There was a fantastic turnout at the 38th Annual Nuvo Iron Eggnog Jog that took place over the weekend in Caledon, ON. The Trillium Running Series event followed a two-day, socially distant format with races beginning in 30 minute intervals.
Race Director Barrie Shepley believes it might have been the biggest race in Canada since COVID struck in March. 900 athletes ran in the COVID SAFETY 5km winter tradition. Among the participants, AO had 135 members in attendance! “Instead of 900 people leaving at once, to be safe, we did the race in 36 waves, leaving every 30 minutes for two days” said Shepley. With just 25 people per wave, athletes could be safely distanced apart. Everyone wore masks until the gun went off and post race food was Drive Thru at Tim Hortons and awards were mailed out after the two day event.
“There was such a desire for an actual race, that our volunteer committee just felt we had to find a way to give runners an actual event in 2020” said Shepley. The event occurred at the Woodington Lakes Golf Course in Tottenham on their ever rolling paved cart pathways. “Runners were surprised how challenging the 2 x 2.5km loop was and how lucky everyone was to have two days at 9c and sunny at the end of November” said the race director.
Roman Mironov and Alexandra Lucki of Toronto West Athletics were first across the line, but the real winners were the many age groups of athletes who didn’t think they would get to race in 2020.