In June, I posted an article about the Pan Am games coming to Toronto in July 2015 and now the event has started. St. Catharines’ Henley Rowing Center is hosting 14 men’s and women’s competitions in several disciplines, such as single, double and quadruple sculls; coxless pair and four; and eight with coxswain (from the City of St. Catharines’ website).
I went for a run today and decided to take a route that would bring me right where all the action is. Here are some pictures I took while out on my run today. Unfortunately, most of the fun stuff is somewhere behind all the yellow fencing.
After running around the downtown area for a little while I finally found a sweet spot where I could watch a bit of the action (for free). I captured a little video (as seen below) of 4 Canadian woman finishing first in their heat. It’s one of the first day of activity, so it’s obviously not a final.
Your are probably wondering if I’ve bought tickets to see any of the action? Well, no I haven’t yet. I inquired about the price today, however, most of the action will be happening while I’m at work. Tickets ranged from $30 to $50, which is in the “affordable” range however.
As excited as I was that my town was hosting the rowing events for the Pan Am games, I was really dreading the traffic issues. To my delight, the traffic control has been excellent so far. My little neighbourhood hasn’t seen any impact as of yet. I have to thank the organizers for having excellent traffic plans.