Thursday, October 28, 2010

Large field expected for Dec 4 10th anniversary Reggae Marathon

The 10th annual Reggae Marathon is going to be a blast. Sally, Court and I will be there this year. Court and I will be running the 1/2 marathon this year...Sally will be our excellent as usual support system.

Check out this story from one of the Reggae Marathon sponsors, the Jamaica Observer this morning:

Until next time...
that running guy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Endurance Traveler Takes Viewers onTour of Bob Marley Museum and run the Reggae Marathon

The last mile of the Reggae Marathon is called "Bob's Mile" in honour of Bob Marley. Motivational sayings are etched in paint along the road. I've been there...they work.

I found out yesterday that Bob Marley's son, Rohan Marley will be in Jamaica to run the Reggae Marathon this year. He'll be in Negril with Dean Warhaft of Endurance Traveler. Cool. You know I've been completely captivated by the Reggae Marathon for the past couple of years (Sally would say obsessed...who am I to argue) so to think that a Marley will be running the same Reggae Marathon course is really cool. If you're interested, check out the announcement here: Endurance Traveler Takes Viewers on Exclusive Tour of Bob Marley Museum

Until next time...
that running guy

PS: 44 days to the Reggae Marathon

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Overcoming adversity: Another Marathon and another lesson

I love this story.

You see, I didn't make it to the start line of the Goodlife Toronto Marathon last Sunday. I injured my foot with over training for the Reggae Marathon. Planter injury in my right foot.  I've been struggling with not running...if I miss a couple of days, I get stressed even though I know that rest is the only way to recover.

Then I read this article on finishing the Goodlife marathon and though I'm still frustrated, I came away renewed with this story of perseverance. Enjoy the read: YorkRegion Blog: Another Marathon and another lesson

And see you at the Reggae Marathon, December 4 in Negril, Jamaica

Until next time...
that running guy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

There was running involved at Paint Attack...$700 raised for Heart & Stroke

Thank you CMO, AMO, Sully, Fitz, Johnnie, Derek, Matt T, Michael P, CP, Alex!  What a perfect day Saturday at Wasaga Beach Paintball for the 2nd Annual Paintball fundraiser, Paint Attack, for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  We raised over $700...and you got to shoot me!

We got together on October 16 for Paint Attack, the name our sons came up with for our paintball fundraising event.  They got a number of their friends to head up to Wasaga Beach for an afternoon of paintball and fundraising.  And of course, I played with them.

After the safety video, we all got suited up and had our paintmarkers issued.  We proceeded outside under near perfect conditions to the staging area where we met our referee.  With masks down, and a final safety briefing, we headed out to the playing fields, first stop, Western Town.  Even though it was friendly competition, it soon became clear that the 'game was on'.

Attack and defend, elimination, rescue the pilot...we lost track of the game scenarios.  And with so many outdoor playing fields, each game provided new opportunities to shoot...I meant mark...our opponent.  CMO, I love you dearly but I got you good in Blackhawk Town! 

And yes, they loved 'lighting up their Dad' in return.

Claiming that I had to go help Sally set up for the after party that featured a catered shrimp, chicken and steak BBQ by Goodies back at Saga Resort in Wasaga Beach, I begged off early.  True confession:  I was exhausted!  Running to stay out of your sights was my major objective all afternoon.

Thanks everybody.  We couldn't have done it without you.  100% of the proceeds went to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  And Sally, thanks for making all the Paint Attack arrangements:  the hotel reservations at Saga Resort, the fantastic dinner from Goodies and of course taking the pictures.

Looking forward to Paint Attack III in 2011.

Until next year...
that running guy with a ton of help from all of you!

PS:  click here to make a donation directly to moralesBcause on our secure donation page

Monday, October 11, 2010

"I too hear the drums" book launch draws a crowd

Diane Ellis, a good friend and associate from Jamaica is justifiably proud of her niece Peta-Gaye Nash who successfully launched her book, "I too hear the drums".
The stories that she writes about deal with issues that every Jamaican of mixed heritage faces: not being seen to be 'Jamaican enough'. After nearly 40 years of living, working and raising a family in Canada, I still get asked that question. Her book is a must read. For more information, you can find more information in this article from the Mississauga News: Mississauga Article: Book launch draws a crowd

Until next time...
that running guy

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Better Mus' Come to All Jamaica - Jamaica Entertainment: Fashion, Music & TV News -

How long has this line been uttered? My family left Jamaica in the early 70s because of the violence and total breakdown of decent society. Time to stop talking and start doing

Until next time...
that running guy

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Training hard for the 10th anniversary of the Reggae Marathon

59 days to go...

If you've been up in Wasaga Beach recently along Shorelane Road, you've seen a man running backward. That was me. Yes it looked silly but I was working on form and speed. Running backward helps with both. If you see me, take a picture.

Next week at the Goodlife Toronto Marathon, I'll find out if all this training paid off.   Forefoot running, faster turnover, arms, breathing...whew, hope I remember it all. No matter the result, I'll have lots to share after.  I has kept the training and running interesting and fun.

This is part of the build up to the main event, the Reggae Marathon on Dec 4 in Negril, Jamaica. 2010 is a special year, the 10th anniversary. It promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Race director, Alfred Francis and his team are jamming now to have everything ready.  We can hardly wait.  For the interview with Alfred, click here:  Interview with Reggae Marathon Race Director, Alfred Francis - Celebrating 10 years (Jamaica)

Until next time...
that running guy