keeping our eyes on the road….and the Olympics….

Generally speaking our support vehicle (know affectionately as ‘Pr. Borsche/sausage-Africaans/English) clugs along within a 5km radius of us runners, but for the moment, things have changed. The top is now popped, we have 2 spotters sitting on the roof + the truck trails just feet behind us because we have entered the infamous Mikumi National Park. We had to go to the National Park Board to get permission to run through the park: “within its’ 3230 square kms, Mikumi hosts buffalos, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, leopards and crocodiles” (Lonely Planet). Locals stopped to try and shoo us into our vehicle every hour.

The Olympics are proving to be a delightful post-run recovery this week. The restaurant next door to our camping pad has the luxury of a T.V. so we were able to catch the opening ceremonies. Good Luck to all the Canadian athletes!

P.S. Does anyone know what days the Olympic marathoners will be racing?

Erin & Patrick

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8 Responses to “keeping our eyes on the road….and the Olympics….”

  1. Janice & Ernette Says:

    hi gang! sounds pretty exciting right now!! how was the big downhill?
    the women race the marathon on August 17th and the men on August 24th.

    we hope that you enjoy the remaining runs as you count them down.

    janice & ernette

  2. sandra brandsma Says:

    hey, glad to hear from you again. I hope you are all in good health and enjoying the last leg of the run. Sounds like the park is going to filled with awesome and breath- taking views.
    So to answer your question, according to CBC, Women’s Marathon is on Saturday Aug. 16th at 2:19 Pacific Time. Men’s is on Sunday Aug. 24 at 4:19 Pacific time.

    Miss you all!! But very proud of you!!

    Sandra Brandsma

  3. Jessica Van Doesburg Says:

    hey guys, hope everything’s OK over there. Have fun in the park, but I suggest you watch out for “really” dangerous animals. Lotsa luck for the rest of the run.
    P.S. Canada has been unsucessful in winning any medals

  4. Hey Team,
    May I ask why you want to watch the marathons? Are you not sick of them yet? Although, I assume watching them will make you feel fantastic because you will be like, “whatever, one marathon…piece of cake. we should totally be in the Olympics in 2012, no problem!”
    Oh Erin, speaking of distances…you will appreciate this because you worked at the Cridge. A few weeks ago I was subbing there, and we went on an accidental hike around Elk/Beaver Lake with 20 5 and 6 year olds. Total party (yah right), but we almost died, walking two km’s.
    So if you are not already feeling really proud of yourselves, just think of me hauling ass with a group of children and wanting to die while I walked…2km. You guys are awesome!
    Peace,
    aimee

  5. Mike Pater Says:

    Greetings from Edmonton. Sounds very exciting with the journey through the park, enjoy the sights…the kids and I get to go to the zoo today so we will see some of the same animals. Well keep your spirits up, your almost done. We will keep you guys in our prayers. Hugs from the kids and me…

  6. Lisa Bower Says:

    No Olympics can compare to what the see-the-run team has accomplished over the past months. Despite all the hours of training that Olympians do achieve their goal, they never have the same impact on humanity that this team will. The gift of education for hundreds of children will improve their lives and benefits communities for generations.
    No amounts of gold medals can hold a candle to that.

  7. Hi guys!
    I want to echo what has already been said…the running you are doing is over and above what Olympic athletes strive for…you are not doing this for your own glory but to improve the access to education for kids. Wow. I am so in awe of your passion and your courage.
    We are so excited for you as you are in the HOME stretch!
    Love to you all,
    Tina and Ed Pierik …from your CCC and PCS family

  8. Gordon Head/ Oak Bay health team in Victoria Says:

    Hello there! Congratulations on such a good job well done! So great following your journey and glad you are all well and have extra family there to support you on your last leg of the trip. There will be many smiles in Victoria and other places when next monday arrives! Many blessings to all of you, andrea and the GH/OB health team

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