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Overall Rating (134 Reviews)
4.4
(134 Ratings)(134 Reviews)
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The Full marathon is a certified Boston Qualifer! It starts at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Park, at Green Mountain Road and First Road East, Stoney Creek ON, and the first 15k of the marathon is along the back country roads of Hamilton, and the edge of the escarpment. You will then head … MORE
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    senior REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have ran the Hope2Run half marathon every year since its inception in 2007. It's location (an easy 45 minutes drive from my home in Guelph), the date (the first … MORE

    I have ran the Hope2Run half marathon every year since its inception in 2007. It’s location (an easy 45 minutes drive from my home in Guelph), the date (the first Sunday in November, ideal racing temperature), and the availability of ample free parking (just off the QEW and and a bare 50 meters from the finish line), made it an ideal venue for me. The nice, warm gym, meters from the start line is an extra bonus.
    The course may be divided into three sections: (1) a flat 6-7 km section on the top of the Niagara escarpment; (2) a 5.5 km down hill section along the Red Hill Valley Parkway (practice down hill running, for come race day you will trash your quads!); and (3) the flat Waterfront trail by Lake Ontario. The construction of the Pkwy in 2007 made this route possible and we were the first to use it (before it was open to traffic.
    For me, the 2007 and the 2018 races were the most memorable. The first race was a shocker! Just before the Barton street exit there was a gap in the divider, and race marshals waved us to the other side of the Pkwy to run the other half of the course back up the escarpment to the top! At 71, totally wiped out, I barely made it to the uphill finish under 2 hrs. In subsequent races we exited the Pkwy at Barton, ran West, turned North on Woodward then under the QEW to the Waterfront trail. The problem was that there was a level train crossing on Woodward, and if the timing wasn’t right, runners had to stop to let the train pass. So in 2011 the course was re-routed: after exiting the Pkwy at Barton we entered the Red Hill Trail and crossed over the QEW on a pedestrian bridge to reach the Waterfront trail. This solved the train problem permanently. Also, at my request, the race organizers graciously extended the five year age groupings from M65+ to M80+.
    The second most memorable race in 2018 started during warm-up; the first time ever the full-marathon started 15 min after (as opposed to before) the half marathon. I couldn’t find out why. Also THE FIRST TIME EVER I DECIDED TO RUN WITHOUT MY WATCH! Knowing that the clock at the finish is started with the gun, I lined up in the front. My goal was a 2:06:00 finish (an even 6min/km pace). At 4 km the 2:00 hr bunny passed me, I saw the 2:15 bunny running toward me after the 18+ km double-back on the Waterfront trail (I gestimated he was 6-7 min behind me). The last two km was a struggle. At the finish line I looked up at the clock and couldn’t believe my eyes: 1:53:40! I thought maybe the clock stopped, so I looked again – no, it was moving. It never occurred to me that if this was true, I should have caught and passed the 2:00 hr bunny! After I changed in my car, I walked back to look at the posted times. I couldn’t find my name around the 1:53 times, not even around 2:00 hrs (I should have looked at the back-side of the bulletin board). After the award ceremony Michelle, the MC, and I walked over to the timer’s trailer to sort it out. On the way she asked “Which clock did you look at?” “What do you mean? The one above the run-in chute!” I said. “That’s the clock for the full-marathon! They started 15 min after the half.” Sure enough, add 15 min to 1:53:40 and you get 2:08:40. The timer in the trailer confirmed it. Mystery solved. I didn’t make 2:06, but, at my age, 2:08 is more realistic. Next time I will wear my watch!

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    run2bfit REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great time of year to run. Cooler temps and beautiful scenery in November. Well organized start and finish areas, easy parking, soup, pizza bread, fruits at the finish. Fast race … MORE

    Great time of year to run. Cooler temps and beautiful scenery in November. Well organized start and finish areas, easy parking, soup, pizza bread, fruits at the finish. Fast race and great for getting PB’s. I improved my time this year. Great Race overall!

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    nicole_caklos REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I've always enjoyed the 5k run in previous years; it is a great way to end the race season after completing a half marathon prior to this race. The only … MORE

    I’ve always enjoyed the 5k run in previous years; it is a great way to end the race season after completing a half marathon prior to this race.
    The only change (and disappointment) is that the finish medals this year were not actual medals – they were just rubbery leafs basically which was kind of a bummer!

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    kritty FIRST-TIMER '18

    The stations always had water, however the Gatorade ran out by race end. The course was clearly laid out and the transportation to the start line was very organized and … MORE

    The stations always had water, however the Gatorade ran out by race end. The course was clearly laid out and the transportation to the start line was very organized and concise. The post race food was plentiful with a lot of variety. After doing this once I would definitely do this race as a full marathon again!!! As a side note the vendors at the expo were a bonus as I was able to get my hands on some excellent deals!! It was a fantastic experience as a first marathon!!!!

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    jaras70 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Organized very well,excellent atmosphere,nice scenery and really good time for runners.See you next year again.They really care about the runners and did everything to make this race unforgettable. … MORE

    Organized very well,excellent atmosphere,nice scenery and really good time for runners.See you next year again.They really care about the runners and did everything to make this race unforgettable.

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    nosneb REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Ran the half twice, first time paced a friend to a best time, this time I decided to run my own race and a new Personal best. The course is … MORE

    Ran the half twice, first time paced a friend to a best time, this time I decided to run my own race and a new Personal best. The course is fast but still had a few challenges with a short dirt trail section. The shirt is ok if you don’t mind being a walking billboard for some dental company. Don’t bother with what they call Pizza at the end is not worth your time. The warm soup broth was a nice touch.

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    ravinderrathore FIRST-TIMER '18

    1. Must prepare for hill run. 2. Must do warm up before start of the race. 3. If need, run with group...race bunny to stay motivated. 4. Put on favourite … MORE

    1. Must prepare for hill run.
    2. Must do warm up before start of the race.
    3. If need, run with group…race bunny to stay motivated.
    4. Put on favourite music while your body is getting through the grind of long run.

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    melissamcenroe REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is run so professionally and smoothly; it feels like a big city run but with the ease and convenience of a small town race. The downhill/flat course is … MORE

    This race is run so professionally and smoothly; it feels like a big city run but with the ease and convenience of a small town race. The downhill/flat course is fast, and although there is virtually no crowd support aside from the last few k on the water, the views aren’t bad and runners and volunteers are friendly. The biggest drawback is the bus to the start- you need to get on board a full hour before the race starts and it’s a bit early for me, but there is a great place to stay warm and hang out inside. Honestly, this is a gem of a race- a great value and the perfect time of year to peak.

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    Chauser FIRST-TIMER '18

    Running down a closed off highway was a unique experience. I love how when you exit off of the highway, you enter onto a narrow two person wide trail that … MORE

    Running down a closed off highway was a unique experience. I love how when you exit off of the highway, you enter onto a narrow two person wide trail that then takes you down to the waterfront so you can really enjoy the beautiful scenery that Hamilton has to offer.

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    robshotton FIRST-TIMER '18

    I've run in 4 countries and have never seen a 7km downhill. Or course that's where I went to qualify for NYC. And it's as well organized and full-service as … MORE

    I’ve run in 4 countries and have never seen a 7km downhill. Or course that’s where I went to qualify for NYC. And it’s as well organized and full-service as Boston. The organizers can’t do much about my big complaint: The location is next to impossible to find. Two GPSs couldn’t get me there on time either for the kit pick-up or the start line buses the next day — and the location was the same. Out-of-towners like me should leap at the chance to stay at a sponsoring hotel with bus pick-up, if the organizers can line one up. And why not? Everything else they organize runs as well as I did ! (Insert smug smiley here)

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    jen-gavin REPEAT RUNNER '18

    My team, the Zumbabes, don't run. We dance. We dance our way through the 5K and have a blast every year. We highly encourage anyone who doesn't like to run, … MORE

    My team, the Zumbabes, don’t run. We dance. We dance our way through the 5K and have a blast every year.

    We highly encourage anyone who doesn’t like to run, to come join us and dance your way to the finish line.

    It is a great event!!

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    Nothing overly scenic about the first two-thirds of the race, but lucked out on weather and the fall colours were nice. I hadn't run an organized running race since grade … MORE

    Nothing overly scenic about the first two-thirds of the race, but lucked out on weather and the fall colours were nice. I hadn’t run an organized running race since grade 8 x-country and this seemed well organized.

    I am sure I’ll be back, if not for another half marathon, maybe for a full one. I can see why this is a popular BQ race.

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    AHV84 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The route is scenic especially at this time of year with the fall colours! There is a lot of downhill and flat parts. Not a lot of uphill!! It's well … MORE

    The route is scenic especially at this time of year with the fall colours!
    There is a lot of downhill and flat parts. Not a lot of uphill!!
    It’s well organized and the pre and post race is well done!

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    sejj- FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first time participating in this race, and I thought it was amazing. I would definitely do it again. The scenery is beautiful, and the weather could not … MORE

    This was my first time participating in this race, and I thought it was amazing. I would definitely do it again. The scenery is beautiful, and the weather could not have been better. Although I did not post a personal best, I did reach my goal of sub 2hrs which I’ve been trying to get back to for the past two years. Which I was so pumped about!!

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    zhouge FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is my first run in Hamilton. Had been studied and lived in Hamilton for over 5 years and come back for this great home run. I'll target to run … MORE

    This is my first run in Hamilton. Had been studied and lived in Hamilton for over 5 years and come back for this great home run. I’ll target to run my first full marothon in 2020 at Hamilton.

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    leaves FIRST-TIMER '18

    The information before the race was lacking unless you were running the half or full marathon. I received many emails about the two bigger races, with lots of information about … MORE

    The information before the race was lacking unless you were running the half or full marathon. I received many emails about the two bigger races, with lots of information about where to go and when to come etc but not a single email about the 10k. I had to reach out to the organizers to get this info but they were very helpful. Information was on the site too but not until the day before we were supposed to run. This was my first official race and it would have been easier for me to have the correct information.
    I would show up half an hour later then I did. There were no lines or waiting. Everything was very smooth.
    Course was easy.

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    strawberrycake.ca REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Very easy route! It was mainly flat with lots of downhills along the way. Located at a very convinient location (near the QEW) and lots of parking spaces available for … MORE

    Very easy route! It was mainly flat with lots of downhills along the way. Located at a very convinient location (near the QEW) and lots of parking spaces available for race morning. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful! Post race snacks included healthy bananas and apples. They also served soup as it was a pretty chilly and windy raec morning. 10/10 would recommend!

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    JonBekind FIRST-TIMER '18

    The logistics of the marathon went very smoothly from the organizers to the route layout. For first timers, the decending part of the route may be a boost for shaving … MORE

    The logistics of the marathon went very smoothly from the organizers to the route layout. For first timers, the decending part of the route may be a boost for shaving off a little time. This is a popular race for people wanting to qualify for Boston. The view from the top of the mountain near the beginning of the race is beautiful, as is the end by the waterfront. Weather was perfect for a race day, cool and dry with little wind late in the year.

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    zwer FIRST-TIMER '18

    If you're looking for a fast, scenic course, this is a definite must do. The rolling hills through farmland are easy enough to keep a steady pace in low zone … MORE

    If you’re looking for a fast, scenic course, this is a definite must do. The rolling hills through farmland are easy enough to keep a steady pace in low zone 3 for the first 21km.

    The downhill from roughly 23-26km is no joke and you want to make sure you’re wearing shoes that won’t leave you with bruised toes. Unfortunately we were running into a headwind, so any hope of picking up the pace at a lower energy cost was waylaid.

    The rest of the race was a bit of a grind, thanks to the wind. The short trail section leading to the lake shore was more annoying than anything, but (thankfully) the overlap during the out and back section was reasonably short. If you’re falling off your pace at this point you don’t have to see too many faster runners.

    The finish was great – not too many people crowding the chute and your bid reads in early so the announcer can welcome you in by name.

    All in all, a great race and I can’t wait to do it again next year. I knocked roughly 24 minutes off of my best time here and would have done even more if not for the wind.

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    Darcymac REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have done 4 Half Marathons, a couple of 10 kms and many 5 kms in the Road2Hope and I recommend this race to anyone who likes races that are … MORE

    I have done 4 Half Marathons, a couple of 10 kms and many 5 kms in the Road2Hope and I recommend this race to anyone who likes races that are well organised, healthy food at the end, and recognition for age group…I have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd a few times for my age group. The Half Marathon course is one of my favourites!! I will keep doing at least 5 kms each year for a few more years. Also it is nice that my daughter has done this race with me many times so it’s a great family adventure!!

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