a fun little race in a park setting Apr 5, 2015 | 5K Overall Rating: Samoyed FIRST-TIMER '15 Follow Race kit pick up was very smooth. The location was in central Toronto, easily accessible by subway, and there were many volunteers so no queues at all when I arrived. … MORE Race kit pick up was very smooth. The location was in central Toronto, easily accessible by subway, and there were many volunteers so no queues at all when I arrived. I had no problem picking up 3 kits, which 3 volunteers worked on at the same time. On race day, free parking was easy to find in the neighbourhood, and many spaces were avaialble at the Keele subway station lot (also free). This year’s event took place during the Easter long weekend when lots of people are away for vacation so it felt like a small race (not a bad thing). The start times for the two races were 75 minutes apart so the 8k race ended before the 5k race started, and by the time it finished, the bulk of the 8k racers had left the site. I suppose that one could run the 8k, and then the 5k immediately afterward, but there’s no registration fee discount for signing up for both. The race route is entirely contained within the paved trails of High Park. The separate race start times and corrals were good for crowd control as the course gets narrow in some places. Be aware that the route is hilly so not ideal for a PR. There was lots of crowd support, music provided by drummers and a bagpiper, ample water/Gatorade stations, and many porta-potties at the start/finish and en route. Each finisher received a medal and a tech toque. After race snacks included bananas, Voortman cookies, PowerBar samples cut in half, Pita Break rounds and Iogo yogurt. There was a costume contest and the High Park Nature Centre was selling a pancake brunch for $3 and coffee for $1 which added to the festive feel of this event. DIFFICULTY 3 PRODUCTION 5 SCENERY 4 SWAG 3 My Media Please login to reply to this review.