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The Toledo Roadrunners Club is proud to present the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon’s at the University of Toledo. Be part of Northwest Ohio’s largest spring time running event. Finish in the Glass Bowl Stadium and join nearly 10,000 others in GCM’s post-race celebration. One of the fastest marathon courses … MORE
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    nickowen5 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    If you are looking to PR and/or BQ, are a seasoned marathoner that doesn’t require a pep rally and motivation, and you can count on mother nature not totally f-ing … MORE

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    feria-arias.1 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I live in Columbus OH and have ran almost every marathon in the state except this one. This was my 1st time running Glass City & I had heard mixed … MORE

    I live in Columbus OH and have ran almost every marathon in the state except this one. This was my 1st time running Glass City & I had heard mixed reviews so I planned this very diligently. There is a reason it isn’t called the Toledo marathon for it takes you through the only few desirable areas worth while (Ottawa Hills & University of Toledo). That being said, for the amount of emails we received as participants from the day we sign up to race day, you would think this race is perfectly planned to a T….far from it.

    Where do I begin? If you are a back of the pack runner, I recommend a different marathon. They advertise a 6h cut off but the runsignup page states a begin time of 6:30a and finish line tear down at 1:30pm (7h). I thought I would be ok as I was averaging between those two times going into yesterday’s event. The weather in Ohio is unpredictable but going into race week, if I knew to plan accordingly for the heat, WHY DID THE RACE FAIL TO DO SO?! My friends counted 8 total ppl that passed out along the course that in itself is the most I have heard of and this was my 197th marathon ever. The majority of the marathon course is on a trail and it isn’t very scenic and goes under the free way twice. There was no food at any of the aid stations other than gatorade and water, with no ice…a big no no if it was 85 degrees felt like 90 outside. There were 3 stations with gels for the marathon but that was the only substance and with the heat you’re burning more calories than normal. & drinking hot water doesn’t cool you. Had it not been for one officer with an ice box at mile 15 and the neighborhood at mile 16 that actually were handing out snacks for runners, ice cold towels, had sprinklers on for us, I too would’ve passed out from the heat.

    The race had very little port-a-potties at the start, like 4 for everyone there. 1-2 at the stations so there was always a line if you had to go and by mile 16 if you are slow, they were gone. The race swag in our packets was alright, we got a jacket for it was the 45th anniversary of the race. The 6h cut off is actually for the city of Toledo, that has to open back up the roads to traffic at that time. Mind you, there are only 2 major roads on the course we go on (miles 18-20) that belong to the city of Toledo. They had a sweeper pacer that somehow HAD NO CLUE that there were people behind him as I passed him at mile 21. Where did he come from idk because I never saw him pass me to begin with. By mile 24.5 I knew I would finish under 7h yet somehow two ladies in a golf cart felt the need to inform me that the course was shutting down and that I would be on my own (wowwwww so you’re tearing down one shitty aid station ahead of me). I said to them I’m good to finish the last 1.5 miles without said station and informed them of the 7h cut off their runsignup page states, they had no clue. Later about a few minutes after the first discussion, they came back and now offered me a ride to mile 25. I told them they have to be kidding me as mile 25 was close by and that I didn’t come this far to CUT THE COURSE AND CHEAT!

    Had my friends not thrown a stink at the finish line, an entire box of medals would’ve been trashed and none of us late finishers would’ve gotten a medal. Mind you, they had a 10% drop off because people chose to NOT participate due to the heat. I finished under the 7h cut off only to receive a medal that was basically the logo of the event. The half marathon medal was cooler looking as one of my friends did the half. They did feel bad that we were mad at the end and gave me an extra pint glass for my troubles but the mere fact that I felt nauseous the rest of the day made me want to tell the story and I usually don’t review my races but had I not read someone else’s review on here I would’ve been ill prepared and probably passed out. If it is going to be this hot outside, snacks and ice at each station is a must. I have had other marathons that were way better prepared than this. Very disappointing. I will not be running this marathon again.

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '21

    As the slogan says, "You'll run faster in Toledo!" They claimed it, and I did it, so it's gotta be true! For me, coming back to Toledo where I had … MORE

    As the slogan says, “You’ll run faster in Toledo!” They claimed it, and I did it, so it’s gotta be true! For me, coming back to Toledo where I had lived during my high school years was literally a jog down memory lane. Going through the UT campus, winding through beautiful neighborhoods in the peak of Spring, cutting through a favorite Metropark (twice), and passing landmarks that were part of my life a couple decades ago gave an extra motivation to press on. It was also nice to have a pace group going the exact pace I wanted. Not all races have a 3:00 pacer (and this guy was on the fast side), so I was thrilled to cruise through about a minute under my goal for my first-ever sub-3 marathon!

    It was the first big event in-person I have done in over a year. Logistically the race director had to think of everything. They required everyone to have proof of full vaccination or present a recent covid-negative test before picking up the packet. In case folks needed one, they had volunteers at the expo passing out rapid test kits. I used one since my results from a test back home a couple days prior hadn’t yet cleared, so it was a relief that everything worked out in the end. All-in-all, I think this is a great example of a large-scale race doing what needed to be done to conduct a fabulous–and safe–race.

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    M_Sohaskey May 17, 2021 at 3:00pm

    Congrats on the sub-3, Peter! I ran a marathon in Washington this past weekend, and it seemed like a lot of runners were still getting their post-pandemic legs under them,… MORE

    Congrats on the sub-3, Peter! I ran a marathon in Washington this past weekend, and it seemed like a lot of runners were still getting their post-pandemic legs under them, so blasting out of the gate with a PR and a sub-3 to boot is impressive stuff... and hopefully plenty of buffer for Boston 2022! 🤞 LESS

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The signup went well, packet pickup, race expo, pre race events all well planned. Race day parking no hassle, corrals, warmup, starting time, staging area good with porta john access. … MORE

    The signup went well, packet pickup, race expo, pre race events all well planned. Race day parking no hassle, corrals, warmup, starting time, staging area good with porta john access. Course well marked, plenty of water stops, miles well marked, nice finish area and a post race refreshment area.

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    KatieD FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time in Toledo. Packet pickup is smooth with a decent sized expo, race swag included a thin quarter zip jacket, a glass beer mug and large … MORE

    This was my first time in Toledo. Packet pickup is smooth with a decent sized expo, race swag included a thin quarter zip jacket, a glass beer mug and large medal. Post race food included pizza and 2 beers. Quite a few people stayed for the after-party which featured a live band.

    Race day was a bit rainy and chilly with temps in the upper 30’s. I did not know it at the time, but the indoor arena where packet pickup was staged was open for people to stay warm and to use restrooms. The race start is a short walk from the arena. Parking is a bit confusing and traffic is congested about an hour before race start. I would recommend going early, parking near the arena and waiting inside until closer to race start.

    The full and half marathons start at the same time and there is also a marathon relay. There are about 5000 total runners. There is a wave start, but there are only 3 corrals. The full and half split off at about 9 miles. Since the half course is shared with the full marathon, there are plenty of water stops, with tables set up on both sides of the road.

    There were a fair number of spectators on the course and the volunteers were very enthusiastic. The race finishes on the university football field. Race photos are available for purchase and there are plenty of finish line photos. For the half I only noticed one photographer on the course.

    The course stays away from “downtown” Toledo and winds through the university and some nice neighborhoods. There are no significant hills on the course.

    Overall this was a fun race in a mid-sized town and worth checking out if you are close by and want a fast, flat course. Check out the race maps though if you are close to a BQ, if may be a bit difficult to run the tangents due to the turns and the number of runners. I was with a group of 11 runners, one of whom was attempting to qualify for Boston (she made it by 8 minutes!) and we all ran long. 🙂

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    M_Sohaskey May 07, 2019 at 2:31pm

    Well done, Cathy! 👏 Cold rain obviously isn't ideal, and especially if you were standing out in it unnecessarily before the race start. But glad you were able to make… MORE

    Well done, Cathy! 👏 Cold rain obviously isn't ideal, and especially if you were standing out in it unnecessarily before the race start. But glad you were able to make lemons into lemonade (& pizza & beer!). I always appreciate courses that run through a college campus so it sounds like Toledo would be to my liking, though it's also one of like 99 races in Ohio I'd love to run 😜. Thanks for the excellent review! LESS

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    jpbari REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The expo and pre-race was smooth if not extravagant. The race day went as well as it could have with great weather, a fast course, and great on-course fan and … MORE

    The expo and pre-race was smooth if not extravagant. The race day went as well as it could have with great weather, a fast course, and great on-course fan and volunteer support. Post-race was nice with efficient lines for racer food and a nice medal and Glass City mug

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    jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '18

    Adequate communication Decent pre-race expo. Rolling little hills, but nothing horrible. Fun to finish in the football stadium and see yourself on the big screen. The post-race bus situation seemed … MORE

    Adequate communication
    Decent pre-race expo.
    Rolling little hills, but nothing horrible.
    Fun to finish in the football stadium and see yourself on the big screen.
    The post-race bus situation seemed to be a source of confusion for bus drivers and runners.

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    evalvo Nov 08, 2019 at 1:26pm

    I’m running this marathon this coming year! Glad to hear the rolling hills aren’t too bad. I didn’t realize the race finishes in the football stadium - so fun! MORE

    I’m running this marathon this coming year! Glad to hear the rolling hills aren’t too bad. I didn’t realize the race finishes in the football stadium - so fun! LESS

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    rob.lamere REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Race is well put on from the kids run (one of the best I’ve been to) all the way to the marathon. After party is nice. Scenery is less then … MORE

    Race is well put on from the kids run (one of the best I’ve been to) all the way to the marathon. After party is nice. Scenery is less then desirable and stretches with no spectators. Overall a fun event

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    Necks97 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great course... great food and 2 beers at finish. Nice new balance shirt (nothing special about logo or advertising). Huge medal (nothing special other than size) MORE

    Great course… great food and 2 beers at finish.

    Nice new balance shirt (nothing special about logo or advertising). Huge medal (nothing special other than size)

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    pollygolightly2 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is not a race for slower runners. It had a 6hr time limit but I watched lots of runners finish after 6 hours last year, so I thought it … MORE

    This is not a race for slower runners. It had a 6hr time limit but I watched lots of runners finish after 6 hours last year, so I thought it would be doable. I knew it would be tough, I was planning on finishing around 6:30 or so. That didn’t happen at all though. The race is well organized, the course is lovely. The park you run through was fabulous. The water stations that were still open were very friendly and had lots of people cheering. By the time I got to mile 10 they had shut down the course and told me that I was running on my own, there was at least one person behind me as well. All the signs were removed, the mile markers were picked up and I was running in a bike lane for several miles. I’m so thankful they allowed the medical staff on bikes to stay out until i got to about mile 24. they took the finish line down after i crossed it, even though there were at least 2 people behind me. I should have picked a different race for my first marathon. I did get a pair of socks, a water bottle, key chain and an extra t-shirt for it being my first marathon. The bib was a different color also, so that people could cheer you on, but after the half/full split I didn’t see many people. **My results are what was on my watch, not the official race results as I don’t know what that is.

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    feria-arias.1 Apr 25, 2022 at 8:55am

    this review was very helpful and It helped me plan accordingly for this year's race. I am a BOTP runner but usually can finish within 6-7h time limits. Well yesterday's… MORE

    this review was very helpful and It helped me plan accordingly for this year's race. I am a BOTP runner but usually can finish within 6-7h time limits. Well yesterday's race was 85 degrees felt like 90. I had never seen so many ppl pass out during the course. Thank you for such a truthful and insightful review. LESS

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    Katie_Ho May 03, 2017 at 12:56pm

    Polly, congrats on conquering your first marathon! And appreciate your helpful review. It's a challenge for many races that have constraints when it comes to time limits, and it's unfortunate… MORE

    Polly, congrats on conquering your first marathon! And appreciate your helpful review. It's a challenge for many races that have constraints when it comes to time limits, and it's unfortunate they weren't able to provide you with full support the entire way. In any case, you did it and will always wear the title of marathon finisher – congrats on an amazing accomplishment! LESS

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    musical23 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The race and expo are run well. The medal is nice and the shirt is bland. The course is flat lacks scenery worth remembering. It was nice to start and … MORE

    The race and expo are run well. The medal is nice and the shirt is bland. The course is flat lacks scenery worth remembering. It was nice to start and finish at U of T, but that is the most memorable part of the course.

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was a really well-run marathon on a flat and fast course. The only hiccup was that there was a row of porta potties in front of the starting line, … MORE

    This was a really well-run marathon on a flat and fast course. The only hiccup was that there was a row of porta potties in front of the starting line, and when it came time to start, the line for the porta potties was blocking the street. Other than that, it was a really great marathon, scenic sections through the Wildwood Metro Park, and lots of great race swag. It was really a fun event.

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    pollygolightly2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    A well organized race, half was through a lot of neighborhoods. Well marked and really well supported. The people watching at the end of their drives, offering lemonade, beer, etc … MORE

    A well organized race, half was through a lot of neighborhoods. Well marked and really well supported. The people watching at the end of their drives, offering lemonade, beer, etc was great. Aid stations were okay. M&Ms handed out towards the end were just what I needed. Minor concern with the conditions of some of the roadways. Nearly tripped on a pothole more than once. Finish line was amazing with all the people cheering. Food/beer was good, overall a really fun day.

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