The countdown is on for the inaugural Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon! Whether you’re training on the trails, the pavement or the treadmill, mental preparation in combination with physical training is key to a successful race.
Before lacing up your running shoes, here’s a timeline to get you feeling powerful and prepared for race day on Saturday April 16th, 2016. We all have our own rituals and routines we follow on race day however, so adjust accordingly!
Race Day Schedule:
8:00 AM: Wake up – its race day! Do a little stretch. Maybe touch the toes and do a few jumping jacks?
8:15 AM: Pep talk in the bathroom mirror to pump yourself up - "You're unstoppable!"
8:30 AM: Coffee. All the coffee. And water. Water is good too.
9:00 AM: Getting nervous. But also excited! Eat a light breakfast and breathe in some of that fresh mountain air. Take some time to appreciate the epic Canadian landscape surrounding you.
10:00 AM: Lay out all your running gear and shoes – you’re ready for this! New socks - yay!
10:30 AM: Play the perfect pump up playlist to help you get psyched for your run and push you to that start line. Katy Perry, anyone?
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: It’s almost race time. If you haven’t picked up your race package, head to the Jasper Information Centre for late package pickup.
11:00 AM: Start area and baggage check opens. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue so you don’t feel rushed. Save the rushing for the actual race. The start line will be on Connaught Drive next to the Jasper Information Centre.
12:45 PM: Final Race Briefing. The finish line will be directly west of the start on Patricia Street.
1:00 PM: Half Marathon Start
1:45 PM: 10km Start
2:00 PM: 5km Start
3:30 PM: Family Fun Run
5:00 PM: BOOM. You did it! Wear that medal with pride and grab a celebratory beer at one of Jasper's restaurants or pubs. Cheers you gazelle, you!
7:00 PM: Head down to the Jasper Park Lodge for the Post Event Awards and Celebration. Tickets are available for purchase during registration.
The day is creeping closer and closer and we know no matter what your race day timeline may look like, all participants will have a fun and rewarding experience at the inaugural Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon! To learn more and sign up for the event, check out http://jaspercanadianrockieshalf.ca/.
Ready. Set. Go!