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The Dilemma


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


The good folks who operate the Bayshore Race sent me a gentle reminder that the Early Bird deadline for the 2020 event is coming up; next Tuesday, March 31st.

Personally, I didn't need a reminder, I'd already sent in my entry fee for the Half Marathon which is one of several distances set for the annual race on Sunday August 30th.

Plus, my good friend, Larry Mellott, the esteemed play by play announcer for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, also sent me a reminder that he too had signed up again for the Half Marathon and was looking forward to running in the event with me once more.

All of which leaves me with a bit of a dilemma.

I like Larry Mellott. I like him a lot. We've done 2 Bayshore Races & I enjoy our running sessions...... But there's a dilemma created by a tiny age gap.

Larry Mellott is a decade older than I am, and there's been a twinge of guilt in our previous runs when his pace has slowed, or mine has picked up, and I end up taking off and leaving Larry on his own for the home stretch.

The dilemma is compounded by my own personal desire to beat the aging process and lower my own time.

In 2013 at age 53, I did the Bayshore Half Marathon in 3 hours & 5 minutes, mostly walking because, trust me, I'm NOT a gifted or experienced runner.

Over the next 6 years, I chopped almost 45 minutes off my time and as I run by age 60 this year, I'd also like to get below 2 hours and 20 minutes and scoff at Father Time.

So the dilemma is do I trot along with Larry and finish in about 2 & 1/2 hours ? Or do I try and establish a personal best at the oldest stage of my life ?

We'll see what transpires August 30th, but for now, the important thing is :Larry Mellott and I are entered, and for those wishing to save a buck, you can do so over the next 7 days with the Early Bird rate for the 2020 Bayshore Race.


I'm Fred Wallace


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