• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
In April, we have had the great pleasure of hosting the children that qualified for the annual CanSpell Spelling Bee, that is put on by CanWest. These are the brightest and most talented winners and runner ups – 41 of them, that come the Ottawa annually to participate in this week full of fun, learning, adventure and finally, to compete in the final spelling bee that took place this past Saturday.
This is our third year hosting these children and it is a great honor to be a part of this great cause – that is to promote literacy in our kids and then celebrate those that excel. As a mother of four boys, I certainly know what reading has done to enhance our kids lives. My son, who is 19, has taken his ‘gap’ year to circle the globe…first Australia and now is in Europe. Whenever he calls, his voice is full of excitement, as he is taking in so many of the sites that he has read about in his history books. As a lover of history and an avid reader, his travels and experiences have been enriched and taken on so much more relevance because of his reading.
It is great to have the children competing in CanSpell with us, because we are in some way, a part of a much bigger effort – to promote and celebrate reading for our children. Congratulations CanWest and thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great event!
• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
This hotel is fortunate to be right on the starting line of the ING National Capital Marathon, which has turned into a huge event here in Ottawa. Even better, ING stays with us through this exciting weekend, so we are really caught up in all the excitement and I love it.
I have been running all my adult life, starting when I was 16 or so and still at 50, I try to get out a few times each week. A couple of years ago, my husband decided he was going to train for the 1/2 marathon. Hey, I have always been the runner in our family… what’s this?? Now he was giving me tips on running.
Well, this year has been my third participating. I started to train with Fred (my husband) and suddenly I was up to 10 km first year, so thought – why not? I ran the 10 K and he ran the 1/2 Marathon. Last year, I got up to 18 km training with him, so I thought why not do the 1/2. He ran the entire marathon and I did the 1/2 with my son Harry. This year, Fred and I trained together for the 1/2 – with no stopping. We enjoyed our long weekend runs and I was all ready for the big race. Then last Tuesday, I wrenched my knee on the stairs at home… I was so disappointed. My knee was swollen and I was hobbling the next day. I had already registered and everything – what a drag! Well, by Friday, I thought… hmmm, this is feeling better – why not just try to see how far I can go. I’d just drop out when the pain got too bad. Well, I just kept going and it wasn’t until the last 2 km that I was having some trouble. Well, can’t give up with only 2 K to go, so pushed through..and finished! What a great feeling!
I am hooked! I love the challenge, and the incredible sense of accomplishment each weekend when we do our long runs. I love the excitement of the day – all the people getting pumped up for the run – the horn blasts and off we go. I love the cheering all along the route – thank you to all of you who come out and cheer and support the runners. And finally, getting to that finish line.. what a feeling!
So for all of you who may be thinking of joining the challenge, hop on. It’s not as hard as it looks.