CMCC Backs In Motion 2013 5k Race Review

Celebrating my third place finish with Dr. Jean Moss, President of CMCC ... and also my Aunt.

Celebrating my third place finish with Dr. Jean Moss, President of CMCC … and also my Aunt.

I start each season by racing the CMCC Backs in Motion 5/10k race. It’s always been a successful race for me and it’s a great litmus test on how well my training is going. Unlike most city races this is a challenging hilly course. The race begins outside the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College on Leslie Street in Toronto. You head south on Leslie which is a steady 1km climb. Be careful not to underestimate the hill. It is actually 3 steps up Leslie and it’s easy to go to hard off the gun and be zapped by the time you crest the hill.

You then head west for about 500m with a gentle slope down, getting a chance to recover and pick up some much needed speed. You then head north along a paved trail providing a scenic and gentle rolling course. There is an aide station at the 3km marker and then there is only 2km to go.

The last 2 kms are deceiving as you are starting to climb up out of the valley and back onto Leslie. The last 200m is uphill as you push for the finish line!

Although I didn’t break my PB from last year, I had a good race and came 3rd in my age group. If you haven’t tried the Back’s In Motion 5 or 10k race I suggest you try it. majority of the course is off the road, providing a focused, challenging race.