30 Hours of Edmonton.

This past weekend Ashley and I embarked on the 2.5 hour drive from Calgary to Edmonton for the 2012 Edmonton Marathon Weekend.  We were both registered in the 13.1mile/21.1KM Half Marathon on Sunday morning.  However rather than just going up later in the day on Saturday, we left bright and early at 6:30am as so we would have as much time as possible to shop (West Edmonton Mall), eat, rest, and of course pick up our race packages for the next morning.

Here are some pictures that showcase some of what our trip entailed aside from the half marathon Sunday morning.

most important thing to pack: Running Shoes!

Saturday August 18 was when “The Hunger Games” came out on Blue-Ray and DVD, so I had to make a quick 5 minute stop midway on the drive to Edmonton in Red Deer at a Wal-mart to pick up my copy right when the store opened at 8am.

Once in Edmonton it was off to pick up our race packs.

 

View out of our hotel room window of the beautiful Edmonton river valley.

A little lunch time drinking with the wife. We both had “Dirty Vegas” martini’s.

 

Lunch at the Cactus Club Cafe at West Edmonton Mall.

 

For dessert: Pinkberry

 

Mmmm.. Fro-yo at Pinkberry!!

 

After all those eats it was time for some shopping. We both bought a new pair of running shoes, as well as clothes shopping.

 

Time for a “Carb chow-down” for dinner at: The Old Spaghetti Factory at West Edmonton Mall.

 

Finishing off our day in Edmonton was me getting my picture taken in-front of the world-famous “Edmonton City of Champions” sign as you enter the city. This slogan is a reference to all the championships Edmonton sports teams have won over the years, in particular the Edmonton Oilers hockey teams of the 80’s with their 5 Stanley Cups won in the 80’s and early 90’s, 4 of which were won with the greatest hockey player of all time, #99 Wayne Gretzky.

 

My next blog post will include the post race recap of our 2012 Edmonton Marathon Weekend’s half marathon.

-Ben-

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