Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K

Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K

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Location Trillium College 760 Brant St.


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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time March 5, 2017 @ 10:05 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Burlington
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March 9th, 2016 12:29 pm

This is my 6th year in a row doing this race and I was impressed. Big improvements over last year in terms of organization, water stations, and quality of race shirt. A unique gem of an event in the winter.

Tight Laces
March 6th, 2016 8:26 pm

This was my first time running at this event and I ran in the half. I won't comment on the expo as I did not attend and had someone pick up my race pack for me. As I saw on a couple reviews I also took the shuttle from the Go.

it was great to have the bus drop off right at the arts center, where both the bag drop and post events were taking place.

As for the race itself the start chute was big enough to get the 3000 runners in and easy to find a pace bunny if one was needed. I started with the 2:10 pace bunny. At the start of the race the 2:15 bunny was ahead of the 2:10.

As for the course it was mostly flat, with few hills with not much of an elevation change. The water stations were well spread out. There were lots of people out on the course cheering on all the runners, which I find always help for that final push.

The finishing area was decent however the finishing medal was one of the nicest (coolest) finisher medals I've ever received.

Other than that I have no complaints with my first experience at the event, however as always I'm only giving it 4/5 bananas because I believe that there could always be improvements.

March 6th, 2016 8:56 pm

Another great Chilly 14th.....
Rolling course perfect and pkg pickup perfect.
Great shirts this year for the 20th.....
Only suggestion was that at 12:45 table 34 was almost out of Chili and no where to sit as expecting a bridal shower....other option was a long walk to Emma's....
Couldn't get near Wendels.....
So stayed at table 34 and got scrapings of Chili and two nice men gave us their bar seats lol.......
Also results should be posted completely as best they can.....we were 2:12 and lists only went to 2:01.....bit disappointed.....someone said oh go out to guys still out there as people coming in past 3:00 hrs and they'll tell you....? No, not when tired and two blocks over.....maybe have a runner with ststs from time keepers to run over and tape up?

March 6th, 2016 6:09 pm

It was my first time running in this event and I had a good experience. I came in on the GO train from Toronto so the shuttle buses were much appreciated. Despite the great running weather, it was nice to be able to wait inside the Performing Arts Centre before the race. Bag check was fast...even the washroom lines were not too bad. My only (minor) complaint is that water stations were in the middle of the road, rather than to the right. There may be a reason for this, but it made cup grabs a bit awkward. Also, some of the cups were plastic which is hard to fold & drink from without stopping. Otherwise a nice course & thankful as always to volunteers & spectators.

March 6th, 2016 6:48 pm

Ran the Chilly Half marathon today. Great day, temperature was around 2 C and sunny, so not so chilly after all. Great event, very well organized. The course is pretty flat and goes along the lake and through some residential areas so there is always something to look at. There were plenty of water and Gatorade stations available on course. Pace bunnies were provided too. Even though over 3000 people ran the race, it did not feel crowded. The New Balance long sleeve shirt was also very nice. Will definitely run again next year.

March 6th, 2016 3:59 pm

I ran the Half Chilly today because last year I botched it up sooo badly, but ended up doing yet another PB today and had a great time with my friends, definitely recommend, definitely attend again. The people who organize it are soooo nice and do a great job.

Not 2 Chipper
March 6th, 2016 3:32 pm

Although I ran in a race several years ago I had entered this year in the Frosty 5K Walk hoping to do a personal best.The official results posted show that my chip time was the same as the gun time which was 39:56.4 . This is Not correct as I started purposely well in the rear of the vast majority who were runners not walkers.The chip time should have been approximately 38:50 .That's a minute and 6 seconds difference After perusing many other results I see there were a very large percentage of all participants who also showed the same time for gun & chip times.These were not the very few mostly elite & strong runners who actually got off the line at the same time as the gun went off.I purposely Either many chips failed to work or something else caused this to happen.The end result makes the order and placement of finishers very debatable.I also noted that some of the time sheets that were physically posted did have both times but then there were others including mine that only showed the gun time whereas the chip time was blank.There were several sheets intermittently either had both or only the gun time.
Other than this major disappointment I enjoyed the event and the facilities and would return providing this chip timing will be corrected. I would like to hear an explanation for this.
Thank you for your attention to this.

Hammertown Kid
April 2nd, 2015 8:10 pm

I did the 21k and it was a fabulous early season race! The men's tech running jacket that came with the race kit is of great quality and a wonderful souvenir. I'll be using it often! The course itself is quite nice. You start and finish in downtown Burlington (in front of city hall) and stay along the lake shore almost the entire time. You first run west until you're pretty much below the Skyway bridge (of the QEW) and then turn eastwards going past some very nice residential areas before returning downtown. The route is mostly flat without any significant elevation changes. Of course, it can get quite windy and cold in early March. This year's weather was -5C with flurries. But it was great. The post-race chili surely warms you up!

Not Impressed
March 7th, 2015 6:49 pm

I signed up for the 5K hoping to have a great "first race of the year" experience. I went to pick up my race kit, along with a friends, and was really disappointed that the "free shirt" wasn't at the expo, at the time and date it was supposed to be. Im not from Burlington, and was told to "come back after 6". I came back the next day only to be rudely informed that I "should have picked up my shirt when I picked up my kit"!When I got the shirts, they were so cheap, I wastes almost a half a tank of gas to pick up super cheap see-through shirts! After driving 2x to Burlington, fighting traffic, I wasn't looking forward to the race anymore, I just wanted to get it over with.
The route was ok, however, very disappointed with lack of "cheering" and encouragement from volunteers. The medal was nice, race photos were acceptable.
I wont be participating in this race again!

Ashley R
March 6th, 2015 4:34 pm

I had a lovely time at this race on the weekend. I woke up not wanting to run as it was my third half marathon in three weeks but I had already paid so to the start line I went. I had a great race! That being said, everything was not perfect (is anything in life perfect?)

- When I arrived at the start line I knew I wanted to take it easy and was disappointed that the slowest pace bunny was running 2:20
- Due to weather (it is called the CHILLY) the water was a bit chunky
- However, at the second water station, I was given a cup with about 2cm of water inside, not even a full gulp! I think that there were too many volunteers at the first station and not enough at the second station so it was a scramble for them to fill cups.
- At the finish line there were no bananas. There had obviously been bananas at one point as the empty boxes were still there. I finished in 2:15 and the course was still open for another hour so there should have still been a lot of supply remaining. I was provided water and a cliff bar.

- There was friendly and helpful staff at the expo
- The course was beautiful, with a few rolling ups and downs. The wind off the water wasn't as bad as I expected.
- There were volunteer cheerers along the course!
- I saw a race vehicle and medics helping people throughout the race
- People were friendly
- The medal was phenomenal at the end as were the jackets.

I did not use the shuttle service or parking so I cannot speak about the ease of using that. However, I was able to be dropped off by a family member really close to the start line which was great.

I would do this race again.

March 6th, 2015 9:15 am

Great run this year, streets well maintained even with the lousy weather! Have run the Frosty for the last 3 years & always impressed.

Happy Half Marathoner
March 3rd, 2015 11:46 pm

This was my first time running this race, however I have previously run many others and it was a lot of fun after a long hard winter. Unfortunately there were also some problems with the race that can hopefully get ironed out for next year.

-Shuttle buses to get you to the race
- Lots of parking near the race
-course is well marked
-a church group giving out bananas and oranges near the 17K mark of the course(two thumbs up for this)
-great medal
-nice jacket

-some water stations were frozen up, fortunately my water bottle was not.
-few if any porta-potties runners were using the roadside and private property.
-very sparse medical staff, I saw several people down on the course with no assistance from non-racers.
- the sanitation plant was very smelly on race day
-nowhere to sit down and rest at the end of the course

All in all it was a good race and relatively well organized. Thanks to all the great volunteers for all their great work.

March 3rd, 2015 7:59 pm

Great Race. Nice jacket. Very well-organized!

March 3rd, 2015 12:09 pm

I signed up for this race to keep me motivated through the winter training runs. Such a great experience! Great weather, great atmosphere and friendly volunteers. The course is a good route.
The emails throughout the winter from VR Pro were also very encouraging.
p.s. EXCELLENT training race for Around the Bay prep.

Catherine Powell
March 3rd, 2015 9:21 am

Ran the half marathon for the first time. Was very well organized, loved the route and would definitely recommend this race

March 3rd, 2015 9:57 am

I ran the Frosty 5k AND HAD SO MUCH FUN! The atmosphere was electric, music was playing, everyone was happy and having a great time! What more can you ask for?! This was my first event as I am still pretty new to the sport, and I am so glad I chose this event to be my first. The expo was great fun, kit pick up was easy, the staff/volunteers were very helpful in helping me get situated. I really had an amazing time! I will be coming back to run this again!

March 2nd, 2015 10:13 pm

First time running this course. Great experience, overall. Would have been nice to have race-day kit pickup, but other than that - it was a very well organized event.

March 2nd, 2015 9:11 pm

The weather co-operated, not too cold this year, the course was good and the race was well organized. One area for improvement, they ran out of t-shirts. I understand the expense but considering all the emails I received asking me to sign up there should be consideration for those who sign up early opposed to those who sign up at the last minute and get the t shirt.

March 2nd, 2015 6:42 pm

Well organized race full of great volunteers with a nice warm place to hang out before the run. My only complaint is that I wish I could have picked up my race kit on the day of the race or at least keep the race kit pick up open until 5pm on Sat. I understand this makes it harder for the organizers but I come from 2 hrs away and work most Saturadays. I did call ahead and told them I would be late and was told they would leave the kit at the hotel. When I got there the kit was not left behind. A lovely young volunteer named Jen was still cleaning up and managed to find my kit but not my jacket. I did email the organizers today and was told they will mail the jacket. Sorry to put you out for that cost but it all could of been perfect if it was open longer. The race itself was nice with a great turnout. I thought there was lots of water stations and food after the race. The chilly and beer was a real nice feature. Got to talk to other runners while eating and that is always a reason for coming. Good luck with your efforts for next year. I love running in Burlington and your volunteers were friendly and nice.

March 2nd, 2015 6:20 pm

This was my first year doing this race. Overall it was fairly well organized.

-buses to and from go station
-swag bag
-pace bunnies
-start/finish line entertainment
-adequate number of hydration stops

-portable toilets were scarce (I think I only saw one around the 6k mark)
-photos are slow to upload
-people were allowed to wait within a couple feet of the finish line, which makes it difficult for supporters to take photos and/or video footage. Perhaps people can be asked to wait at least 15 feet from the finish line, closer to where the medals were being handed out
-I felt bad watching the last individual(s) in the race be followed so closely by vehicles. If that was me, I would have been extremely discouraged. I know runners are expected to finish in 3:15, but maybe a grace period would be nice to prevent this from happening. Or just wait until the 3:15 time limit and then drive to pick them up only at that time.

March 2nd, 2015 6:38 pm

Suggest the reflective plastic sheets to wrap the runners in at the end of the race to block the wind and help maintain body temperature. More Porta Potty's would have been helpful. Medical staff very helpful. Nice race.

Sharon Clark
March 2nd, 2015 5:52 pm

Excellent race and very well organized. Loved the jacket loved the flat route. Great food at finish line. Sadly when my daughter finished half hour after myself there were no bananas or bars. She was starving. She was happy with the veggie chilly. Bus from go station was great Loved the medal. Will be back!

March 2nd, 2015 5:27 pm

My husband and I both enjoyed this half. It was our 2nd time running it, so we knew to bring change for the baggage check. The pre/post race facility is great to keep warm. There were some wonderful spectators on the course and lots of young folks with signs. Even if we can't acknowledge them all as we run, we appreciate them being there in the cold, exuding enthusiasm. More washrooms/porto-potties are necessary. (There were long line ups everywhere, even in local businesses.)
I wonder if it would be possible to have the stations for Honey Maxx and Water separated a bit. When you're running through, you have to take what you can get, but sometimes I couldn't get anything, without stopping.
The food at the end was good (huge delicious apples, bananas, Cliff protein bars and a juice box) but a warm coffee and bagel would have been amazing!
Thanks for a great race!

March 2nd, 2015 12:58 pm

Very good event. I liked the course, and event went off without a hitch for me! Only problems I could see were:

Charging $3 for bag check (didn't see that advertised - or I missed it). I didn't have it because I left my wallet locked in my car)

Thankfully I didn't have to use a porta potty, because I didn't see any.

I only saw bananas a water a the finish, and I was famished! I couldn't stay around for chili at the restaurants. A bit more food at the finish would be nice.

Medals were great!

March 2nd, 2015 12:22 pm

Fantastic race, well organized from number pick up, started on time, great location, great flat, fast course, lots of water stations, awesome finishers medal and then a free beer and bowl of chilly - what more can you ask for? I guess a little warmer! Great race, definitely coming back next year! Love my new running jacket!

March 2nd, 2015 10:38 am

What I great race today with awesome weather and a fast course! The jacket fits great and was easy to get to the expo with no wait! There were pace bunnies every 5 mins starting @ 1:35 and volunteers were handing out bananas, power bars and juice at the end. Finishing medals were amazing. My only complaint was the parking. I will be back again next year

March 2nd, 2015 7:14 am

I had a lot of issues with this race! Most importantly there was very little medical staff on the 1/2 marathon course. There were NO medics on bikes, only one med tent at the beginning and no easy way to receive help if someone got hurt! Also the race has horribly organized, there were no race bunnies after 2 hours and 20 minutes, the water at the first water station was frozen, no one even told us how to get back to the bus after the run! I also was not impressed that there were 3 trucks following 5 feet behind the last runner cleaning up. They really couldn't wait 30 minutes so that you aren't being extremely rude? The expo had nothing and we had to pay just to go inside. They didn't even have something warm to drink or a banana at the finish line. I'm sorry but the only thing I liked about this run was the medal. I would never run this race again and will make sure to tell all my running friends about how bad it was!

March 1st, 2015 7:47 pm

Frosty 5K - no race day kit pickup is really bad when one is driving from out of town (2hrs). i had to drive to burlington twice :( there was no negotiation, and organizer said they didnt have volunteers. (hard to believe really). cheaply made t-shirt. go station parking was a 20 min bus ride away - at least they had busing. the run its-self was pretty and well organized.

March 1st, 2015 6:41 pm

Great race-wonderful route, great fans highly recommended!

Eva M.
March 1st, 2015 5:11 pm

Many good things about this race:
- course is out and back, but is very flat
- lots of pace bunnies
- lots of water/Gatorade stations
- lots of crowd support
- indoor heated area for before and after race
- random prize draws
- indoor washrooms
- free bowl of chili and bottle of beer afterward at local restaurants
- nice swag (a Levelwear tech jacket)
- the whole town supports this race, e.g. in front of a church on the race route, the Minister and volunteers were handing out orange slices and banana sections
- big gorgeous medal
- heavily discounted entry fee for next year offered to all runners (regular fee is $75, but discounted fee is only $50 if you sign up within 2 days after the race)

This is a very well organized, fun race.

Christine Gardner
March 1st, 2015 4:20 pm

Kudos to the organizers. I find it extremely well organized. Come from Aurora and appreciate the ease of parking at the Appleby Go station and transportation to the start and post race transportation back to the Go station. Great that we can stay nice and warm before the race and it is such a short walk to the start line to run 21.1k !!Well done!!!

March 1st, 2015 4:04 pm

Race was well organized but the course was a bit boring. Just up and down lakeshore with no entertainment and only a few people on the sides to cheer you on. Could be due to the colder weather this year. Only saw 1 port-a-pottie on the WHOLE course. They had a great set up before and after to warm up (performing arts center and city hall).

March 1st, 2015 3:37 pm

My 9th year in a row. Some things they need to work on:
Where are the gels at 18?
Why were the police letting cars on to the course with runners at 20.5 km?
Plastic shopping bags from Longos as pick up?
Jacket sizes are off as always?
Results are not easy to find or non-existent.
Water at the turn a round? Right there?!
I only run this because there are no others at that time.

March 1st, 2015 2:06 pm

Ran the Frosty 5k for the first time and had a great time!
Race shirt only came in sizes S/M or L/XL and not very attractive. The L/XL was enormous. Maybe they could consider ladies and mens options.
I had no problem finding free parking right next to the starting line.
Race was out and back along Lakeshore. Nice route, pretty flat. Nice looking at the frozen lake. One water station around the 2 km mark. Cool to see Reid Coolsaet running by from the half.
Loved the snowflake medals! Water bottles and fruit at the finish line. Meat and Veg chili options afterwards and beer!
Overall, really fun morning!

Bonnie Fowler
March 1st, 2015 2:19 pm

Good times had by all, great race, good people. The crew at VR Pro work hard to put on a good race!! See you next year!!

March 12th, 2014 2:12 pm

This was my first year running the race and I enjoyed it even though I arrived with 1.5 min to start time as I came from out of town. The race seemed well organized and there was a good turn out of spectators and volunteers handing out water and gels along the race. The water was frozen at times but considering the weather the roads were well maintained which was a big plus!!

I may consider doing this race again next year but hope that it's a little warmer out. I didn't stay at the end for beer and chili as I was pretty cold and walking back to the car to change I opted for a hot coffee instead.

One of the complaints I had was parking as on the parking maps I chose a parking lot allocated for parking, but upon arrival I was told by another runner that the police were having runners leave the lot. I parked with no problem but was worried about being towed. I also never received the jacket color I had requested even though I had signed up early for the race. I was told that they didn't have enough of the lighter jackets apparently and were saving them for people who had signed up later. The fit was too wide and loose up top and tighter at the bottom. It was not a well made jacket overall for comfort and fit.

It was a good race preparation leading up to Around the Bay.

March 3rd, 2014 3:56 pm

The registration and race kit pick up could have been better organized as I missed out on a race bag simply because I didn't come earlier - I'm not from Burlington so that wasn't possible for me.

However the actual race was awesome! A great turnout, very good directions for parking, and I was really impressed/grateful for clean roads considering the snow we had the previous night!!
I would do it again for sure, even though the route was a little bit monotonous. Loved the medals too!

March 3rd, 2014 11:33 am

As always I had a good day at this half marathon race. This was my third year running the race and I was disappointed in a few things. The timing provided by Guelph Victors instead of Sportstats or MyChipTime. My preference is Sportstats and I hope they can use them again next year. I was also disappointed that they went with Marathon Photos this year as this vendor is slow to load photos and is really expensive. I hope they consider someone else next year. The post race chili and beer is always awesome, yet there never seems to be a vegetarian option which is not ideal. Kudos to the organizers for keeping the road clear in the last 750m (I saw someone shoveling as I came in around 1:51) and for the excitement etc. The water stations were great, its just too bad that the water was all frozen! Nothing the organizers can do about the weather though. I will run this race again for sure.

March 3rd, 2014 8:11 am

Great race! Can't wait to do it next year. The size of the race is perfect and the course it scenic and quite flat. The VR Pro team did an excellent job of dealing with the weather conditions, ensuring the roads were cleared. Was really pleased when the Honey Max I got at the 18km mark was warmed up a bit - made a huge difference! Looking forward to next year!

March 2nd, 2014 10:24 pm

This is a great race! I look forward to doing it again next year. Hopefully it'll be a little warmer. Some of the highlights include:
-Great organization from the shuttles from the GO station to the baggage check at the Performing Art Centre
-easy to pick up a group of race kits
-easy to switch between events based on need - I'm recovering from an injury and I was able to switch to the 5k without issue
-Great medal, jacket, and post run beer and chili
-Great involvement of the community: Thanks to the Performing Arts centre for the place to stay warm while it waiting for the race to start and after the race
-Great route along Lakeshore
I will register again for next year! Thanks to the organizers and volunteers.

March 2nd, 2014 10:38 pm

Awesome race - my first but not my last time here! A huge thank you to the organizers and the volunteers. The water stations were plentiful, the distance markers there every km and easy to see, the pace bunnies rocked, and everyone was friendly. Very cool to be starting at City Hall, in the heart of the city. Makes one feel very welcome.

March 2nd, 2014 7:13 pm

Fantastic, well organized race. Thanks to the volunteers who endured the cold/freezing for us.
Access to the Performing Arts Centre was a life saver. It was warm, welcoming and spacious. Staff even helped manage the lines for the washrooms. Oh, hot water in the washrooms was a treat!
Enjoyed chilli and beer at the Rude Native. It was a great idea to check out a local restaurant. We were served and seated immediately. Being tired and a little cranky, the warm meal was much appreciated.
Volunteers did a great job of calling out water or honey maxx. I had two honey maxx drinks. They were very enjoyable. One was warm, which was a very pleasant surprise!
Great day, great race committee, outstanding volunteers.
I will wear my Chilly Half jacket with pride.
When I visit Burlington, I will choose one of the host restaurants to eat!

Brampton Guy
March 2nd, 2014 3:42 pm

Considering the nasty cold and snow storm overnight, I'd say VR Pro did an excellent job on the event. Pace Bunnies were spot on as well.
One complaint thought. The 18k feed zone had kids giving high fives rather than water. The high fives were appreciated, but since my fuel bottles had frozen solid I really could have used something to drink.

March 2nd, 2014 3:39 pm

Fast and flat. But no race day pick-up of the race kit? That makes it very inconvenient for those of us who don't live in Burlington.

March 2nd, 2014 2:17 pm

I've definitely run my fair share of half marathons, but this was my first Chilly Half.
FANTASTIC experience.
- commuting in from Toronto was a breeze thanks to the shuttles at the GO station
- great pre-race space/bag check
- very, very well organized and efficient on race day
- great route. Dont usually like out and backs, but the scenery makes this one quite nice.
- bag pickup at the end (which is usually my most dreaded part) was quick and easy. High fives to everyone.

The only thing that would really be awesome for next year would be hot drinks waiting for us at the finish ;)

Great job, race organizers. Thanks for an awesome experience. See you next year!

May 8th, 2013 8:04 am

Great route! Very scenic. Lots of opportunities for friends and family to find you on the route - which makes for great cheerleaders. Liked the size of the race as well, not too big and not too small. I would definitely think about doing it next year.

March 13th, 2013 9:50 pm

Great course and volunteers. Well organized. Only thing I would've liked as this was my first time running the course - is for the map for the route to have been accessible to MapQuest/Google maps. It helps to visualize the race and be more mentally prepared.

March 6th, 2013 9:49 pm

My first time running the Chilly Half and first time to Burlington. It was a great event! Stayed at the Waterfront Hotel (HQ and Race Expo site), and with all the runners about, it added to the excitement and feeling of inclusion. I thought the race was well organized and a whole lot of fun. Met some awesome people and had a great run. Lots of cheering spectators, many of whom made me laugh with their goofy signs and cheers. Even though I'm a slow-poke, I felt like a superstar coming in to finish! Lots of cheering, music, energy, excitement and they even called my name! How cool is that?! Can't wait to go back again next year!

March 5th, 2013 1:41 pm

Big thanks to Jason Ng, from the Running Room in Markham and the best 1:45 pace bunny in the whole race, for pulling me through kilometres 10 to 19 (I earlier incorrectly identified him as Kevin).

March 5th, 2013 9:04 am

This is a first-class event from start to finish. Like a big city race but with a much friendlier and more personal touch. The volunteers and crew were all super friendly and extremely helpful. And the race organizers really go out of their way to make it great and to accommodate so many runners. No complaints at all.

Loved the jacket, the medal, the chili party afterward...everything! Thanks VR PRO for putting on this event. It comes at a perfect time (when there are no other long races to run).

Without a doubt, I will be back again next year and will tell my friends to sign up early. If you don't run this one, you should!

March 4th, 2013 9:11 pm

Loved the course and the small town spirit of the Chilly Half Marathon. The course is quite flat and follows Lakeshore Road for the most part. The first westward stretch towards the Burlington Skyway was a bit too industrial for my taste but the rest of the course wound through neighbourhoods. The water stations were full of cheerful friendly kids and some parishioners of one church along the way were handing out orange slices and bananas bits (using surgical gloves for sanitary reasons). Very nice.

The one and only downside is that it took a trip from the east end of Toronto to Burlington on Saturday morning to pick up my and my daughter's bibs. That's about 140 km and almost 2 hours. Why couldn't I pick up my bib at the local Running Room, or something? And it's not just that I lost my transmission when I got home and had to rent a car to get back to Burlington on Sunday to run the race. No, it's not that at all.

Thanks Burlington. And thanks VRPro for the great race. And thanks especially to Kevin the bunny from the Running Room in Markham for pulling me through kilometres 10 to 19.

March 4th, 2013 8:55 pm

This was my first time running the Chilly Half (I did the Frosty 5k last year). Overall I thought it was a good race. The route was nice and mainly flat. There is not a lot of entertainment along the route (if that is something that you are looking for) but there are lots of areas you pass with people cheering from the sidelines. Being able to get warm/change in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre after the race is a definite plus!

I love the jacket and the sizing was great (although a little slim-fitting at the hip). Nothing great in the swag bag...a packet of eLoad recovery drink that you have to make sure you pick up separate at the race "expo." After the race there was water, bananas, power bar protein bars, and 100cal thinsations cookies. It was fun to go out for chilli and beer with friends after the race too.

The race started late, but I wasn't near the front so couldn't hear anything that was going on. My only real complaint is that the water stations weren't exactly where they said they would be. In the final instructions it said water stations would be every 3km. I was planning on using the water stations at 6km and 15km and they weren't there. (6km was somewhere past the 7km mark, and I don't remember where the 15km one was.)

March 4th, 2013 12:10 pm

Great course and race. However, the number of people doing this event seems to overwhelm Burlington every year.
The Race Director was desperately trying to give last-minute instructions over the speakers in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

The final race instructions e-mail was very, very long, but missed some important points. For example, there was no notice that the baggage check tab of the bib was the voucher to exchange for Chilly and Beer at the end. The race director pleaded over the speakers for runners to move their cars from Knox Presbyterian Church because the congregation would apparently "literally kill her" and cause the cancellation of future events. If this was so important, it probably should have been highlighted in a clear instruction.

Not enough bathrooms available before the race. 25 porta-potties is not enough for 5000+ people. There were flush toilets available at nearby venues and stores, but they were similarly overwhelmed.

Just a old age grouper
March 4th, 2013 11:10 am

Always my first race to start the season. Love the cheering crowds and the city even it is a bit cold. However, this year they were late to start and the corral hadn't been enforced made me kind of disappointed.

March 4th, 2013 9:44 am

This was my second year doing the Chilly Half Marathon, and I enjoyed it more this time! Great route, perfect for starting off the race season - not too hilly, yet not completely flat, a good challenge as a first half marathon, and as a first race of the year! Great jackets this year, no trouble getting the size requested even though I arrived at the expo right at the very end. Easy to navigate the expo and the entire race area, and the city of Burlington was very accepting and supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed myself again this year!

wow walker
March 3rd, 2013 8:04 pm

Well organized and v e r y walker friendly. Have either run or walked this race for several years and keep returning as it is a great goal race to kick start the season and keep you motivated during the winter. Kudos to Kelly for her consistent effort in putting on a great event.

March 3rd, 2013 7:16 pm

Great race, very well organized, great volunteers and very nice pre and post race facilities in the performing arts centre.

March 3rd, 2013 5:58 pm

Everyone had such an amazing time in Burlington at the Frost 5k! What an amazing experience and an amazing support system!

Elizabeth Harvey
March 3rd, 2013 5:00 pm

Fun, flat and freezing.
The chilly half is a great way to kick off spring racing and test your winter fitness.

Supremely well run event! Super fun!
The only negative is perhaps the race freebies. It`s a minor thing but I loathe e-load and I`m not the only runner there who felt there are much better products out there.

Thanks to everyone who made the race what it was I had a great time :)

Kathy little
March 3rd, 2013 4:46 pm

Great race, well organized, great route, incredibly well organized and lots of folks cheering us on hands down awesome!!

March 3rd, 2013 4:20 pm

It's a great way to start another running season. It's also a good "test run" before the Around the Bay. I really enjoyed this morning, even though I couldn't see 1:40 "pace bunny". It seems like he/she was missing... Over all, great race! Good spirit, well organized. Thank you!

Cold but happy runner!
March 2nd, 2013 2:30 pm

My friends convinced me to finally step up and try a half marathon, which I always figured one day I could do....but never in winter! But after buying the right clothing at the Running Room and surrounded by thousands of other insane runners, it was much easier than I suspected. The post race beer and chilly helped me get through the last few miles, thanks everyone I will always remember my first half.

January 15th, 2013 7:55 pm

Can't wait for this race! Best half marathon around and the best deal...a jacket, fast course, and post race party!

January 15th, 2013 3:19 pm

Just registered for this year's Chilly Half. Wouldn't miss it. I did this race the last 7 years and it just keeps getting better!

cathy kearns
April 30th, 2012 2:46 pm

great course, great volunteers. very accomodating at the racekit pick-up location when we were unable to locate one of our group's confirmation info. Loved the Zoom photos and post-race goodies! Loved the option of chilli and beer at the various locations! We chose the pub and had an extra pint! I originally signed up for the half but had to drop down to the 5K because of an injury but I loved the jacket! Colours are unique!See you next year! :)

Melissa Croft
April 20th, 2012 6:39 pm

If you run in all weather conditions then this is the race for you! From snow squalls, to torrential down pours this race is unpredictable so make sure you dress to impress, and most importantly for the weather!!! The spirit of Burlingtonites however is the best!!

April 18th, 2012 7:38 pm

my first half marathon was a great experience. Very runner friendly route. Lots of enthusiastic volunteers at every step of the way cheering everyone on. Could have had more port-a-potties, but otherwise great experience.

Sheila Haats
April 8th, 2012 9:10 pm

I did this race this year and in 2010 and I quite like the out and back. I love looking for friends and cheering the elites. The nice thing about the double out and back is you are well past have way by the time you get to the second turn around. The chili was yummy and they were giving out full bottles of beer where I went so that was plenty for me. My 2010 medium race shirt was too small so I ordered a large this time around ( they hadn't even announced that it was going to be jackets when I registered last August) so it is a bit big but I can still use it. I don't get hung up on the swag anyway. I'm there for the race experience and I had a really good run so thanks to Kelly and the other organizers, the many volunteers and the good people of Burlington

April 7th, 2012 2:22 pm

I would only recommend have a race-day kit pick up. That would alleviate having so many people driving long distances to Burlington just to pick up a race kit seems.

Kelly Arnott
April 3rd, 2012 10:46 am

Hi Everyone, Thank you all for writing and commenting. We sincerely appreciate the feed back. We want to hear what happened to everyone and how you enjoyed the event. We have addressed the issues already for next year, baggage check which was handled by the Sea Cadets, we will make sure that it is much more efficient for sure. We will not be serving Chili at the Performing arts but at ALL downtown restaurants so our team will be helping with baggage check as well. We Will have later shuttles and for those that are really later, we personally drive them back etc. For hotels, I try to ask for later check outs but that is the responsibility of the participants to ask although the Holiday Inn has already said they would have a 1 0clock and would extend it. WE have more porta potties already for you plus more beer (over 1500 was served in restaurants) and chili and even more restaurants coming on board including out of town restaurants. We have booked the performing arts already and we will be doing the new jackets this year which were the skinny ones that came on board at the end when we had sold out of the original ones. Hope you had a chance to see the video and the race is on the front page of Snap for April.
Thank you to all of you for coming out and all the best for 2012 running!
Kelly Arnott

Theresa F
March 29th, 2012 9:38 am

Loved the race route. Felt the race was geared to the faster runners. Came in later than anticipated to the food stations being closed up. As it was there were no bananas left and very little organges. Good thing I don't depend on this or there being gels along the race route. Only use Vega products so the fact there weren't any gels available along the race route was of no consequence.

Was saddened to see the barrier pick-up trucks immediately behind the last two runners. The pressure on them to finish must have been incredible. Kudos to them for doing the race.

Thank you for the goodies in the pick up kit but would recommend not bothering putting in gels. They can be made available for personal pick up. We both threw ours in the garbage since we don't use these products. I love the jacket and use it quite regularly, although sizing is a bit off. Thank you for not providing yet another race t-shirt and bag.

Thank you for having so many port-a-potties available along the race route. I'm sure no matter how many are put at the start area, there will never be enough. Perhaps another location with as many as were available at the start. By the time we used them, they were pretty disgusting and full. Ack!

Great enthusiasm from the announcer. Fantastic job on the pictures.

Sue Bell
March 23rd, 2012 5:20 pm

Really fun and will be back, I do this race every year

Shelley Bourdeau
March 23rd, 2012 2:46 pm

Very well organized event. Weather was very chilly, so race name was suitable. The only thing I didn't like was that distance km signs were taken down before everyone finished. My friends and I stopped at Coffee Culture afterwards and by the time we got back to arts centre all bus shuttles had left, so maybe extend the time next year to allow for people to eat after the race.
Race was on nice flat ground and suitable for beginners.

March 20th, 2012 12:33 pm

This was my second Chilly Half Marathon. The weather was great. The race was well organized.
I was hoping to see more water stations along the route. I really count on those. I did not enjoy the ice cubes!
Even though I did not get the jacket I had ordered, I did like the one I got, a red one in a smaller size which turned out to be the perfect fit!
The gentlemen who assisted me were very friendly and helpful!
Great job, Kelly!

March 19th, 2012 11:17 am


March 19th, 2012 10:40 am

Kelly you did a great job again. This is my sixth time doing this race. Since I got RA and can't run I am in the walkers cat. and there are not many walking races so I love to do this one. Love everything about this race and adding gels this year was nice. The only thing is by the time a walker get to the gels there are none left, luckily I carried my own just in case.

Susan Young
March 19th, 2012 6:02 am

This continues to be one of my favourite races. I love the pasta dinner, the hotel, and the race itself. This year I was able to enjoy the free beer and chili after the race--much needed! Both at breakfast and after the race I met interesting and friendly people. The Waterfront Hotel is a great race hotel, always willing to allow late check-out (for a small fee). This alone reduces stress anxiety considerably and makes it possible to hang around and shop! This year I was very pleased to get and use the 25% off coupon from Fit4You! I've had many compliments on the items I purchased there and I suspect that the 25% off that I was given will generate future sales.

March 18th, 2012 8:43 pm

Great race, great route. Only real frustration was the jacket sizing. This is the second time I have done this event and both times my size which I preordered when I registered early, were not available. Regarding the package pickup, it would be great if the expo could stay open a bit later on the Saturday for people coming in from out of town. On a positive note, this was my son's first half and I really feel it was a good one for him to start with. Fast, flat and a good crowd and venue. Thanks to the organizers for all their hard work.

Mike P
March 18th, 2012 4:13 pm

My 1st Chilly and had a blast. Well organized and fun! Will be back next year.

Brooke Smith
March 17th, 2012 5:18 pm

Excellent run! Nice to be able to cheer the winners on the turnaround route.

March 16th, 2012 11:04 pm

Fast, flat scenic course. Very well organized. Great enthusiastic volunteers. Well done!

March 15th, 2012 1:28 pm

This was my second time participating in the Chilly Half. I found the race well organized and great volunteers. The Art Centre was a great addition. Thank you to the City of Burlington for hosting a great race.

March 15th, 2012 11:01 am

Very well organized race. Love the use of Burlington Performaing Arts Centre. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers

Margaret fury
March 15th, 2012 10:17 am

I have participated in the Chili half twice, its a great event, well organized, scenic route and amazing Mizuno jacket!

Diane Bakker
March 15th, 2012 9:14 am

Although I have run many half marathons (and a few full marathons), I had not run the Chilly Half until this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It is a flat course and I really like the loops. The event was well-organized. I believe that this was the first year a jacket was provided to the first 1400 registrants. The styling and race logo on the jacket is really nice but I didn't care for the colours of the ladies jacket (such a girl). We were fortunate to have a nice winter day for the event. The previous day was extremely windy and the following day was very chilly. Apparently, the conditions of the 2011 race were just awful. Of course, the race organizers have no control over this.....Yes, I would highly recommend the Chilly Half to my friends!

March 14th, 2012 7:59 pm

Great course
Great support
PB ready (if the weather cooperates), BUT
Pre race email specifically says you can exchange jacket if needed and although I was there within an hour of the "expo" opening I was told by two differant people that I was stuck with the jacket I registered for(it is HUGE and will live in my closet forever)
Time corrals were either unmarked or not marked well enough and it was impossible to move once I got located into an area near the front

Charles Minor
March 14th, 2012 9:50 am

A very scenic and well organized race!

March 14th, 2012 7:39 am

This being my first official race in Ontario, the Chilly was a great introduction! Well organized (the corral was a little frenzied but deal able), great weather and a festive could you go wrong!

March 13th, 2012 10:34 pm

This is my second year walking this race and it was ten times better. The weather held up for us,the organization of the shuttle service was great. For a change it was nice to recieve the jackets but a little misleading from the coulours that we saw on the website to what we recieved but overall was a nice jacket(and better yet)no promotions on it,just nice and simple. Would have been nice to have seen the Frosty 5 k walkers get a medal for their accomplishment as well,maybe something to think about for next year .My last comment is next year please dont peel the bannannas that we are given at the half way mark for the half marathon walkers

March 13th, 2012 10:05 pm

Had a great time would like to see all attending this race get a medle ,we all train just as hard as the half .

Irene Kao
March 13th, 2012 9:21 pm

Amazing well organized event. Race route was fantastic. Festivities were FUN FUN FUN. I would certainly consider running this event every year from now on. Also, great value in the registration fee. Mizumo jacket was great! Love the post Chilly and Beer. Lots of good spirit and cheer all around. Easy to get to from the highway. Good tune up for Around the Bay 30k. Can't say enough good things about it. 5 full bananas for sure.

March 13th, 2012 8:17 pm

This is the fifth time that I have run this event, and I thought that it was the best one yet. Renting the Performing Arts building was a great idea, and with all of the available washrooms, it was the first running event I have been to where I did not have to wait a significant amount of time to use the facilities. While I heard announcements about the number of people in the building, I thought that it was that the organizers wanted people to move into the theatre, rather than mill about in the lobby.

I thought that the jacket was an amazing idea, as I already have too many race t-shirts. I was disappointed, however, that when I got there on Saturday that there were limited sizes left and only a faded yellow one in my size. It is a quite a waste that many of us will not use or wear the jackets, as it could have been great advertising for the Mizuno. Normally I like their brand, but I was not impressed with this jacket, which seems to lack design and comfort.

The aid stations were well laid out and had enough volunteers that I did not need to slow down to get water. I was under the impression, however, that there would be gels available, as this was mentioned in the pre-race literature. Several other people I spoke too were under the same impression. I was fortunate to have brought my own, but others told me that their race was affected without them.

Parking at Mapleview and taking the shuttle was very convenient, and I did not have to wait more than a few minutes at either end for a bus. I also liked the running route, and I was glad that the out and back up Burloak was removed this year. Due to the out and back design, there were several places where I could look for friends moving in the opposite direction and cheer them on. It was also inspiring to see the lead runners!!

March 13th, 2012 8:08 pm

The out and back course was great. The corrals could have been better organized couldn't find the right one, and many people just hopping in where ever they could to get in.

Alain Lai
March 13th, 2012 5:10 pm

One of the best 1/2 marathon in Canada! The only complain is the baggage check. Somebody should put on more lights in that room. It was way too dark for locating bags.

March 13th, 2012 3:35 pm

Another great Chili...was my 10th (would have been 11th in a row but was sick last year).   Eveything was great..the theatre was a great venue and Burlington is very lucky to have such a great place.    The chili and beer was delightful (went to the Queens Head for mine).    Most of all, the Levelwear jackets are amazing!   I wore mine training last weekend..comfy.right thickness, fit...I am going to take it to BIG SUR in april as a jacket.    Also, thanks to you and all your people for continuing to make this race a great one.

March 13th, 2012 2:32 pm

This was my first Half-Marathon, and I had a great experience with the Chili Half! The energy was awesome and the location/course is really nice & scenic (and flat ;) Overall I thought it was really well organized with tons of extras to pick and choose from! The free gear/goodies in the racekit were pretty nice, but the post-race goodies were even better. Free beer & chili...yes please!!! Will definitely try to be back next year. Only suggestion would be to have most places to stay warm/huddle up after your pre-race warm up as the hotel fills up super fast!

Paul Radcliffe
March 13th, 2012 12:07 pm

The organization of the race was prettymuch what I've come to expect from VR Pro: They aim big but utimately the scale of the event overwhelms them. Between the Chilly Half-Marathon and the concurrent Frosty 5k, there were more than 1000 more runners than last year. VR Pro added a nice touch renting out the nearby Burlington Performing Arts building for people to warm-up and use the bag check. However, the building became so crowded that they had to turn people away to prevent breaking fire codes. Parking in downtown Burlington is notoriously limited. VR Pro organized shuttle buses, but they ended at 1:45 giving people very little time to enjoy downtown Burlington after the race.

Despite it all, it's part of the "Southern Ontario Triple Crown" and will gladly be back next year.

March 13th, 2012 11:41 am

I have run this race many many times. This year was the best yet except those jackets. Wow what confusion on the web site. There was no option in a colour choice really was there. Very misleading when registering. I registered on the last day and was under the impression I would get one of the “nicer” new jackets as mentioned on web page.But when I when to pick up my race kit I was given the blue and yellow one and was told tough we have enough of these left. Sizing wow way off,and the colours. Boy did Mizuno suck you guys in. Terrible. What was with the elastic waste band on the woman’s jacket? Next year go back to the t’s and bags. You never failed on those. Chilly and beer at different location great idea. Finishing shoot great. The metal wonderful.Really liked the route change too.Great overall experience.

Doug Cunningham
March 13th, 2012 11:58 am

good race this year . good organization . all we need is a place to change after the run . any high schools nearby that would be willing for you to use their gym and change rooms .

March 13th, 2012 11:16 am

Very Well Organized race.

March 12th, 2012 8:07 pm

This was my second time running the Chilly Half and I really enjoyed it! I find the bus system very well organized and the post run chili amazing! Everything the day of the race that I needed to access was great.

Two suggestions: The line up for the bag pick up was insane. My friend had to line up for a very long time post race, and the line was crowded. People in line were very cranky and rude and it created a very negative feeling in what was an amazing race. There needs to be a better system.

As most people have mentioned, the jacket situation was awful. I registered fairly early, but didn't have an option for a medium. I ended up having to register for a large. After I registered, more jackets had apparently been ordered and later registrants were able to get the size I wanted. When I got to the expo I tried on the jacket and asked if I could switch for a medium. The woman was quite rude and told me I had to wait until Monday. Luckily Kelly did have some left over and will be mailing it to my local running room, but this was such a hassle. A better option next year would be to 1) order ALL the jackets in advance so everyone has a fair opportunity to select their size and 2) give example jackets to Running Room stores so that people can try them on BEFORE registering (the same way they do for the Resolution Run).

Can't wait till next year!

Terry from Barrie
March 12th, 2012 8:18 pm

Kelly is the best. I can't believe that she is able to make this event better and better each year. Loved the option of having chili and beer at the local establishments...great way to involve the community. We had over 100 people on 2 busses travel from Barrie. Kelly Arnott is all about customer service and I have yet to be disappointed. She is the go to girl. Ask her about group kit pick ups, bus parking, places to eat and she has the answers. Love the closed course race route with an out & back so you're able to meet and greet familiar faces not once but twice. Loved the return of twirly finishing medal...and the jackets...Hello! Who needs to qualify for Boston...Burlington races rock! My only complaint...she sets the bar really high for those people who made the Chilly their first race event...I think all of their other races will be hard pressed to compare. Yeah we'll be back...just to see what happens next year at the Chilly. What a fantastic way to start the race event season.

glenn shaw
March 12th, 2012 8:52 pm

always a great race, nice swag.

Philippe Beaudry
March 12th, 2012 7:30 pm

My second 1/2 marathon! It was great fun!

Kim Brophy
March 12th, 2012 7:52 pm

great route, well organized, fabulous volunteers

March 12th, 2012 7:25 pm

This was my third time in the race it was a lot of fun . well put together .Kelly well done see you next year ,Thank you

March 12th, 2012 7:23 pm

Yes this is a great race well done .keep up the good work .see you next year

Heidi Grant
March 12th, 2012 6:14 pm

This was my first time doing this race. Overall the race was good but...
The expo was VERY disappointing.
The jackets were nothing like what was advertised. A previous email stated they could be exchanged at the expo if you didn't like the colour you got. When we asked the race director about switching she said 'email me Monday'
I didn't really like the 2 different turnaround areas.
Usually the tear away portion on the bibs is for baggage check (which I didn't use) so I tore mine of before the race, only to discover I needed it to get my chili after the race.
Everyone I've talked to mentioned that they ran to the yellow powerbar inflatable arch thinking it was the finish only to discover we still had farther to go!

D. Wilson
March 12th, 2012 6:02 pm

Overall, a good race. However, the lanes were too narrow and it made it difficult to get by slower runners. I found the whole race crowded even the last part. Since corral lanes weren’t enforced, I and many other runs had to line up at lanes that were 45 minutes to 1 hour behind our finishing times. I hope this can be improved next year.

March 12th, 2012 6:45 pm

Great Race. Nice route, cool medals, great shuttle service. Could have used a few more porta potties at the start.

March 12th, 2012 5:58 pm

I enjoyed the experience as I was there with two of my LTR girls doing their first race. The only probably we had was getting from the city hall (bag check station) to the start line for the 5k. We came out the door and got caught up in the crowd and on the wrong side of the road to get to our starting place! Also we stayed around for the 1/2 to finish as we had friends in that and we noticed the food was pretty much gone by the time they came in. I think you should save some of the snacks and put them out closer to the end so the slow runners and walkers get the same as the early people.

March 12th, 2012 4:41 pm

Fantastic Race. Love that the course is simple and follows the lake. I found it extremely difficult to have to travel all the way to Burlington to pick up the race kit though.

Daniela S.
March 12th, 2012 4:39 pm

I ran the Frosty 5k and the only thing I liked about this race was the course. This race has the potential to be a great race, but it seems like the organizers need to work on a few issues:

1. Clothing size/design – ordered a small t-shirt, but instead I got an ugly, white, almost see through t-shirt that fits more like large dress. What a waste. Shame on Mizuno for actually making a poor quality garment like this.
2. Medals – there were no medals for the Frosty 5K participants
3. Porta potties – the porta potty lines at the start were too long

I didn’t use the baggage check/shuttle bus/water stations/beer & chilli after the finish, so I cannot comment on these.

Unless things change I would not recommend this race to anybody and I would not do this race again.

March 12th, 2012 4:51 pm

Great race and wonderful route. Too long of a wait to drop off bags and pick them up. Also, the smaller size jackets sold out very quickly so I ended up with an extremely large jacket that will not fit anyone I know. All in all, the route made up for it and I will sign up again.

Sharon Maynard
March 12th, 2012 4:13 pm

This was the second year I have participated in the Chilly Half and had a great time! An extra bonus was that the weather was much better than last year. I also attended the Pasta Party at Paradiso the evening before and the food was great. Once again, Kelly Arnott and her team did a great job. Thank you!

March 12th, 2012 2:58 pm

Great race, nice and flat...perfect mid season fitness test race for ATB and spring races.

The walkers are complaining so I would exclude them from future events. Walkers should have their own "races" anyway.

Chilly always sells out so I would cut the time off at 2 hours 20 minutes and just make it a runners race. Parking is free and close so who cares about shuttle bus? Keep up the good work.

If you want food at the end, just run faster!

Sheila Buckingham
March 12th, 2012 2:41 pm

Course was nice and flat and also scenic with lake views and pleasantly distracting residential sections.
Start warming area insufficient for numbers - we were forced to line up for 1/2 hour, gaining entrance only minutes before crowds were urged to go to start area. Support crews and volunteers were excellent though.
Shuttle bus to mall parking was seamless and smooth. Thanks particularly to drivers for taking smaller loads to parking post-races rather than waiting for bus to completely fill. Removed the "wait factor" that normally makes off-site parking an inconvenient option.
The square was deserted by the time I finished (3:08+ powerwalking) but the oranges I found there were DELICIOUS! Also, I love my medal.

March 12th, 2012 2:04 pm

I have run this race several times and have always found it to be fun and a well run event. This year I was VERY disappointed in the way the give always ( jackets) was handled. I signed up early in order to receive the jacket only to find out the people who signed up later received a much nicer version of the jacket. It would seem we are being punished for signing up in a timely manner.
My girlfriend who picked up our race kits did bring this to the race directors attention, she just didn't seem to care.
I would think twice about doing this race again seeing as there is so many other races to choose from

March 12th, 2012 2:42 pm

The race itself was great. I have 2 points for improvement for next year:
1) Baggage check – Lineup was super slow and was extra aggravating since it was such a cold morning.
2) Advertise the right jackets on the website - I was really looking forward to a black jacket, not baby blue and yellow.

Kellie D
March 12th, 2012 2:40 pm

The course is beautiful. It's very flat and out and back, so you can do a great time. However, sometimes out and back just feel longer!
I stayed at the Waterfront Hotel. Not only was this convenient for packet pickup, it was 2 blocks from the start and finish of the race - excellent!

Low on crowd participation compared to some races.

I liked it and will probably sign up again next year.

March 12th, 2012 2:39 pm

My first 1/2 marathon and loved it! I like the out and back so I can see people and get the inspiration to keep going. Music at some of the water stops was great - got you humming to a hip/hop tune. I'll be back

March 12th, 2012 1:35 pm

A few small issues that could be improved for walkers.
Love the out and back, love seeing all the faster runners & walkers.
A friendly event have done several times and always enjoy it.

March 12th, 2012 1:10 pm

I found this to be a great race. Nice atmosphere and great crowds along the race route to cheer you on. I hope to do it again next year. I loved how we ran along the lake - very scenic!


March 12th, 2012 1:13 pm

This was a well organized event. The volunteers and course supporters were much appreciated.
As a slower runner I was disappointed to not find e load gels. I'm not sure if there were any at all even for the faster runners.
The eload mixed in water was a nice change from Gatorade found at most races.

It was exciting to get a jacket instead of a shirt as part of the race package. The problem, however, was that the sizing was way off. They were made much larger than the size indicated. As a result many people exchanged sizes and by the time I picked up my jacket there were very few sizes left. I finally managed to get one that fit but it was a frustrating experience.
Also the women's jacket in particular was not a nice colour in my opinion.

If you go with a jacket next year please ask Levelwear to send the right sizing and consider a different colour scheme.

Thank you.

Mandy K
March 12th, 2012 1:34 pm

This is a great work up race for Around the Bay and a spring marathone. I've ran it for the last 2 years and will be there again. Loved the minor route change this year. A double out and back makes a great coarse for friends and family to attend and support. Thank VRPRO.

March 12th, 2012 1:35 pm

Good experience for my first half walk. Course was scenic at times but could have used some twists and turns-understanding there are city restrictions.
Things to consider for next year, more refueling at the finish for walkers coming in after 3 hours, bananas on course should be not left unpeeled- nasty! More portapotties, earlier start time, corral the walkers separately at the back.
Overall a well- organized event

Lisa Purdy
March 12th, 2012 1:10 pm

Excellent, and well organized. My first time doing this race, and I'm not sure what took so long! Congratulations! Loved pretty much everything about it

March 12th, 2012 1:30 pm

Great race!! Great food!! I would recommend this race to others and I will run it again!! More port-a-potties please!!!!

March 12th, 2012 12:54 pm

I had a great time and would definitely run this race again.

2 comments - the check in for the bag drop off lineup was ridiculously long and slow
- there were not portapotties for the 5k start which left alot of runners wandering around in that area and you could not get back into the hotel (too crowded in the lobby)

March 12th, 2012 12:39 pm

Very good race! I thought it was very well organized with the shuttle service and I was glad that it started pretty much right on time. Need more washrooms at the start but other than that I thought it was really well run.

March 12th, 2012 12:11 pm

Well-organized overall and a fun run. Could have used a few more porta-potties, though!

Lori Gershon
March 12th, 2012 12:42 pm

The race was very well organized and I, too appreciated the community support. Unfortunately, it is not a race for walkers. Even the the fast walkers did not get to participate in the after-race goodies. (They had run out.) I really needed a massage, but they had closed long before I crossed the finish line. (Of course, I paid the same entry fee as the runners who got all the goodies - and I was the top racer in my category.) I will recommend to my friends that they seek walker-friendly races.

Dan Way
March 12th, 2012 12:38 pm

Great course: flat, fast (the reason I ran it). Great time of year too. The start (1005) could be earlier. Great post-race: food, beverages, beer, chili! Don't like no race day kit pick-up but can understand why. Might need to consider corrals since many slower runner line up too close to the front and cause problems early on. Marshals and volunteers are great. The jackets were hideous and the medals unnecessary (although this is true of EVERY race these days). Perhaps consider giving people the option NOT to have clothing and medals. Generally a well organized and exciting event.

Chris M
March 12th, 2012 12:33 pm

I ran with a friend who was thrilled with her BP time - so I was thrilled too! No real complaints - the clothing sizing is a perennial problem - men's large has sleeves that stop at the wrist, men's extra large has a waist to fit an elephant. Don't know how you get around that when you're ordering so many. One suggestion would be MANY MORE porta potties at the start.

March 12th, 2012 12:20 pm

Good race, great crowd, great chili and awesome beer.
Suggestions for next year!!
1) Needs more washroom facilities near the starting line. Huge lines from an hour before start.
2) Warning people there is ice chips/cubes in the water at first station.(But not at the others)
3) Baggage check - but that's most races.
4) Advertised gels to be handed out on course - had fruit instead at 18k station.
5) The lanes were fairly narrow/crowded and it made it hard to get by slower runners. Since Corral lanes weren't enforced this made for a lot of traffic jams along the course. Especially since the back loop was only 1/2 a lane.

Maybe at the end of the race have the list of restaurants near by participating! Foggy minds after running need beer.

March 12th, 2012 12:01 pm

I enjoyed the race route, but like many others I had some concerns.

As an out-of-towner (Toronto) without a car, no race-day registration meant I had to book into a hotel and spend basically an entire extra day in Burlington since registration closed at 3pm on Saturday. This added a LOT of expense, and was particularly annoying because the race hotel (Waterfront) had their pool closed that night.

When I registered there were no jackets left in the size I'd ordered months and months ago (a small) and the medium is huge, at least 2 sizes too big. I hadn't bought a jacket this season with the expectation of wearing this after the race. This was extremely disappointing.

I didn't see beer, chili, or coffee in the finisher's food area. I know some restaurants were serving, but it would have been better to have it in the finishers area. My partner had to check us out of the hotel before I finished (check-out was noon even though they were the race hotel!). Meandering around Burlington with a suitcase wasn't in the cards. I think this would be improved greatly with:
-race day registration for out-of-towners
-jackets set aside by size with the race kits, not separately
-having the race hotel arrange special check-in/check-out for race reservations
-food/beer/coffee at finisher's area

March 12th, 2012 12:46 pm

This was my first 1/2 marathon and what a great race it was, First class and the course was amazing!!!

See you next year Chilly Half!!

March 12th, 2012 12:15 pm

The race itself was fun, but the organizing left a little to be desired. I registered in October, but couldn't get the jacket size I requested, and the jackets were pretty ugly. I'll never wear it. Bag check and pickup were disasters- crowded, took forever to get your back after the event. The email outlining the on course fuel came much too late to be helpful.

I appreciated the email about the hotel info and the shuttle buses. The shuttle bus was on time and efficient, plus there was a plan in place for when the bus got full. Great job on that! There were great volunteers and spectators on the course, but overall the course was boring. Unevenly spaced water stations and not much music or entertainment, but it was a nice flat route.

I likely won't do it again because it's a little far to go since there is no race day kit pickup.

Nicole C
March 12th, 2012 12:44 pm

LOVED this race! This year was my third time doing the Chilly and it just keeps getting better! The race is very well organized and the volunteers are amazing. There were loads of people throughout the course this year cheering the runners on. This was very energizing and further contributed to the awesome race atmosphere. Can't wait till next year! Thank you to the Burlington community for your enthusiastic support!

March 12th, 2012 12:09 pm

The event itself was good, mostly well organized. Need a better start, it's very crowded in the first four kilometers. Self seeding needs to improve, I was trapped behind a lot of much slower runners.

The jackets that we had heard so much about are painfully ugly. I will never wear mine. What a waste.

March 12th, 2012 12:25 pm

Very well-run race! Everything from the shuttle buses to bag check to the start and finish were well-oiled machines. Very nice course and lots of spectators.

March 12th, 2012 12:44 pm

Amazing race! I loved the race jackets and the post race chilli....Best of all, they had a Vegetarian Chilli. This was my first time doing the Chilli Half and I will do it again...I liked the 2x out and backs as it gave me a chance to see the top runners and cheer them on!

R. Nelson
March 12th, 2012 11:24 am

Enjoyed the race and the changed route – the weather was great, also, except for the last 50 m!!

The jackets were a bit disappointing, colour wise.

Great medal, although my first one was broken.

March 12th, 2012 11:36 am

A very well organized event. I will definitely go next year.

March 12th, 2012 7:41 am

I have run this race three times. It is a well organized race however it is one of the more expensive half marathons and I never seemed to get the chilli and coffee that were at the end. The rout was flat, not very scenic. It does come at a nice time of year. It fits in into spring training nicely.

Rachel Anderson
March 10th, 2012 6:16 pm

This was my first half marathon and it was a good choice for the route and time of year. Well organized as we received lots of emails regarding informations.

March 9th, 2012 3:00 pm

great course,well-organized-would like to see a few more aid stations early on,i remember the first being at 6km,like to see 5km paticipation medals,since a lot are kids

James Snider
March 9th, 2012 11:53 am

Just ran my first Chilly Half in Burlington and everything lived up to the hype! The weather was great! The event was really well organized and supported. I will be making this an annual race commitment. Love the chili and the carlsberg to go with it!

March 9th, 2012 9:13 am

This is my 4th year running this race. It is well organized, post food is awesome, including the free beer and chili! I'll be back again next year!

March 8th, 2012 9:23 pm

Overall it's a great race. Being able to park so close to start line is a real plus. The Performing Arts Centre is wonderful for staying warm. Staff, volunteers and the people lining the streets are fantastic. Very nice touch to have the church giving fruits.

I too have a few suggestions/feedback:
- As noted by many, the jacket is a little disappointing in terms of the size and color (I ended up with the blue, and a size M that's too big and too long.)
- The water stations were not that even. I was expecting close to every 3k mark. Turned out to be here and there. Kind of disrupting my schedule.
- The eLoad was really like water. It felt too diluted. And there was ice inside which made it hard to drink.
- There were supposed to be gels available at the 3rd and 5th stations. But I did not see any? Again, it disrupted my schedule (luckily I brought one just in case).

Afterall, I enjoyed the experience, and yes, I did get a new PB :-)

March 8th, 2012 7:54 pm

The race course was very runner friendly. The water stations were great, and the weather ended up being perfect for the run.

March 8th, 2012 4:24 pm

A nice day for a good race. It brought out the nice route along the lakeshore. The food afterwards was great. My location gave seconds in the chill just for asking.

Tammy Hunter
March 8th, 2012 4:11 pm

Great race! Very organized and fun run. Nice and flat too. Would definitely participate again.

March 8th, 2012 2:33 pm

I ran the 5 K race with my sister, and we both had a blast. Great 5 km route, and a great half marathon route- one I'll use to train for my 1st half in September.

Leanne Loney
March 8th, 2012 12:24 pm

I loved it! Loved the fans with signs. Took a while to use the port-o-potty and it was too narrow the first out and back with everyone starting. There was a course martial yelling that we weren't going fast enough. His tone was unpleasant like he was scolding us. But other than that I absolutely loved it and plan on doing it again next year as long as it is still during my March break.

March 8th, 2012 11:41 am

This was a great race & event.
Kelly, Mark & their VRPRO crew put on the best races anywhere. Much better than the Canada Running Series races where you are treated like cattle & over charged for everything. I've run many races in Ontario & the US & their races are the best anywhere.
The course is good & not crowded. The out & back makes it fair & the closed roads are appreciated. They pay attention to all of the small things & make the day lots of fun.
I have run lots of their races & will be back to run some more

Lena Loney
March 8th, 2012 11:15 am

There was a vegetarian option outside the Burlington Performing Arts centre

Larry Waldron
March 8th, 2012 11:23 am

This year was my 9th consecutive Chili 1/2 and it gets better each year. Kelly has done a magnificent job in getting participation from the downtown businesses and restaurants. The addition of the Performing Arts Centre as a staging area and for the awards just added to the professionalism of this race. I think there were definitely more spectators out on the course this year than any other year I've run it. Here's to my 10th next year. Thanks Kelly and volunteers for a job well done.


March 8th, 2012 11:29 am

This race was extremely well organized from start to finish. The folks from ColumbiaCollege were fantastic and really made a huge difference in the run. The bananas/oranges from the church were great and are in a perfect location. Water stations were very well spaced and bag drop was pretty well organized.
Only criticisms are
1. Chili/beer portion sizes at the end were really small, but the idea was fantastic and I loved it.
2. Shuttle buses ended at 1:45pm which didn't give us much time to enjoy the after-race sponsors. We actually had to go and get our vehicle and drive back downtown, park and then go to the after-race locations so as not to be stranded downtown. Suggest extending the end time for the shuttle buses to allow folks to enjoy the sponsor restaurants.

Overall - fantastic!!!

March 8th, 2012 10:27 am

This is the third time I've done the half marathon here. It's always a very well organized, fun, festive race that improves each year. The medal is always good race director Kelly is always open to hearing input from runners.
All round good time.

March 8th, 2012 9:44 am

Well organized and loved the out and back course. Did 5k last year and the half this year. Need more Port-o-lets at start area. Jacket was awesome and great quality. Church should only hand out fruit on one side of course.

I'll be at next year's event for sure!

March 8th, 2012 8:28 am

This is a great event and you can tell a lot of hard work is put into planning it (kudos to Vicky, Mark and all the volunteers). The water tables were well supplied, however, I did notice when we passed by some of the folks were dismantling and there were quite a few slower runners/walkers behind us. The banannas and oranges along with the cookies was a great touch. The course was fantastic, it was great to see the runners and walkers going by. The only real complaint is there doesn't seem to be a great number of available spots for walkers and the walking division is not truly a walking division, there are definitely joggers in the mix as they run and walk. I know people who wanted to register as walkers but it was full so they could not do the course, I do understand there is a time limit but there are runners out there who are slower than the walkers and there seems to be a lot of available spots for the runners. I would give full marks but the ratio of walkers to runners seems low.

Janice Jones-Skinner
March 8th, 2012 8:46 am

This was my first half-marathon and I found the route, the organization, the shuttle service, the opportunity to stay warm in the Performing Arts Centre and the nice jacket all to be excellent. Well done!

March 8th, 2012 8:38 am

Well organized event!!! 2nd year participating and I will be back next year.

March 8th, 2012 8:24 am

The course was fantastic, definitely the best route I have ever run. The volunteers and support were exceptional - the oranges and bananas near the end of the race were a highlight for me. The race was also really well organized - from kit pick-up to port-o-lets. I also really appreciate the jacket - already
using it in my everyday running. Thanks to everyone for such a great race, I can't wait for next year.

March 8th, 2012 8:12 am

Well organized and the organizers were friendly and knowledgeable. A really enjoyable day!

Marc Bernard
March 8th, 2012 7:42 am

This was my first 1/2 marathon and it was great experience. Shuttle buses to and from Mapleview were great. I'll be back

March 8th, 2012 7:17 am

Great race and well organized. Love the free beer, chilli and jacket this year! Perfect tune-up for Around the Bay later in March.

March 8th, 2012 12:29 am

This was my first half and a fantastic experience I will always remember. The course was great, loved the out and back, loved the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the treats and goodies were great, beautiful medal, great shuttle service. My one dismay is the jacket. What a great gift, but I thought I was a medium, as I normally am, but this medium is huge on me. I also wish the colours could have been less of a pastel and maybe a colour that's easier to match with other things, for example black, or navy. I won't be able to wear mine anyway, but I'll keep it as a great memento. Another small disappointment is that I was not captured in very many of the event photos. Maybe next year...

Jack Lee
March 7th, 2012 11:53 pm

I think this event was great and the route was very runner friendly. I appreciate the efforts of the organizers and the volunteers.

One of my concerns for this event is the number of participants allowed for the size of this course as everyone is forced to run the middle lanes at the 13K turnaround point. With some 10 and 1 runners spreading out the entire lane, it made it very difficult to pass. The start line was very congested and the corrals was hard to see. Another thing I didn't understand was why there was a 1:55 and 2:00 hr pace bunny. I think pace bunny should be spread out to 10 min or 15 min intervals. Just my 2 cents.

Mike Van Belleghem
March 7th, 2012 11:28 pm

Awesome race. But like a lot of people, yeah, the jacket wasn't what I expected. I asked for a black 3X which was shown on the website when registering. Ended up with XL in Swedish men's hockey team blue. The curt attitude when I asked the guy handing them out didn't help matters. Otherwise, it was an incredible experience.

March 7th, 2012 10:06 pm

7 times since 2004...amazing race!!!

March 7th, 2012 10:02 pm

Very well organized, beautiful warm space to wait in (good washrooms!) Parking was close and easy.
Race route worked for me , usually I don't like a "out and Back" race but this one worked for me, due to wide enough roads and interesting scenery. Yummy veggie chilli, Also appreciated the later start time, so many events start very early, a problem if you need to drive in...
bravo, congratulations
(my only problem, could not find the massage area)

March 7th, 2012 10:11 pm

This was my first Chilly 1/2 and I will certainly be back next year. The jackets were beautiful and even though I did not get the colour that I ordered, I was given the correct size (and it turns out I loved the colour!)

I loved Burlington, the route was beautiful, scenic, flat and friendly. So many great and convenient things: Parking at the mall, the shuttles, restaurants and highway close by, I loved the theatre that we were able to sit in prior to the race. If I was to suggest anything, I might suggest adding a few more water stations with no ice in the water if possible on a cold was a bit of a choking hazard for someone that doesn't stop to drink ;). The line at bag pick up was pretty long too. I would love to see a 1:40 pace bunny next year too. I was hoping to keep up with a 1:40 crew but there was no indication of who they were. Other than that, everything was spectacular! Thanks for a great race!

Chuck Lee
March 7th, 2012 10:31 pm

It was a great event in just about all respects. Just one thing...the jacket sizing is a complaint that i've heard from many people. They didn't have any women's XS at all despite it being an option when ordering and all of the sizes were too large...a medium fits like a large. The jacket was a big selling point and a pity that many aren't going to wear would have been a great memento.

March 7th, 2012 10:54 pm

A lot of hard work was well appreciated. Each race I think something is learned. Also some things should be learned by runners. We should remember just because it is a race we don't own the road. And remember all the runners behind us need post race food too. Just because the the table is full doesn't mean we can take two or three bags of chocolate covered pretzels. Which by the way I will purchase later, they were a very nice treat.

March 7th, 2012 9:50 pm

I had veggie chilli! It was the one that didn't have a line up in front.
The shuttle buses were perfect. Just iron out the line up for picking up your bag and this race has 5 bananas. GREAT post race food and goodies.

Morten Fogh
March 7th, 2012 9:21 pm

This is a great race to determine where you are at with your fitness before your spring race(s) start. It's well organized and I've now done 6 in a row.

There are 2 issues that need to be resolved:
1). The 1:30 - 2:00 finish time coral was less than 10m from the start line. There is no way all the starters can fit into that area. The corals need to be organized much better and policed. I passed walkers along Lakeshore after I started, which tells you something is wrong when I finished in the top 300.
2). Baggage check is far too slow to check in and pick up.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great race, but there are a couple of issues to contend with, as there almost always are in running races.

March 7th, 2012 9:13 pm

Lots of fun and a PB, by 2 minutes and a bit.

March 7th, 2012 8:37 pm

Well, as a slower runner, I was disheartened to have two out and backs (making it possible for me to see ALL the faster runners TWICE).

Also, by the time we 'later' folks crossed the line the post-race snacks were pretty much gone, save a few oranges and some odd power bar ball things.

It was overall well organized, the shuttles were a nice touch (but we could not find anyone who could tell us what time the last one back left for the mall). The volunteers were wonderful, friendly and positive, and it was much appreciated that they kept the water stations and mile markers out there 'till the bitter end.

Kevin Broadfoot
March 7th, 2012 7:59 pm

Great race. Well organized and the track was nice.

Maggie Campbell
March 7th, 2012 6:36 pm

this was my first half and I definitely will plan to attend in the future. My only comment would be the bag pick up after the race. The line up was huge and it took a while for them to find your bag. They were working very hard but the organization was horrible. Chili and beer at Honey West was great. Great course to run. Loved the out and back because I could see all my friends running at some point. I really needed and appreciated this race to motivate to get by butt out and run during the winter months.

Sue Dunlop
March 7th, 2012 6:25 pm

Well organized race that runs like clockwork. Nice grab bag I'd stuff. Ok epo. Needs vegetarian chili option.

peter donato
March 7th, 2012 3:11 pm

The beer and chilly servings were smaller than expected but otherwise a great race, post run food was excellent and healthy, and the crowds came out dwtn despite the cool weather....super buzz at the start and finish lines.

Delia Greenlees
March 6th, 2012 4:46 pm

This was my first Chilly and I WILL be back next year. Excellent route, extremely well organized (most organized race I've run to date) awesome supporters, that stayed from start to finish even tho it was so cold for them. This was by far my favourite race..nice to have some chilli at the end of it all. Oh and it was very cool to meet and chat with some of the My Next Race people on Saturday afternoon....See you next year...this time I will run under my own name :))))....Cheers to a job well done!!!

Milos Bulatovic
March 6th, 2012 9:54 am

I've known Kelly and Mark for a while and have attended their races as a runner and a volunteer. Even though every race they organize is spectacular, the Chilly Half Marathon is their best race. Great route, great support along the route, extremely well organized. I am coming back every year as a runner!!

Matthew Dee
March 6th, 2012 12:38 am

It was a great course. Flat, cool, scenic. Start and finish in Downtown Burlington and run along Lakeshore road either in front of Lake Ontario or nice waterfront homes. This out-and-back was a great first half marathon for many of my friends who all loved it. The chili and beer afterwards was a great way to relax and warm up in one of the many local pubs along Brant Street. Dress warm!

Karen Landers
March 5th, 2012 5:26 pm

Great route, lots of fun, well organized. The only disappointment was the jacket sizing; I registered in November for the race and selected my jacket size, but when I arrived at packet pick-up they were already out of my size. All in all, though, the Chilly Half Marathon was a great experience.

Maggie Phillips
February 25th, 2012 1:55 pm

Well organized. Great route.Good food afterwards.

Chen Cohen
February 24th, 2012 5:32 pm

Lots of fun and cool finish!

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