There’s something mathematical about a foot race.
Economy of stride, conservation of energy, and the passage of time all play important roles if you want to win.
So it’s not surprising Terence Attema, a 23-year-old University of Guelph Mathematics graduate student wearing race bib #2, ran to first place in the 119th Around The Bay Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 24.
Attema, a Smithville native who ran his first Around The Bay race last year finishing second, completed the 30km route in one hour, 35 minutes and 44 seconds, about three minutes off record pace.
The race is the oldest in North America, older than the venerated Boston Marathon by three years.
Attema, taking off at the start gun above, runs for the Speed River Track and Field Club and his parents, Rick and Angela, as well as two of his four brothers, were in the stands of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum watching as he joins such famous winners of the race as Tom Longboat, seven-time winner Scotty Rankine, and Jack Caffery who was the first Canadian to win the Boston Marathon in 1900.
It only gets this green in Toronto on St. Patrick’s Day.
And only St. Patrick’s Day can bring out the Irish in everyone who attended the annual parade downtown on Sunday.
Except, perhaps, for English Bulldog Winston, above, who seems less than enthusiastic about the parade which traveled along Bloor and Yonge Streets.
This “Day of the Festival of Patrick” is named after one of the patron saints of Ireland. Although he is considered a principal in bringing Christianity to the Irish during the 5th century AD, Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain.
The shamrock was allegedly used by Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the native polytheistic pagan culture of the time.
The Toronto parade has been winding through city streets since 1863, but one of the longest-running parades in North America is Montreal’s, held yearly since 1824.