- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
I came into this race completely oblivious to what it would hold for me, as i was doing it with friends "for fun." No expectations always means a good race to me.
The race directors have seriously considered every single detail, from the logistics of the pre-race expo to the post-race party. The expo is HUGE, Bart Yasso spoke and so did Fitz, the announcer, who does some Fitzness.com business. SHe is incredible and quite a resource to runners, especially new ones with questions before a big race.
Logistically speaking - this race is perfect. It's flat, it's very well marked - there are aid stations every chance you'd need one - potties as well.
The only thing they could improve upon, in my opinion, is that there was just one nutrition stop - and it was gu I believe. I've been to enough other races to know that sometimes they'll have bananas around mile 9-11, etc.. and that may have been helpful for a few of us.
The after-party was nothing short of amazing. It's in the civic center, the entire upper floor is full of nutrition, food, beer, pizza, anything you'd want - it's there. There were over 6k runners and I didn't run into one cranky person, etc.
Scenery was incredible -part of the race course takes you right by the waterfront, so you can "see Canada from your backyard!' as you run. Truly a breathtaking view as you're running by. There are tree-lined streets with beautifully kept older homes - gorgeous.... Race volunteers and people coming out to cheer were there en masse... just a perfectly run race, excuse the pun.
Bart Yasso was at the finish to give us our medals - Jeff Galloway was there.
The race directors and Fitz, the announcer? Top Notch.
I will be back next year without a doubt.