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Overall Rating (93 Reviews)
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(93 Ratings)(93 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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    burlys FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race, but get to buses early. PRs very likely. Weather was against us, but still had a great race, paced with a lady runner for much of the race, … MORE

    Great race, but get to buses early. PRs very likely. Weather was against us, but still had a great race, paced with a lady runner for much of the race, and we finished together (well done Anu!)

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    16490derek FIRST-TIMER '17

    Hamilton is an intimate race gathering with amazing in-race support and crowd support. It's a net downhill with perfect PR/BQ temps, a mix of rolling, downhill and flat terrain, great … MORE

    Hamilton is an intimate race gathering with amazing in-race support and crowd support. It’s a net downhill with perfect PR/BQ temps, a mix of rolling, downhill and flat terrain, great views starting with countryside and ending with lake front. Post-race support and food is better than many. The expo is small but great deals can be had. I’ve raced the Half twice and now the full. Both are great experiences. A must do course for anyone hoping to make their way to Boston.

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    LMarconi FIRST-TIMER '17

    First time doing this half marathon and have to say it was one of the best I've done so far! So cool to be running on the Red Hill and … MORE

    First time doing this half marathon and have to say it was one of the best I’ve done so far! So cool to be running on the Red Hill and then crossing over the QEW! A change of scenery while running along the trail, and finishing off the last leg of the race along the water. It was such a smooth, fast pace run. I definitely would recommend this for anyone considering running their first Half!!

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    gina.alderman FIRST-TIMER '17

    This event was a great intro, and accomplishable course for a novice racer. The workers and volunteers were all very supportive and encouraging all the way through. I appreciated how … MORE

    This event was a great intro, and accomplishable course for a novice racer. The workers and volunteers were all very supportive and encouraging all the way through. I appreciated how walker friendly the event was, while still being competitive for those whose goals were a bit loftier.

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    keyrock FIRST-TIMER '17

    Warm up areas and lots of washrooms. Amazing experience. This was my first marathon. The organizers and volunteers were amazing. Lots of security along the road traffic management was perfect MORE

    Warm up areas and lots of washrooms. Amazing experience. This was my first marathon. The organizers and volunteers were amazing. Lots of security along the road traffic management was perfect

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    Well organized race with aid stations every 3km. Most of the aid stations had water and Nuun (sports drink) but 2 did run out of Nuun. Race course is fair … MORE

    Well organized race with aid stations every 3km. Most of the aid stations had water and Nuun (sports drink) but 2 did run out of Nuun. Race course is fair though the 6km on the Red Hill Expressway (though downhill) are very hard on the legs. Staging area at Dofasco Park is good allowing for an indoor heated space prior to the race. Race Expo is fair. Race post food is fair – nothing terrific but it is sufficient.

    My biggest gripe is the medal; while it’s well done, the half-marathon and full marathon finishers receive the exact same medal which has both distances (21 and 42K) on the medal. This is cheap and left me feeling irritated.

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    tallchic FIRST-TIMER '17

    THE GOOD: - Race kit pickup was smooth and easy - Parking was so close to the start/finish line - Shuttle buses for the HM/FM were organized nicely - Indoor … MORE

    THE GOOD:
    – Race kit pickup was smooth and easy
    – Parking was so close to the start/finish line
    – Shuttle buses for the HM/FM were organized nicely
    – Indoor waiting area for both pre- and post- race
    – Getting pizza and hot soup after the race
    – A nice long stretch of downhill on the HM/FM course
    THE BAD:
    – Huge bottleneck just after the start line for HM/FM, which forced runners to walk for a bit due to congestion
    – No corrals, so walkers and slower runners were blocking the paths
    – Not enough water stations. The 10K only had one at around the 8K mark, which you could use at the 2K mark, but you had to cross over to the left. Nothing at the U-turn point. The half had water stations at 3K, 6K and 9K, then there was no water station until somewhere between 14-16K.
    – The additional medal we got for “Run the Hammer” was a bit underwhelming, especially considering the beautiful medals they gave out for the actual races. I also found it interesting that 1K, 5K and 10K finishers all got the exact same medal (so yes, I have two exact same medals since I ran both the 5K and 10K), and HM and FM finishers got the same medal. They also ran out of HM/FM medals, so those coming in later did not receive one and have email the organizers to get one.
    – The post-race bananas were not edible (still green)

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    alicialaidlaw FIRST-TIMER '17

    Wonderfully organized, warm area to wait for start, drum bands along the route, lots of encouragement on the way, different fuel stations, real oranges, warm chicken soup at the end. … MORE

    Wonderfully organized, warm area to wait for start, drum bands along the route, lots of encouragement on the way, different fuel stations, real oranges, warm chicken soup at the end. Almost no uphill. Wanting to go again!

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    samiha.versi FIRST-TIMER '17

    First time running the Hamilton Half. Well organized event with plenty of volunteers and spectators at every km. Course was challenging enough and so scenic. Would recommend two tents (one … MORE

    First time running the Hamilton Half. Well organized event with plenty of volunteers and spectators at every km. Course was challenging enough and so scenic. Would recommend two tents (one for guys and gals) to allow runners to change into dry clothes post race. This would allow participants to enjoy the post race celebrations.

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    mnjogger FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is more of a race report. It was my 17th marathon. There were ~800 marathoners and someone estimated ~1000 half marathoners. Registration was easy, packet pickup was straightforward. Race … MORE

    This is more of a race report. It was my 17th marathon. There were ~800 marathoners and someone estimated ~1000 half marathoners. Registration was easy, packet pickup was straightforward.

    Race day itself was blustery with rain and ~12+ mph winds. Temps were upper 40s (F) and climbed into the 50s (F). I think it rained at least half of the race: There comes a point where you become oblivious to it. It seemed we ran into the headwind for about 7km of the first 13km, then at the end of the race along the lakefront (~10km). I don’t know how typical this weather was for this race, but this is why we train in all kinds of weather.

    This was a point to point race and the mileage was well-marked at every km.
    Road conditions were good. There were water/Nuun stops roughly every 3km. We were encouraged to park at the finish line and were bussed to the start. At the start location participants were able to stay sheltered in a heated gymnasium before the race. Bag drop off was also there (bring your own drop bag). Drop bags were transported to the finish line. Parking, bussing, and bag drop off was all performed efficiently and effectively by the organizers.

    The course itself could be broken into 3 segments: the escarpment (~22km), the parkway (~8km), and the lakeshore (~12km). The escarpment segment contains some hills but overall I was able to average out to my goal marathon pace by the end of the segment. The parkway segment contains a highway stretch which is a moderate-and-then-some downhill and a short trail path (crushed gravel for ~1km and asphalt for ~1km). I ran
    the highway stretch about 30-45 seconds/mile faster than my goal marathon pace: The downhill and wind at our backs promoted that. Despite the rain the trail path was in better condition than I expected and running on it was not a problem. The lakeshore segment was more or less flat but it seemed regardless of what direction I ran it was always into the wind! I fell off pace 30-45 seconds/mile the last 4-6 miles. I didn’t have any more to give.

    My PR prior to the race was 3:56 and I trained for a 3:45 marathon using Hanson’s Method. I finished this race in 3:43 despite the weather and slow finish. I am thrilled!! Once I crossed the finish line volunteers were ready to assist me with getting into the recovery tent and refueling. Kudos for that! Once refueled I went to the tent where our drop off bags were stored and retrieved mine.

    Possible Improvement – create a changing area at the finish for runners: one for men, one for women. Simply partition off a section of one of the tents.

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    estrennen Nov 27, 2017 at 2:33pm

    Congrats on your PR, David! I ran the marathon and agree with all your assessments, especially about a changing area at the finish. I was trashed and beat at the end and didn't care. I had some volunteers hold up a foil wrap so I could change into some dry clothes. BTW, I'm from Wisconsin and also train in tough conditions year 'round. Definitely helped with the conditions of this race day!

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 27, 2017 at 2:10pm

    Congrats on the PR David, and great job toughing out the elements. Like the USPS, neither rain nor wind nor anything else will keep marathon runners from getting the job done. Further proof you Minnesota runners have thicker skin than us California types. :) Thanks for another awesome review, and look forward to seeing what you do for an encore!

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    ryangoldvine REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Did the 5k and 10k Saturday and then the half marathon Sunday. A great event, though the weather wasn't perfect. A bit chilly Saturday, a bit rainy Sunday. Run the … MORE

    Did the 5k and 10k Saturday and then the half marathon Sunday. A great event, though the weather wasn’t perfect. A bit chilly Saturday, a bit rainy Sunday. Run the full and half before, a great downhill section helps pad your time. My only complaint this year was no overall awards for the multi-race events. Took the overall win for the combined 5/10/21.1 but no recognition for it other than the stats. Alas.

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    spiritseries REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This race was very well organized and although the weather wasn't great the mood was fun. A big shout out to all the volunteers, they are backbone to making sure … MORE

    This race was very well organized and although the weather wasn’t great the mood was fun. A big shout out to all the volunteers, they are backbone to making sure the race goes off without problems and most importantly keeping the runners motivated. They did an excellent job and I appreciate all the hard work they do. The run is easy and fun with all kinds of different scenery to enjoy along the way. Fan support was great especially near the end of the race when you need that extra boost to get you to the finish.

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    jessfudge FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was very well organized! With the not so nice weather, they had lots of shelter and amenities available for the guests. So far, this is the best race … MORE

    This race was very well organized! With the not so nice weather, they had lots of shelter and amenities available for the guests. So far, this is the best race I have ran!! Defiantly running next year 🙂

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    aliviom FIRST-TIMER '17

    Excellent organization and nice course. Swag and finisher medal very nice along with a great support along the route. Plenty of aid stations along the way and the food tent … MORE

    Excellent organization and nice course. Swag and finisher medal very nice along with a great support along the route. Plenty of aid stations along the way and the food tent at the end was very nice with plenty of options especially for any full or half marathon finisher.

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    cstoveld FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first Half-Marathon that I did with a group of friends and I really enjoyed it. I was not pleased with my personal time as I have run … MORE

    This was my first Half-Marathon that I did with a group of friends and I really enjoyed it. I was not pleased with my personal time as I have run 21 km faster in training then I did race day but I still really enjoyed it and I will be back next year!

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    uli.barda FIRST-TIMER '17

    If you are a back at the pack runner, don't expect your medal, food or a finish line picture. This was my first official 10k.. I also chose to raise … MORE

    If you are a back at the pack runner, don’t expect your medal, food or a finish line picture.
    This was my first official 10k.. I also chose to raise money for the Jurvinski Cancer Center, where both my parents were patients. The before race was good.. I enjoyed the race itself.. Cried on the way to the finish line thinking about my dad.. And crossed.. Checked my watch.. Had a PB.. Then found out they ran out of medals.. I borrowed one to take a picture.. Went to get food.. Bananas were green, soup was cold.. And the pizza which the 5k runners got a full slice, we got a bite of pizza.. There were no gluten/dairy free options.. Expect green bananas.
    Left for lunch..
    Looked at the pictures today.. Not one.. I went to the race with 4 other people.. They didn’t get one either.. I crossed the finish line with one other person.. I saw the person taking pictures.. Still not one.. Not of the other lady either..
    If there is another race on that weekend next year… I’ll go to it instead.

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    PhyllisConnelly FIRST-TIMER '17

    Very well organized event. Thanks to all the volunteers for making the Road 2 Hope run smoothly. Appreciate support, water stations and encouragement of staff and volunteers. I really enjoyed … MORE

    Very well organized event. Thanks to all the volunteers for making the Road 2 Hope run smoothly. Appreciate support, water stations and encouragement of staff and volunteers.
    I really enjoyed it and look forward to participating next year!

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    cherylm FIRST-TIMER '17

    Having the refuge of a warm community centre at the start line was nice. Be prepared to run a little hills on the first portion of the race and don’t … MORE

    Having the refuge of a warm community centre at the start line was nice. Be prepared to run a little hills on the first portion of the race and don’t over run the downhill portion. Running along escarpment, down the highway, on trail paths and along the lake made the course more interesting. The food served at the finish line was good which included hot soup, pizza and bananas and apples. Overall a great race and liked the more intimate feeling of being a part of a smaller race.

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    Ingies FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race venue right from entering the parking lot early in the morning, to the finish line, and then the hot soup in warm tents on a rainy day made … MORE

    Great race venue right from entering the parking lot early in the morning, to the finish line, and then the hot soup in warm tents on a rainy day made it all worth the drive in from Toronto. Definitely going to run this one again.(maybe get a new PB each year lol)

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    DevinIvany FIRST-TIMER '17

    First time doing half marathon. Down hill section removed a lot of difficulty from the mileage (which I loved). Wasn't a big fan of the shirt given in the bag. … MORE

    First time doing half marathon. Down hill section removed a lot of difficulty from the mileage (which I loved). Wasn’t a big fan of the shirt given in the bag. I really enjoyed running down the highway and then into the park area. After the race I wished there were more vendors both food and clothing on the sunday.

    Overall I really enjoyed it and hope to do it next year!

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