Angus Glen Running Series
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Start Date/Time July 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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Another amazing race on Sunday!!! So happy that start time was moved to 10 am... nice relaxed morning, enjoyed the beautiful weather and location. All the usuals: fantastic race kit (never disappoints with full sized products that I'll actually use), high quality jacket, free pre/post coffee, terrific hot lunch buffet (veg options too), and of course, free lockers & shower - soooo nice to clean up before lunch!
Course is definitely challenging with multiple hills throughout, but the tranquility and scenery (versus urban road race) is totally worth it to me. This year, if you run all three races (spring, summer & fall), there's a commemorative medal for "taming the Bull" (that's the Angus Glen mascot, I think)... fun incentive! Thanks to Sarah & crew for all the hard work!
Sunday's 10 Miler race was FANTASTIC - super efficient from check in to check out! Absolutely love this series - this was my 4th time running the fall race. So happy to finish with a PB! Course was challenging but beautiful (lots of various hills - some very steep, golf cart paths, short gravel sections, wooden bridges over creeks, and wooded areas). Wish it could be kept as Half-Marathon as that rounds out the series and is a real motivator for year long training! Kudos to Sarah and her crew for another top notch event! Looking forward to 2017!
This was my third time running an Angus Glen race and it did not disappoint! I ran the fall 10km on a beautiful, sunny fall day. The course was very hilly, but the views of other runner weaving their way through the scenic course on such a wonderful day made it worth while. The race kit was excellent, with several Neutrogena products, plus a long sleeved shirt perfect for all running. The medal was very nice. Pre and post-race coffee was provided by Tim Hortons, and the boxed lunch was a tasty mix of pasta salad, a sandwich, drink, cookies and fruit. There were many enthusiastic volunteers, plenty of parking and a very comfortable club house to relax in pre and post race. The only confusing thing about the race was I was sent an email with my (correct) results on Road Race Results, however, they were missing many results and the stats were obviously incorrect. (The average time for women was listed at an hour which I couldn't believe was correct on such a hard course.) I went to the website and found the correct result posting, and was relieved to see the correct average time was actually 1hr 7 minutes!
My first time running this 10km event.WOW!! Great race kit, great long sleeved shirt,, bagged lunch very good. The hot showers after the event were heaven. Parking was a bit far and I did not recieve the email about race start time change. My running buddies did so we made it in time. Hills were challenging but a beautiful route, loved the section on the golf course.
I ran the half marathon and had a fantastic time at this year's race. The swag bag was filled with amazing products (full-size). Access to lockers and showers was also convenient.
The route itself is a hilly challenge so shooting for a personal best is tough. My only complaint is in the last two km it was tedious getting around the walkers from the 10k race.
Post-race was really well done. A full meal was provided with lots of space to lounge/stretch.
I'd definitely come back next year.
It was a great race, well organized and a challenging course, especially the part on the golf course. The only complaint is as a walker who is over 70 there is no walking category and no age group for over 70. With the aging population we should be encouraging seniors to run or walk and be recognized.
This is a review of the summer 5-miler run. The 2015 run took place on an extremely hot evening and although it was a short race entirely on the cart paths, it was difficult due to the heat. The water stations we plentiful, however, and the course is very scenic, but there is very little shade for a summer run. The race kit and shirt were very nice, as was the medal and post race BBQ (chicken, burgers, sausage, salads, chips). I won't do this race again in the summer, but if you don't mind the heat, I would highly recommend it.
Angus Glen is like no other race for a few reasons. They have the best race kits anywhere, bar none. I can't emphasize that enough! You get lunch after the event. The clubhouse is beautiful. The shirts and medals are great.
I ran both the 5 and the 10. The courses are challenging (especially when it's close to freezing), and there are not very many spectators.
Angus Glen is a fantastic way to end your racing season!
This was my first time running this race and fortunately the day turned out warm and sunny. I knew it would be challenging, and it lived up to my expectations! The venue for this race was beautiful - from the clubhouse, plentiful parking, scenic cart paths, extensive swag (including numerous full size product samples from Johnson and Johnson)and a high quality running jacket, pre-race coffee, post-race buffet (including pasta, chilli, cold cuts, rolls, salads, fruit, drinks, desserts, etc.), lockers, showers, real bathrooms, etc. - you couldn't ask for anything more.
The race started in waves, which was a great idea due to the limited width of the cart paths. Water and gatoraide was provided at generous intervals during the course and the volunteers were always smiling and encouraging. There was seldom a flat section, but the rolling hills made things interesting and the beauty of the course great to run through. The course became very hard once we went under the bridge at Major Mac and the hills started to wear a lot of us down. But pushing through it, we were rewarded with an amazing medal and great sense of accomplishment.
I have nothing but good things to say about this race which is now in my annual must-do category (along with the Tannenbaum 10k and the Toronto Ten Miler).
I signed up my sister for this race on Christmas Eve as her holiday gift. I asked the RD a question, not expecting an answer before the gift-buying deadline, but Sara of Raceworks actually got back to me on the same day - yes, on Christmas Eve! The RD gets much love from me for that alone.
Race kit pick up was fast and smooth. This race includes a good quality tech jacket and a race kit with full-size items from sponsor Johnson & Johnson.
The location was easy to get to with lots of free parking right by the golf club house. Before the race, there was free Tim Horton's coffee and water. There were lots of lockers, free of charge to use. Runners were able to wait in the club to stay warm and use the indoor bathrooms. The start line was right at the club entrance, so the trek to the start /finish was very short. Participants were seeded in waves to avoid crowding.
The race is 16k on the rolling cart paths of the golf course, and is technically challenging. There are no straight, flat sections. Most of the trail is in full sunlight, which was welcome after such a harsh winter. Beautiful course, as one would expect for the site of the Canadian Open golf tournament.
After the race, participants could take showers free of charge. The club provided soap, shampoo, moisturizer, towels and hair dryers. The after-race lunch included green salads, chili with a vegetarian option, vegetarian hot pasta, assorted rolls and cold cuts plus condiments and sliced tomatoes and onions, juice, pop and water. Desserts included bars, tarts and fruit. The service was excellent everywhere in the club, with the first-class service that Angus Glen is known for.
The medal is a decent size and design and is a bottle opener. A nice touch is that the ribbon has a velcro closure so that you can slip the medal off when using it to open bottles.
The registration fee was $90 but worth every penny, and I've already committed to signing up for next year.
Ran this race for the first time this year. Great course, combination of road and trail. Amazing post-race meal included and extremely friendly staff. Will do this again next year.
5k in August, 5k and 10k in November. Great parking, washrooms and very well organized. Especially good if you like hills. Only issue: when there are 100s of runners it helps to start them by estimated time.
First time in 3 years I was finally able to run the A/G 1/2 and it was nice to be back. A true runners run with a challenging course. It would be great if the 2 races could be kept a part but it is what it is. Great food, folks, and fun. Thanks to all.
The only thing missing for 5 bananas is less cheering from speculators in this running event.
This is my third year running the race. The lunch is the best of any race I have been to.
The 10 k run was very well organized. There are lots of volunteers and people are very helpful. There are lots of water stations and good km markers.
I will be back again next year.
Well written and thoughtful review of the Angus Glen Run. Hadn't thought of the 5k jam near the end of the race, but you are absolutely bang on. "Bourgeois", never seen that word used within the context of a road race, but I think it approriate here. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Having just recently taken up running and falling in love with it, Angus 10 km was one of my first real races.
I LOVED it.
The atmosphere, course, people, organization - all great!
Great post race meal, great shirt, swag bag and medal. You really get what you put in.
The course wasn't without its challenges but was pretty fair and there was lots of support along the way.
Can't wait for next year!
Good event, but 5km is long. Gartmin had it closer to ~ 5.2-5.25km - have heard that from others as well. But overall a great event.
I love this race: really well organized, not too crowded, and the sightseeing is nice. Love the lunch afterwards: great bonus!
I ran the 10K a few years ago and this year I ran the 5K. This race venue is excellent, its a beautiful golf course and the club house facilities that we can use are great. But like others have said the course is a bit boring, thats why I haven't ran the half marathon here, just the shorter distances to lessen the boredom. The 5K has a continental breakfast after the race which was great and the 10K had a buffet lunch that was incredible!
I have ran the half marathon and the 10k. I find the course incredibly boring with not much to look at, and very few supporters along the way. The buffet at the end is pretty amazing though, and the golf club itself is quite nice. For newer runners, it's not as intimidating (e.g., not as many people, pace isn't too fast) so I would recommend for a beginner.
The other half certainly do live well...
This race is hosted by the Angus Glen golf club, where the start/finish area is located. Runners get access to the club facilities, which is quite nice and sure beats dumping your bag off in a high school gym!
The course is 'fair to challenging', as it starts off out on the county roads, then twists into a newer suburb for a brief stint in order to add on a few kilometres, and then back out onto those desolate country roads for the bulk of the race. The main portion of the race is run around a large rectangular swath of farmland on the roads. I believe only one lane is closed for runners, but it's fairly quiet out there anyhow.
Although I was happy with my time, this course is a challenge and could swallow up those that are not fit. There are hills and quite a bit of exposed running out there on those county roads, and when I ran it in 2011 there was quite a head wind for a good portion of the race. There is a nice, gradual downhill in the last few kilometres towards the finish, but the race funnels in the 5K runners at that point. If you are a faster runner you will suddenly encounter droves of slower 5K runners at this stage, which is quite jarring after having ran many kilometres in a relative serenity (if one could indeed use the word 'serenity' when describing running a half marathon). This could be fixed by the organizers if they added some more marshals at this stage and split off the 5k runners from the first half marathon finishers. Details like this are what differentiates well organized races that care about running first from money grabs that aren't interested in competition so much as selling out and appeasing those that are there only to 'complete' the race. This should be fixed in the future if the race is to be taken seriously by the faster runners out there.
The post race fare is excellent, a rather handsome buffet of food that's fit to be served at a country club. The facilities post-race are a pleasant surprise, as the club provides showers, towels and toiletries. The awards ceremony is a bit of a non-event, which is fine (as they often go on too long anyhow), but they should at least honour the winner! The age group prizing is extraordinary (a fancy watch), which mitigates the ridiculous cost of this race.
Getting out of the place after the fact was a bit of a headache, as several hundred cars all attempting to leave one single lane road creates a bit of a traffic nightmare.
I would say that the Angus Glen Half Marathon is a 'tempting' race, as it comes late in the season, usually after all the goal races are sad and done. I squeezed this one in last year in order to cash in on my marathon fitness after having recovered fairly nicely from the big event with a desire to still go for more. I was happy with the race, but it's prohibitively expensive and I am getting a bit tired of races that don't seem to put any thought into the competitive aspect of the sport. It's bourgeois feel may fool the fair weather fun-runner, but for the more experienced racer this race lacks some of the fine tuning that a more well established event would have sorted out.
I ran this race in 2011, my fourth time in five years, all as a pace bunny.
I really love this race - great post-race food, and friendly atmosphere, and a race course that really challenges you. I'm a big believer in running hilly races - we can all run flat, and that becomes a bore - get out there and challenge yourself to PB on a challenging course!
Anyhow, I'll keep going back for as long as they keep inviting me to be the bunny.
My annual end-of-season race; great course, great organization, great shirt, great meal, and a great post-race setting. How can I resist a race where I can bike up to the starting line (I live in Unionville)? See everyone back here next year.
I did this race years ago and haven't been back, it's gotten a little pricey but the hot meal afterwards is a bonus, especially while watching the marathon on tv.