Good Friday Races
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Start Date/Time March 24, 2017 @ 8:45 am
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First I would like to say well done on the HUGE improvements from last year when I ran the 5km. I ran the new 10km this year
My review from last year was submitted under the name "Ghost Buster pants friend" if you want to look at it.
This year I found cafeteria to be laid out allot better, as far as seating and where they had the stage for the post event awards. As far as the food it was an improvement but typical race food with everyone favorite post-race food bananas.
I cannot comment on the baggage check/drop for this year as I didn't use it and had friends there to hold onto my bag.
The course for the 5km was the same from what I can remember and the only thing different was that for the 10km this year we just started back an extra 200 meters making it a 5.2 first lap and a 4.8 second lap.
The Awards for placing in a category were an Easter Goodie box, the reason I know that is two of my training partners placed in their respective divisions.
Last year I did complain how that the event staff seemed to pack up after the elites came into the finish after running the old 10 miler. This year I only noticed them packing up after everyone was in.
Once again this was a huge improvement from last year and I am happy to give it a better review this time around.
Very well organized, many marshals along the route to direct traffic and runners! Great job!
Ghost Buster pants friend
I only registered for the run the day before the price was right for a last minute registration.
This is where the nice reviews end, some places where there can/should be improvements are:
the food area was hard to find considering the size of the venue
the food selection was one of the worst ones I've seen at an event
the bibs were marked at the end of the food line and not the start making it easy for people to exit the line and go for seconds if not more
reading that the baggage check was not being watched makes me glad that I did not have anything to check
As mentioned from ghost buster pants, I ran the 5km and after I ran it there were lots of event staff around. It seemed that after the top 3 male and female runner came in from the 10 miler the event staff started to pack everything up.
I'm not sure if I would run this event again
I really enjoyed the race itself - great views, cheering on course, runners had right of way, etc. However the lack of signage outside of the course was awful and non-existent.
I picked up my race kit day of but it took me forever to find the place to do so. It was also hard to find the food area, washroom, and the bus at the GO station. Thankfully there were some volunteers flagging the side streets near the school so we were able to find where it was! The ones on site though didn't quite know where things were direction-wise, just that it was in a particular room.
If signage was great, I would have rated it two bananas higher. Not bad considering I was so frustrated that I was read to just go home before I even started it. I don't think I'll be running this one again.
Jeremy (ghostbuster pants)
Unfortunately, this event was a rough one. I hate giving a bad review but I feel there are a few things that I need to touch on. For a 42 year event I was kind of surprised.
The Positives: The route was absolutely majestic. Beautiful views of Hamilton harbour, Royal Botanical Gardens, and nice neighbourhoods. The volunteers kept us on track and cheered us on, there were police for the road crossing areas and runners always had right of way, and the bottle of water at the end of the race was a nice surprise (the guy gave me two. He could see I needed it). Oh, also the hilly terrain was a great challenge and difference from the norm.
The stuff I had issue with:
We decided to park at the Go station to take the shuttle. The problem was that we parked on the South side, thinking there was just the one side to the go station. We went to the ‘North East Lot’ of the south part of the station and no bus came. My running buddy mentioned how busses kept going back towards the highway. We were finally able to find the proper parking lot. The problem was, there were no signs, and coming from Mississauga and not knowing the area, we thought the entrance to the parking lot was just an on ramp to the highway. We weren’t the only ones who got lost. This was just a minor detail, did not take away from the race as we still had lots of time.
There was only one clock at the Finish/half way point of the race. I have no issue with this but I am surprised they didn’t just have the time of day on the clock. I finished my first lap of the 10 miler and saw 53:00. When I finished the race in 1:26:55 I was shocked. No way I did my second lap in 33 minutes. It turns out the 53:00 was the clock time for the 5k run. I had actually done my first lap in 43:00 unbeknownst to me.
My time didn’t record for the race. Not a big deal. There was someone on hand to talk to for the race results to get everything fixed up. But when they did, I was put into the 5k rather then the 10 miler. Again, not a huge deal, I just love seeing how I stacked up against everyone else.
When the 10 miler people were done, there was no food left. My buddy who did the 5k said there was lots after the 5k race. As well, the ‘bag check’ gear was left in the gym, out in the open with various numbers showing where the gear was left. There were no people on hand to make sure that people were not sifting through gear that wasn’t their own or taking things. This is a very serious concern of mine. When I check gear, or a bag, I am under the impression that someone is looking out for it for me while I race, not that its tossed out in the open where anyone can have access to it. The worst part about this was I was right around the middle of the pack for the 10 miler. I am fairly certain there were still a considerable amount of people 15-20 minutes behind me.
I have said this time and time again, I will pay an extra $10-20 for a nice medal. The ones that were given out for this race were acceptable, but I wish they had the distance of the run or at least the year that the race was done in. The fact that the kids race, 5k and 10 miler all got the exact same medal was a little disappointing. Again, not a huge deal, but it would have been nice.
All in all I do have to say that I will be coming back to this race the next year but I can’t really justify running the 10 miler again. It seems as if this race is very much centred around the 5k and the 10 miler was thrown in as an after thought. The 5k had chip time, food and staff that stuck around, where it seemed like the 10 miler got whatever was left over.
The rating I gave could have easily been a 2 or even a 3, just the bag check thing really really got to me.
Love this race. Always well organized and a bonus that everything happens indoors before and after so if it is cold you're not standing around outside. An even bigger bonus are the showers afterwards!! Would definitely do this race again and again. Tough race but a great one to put on the calendar for next year.
Ran the 10 mile. Liked the distance. Very friendly & well organized. The rolling slightly hilly course was challenging but rewarding. Found the mileage markers confusing because some were in kilometers. Stay with what you've got which is imperial. The kids will learn. Overall it was a great experience. Nice food afterward and staff very good. Will likely be back.
Well organized, small race and pretty competitive. Great vibe and an awesome pre-half spring warm up race...
Great race, variety of distances, nice to see kids and families involved. I liked the hills. Well organized.
Great race, however, if you are looking for an easy flat course, this is NOT it. But extremely well organized, as all Burlington runners races are, and unlike the overpriced competition COUGH*VRPRO*COUGH this is a very affordable race. My first 10 miler and I will definitely be back again next year.
Great course with good police and volunteer support. Two loop 10-miler adds the fun of passing through cheering groups of runners at the halfway mark. Indoor staging area near the start line allows you stay toasty 'til race time. Informal start feels like a small grass roots race, but the competition level is strong. You know a race is organized by serious runners when there is a great supply of good coffee at the food zone - brilliant! A well organized race for those who want to test their spring fitness level.
The kids wanted to do a run where they could get medals and the1k Bunny Hop medals were awesome. I PR'd on the 5k despite the hills. The use of the high school before and after is great. A couple more bathrooms would be good but at least the ones we did have we're indoors. It was a great family day. Well worth the drive from Toronto. I expect we'll be back again next year for more medals and a new PR (: Many thanks to the Burlington Running Club.
Great race course, we marked with lots of volunteers. A competitive field completes the package.
And always good to see the race winner (Dan won the 10 Miler) posting a review. Thanks Dan.
This race is one of the best held secrets as are all the races organized by the Burlington Runners Club. A great event overall with easy registration, kit pick-up, bag check, and top notch facilities (Aldershot High School); a great course that's a 2 x 5mile loop scenic course with some gentle rolling hills (ie honest but slightly challenging); the weather was great this year (sunny, cool and minimal wind); and the post-race food, the awards ceremony, everything was fabulous. Would definitely recommend for anyone.
Great race. Held on a holiday so minimal traffic. 2 loop route. A bit challenging with a few hills. I have done it at least 6 times and will come back again. Kids bunny hop race before as well as a 5k race. Great weather today so enjoyed it.
The route was nice and the double-loop style was pretty neat although the water stations could have been placed in better locations. And the kilometer/mile marks were not in sync with the starting line, making it difficult to pace yourself. Room for improvement but all in all a nice run.
Great tough race but could have had one more water station.
great race and distance...a good challenge and love the course. Good volunteers...lost one banana for these the following 2 items: the use of styrofoam cups (non-eco friendly and difficult to drink from while running) and one extra aid station on the 10 miler course with a sport drink would be very beneficial. Good post race food and all for a great price. Thanks
Not quite a 1/2 Marathon, and more rewarding than a 10 km. Perfect distance! Love running two laps. Especially with portions from ATB. Course has varying terrain to keep it interesting. Ran the 5km but 10 miler takes the Banana! Fair entry free with great giveaways and post-race food.
3rd I've done the Good Friday 10 miler. Always a great race! Well organized and lots of fun. Lots of fun for families too.!k bunny hop is hilarious. Only suggestion would be to add a few more bathrooms. Keep up the great work!
great course... but not enough water stations... and the 2 that that they had were poorly positioned. still, had a great run... very pretty course
Ben D. Nelson
Great course, great atmosphere, indoor washrooms, and great food!
Really fun light race. 5K has just the right amount of hills and a nice downhill to finish. Super well-organized registration (race day registration took less than 5 minutes). Swag is always fun for the price of the race too. Great family event!
that was the best race ever i'll be back next year
i just ran in the 5 k this is my 6th or 7th race and i liked the food and the stuff they put in the race bag and the racebag itself and the part i did not like about the race was that it had alot maybe too many hills and next im looking forward to my next race i will be back next year
a good race to start the running. A lot of turns with a few rolling hills. a good test of your fitness level. I will be back next year.
in gerneral i thought the race was pretty good the only thing i would sugest is a bit of warning to the start of the 5k. we were standing around talking then a buzzer went and everyone started running. a 20 second count down would have been nice.
Fantastic race! Kid friendly (the Easter Bunny hands out chocolate), FAST, competitive field in both the 5km and 10-miler, rolling course in beautiful Burlington (pass the million dollar homes), nice but crowded indoor venue at the school...awards...draw prizes....it's worth the drive to Burlington! NO TRAFFIC either it's a holiday.....
This year's goodie bag is a knapsack!