Re: "Marathon was 'quite a party," the Now, Oct. 1.
To all of the amazing organizers, volunteers, traffic controllers and RCMP officers who were involved in the Surrey International World Music Marathon - thank you!
Sunday was the first wedding anniversary for my husband and I - and we celebrated by running the half marathon. It was a huge accomplishment for both of us. It was truly amazing that we were able to walk to the start of the marathon, run and then walk home.Last year, we were inconvenienced by the marathon route as we literally live in the middle of the route. We had guests coming over for a post-wedding barbecue and some people had to wait a long time in traffic.
We completely understand how frustrating it is to sit in traffic. But to all those who did sit in traffic - thank you. This is a once-a-year event. There were notices everywhere and plenty of opportunity to plan ahead. If you felt frustrated, I hope you were not some of the people who took it out on the wonderful traffic controllers.
These traffic controllers were amazing: complete strangers cheering us on, even as we struggled with aching muscles.I suggest that anybody who was upset about the marathon does one of two things: Either mark this weekend in your calendar for next year so that you are able to plan for it, or, better yet, run.
This year there was a five-kilometre run, half marathon and full marathon to choose from. There was also a kids run. This is a great opportunity to start training now and participate next year. Next year, I hope to participate but if I don't, I will be on the sidelines cheering everyone on. I hope to see you all there.
Elyse Fryer, Surrey
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