Did Christmas come early? Well….not exactly, but yesterday Lausanne celebrated the 5th edition of its annual Christmas Midnight Run. The races started and ended at Place de la Riponne. There were 3 races consisting of several categories. The first race which started at 9.00pm was for families and for those who came dress-up as Father Christmas. The distance for these two categories is just 2.5km. The next race starting at 10.00pm was a 5km run and the last race at 11.00pm was a 7.5km run. Although there are separate categories for the 5km and 7.5km run, (men’s elite and seniors, women’s elite and seniors), all participants of the different categories would start at the same time for each of the 5km and 7.5km run.
This street race, just like its sister race Course de l’Escalade in Geneva, goes through the old town. But… since Lausanne is more hilly than Geneva, there is therefore a lot of going uphill and downhill, in this race. And… it is also quite a tricky run …mainly because of the snowfall from yesterday. Although the snow had been cleared, there were still parts of the course where one could quite easily slip if one was not very careful….especially when going downhill.
Now, why am I sharing about this Christmas Midnight Run? Because… I was there lah! And why do I bother to go out on a cold night to watch people go running in the cold? Because…the hubby took part in the race lah! Why else would I want to go out, otherwise? Certainly not to participate in the run…that’s for sure! 🙂
Since the hubby has been bitten by the running bug, after doing his first race during the Course de l’Escalade, he decided that he wanted to do this run, too. So, of course lah as a good wife, yours truly just had to go to the race to support him. 🙂 It was a very cold night about 0° Celsius…but at least it was not snowing. Luckily after one whole day of snowing on Friday, the weather decided to cooperate and stopped snowing on Saturday. So, the event proceeded as planned.
To beat the cold weather (since I am still recovering from my bout of flu), I didn’t go out at all during the day (poor hubby had to do all the errands including grocery shopping!) …and…I made sure that I was properly bundled up in warm clothing…plus..I even brought hot tea with me! Yup… I was prepared for my date with the midnight race…but… not the hubby, it seemed! He had thought that he had covered himself well enough for the run but his lower half started to feel cold even before we arrived at the race venue. But still…like a true sportsman, he persevered and completed his run (which did not start until 2 hours later as he was taking part in the last race and we had arrived early to catch the first race at 9.00pm). We didn’t get home until past 1.00am!
So…did I enjoy myself? Oh yes…most definitely.
And…did the hubby, too?? Err…maybe not as much I did! 🙂 But he’s already saying that he wants to do it again, next year. What can I say….except…You go, Ta ….just as long as you don’t expect me to run, too!!, he,he,he 🙂
Enjoy the photos of the run…which I had persevered in taking… despite my fingers feeling frozen each time I take them out of my warm pockets and remove the mitten in order to use the camera!! Hmmm…just like a true journalist, huh? Muahahaa…. 🙂
In deference to the Christmas theme…he decided to wear red. Disappointingly, unlike during the Lausanne marathon in November, we didn’t come across anyone in participating gear while taking the metro to the race venue.
A giant Father Christmas (Père Noël) balloon welcomed us when we arrived at the race venue.
The departing area… teeming with participants for the first race of the night.
The first race about to start.
All the Pères Noël waiting behind the line to start their run. And then the countdown began….cinq… quatre… trois… deux…un…
And off they go….. little and big Pères Noël…
While they ran their race, we decided to head to the big tent.
Thank God for the tent which provided much relief and warm, from the cold outside!!
The buzz of activities inside the tent….full of people…the participants, supporters and spectators. The giant screen at the end of the tent helped to provide the view, (although unfortunately it was not live!) of the race being ran, outside.
Entertainment and live music inside the tent…made the whole place feel so festive!!
Some of the runners of the first race…as they took refuge in the tent, after completing their race.
Beautifully lit up Santarina and her reindeer 🙂 There’s even an angel that night….
Some even took part dressed up in cardboard boxes….interesting, no?? 🙂
The hubby and his bestie getting ready for their turn, which was the last race for the night. A group of Japanese (beside them) was also getting ready for the race. The women in the group were dressed up as Santarina, in their red coat and cap.
And then….. there was also the buzz of activities outside…
People gathering near the finishing point, waiting for the runners of the second race to finish their run.
Here come a group of participants running uphill towards the finishing point.
The last sprint before reaching the finishing line.
In the meantime…..participants for the last race of the night doing their warm up…
led by these two ladies…on stage.
The last race of the night (which the hubby and his bestie took part) about to start. I couldn’t see either of them at the starting point, though.
Two of the many Santas on duty that night! Poor them, they were out in the cold throughout the races to guide and cheer the runners. Kudos to them!!
So…how did the hubby and his bestie fared in the run? Well…they were not among the main winners…that’s for sure! But it’s the participation that counts, right???
Here are the winners of the male and female Elite Categories for the 7,5km run in which the hubby took part. For list of more winners that night, click here.
And here are the hubby and his bestie….after they have completed their run. No medal for this run, either…just a thermal water bottle filled with hot thé de Noël (Christmas tea) as a souvenir for their participation in the run. But it is a nice bottle, though.
However, I think what I like best about the whole thing is…
… the free chocolate biscuits that these ladies gave out that night..muahahaha… 🙂 The biscuits were baked fresh on site..really yummy!!!
Hubby’s entry on the seventh edition (2012) here.