. I met up with the group at the start of the race. As we headed out a couple of the members stuck with me. They ran slightly faster, but still at a pace I was able to manage. They offered to slow down or walk when I needed to as well. Heh, this is great. Meanwhile up ahead were a few more of the group. I was surprised to see they stopped, hugged and waited for us. Again we ran together as a group and then the faster ones moved ahead. We found them waiting for us at several points along the 8km race. True to their slogan I was never alone and never left behind.

Wander over to their site for a look. The Clinic page gives the details about the Vancouver trip and some of the group’s philosophy. Check out the gallery. I’m still exploring the articles and race reports.

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About Dawn - Pink Chick

For several years the only running I did was to run the annual 10k race in the spring. I got my best time when I ran hungover on only a few hours sleep. Finally one year I decided maybe I should really pick up running again on a regular basis and attended a running clinic. After finishing the 10k that year I continued to train and ran my first half marathon. That was in 2002. Later in 2002 I moved to Calgary where my running friends nick-named me Pink Lady, Pinko, Pinky and finally Pink Chick simply because I almost always wore pink when I ran. Truth be known I wear it almost all the time. I ran, well mostly walked, my first marathon in 2003. Since then I've run a ton of shorter 5/10k races, 9 half marathons and I added a second marathon in 2007 when I ran the San Diego RnR Marathon. Today I still run. I'm slow but I'm still out there and lovin' it. Someday I hope to join the Triathlon world.

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