I didn’t run in the inaugural Surrey International Music Marathon (on Sunday, Sept. 30), but did have a heartwarming experience.
I watched the runners go by on 100 Avenue at 144 Street. The official volunteer at the location had herself run in the Boston Marathon, so I was able to get many insights about the race.
There were runners of all shapes, sizes and running styles. One lady had a big tall hat and a flowing robe. Some alternated running and walking. One lady was jogging with a young lad in a wheelchair; another was pushing her toddler in a trike with large wheels. That is uplifting to see.
We cheered on the runners one and all. Across 144 Street was a Sikh gentleman shouting encouragement, sometimes in Punjabi. Two ladies came by hoping to see Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old running the Mayor’s 5K. It was a source of satisfaction for me to see many South Asian women running and there were lots of men, too.
The level of participation was wonderful. I hope this annual event will inspire a lot more Surrey citizens into physical activity. This and other events like the Fusion Festival promote a sense of community. We’ve got it all here and don’t have to look to Vancouver.
Thanks for a heartwarming experience and community participation.