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Spring half-marathons in GTA(ish)?

Postby ratherawkward » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:11 am

I'm starting to think ahead to my race plans for 2013, and I'm pretty set on doing the TO Women's Half again (end of May) but wouldn't mind working another half in there around April, or first weekend in May at the latest. I don't want something where I have to go get a hotel, so that limits my options a bit. Any suggestions of good races in that time frame? Off the top of my head, the ones I'm aware of are:
- Waterloo
- London Forest City (farthest I'm willing to go from TO and come back same day, probably not really in the running unless someone thinks it's a fabulous event)
- Mississauga
- Toronto Goodlife

Any others I've missed? I need to register for something new to start feeling motivated again as the weather gets gloomy.
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Postby abirdd » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:37 am

Marden Marathon - http://www.mardenmarathon.ca/
Just saw a friend make mention on Facebook this morning. Apparently they have a $15 for ANY race distance price blitz coming up next week. See the site for details.

Uxbridge Half Marathon - http://www.uxbridgehalfmarathon.ca/
I'm told this one is a nice combo of trails, golf course, and country roads. Also, the post-run buffet is supposed to be excellent.

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Postby Double Bellybuster » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:35 pm

abirdd wrote:Uxbridge Half Marathon - http://www.uxbridgehalfmarathon.ca/
I'm told this one is a nice combo of trails, golf course, and country roads. Also, the post-run buffet is supposed to be excellent.


Come to Uxbridge. Race director Katharine, a veteran runner herself, does a great job on this one. Great venue and course. Also, The Greater Uxbridge Road Runners, which I am a member of, will run much of the course on a Sunday long run or two so you would be welcome to join us for a course preview a few weeks in advance.
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Postby ratherawkward » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:01 am

Looking at Uxbridge now and definitely giving it serious consideration. How tough is the 'trail' part of it for somebody used to running on roads?
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Postby Jogger Barbie » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:34 am

Double Bellybuster wrote: Also, The Greater Uxbridge Road Runners, which I am a member of, will run much of the course on a Sunday long run or two so you would be welcome to join us for a course preview a few weeks in advance.

Hmmm...that sounds like a potential GTA meet and greet. Long run and then brunch, anyone?
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:36 am

ratherawkward wrote:Looking at Uxbridge now and definitely giving it serious consideration. How tough is the 'trail' part of it for somebody used to running on roads?


The trails are flat and quick, some grass, some dirt, some golf course cart path. One would definitely wear the regular or lightweight road shoes they would wear in a road race rather than trail shoes. So a very quick versus your traditional conservation area trail race. But versus a traditional road half marathon, you might be off your typical result by five minutes - concession roads are rolling hills and the golf course paths are as well as they try to make this a tough (lots of terrain changes) golf course.
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:53 am

Jogger Barbie wrote:
Double Bellybuster wrote: Also, The Greater Uxbridge Road Runners, which I am a member of, will run much of the course on a Sunday long run or two so you would be welcome to join us for a course preview a few weeks in advance.

Hmmm...that sounds like a potential GTA meet and greet. Long run and then brunch, anyone?


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Postby Robinandamelia » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:01 pm

Will consider this one too!

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Postby Doonst » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:39 pm

I thought the Marden one sounds good. Like me its a little west of center, and the price is right. I was thinking of doing Waterloo again but this might take a little of that crowd.
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:43 am

This is all so very spectacular that I have signed up for the Half in Marden and the 5K in Uxbridge.

Doonst wrote:I thought the Marden one sounds good. Like me its a little west of center, and the price is right. I was thinking of doing Waterloo again but this might take a little of that crowd.


Doonst - what is the review on the Marden course? I notice it is point-to-point, with the finish about 13.1 K from the start, no retracing of path. Is this a downhill course?

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Postby Doonst » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:29 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:This is all so very spectacular that I have signed up for the Half in Marden and the 5K in Uxbridge.

Doonst wrote:I thought the Marden one sounds good. Like me its a little west of center, and the price is right. I was thinking of doing Waterloo again but this might take a little of that crowd.


Doonst - what is the review on the Marden course? I notice it is point-to-point, with the finish about 13.1 K from the start, no retracing of path. Is this a downhill course?

Thanks.

I think its an out and back, with a couple of easy rollers.
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:56 pm

Separate thread on the Marden race:

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Postby ratherawkward » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:54 pm

Revisiting this thread because I keep alternately talking myself into, and out of, the Uxbridge half. Given that my PR on a nice flat road course is 2:13, I'm thinking that between the hills and trails on this one I would definitely be one of the last stragglers across the finish!
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:18 pm

ratherawkward wrote:Revisiting this thread because I keep alternately talking myself into, and out of, the Uxbridge half. Given that my PR on a nice flat road course is 2:13, I'm thinking that between the hills and trails on this one I would definitely be one of the last stragglers across the finish!


I don't think so. The hills slow everyone down by five minutes or so. if you are midpack among the women eslewhere, you'll be midpack among the women in Uxbridge too.

Also, there is a large Half Marathon beginners clinic leading up to the event this year. So while there are always runners through 2:45:00, there may be a higher proportion this year.
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Postby ratherawkward » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:27 pm

Well, I've gone and signed up - I got sick of dithering over it. Tuesdays are going to be "hill" days from now on!
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:54 pm

ratherawkward wrote:Well, I've gone and signed up - I got sick of dithering over it. Tuesdays are going to be "hill" days from now on!


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Postby Double Bellybuster » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:02 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:...The Greater Uxbridge Road Runners, which I am a member of, will run much of the course on a Sunday long run or two so you would be welcome to join us for a course preview a few weeks in advance.


The Golf Course has not been available earlier due to snow but we plan to run there this Sunday. if you want a course preview one week in advance, let me know this week.

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Postby ratherawkward » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:48 pm

I don't think I'll make it up there this Sunday - I'm actually questionable now for the race itself, between the current illness and being somewhat behind on my long runs. It may be more of an "exciting training run" than a race for me. Fingers crossed!
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Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:10 pm

I'm registered for this one....first time running for me.

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Postby Double Bellybuster » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:07 pm

I'll look for you Maniacs and will say hello race day. I will be one of the few dudes in a red GURR (Greater Uxbridge Road Runners) T-shirt promoting the club. I'm probably spottable, 90% of the club is women and I think I'm the last holdover male from the year red T-shirts were issued.

Way more detail than I needed to post! but see you there!
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Postby QuickChick » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:08 pm

One year, I will do this race. I love running in Uxbridge- we have house-sat there quite a few times in the last couple of years. The trails are NOT difficult, and that's coming from me (those who know me know I think the Beltline and the Moore Ravine in TO are the perfect trails, lol). There are some really decent hills on the road though- does it go up or down the 7th? Coming down that one hurts, and I imagine going up would hurt as well. The road that goes off from the 7th just past Elgin Park has a decent hill too, but it's not as steep. It would definitely be a challenging course though.
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:33 pm

QuickChick wrote:There are some really decent hills on the road though- does it go up or down the 7th? Coming down that one hurts, and I imagine going up would hurt as well. The road that goes off from the 7th just past Elgin Park has a decent hill too, but it's not as steep. It would definitely be a challenging course though.


No Seventh Concession anymore but there is the Brookdale Road climb of 65 metres from 3K to 5K:

http://uxbridgehalfmarathon.com/images/ ... rsemap.jpg
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Postby QuickChick » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:42 am

At least it's at the beginning. That's a really pretty road, too. It looks like the finish is downhill (down Elgin Park from what I can see?). Yes, one year I'll do it! Maybe next year.
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Postby Double Bellybuster » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:23 am

QuickChick wrote:Yes, one year I'll do it! Maybe next year.


Me too. Next year.
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