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Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
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(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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