I’m 44 years old and I’ve been born and raised in the City of Edmonton or surrounding area my whole life and thought I knew the borders. It turns out that I actually didn’t and when I started this I assumed Edmonton was everything within the Anthony Henday ring road and also including a few of the neighhorhoods immediately on the other side like Lewis Estates, Glastonbury, and Summerside to name a few. In my mind I pretty much had 41st ave as what I thought was as far south as I was going to go. Everyone knows the 41 avenue overpass as the last one you pass under as you’re heading out to the Airport or Nisku. I came to this realization when I had been trying to decide on where to go next on a run and noticed on the map that everything south of 41 ave is listed as “Edmonton Southwest” and “Edmonton South Central”. My powers of deduction led me to conclude that everything down to the airport and as far west as Devon was going to be part of my future activities. After looking at an offical ward map of Edmonton I confirmed that this was going to be the case. Just call me Sherlock, people.
Another surprise to some might be to find out that the East side of Edmonton between the Sherwood Park Freeway and close to the Whitemud all the way west to 34 st is actually Strathcona County and is NOT part of the city. I might still do it, but I’ll save it for last.
So it looks like the rest of the summer is going to keep me going south. I don’t mind at all because I really enjoy all the neighborhoods I’ve been in so far and I’m getting lots of the really far away areas complete and this will make things easier once I start working my way back east. The idea is to complete everything south of the river and then hit the north side next. To get out to the south west is about 100km round trip from my house in Fort Saskatchewan and that will only decrease as time goes on which will be great. At the moment, I’m in Glenridding and moving up into Windermere right after.
In any case, TSI is over 2000km in and it’s exciting to have hit the second thousand kilometer milestone! Over $6000 raised for local charities so far and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next thousand!
Happy running everyone!