Toronto: Pan Am Games

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As you all know, I am a HUGE track nerd. Some people know the stats of all football players, I know the stats of all mid/long distance runners. When I saw that the Pan Am games were coming to Toronto I could not have been more excited! The only time I have seen a major competition live was when I went out to Eugene, Oregon to watch the Olympic Trials back in 2012. That was a blast, but to now see an international competition was beyond words. It was amazing to see a bunch of countries cheering on their athletes. I went with my best friend who is also a track nerd like myself.

Pan am Games- TorontoWe left super early in the morning to start our drive to Toronto. It’s only about a 2 hour drive but in such a large city, with morning rush hour traffic we weren’t sure how long it may take to get there. The traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! Thank goodness, because my GPS doesn’t have Canadian maps on it so we had to go old school and print out directions. No rerouting our destination if we got lost, thankfully we didn’t though! We got there in perfect timing and were able to find our seats and explore a little bit. The sun was insane and it was crazy hot outside. Silly me forgot to put sunscreen on my legs and only the left side of each leg got burnt, which looked quite weird. But hey, you live you learn.
Pan am Games- Toronto

IMG_8681All that sitting in the sun made us super hungry. I’m not normally a french fry or even a gravy person but when in Canada you must at least try Poutine.  Trying foods from different areas is my favorite things to do even if I don’t normally like something, it’s part of embracing the culture!  And it ended up being amazing!
Pan am Games- TorontoThis it the mascot of the games.  Isn’t he adorable!
Pan am Games- TorontoAfter the morning session we had 5 hours to kill so we decided to venture into the city itself.  We hit up Kensington market, where we found this cute (super hip) coffee shop.  I got an espresso chocolate chip scone.  Two of my favorite things in one, and it tasted just as amazing as it sounded!
Pan am Games- Toronto
Pan am Games- Toronto
Pan am Games- Toronto
Pan am Games- TorontoWe saw  the 5k, 10k, steeplechase, javelin, shot put, pole vault, and 100, and the hurdles.  It’s so cool to see runners in the USA gear, they are truly inspirational!  We had such a fun time! Can’t wait until one day when I can go watch the Olympics live! That would be a dream come true!

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