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Course: it's a great course, though not a very fast one. I enjoy the challenge, having run it twice, and you will certainly benefit from having run the race before. The hills, wind, cold and, yes, all the sharp turns will cost you some time.
Start: the start was fairly disorganized. Lined up at the front were a lot of people who really shouldn't have been there. I lined up behind a couple wearing headphones, and something gave me the impression that they weren't going to be frontrunners. I thought that was a little sociopathic. The kids also lined up at the front, and I spent much of the first mile trying not to run over a lot of those kids. A lot of them didn't run in straight lines, but ran around the road like it was a playground.
The location is ridiculous. I don't know why this has to be a point-to-point 10k. Most point-to-point races are either fast (downhill) or take you somewhere (Hopkinton to Boston).
1. This is one of the few big 10k races in the Toronto area. I really enjoyed the competition, although it obviously doesn't come close to a Canada Running Series race.
2. The student relay means you run through a gauntlet of screaming kids a few times during the race.
The good points are much more significant than my complaints.
1. Slow course
2. Disorganized start
3. Lousy location
4. Poor prizes (a flashlight?!)
As race crew, I have to say that the location was not as bad as I had originally feared. I even managed to get everyone where they needed to be without getting lost!
However, closing the Lakeshore at 5:00 pm was a bit inconvenient if you weren't already at the race start - hence Ray's sitting in Tim Horton's for a really long time prior to the race.
Course: run on pavement throughout, sometimes roads and sometimes pathways along the lake. Fairly hilly, and always windy!
Starting area: congested, easy to find, but far away from public transport and parking. Lots of porta potties!
1. high energy - hundreds of kids are running a relay race at the same time, so there are many people watching and screaming and cheering
2. water stations - well stocked with water and gatorade
3. road markers - clear, easy to see and read
1. location - for kit pickup, start line and finish line, all are a nightmare to get to for racers and race team
2. course markers - hard to tell which way to turn on some of the intersections, but they had people there to ask for help
3. prizes - flashlights?
Overall I give this race a B. If you live near T.O., try it out, but don't come from too far away or you will be disappointed.