Saturday, November 22, 2008

T'was a SNOWED OUT Month Before Christmas Run

"Due to the weather conditions, a decision has been made to cancel the T'was the Month Before Christmas Run."
Winter storm warning for
Queens County P.E.I. continued

Snow at times heavy and blowing snow occurring.
Snow at times heavy will become mixed with rain over the eastern half of Prince Edward Island this morning before tapering off to flurries or showers near noon. Colder air strong northwest winds and periods of snow will return to the island this evening.
Friday Night: Snow at times heavy and blowing snow beginning overnight. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h near midnight then increasing to 40 gusting to 60. Low minus 3 with temperature rising to plus 1 by morning.

Saturday Day: Snow at times heavy mixed with rain ending near noon then cloudy and 40 percent chance of rain showers. Risk of a thundershower early this morning. Snowfall amount 10 to 15 cm. Blowing snow this morning. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming north 60 gusting to 90 early this morning then northwest 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High plus 3.
Night: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of rain showers early this evening. Snow and blowing snow beginning this evening and ending overnight. Snowfall amount 10 cm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 this evening. Low minus 7.

This is only the second time in Alex's history with the PEI RoadRunners that a race hasn't gone because of the weather. The other one was The St. Patty's Day Run in 2007 which was postponed for a week due to freezing rain.

The weather the day of the Freeze Your Gizzard Run in 2005 was as nasty as today, if not a bit worse, and although we made a valiant attempt to get there, an hour after we left the house we were still not out of Oyster Bed Bridge. (One of the handful of races on the PEI RoadRunners schedule that Alex has missed since his first run, Proudes Shoes 5K, in May '04)

I trust Elaine will have better weather when she runs tomorrow!!


Alyric said...

What a shame. Hope things improve. The weather here is quite civilised and cold - -12 this morning. Our snow starts next week, and that will be that until April I suppose. I do prefer to be a little colder since then there's less of a problem with freezing rain, which is awful stuff.

Clay said...

Alex should find something else to do besides running, to keep in shape. Cross-country skiing, maybe?
It's dangerous to try to run on snow or ice.

I'm no fan of winter, myself.

jypsy said...

Alex does cross-country ski. He wears Yak Trax (see here for a close up of his shoes and here for his comments on how to run safely in the dark in the winter.)
Next week's run is an evening run, in the dark, in Old Charlottetown. Runners will get to enjoy all the Christmas and Holiday lights & decorations on their 5K run before getting together for chili and socializing.
I can think of 3 seasons I like better than winter but I love where I live and winter seems to happen here on pretty much a yearly basis...