Country 17 completed at the Manitoba marathon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, a flat meandering course that seems to pass all the major landmarks in town and finishes in the University of Manitoba stadium (Go Bisons! Pedantic aside: Yes, I am aware that the plural of “Bison” is in fact “Bison”. It would seem that they are not.) Anyway, great community support on a cool, overcast day with a light sprinkle in the last hour. It seems the race is ordinarily quite warm and muggy, so there were a number of people handing out ice lollys and sponges. The race was pleasant, and well organized,if somewhat unremarkable. Fun fact: Winnipeg was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency number.