Boxing Day 10 Miler
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Start Date/Time December 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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There were a few things I liked about this race and a few I didn't. I really liked the course however the turn around point wasn't clearly marked other than a volunteer shouting at us to turn. I didn't like that the finish line was very difficult to see. I have always run under a finish line banner where as this one was tacked onto the side of a building. I didn't see it until I went back to find a friend who was still racing. The volunteers at the finish line were yelling at non racers to get off the road. I was nearly hit by someone casually riding their bike two blocks from the finish. He didn't see me and swerved into me.
I did like the medal of course but not the food. That is just personal preference since I don't like tomato soup. It was lovely having such a large change room and everyone was very supportive. If the race director could tweak the finish line etc, the people wandering through the race I would consider it another year.
This was my first time doing this race and I have always thought of it as a must do for runners. I am new to running and was looking forward to my first experience. Unfortunately, I was very sick the day of the race. I raced anyways and was glad I did.
- There is a feeling of inclusivity at this race and commraderie.
- The YMCA was a great before and after race place to stay warm and use the washrooms.
- There was a parking lot for free to use not too far from the race start.
- The sweatshirt this year was warm and cozy.
- The best part is, the race course was beautiful. A lot of running around the lakes and through parks, some uphill sections although I'm told this is less than other years. The weather was phenomenal.
- There were water stations at 3.5 and 7 miles and then at the finish line.
- There were a ton of very helpful and encouraging volunteers
- The medal was great, an adorable snowman, however, they ran out of medals for this year and handed out medals from last year. I think this was very unprofessional. They should not have allowed additional people to register if they did not have enough medals for the racers.
- I emailed the race director about the above and never heard back
My favorite race, I've run this the past 5 years and don't mind the 4 hour drive from Michigan. Although I was disappointed that the course was made easier, the volunteers are fantastic. The ymca is very accommodating too!
I have been running this race since 2003 and love it!! Missed the Chedoke Hill this year but liked the new course, it was a different challenge. Great job once again!!!!!
Great race, nice course. Lots of food to eat after.
This was my first time running this race. I found it a little confusing finding the race kit pickup area and starting line- and I wasn't the only one. I asked other racers where the pickup was and no one I asked knew- they were just following others. A bit more signage and people directing the participants would have been nice. There were no lounge pants available, so I received a t-shirt, but I wasn't bugged out by that.
Once I found my way to the start line, I did enjoy the race. The temperature was great and I had no issues with the route. I liked the post-race snacks.
I would do this race again.
I enjoyed this race. The route was lovely and scenic. Well cleared of snow. The police and race marshalls made it easy to stay on track and kept the cars off the route. The finish was slightly lackluster. The food was good. I was expecting pj pants but we got tee shirts instead, which was disappointing. The indoor waiting areas am change room is appreciated.
Love this race. It is a tradition for both my wife and I. The Hot tomato soup is part of this tradition and hits the spot. The other available foods are great. There may have been a few problems but this is a new course and such is expected. As for the problem with the race pants - some things are out of the control of the race organizers and if you talked to the race director as I did you would likely understand the difficulty of the situation. Race items aren't why I race but this race does try to be creative with their race item. I'm sure next year will be something unique!
This race is one of the great traditions in North American road racing. The organization is fantastic. From ease of entry and number pick-up, a warm place to wait before the race, a challenging course, hot tomato soup at the finish followed by hot showers. It is always as my last, but certainly not least, race of the year.
Having run this race many times, the problems are: food after is terrible...tomatoe soup after a tough 10 miler,doesnt cut it! how about chilli...at least its filling. and what about normal tech shirts/sweat tops for all runners.rather than us having to make a choice to pay extra or not?? course is tough but its boxing day...not a big deal...hard to run fast the dat after xmas :)
other than the date,this race is nothing special at all.
James Van Dyke
The Hamilton Harriers take great pride on putting on the Boxing Day 10 miler. In response to the food that is available after the race. We have fresh whole fruit including oranges, bananas and Ontario apples. We pick up fresh multi-grain buns. There is also hot tomato soup. The past two years we also have had cupcakes or brownies.
I drove all the way from Boston to do this race, and won my age group, who hoo! Tough field, makes me work hard to earn the stripes...
Loved this race last year and can't wait to run it again and again :)
It was a much more challenging race than I anticipated, and I did enjoy doing it as a training run. Hope to race it harder next time, especially now that I know the course. The only thing I wasn't impressed with, was the food afterwards.