Bread and Honey Races
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Start Date/Time June 4, 2017 @ 8:05 am
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Ran this race for the 1st time. Very small event (~ 350 runners). Very hilly.. almost no flat parts. The hill at the end of Eglington is tough. The course is not very scenic... Erin Mills/Creditview/Eglington/Britania... noth to special. Very nice race kit and a choice between two types of shirts.
Its a nice event to do once. Many other similar events throughout the summer.
Your mileage may vary
Ran the 15k this year, kind of an uninteresting tour through Mississauga's long straight roads. Thanks to the cowboy race staff at the end of eglinton hill for music and motivation, that hill is tough especially in the humidity. Announcing race times and were hard to hear and figure out at the race awards ceremony. Nice to have plaques for top 3 in reach category, that's better than most races. Good shirt, price, medal, post race food.
First time running this race. I didn't find the race to be very scenic mostly was on busy routes and was obviously creating traffic problems even on a Sunday morning as evident by the constant blare of car horns. I think another route should be considered for the future. Volunteers did a great job, and the water bottle was a nice touch. Didn't receive a race t-shirt apparently they were all out by race day. Probably wont do this race again
This was my third year running this event, After last year’s event and the race running out of medals for finished because they over registered people. This year the organizers made the smart move and had no race day registration.
After two years of running up to the financial area of Meadowvale, they changed the route of the course this year to actually run a more scenic route. I found it amazing just how many volunteers and officers they had out on the new route, and I’m happy they did because I heard of a few motorist that were in a hurry and weren’t happy of having to wait.
Pick up was at The Running Room as normal which works out great for me because I work right around the corner from that location in Meadowvale. I liked the challenge of the all he hills on the new route; it was also fun running through my old neighbourhood. I think that is why I was able to put up such a great time.
There was minimal parking at the site (Streetsville High School), however having the Go station right around the corner helped and is where I was parked.
Spartan Fitness was at the event and they were doing ice baths for those who wanted to jump into a tub filled with water and ice, I was one of the brave ones to jump on in.
As normal the post-race food could have been much better considering Longo’s was a sponsor and all they were giving was bagels, yogurt, and bananas. Cliff was there handing out bars which was a way better option then what was inside the school.
As far as the race kit goes, they had the same water bottle as last year, the normal magazines I’m sure we all have 3 copies from other runs from, but the highlight for me of the race kit was the bag it came in. It is one of those water proof beech bags.
Overall I’m really pleased they organizers were able to fix the problems the occurred last year and I look forward to running this again next year.
This was my first year to do this race, I participated in the 15K, and loved the course, very flat by my standards, the hills were really just slopes. (perspective on where you normally run I guess).
Morning pick up was easy, I had no problems with parking, the race announcer did a great job.
Yes they ran out of medals, and I was not quite fast enough to get one. BUT, taking the advice of the volunteers at the finish line I emailed the race coordinator and did receive one a few weeks later in the mail.
Great follow-up with the participants.
Next year I am coming back, I will bring a few friends too, and hope to beat this years time!
Race kit: water bottle, singlet or tshirt and came with some clif bars
Well organized course was easy to follow
The medals and awards plaques for all the age groups also this was an OMA race which I also received another medal for :)
I will want to run this race again so I can get a plaque!!
Glimmer in the darknes 5k
Great event. Nice medals and post race food.
Race kit: water bottle, singlet or tshirt (the tshirts were black, not the best if it were a sunny day), plenty of size options, came with some clif bars too. Pickup was fast and convenient at Argentia Running Room. Would have been nice to get a reminder email earlier in the week about when pickup is available.
Race Day: Well organized, clear instructions at the start - it would be nice to have had people divided by pace at the start to avoid unnecessary congestion, like having a psuedo corral dividing the over/under 5:00min/km runners - a sign on a stick would be great.
The course was easy to follow and well blocked off for the 5k runners. Surprised that there was also a water station at 3k. No music or bands for course entertainment.
The finish line was nice having someone read out the names of finishers - would have helped to have a 400 meters left sign. Unfortunately not enough medals for the 15k finishers.
Post Race Event:
Great setup in the highschool gym/cafeteria - plenty of bagels, bananas, yogurt and even peanut butter and honey. Very clean and well organized. The awards ceremony was nice, but took a long time, would have been nice to have an itinerary beforehand. Also posting the race times would have been nice to spread across the back wall or print larger - there was constantly a huddle of sweaty runners trying to peek and find their name on 12pt font.
The medals and awards plaques for all the age groups is really nice - keep up the great work!
First time ran 5k in my life. Very nice route and well organised. Runners very cooperative and encouraging each other which boost the morale. After finishing the line feel like hero. Great Fun.
Missed running this race the last 2 years but made it a priority to run it this year. Course was pleasant. Odd to have cars being let through gaps in the runners and seeing lines of cars waiting for the race to finish.
Not the hugest of crowds cheering on but the scenery was pleasant.
I apparently finished just in time to get a medal but quite a few of our group did not receive medals as they were informed they ran out so anybody coming in much after 1:20 for the 15km did not receive medals. Some poor planning on this aspect.
My first year running this race. Very nice route with a few unexpected but not overly tough hills. Had a great experience until the end when I finished and there were no medals left. I would venture to say half of the participants in the 15k did not get them. They say they had a race cap of 1200 runners. Then they should have had at least 1200 medals. Seems like simple math to me. Only answer people were given was to email the race director. This has left a bad impression for me and the many others I raced with. Will more than likely not run this race again or recommend it if this is indicative of the poor race planning that happens here.
The race kit came with a good sized waterbottle and the option to choose either a shirt or tank, which is nice. The race route overall was okay. A good amount of hills and great volunteers. There was a fair bit of running past a line up of cars, waiting for us to finish - the roads weren't completely closed off, police officers would let cars in in between gaps of people. It just felt a little weird running past a lineup of people waiting for you to finish so they can drive on. It was a smaller race so there weren't many spectators and not much music that you usually find at races to get everyone pumped up. It was a quiet finish line, other than the announcer saying the names of people crossing the finish. I would've preferred an earlier start time since it did get fairly hot in the beginning. We were lucky the sun went away halfway through the race. I did like the fact that the school was so we didn't have to lineup for portapotties. There was also ample parking at the school or on nearby residential streets. One thing I really was disappointed about was the fact that they ran out of finishers medals. I believe they took in too many last minute entries, and didn't have enough for everyone. The medal was the same for 1k, 5k and 15km. A lot of people that did the 15km did not get medals. Now I need to wait for mine to come in the mail. :(
First year that I have done this race. The race kit was average, you got to choose between a t-shirt and a tank for the race shirt. Course was nice with a few hills. One problem was that they ran out of medals partway thru the 15K race. Those who finished around an hour 20 mins and later did not get a medal. Very poor planning.
What a wonderful event! The location is easy and convenient with lots of parking. The start / finish area was organized.
The 10K course itself was challenging to the beginner as well as the advanced runner with multiple inclines and declines. The water stations were plentiful and at well measured distances apart (about 3K). I was not sure how the 5K and 10K synchronized starts would be,but after the first 3-4K the two races separate. It was a good opportunity to start with my wife before parting ways to run our own races.
I cannot wait to do this race again! I hope that it is the same course next year; I want to prove a few things to myself!
What a great race. Yesterday was my fifth consecutive Bread and Honey 15k race and I like it so much that I couldn't resist it this year despite running a PR at Ottawa just a week before. Ellie DeSousa and her race crew really seem to enjoy organizing this event and are so on top of things. There were water stations every 3km with much attentive volunteers both on and off the actual course. It is fairly hilly in the middle and it was pretty humid and windy yesterday so a few performances suffered this year so take it easy on days like this until you reach the turn around point. The awards ceremony and snacks in Streetsville Secondary School are a nice reward for runners to gather around post race. The only thing I can think of is that is an earlier start time than 8:00 am possible as it gets hot in June. Other than that I hope to keep coming up. Way to go Credit Valley Runners,
Nice race, Nice tank tops, Nice finisher medal.
Easy kit pick up.
Barry from Barrie
I have been in every single Bread and Honey race since the very 1st.I think I might be the only one, but I plan to keep coming back every year as long as I can.It's just that much fun.I'm now 59 years old and still loving it.
Hope to see you there...rain or shine!! I used to run track here when I was in High School but where has all my old competition gone?
Barry from Barrie
LOVED THIS RACE!!!
Small-town atmosphere, competitive, well-organized. Will be back for 2013!
Great day for a run! I ran the 5K course. This race is very well organized - a great closed off track through Streetsville. Nice technical t-shirts, and they got the sizing right. Timing is done by sportstats so it was reliable and uploaded really quick after the race with chip time and gun time results - also the race photos were posted just a few days later. Was nice having Mayor Hazel McCallion up bright and early to start the race. Very good for families and those new to 5K running - generally flat with a few rollers and a nice downhill into the finish.
I ran the 15k in 2008 and 2012. It's a tough course with rolling hills. The 15k and 5k starts together, and you can always find someone to run with in the first 3k.
The races were very well organized. Lots of parking space, water stations every 3k, and good post race snack. Also, nice plaques will be given out for the top 3 finishers in each age category. Therefore, it's a good race to boast the ego.
I ran the bread & Honey 15km race in 2011, its a pretty flat course great for a PB. The organizers do a great job.
I ran this race in 2010 and I'm returning for the 2012 edition. I love the 15km distance, and this race is no exception. The first half of the race features some good climbs, and you benefit in the second half because it's an out-and-back course. Bottom line: push hard in the first half, and then push harder in the second half!
The race seemed well organized, it was easily accessible (good parking, etc.) and I recommend running this one!