Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K

 

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k presented by New Balance Oakville returns to Appleby College on Sunday, April 21st!

 

We are thrilled to be back for our 5th anniversary and registration is now open, so confirm your spot before we sell out! This is a wonderful opportunity to unite the Oakville community for another year of exercise and excitement!

 

The course for this year’s race will take you through picturesque downtown Oakville and highlight some stunning views of the lakeshore.

 

This year, by random bib draw, one lucky 10K finisher (25 years or older) will be awarded with a 2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

 

Features of the Oakville 10k include:

– 10k Run/Walk

– 5k Run/Walk

– High School Challenge 5k Run

– Junior Jog for kids aged 6-10 years old (1km)

– Toddler Trot for youngsters aged 1-5 (300 meters)

Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K

Event Details

Location 540 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville
Ontario
Canada

Links

Event Rating

76%

Race Details

Select Race
Discipline Running
Start Date/Time April 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Oakville
Map View Map

Reviews Write a Review


Stec
May 11th, 2016 10:12 am
2016

Based on our experience, I am a little surprised by some reviews of the event. Sounds like there were a bunch of issues that we thankfully, weren't impacted by ...

Outside of a delay at the start line (issues with a broken down shuttle), my experience was a great one. Our family packed up and arrived at Appleby College nice and early. Collectively, we participated in the 10km and 5km School Challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed the routes.

Finish area was well organized, the medals are awesome, great energy, etc.

We also stuck around to take in the kids events, and the prizing ceremony, which were excellent.

Hopefully organizers are able to remedy some of the issues experienced by others.

We will be back for sure!


Rusty
May 3rd, 2016 9:09 am
2016

Medal was awesome and the route was very nice but that ends my positives. Race was poorly marked at first left turn with an organizer shouting to turn. Baggage pick up was a massive line up and the a free fall once you got to the front "you can go in and find your bag now". I got there very early so was on a shuttle bus in plenty of time, sadly that just meant more standing around as the race was delayed while they tried to clear the backlog at the parking.

Not sure I will chance it again


Karen W
April 26th, 2016 9:56 pm
2016

Just a really bad race experience for us. I was one of the hundreds of racers waiting for shuttles after the race had started. Yes, we were there early. Someone mentioned the race was to be delayed, then we heard that it had already started. We had no clear idea of what was happening.

The rush to get off the bus and start running left us harried and confused with the chaos. Not an ideal way to start a race. We also had zero time to check bags, use the facilities and visit vendors.

Then the race. We started running more than twenty minutes after the 10k race officially started. The 5k race was already started and the walkers. This made for a very awkward, zig-zag run. Definitely unsafe with only one run lane (with runners now going in both directions) flanked by traffic on one side and spectators on the sidewalk.

Then to find out after all of this that gun times were posted as official times. Yes, I can get them changed but the onus is on me to send out emails. and once changed, I have to forward the information to third party sites such as roadraceresults.com.

The medal was nice. The shirt was too I guess. I don't really know because we were told they didn't have the size I ordered on day one.

In fairness, the race organizers promptly responded to my emails and are trying to sort out the mess. Will I run it again. Who knows? It's a pretty course, the medal is nice and money is raised for a good cause...but that can be said about many, many races.


Alejo
April 26th, 2016 10:04 am
2016

Wonderfully for the money collected, very bad organization , 1 hour to pick up cheap bag, and I don't know my cheap time I start my race after 9 minutes and the organization post the gun time no the cheap time, I had to start in 5 k wave by mistake for the buses and kids run very dangerous for 7 o 8 years old in the finish line...


YoDiggity
April 26th, 2016 10:33 am
2016

The energy of this event was electric, and despite me giving it a 2 star, the energy and environment at the event was positive. The announcers were funny and energetic, and the sun was shining.
The even itself I found pretty poorly organized. This was my first race ever, so I was pretty niave about what to expect, however, I was left feeling disappointed.
The route was picturesque, and the scenery was beautiful, but there were several times where I not only had to dodge giant hoards of walkers, but also vehicles driving the wrong way against thousands of runners/walkers. That was my biggest disappointment. How are thousands of registered participants supposed to run along Lakeshore in a 3m wide lane? It doesn't work.

S**t happens, right!?
Hopefully the organizers straighten it out for next year.


Disappointed Racer
April 25th, 2016 11:41 am
2016

This was my fourth year racing the 10K and my first time experiencing disappointment with the race. This is one of my favourite races so I'm really hoping this was just an off year and that the issues experienced this year will be sorted out for next year's race.

After the first two years, I gave up on using the shuttle and checking my bag because the line ups were just too long. After the race, I heard that there were issues with shuttles breaking down, creating long waits and causing runners to be late to the start line. If an announcement about this was made to those of us already waiting for the delayed start, I didn't hear it. All I know is that the race didn't start on time and there was a lot of standing around and shivering while waiting for the start.

I think the route is beautiful so no complaints there, but I was disappointed with the placement of the first water station about halfway up the hill on Water St. I don't usually need the first water station in a 10K race so I can't remember if this has always been the location of the first water stop, but I did need it this year. Putting a water station half way up a hill doesn't make much sense to me. There were people who were walking the hill, people (like me) trying and get over to the water station, and people who wanted to run the hill trying to weave around all of those who were walking and stopping.

This is the also the first year where I encountered a bottleneck of walkers and runners in the last 2 to 3 km. I love that this race offers walking options, but better coordination and timing was needed this year so that runners were not having to weave in and out of the walkers for the last few km. There is not much of a lane closure for this race so on top of weaving around walkers, runners were also going out into the lane of traffic and dodging cars just to try and clear the bottleneck.

And my biggest complaint with this year's race is that chip times have not been posted! What is the point of having a corralled start if racers are not going to be given chip times? Chip times have been posted every other year I've done this race and the announcer even said that chip times would be posted to encourage people to start in the correct corral. I placed myself in the correct corral and now I have no idea what my actual time was. Very frustrating.

If I had been a first timer at this race, I don't think I would return next year. I would love to see the chip times posted for this year, and would hope that some additional planning goes into next year's race to avoid all of the issues experienced this year.


Chris B
April 25th, 2016 10:06 am
2016

In a word: Disappointed

This was my first experience running in this event, and my wife's first ever 10K. We were rather excited to take part in this event, as we had read all of the positive reviews.

Let me start by saying... I get it, things go wrong.

I won't go into detail, as many other reviewers have already done that. The buses from the parking lot that loaded us 15 minutes AFTER the race was supposed to start, the food, the start times that weren't really start times, the long wait for bag check after the race, the wait for a bus to get back to the parking lot. (We called a cab!)

My issue? No one really seemed to know how they were going to fix the problems. Or if they did, they sure didn't tell/ show us.

There was no one in the parking lot, telling the hundreds of us who were going to be late for our race what the plan was. (Apparently they posted something on their twitter feed saying "Race times have been delayed", but who would think to check that?)

When we got to Appleby, and watched the race starting in front of us, a volunteer got on the bus and told us they had a plan. The announcer at the finish line told us to head towards the start line, that they would start another wave. But then we get to the start line, and the starter's version of an adjusted start was either A), jump into the mass of 5k runners, or B), "just jump in front of these people, and start whenever you want".

So not wanting to be stuck in a mass of runners, we rush out onto the course, and start running.

But now, we're chasing the back of the 10K pack, which means we spent the entire 10 kilometers passing walkers, and slower runners. And as previously mentioned, this is not wide course, so now we were constantly weaving in and out of people, running on the sidewalk, running into oncoming traffic...

Race finishes, food pick up is literally right beside where you walk in, so it's chaos.

Then we stand in 45 minute line for bag check, (that's a long time to be standing in cold sweaty clothing), and head to the bus to go back to the shuttle, only to see that it is just as unorganized as it was for pickup. You would think that given what happened before the race, you'd fix it after.

At that point, frustration had got the better of us, and we literally walked down the street, and called a cab back to our car.

You could see this race, had it been run smoothly, had the potential to be a great event... (That's why it still gets one banana).

We won't be around next year to find out though.


Michael
April 25th, 2016 9:54 am
2016

I have participated in the Mercedes 10k for each of the past 6 years (missing only the launch year), and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The organization has always been best in class, and it has come through in spades with an unparalleled participant experience.

DISCLAIMER - I have a strict 24 hour rule when it comes to these race reviews, because it gives time to let emotions settle, and to reflect on the overall experience.

Yesterday's Mercedes 10k missed the mark on several fronts - shuttles (although I am told that two of them broke down), bag check (brutal) and a shortage of post-event food, to name a few - which was disappointing. My guess is that the organizers simply failed to accommodate for the increased numbers - nearly 3000 runners yesterday, which was their largest turnout to date.

I'm sure that the race organizers and sponsors will be reflecting long and hard on this one, and that the 2017 event will be the best one yet. I certainly hope so!

DISCLAIMER #2 - If yesterday was my first Mercedes 10k experience, my ranking would be lower, however, I have no doubt that this is simply an unfortunately wake-up call for an otherwise outstanding event.

Positives:
* Medals are awesome
* Prizing includes a Mercedes-Benz and an Azamara Cruise, so pretty tough to beat
* Over $100,000 raised for Lighthouse
* Very scenic route
* Beautiful host venue
* Great weather

Despite the inconveniences and frustrations, I still had an outstanding day with my family.

I fully expect that yesterday's issues will be fully addressed and resolved for 2017, and plan on returning for my 8th year.


What Happened!?
April 24th, 2016 9:32 pm
2016

What on Earth happened?
55 minute wait for race kit, 50 minute wait for bus and then when we get to the race it's been going for 25 minutes! I had to run back through the start, turn and leave again and even though my Garmin claimed 55 minutes my official gun time is an hour and 20! Then, insult to injury, a 30 minute wait to bus back to the lot. Great medals, weak kit, terrible planning. I'll not be back next year. Too bad because 2015 was super.


Bela
April 24th, 2016 8:05 pm
2016

I have ran this race 5 times now and this year was the WORST!

Firstly, I have been able to park on side streets in the past, not this year. ALL the streets had tow signs. REALLY! Its one early sunday morning, who cares. I thought this was a community race. A huge issue that happened was the shuttles. I personally did not take the shuttle, I found further parking and walked thankfully. A friend took the shuttle and was late for the race because the shuttles were jam packed and late. The race did not start on time and that to me is a huge annoyance. If its set for 8:15am, it needs to start at that time. People have things to do. Apparently it did not start on time because of their own shuttle bus issue. This alone will make me not run this race again, but wait there is more. The course is nice and I liked the corrals if only everyone would adhere to it. I was in B and there were obviously walkers in corral A because I passed them. REALLY! Runners really need to be in the back. This race also has a 5K that the 10K bumps into towards the end. HOW IS THIS A GOOD IDEA!!! I spent the last 3K weaving in and out of runners and children who stop all of a sudden. This is a huge hazard. The 5K should not be meeting the 10K like that. The post race food was horrible. No line, no order, if you put the food in a bag and had a line to pick up bags this would be so much better. Where is the organization of this race. By the way, the win a Mercedes is a crock. Its a one year lease to a low end car. Everyone I know doesn't even stick around for that draw. How about you take that money from the car and hire people that know how to organize a race!


Daniel07
April 24th, 2016 5:51 pm
2016

Great race. Beautiful route, we'll staffed, and very funny host. It probably didn't hurt that the weather was perfect. Also, very impressive that the event helped to raise over $200k for an outstanding local organization. Well done.

Oh yeah... and I LOVE the race medals. So cool.


Shecool
April 24th, 2016 5:27 pm
2016

I've run many races, big and small, but this race was the most poorly organized race I've ever ran. I believe that when we pay for a race, we pay for the experience, the route and the organization. I don't feel I got any of that with this race.

Here's a list of things that could have been improved:
1) Shuttle Buses - Before and after the race this was extremely disorganized. The race website suggested 10k runners get in line by 7:45. I was there by 7:30 and I was in line for an hour (along with a number of 10k racers). Apparently a bus broke down. I'd normally let this slide but there was zero communication (until it was almost race time [and we were still in the shuttle line]), many of the shuttles that left weren't fully filled and why wasn't another shuttle ordered?!

After the race the shuttle buses were just as disorganized as before. There were no volunteers orchestrating a line-up. Buses would just pull up and people would pile in. If you were almost on one bus, you'd be in the back of the line for the next bus.

2) Race Volunteers on Course - A number of 10k racers started the race late. My partner and I started with the 5k runners (after 10k runners and walkers). Shortly after starting we were pointed to the 10k route but it was difficult to follow in the beginning since we were the only people there. There weren't any volunteers at this point (for roughly the first 2km) and I did stop at 2 points to ask the police officers for directions.

3) The course... Though I think it would have been OK had I not been behind the runners and 10k. There's a loop in the course - and going into the loop the only place to run was on the side walk. This side walk was parallel to a 2-lane street, and only one lane was blocked off for runners on the return part of the loop. By the time I reached the first half of the loop, I had passed a number of walkers and had to weave through a bunch of them on the side walk.

4) Porta-potties - Only 1 stop in a 10k race. Not sure if this is normal, but I definitely think 2 would have been much better. (Note: race was in a residential area - There was no using the bush for this unless you wanted to do that on someones front lawn)

5) Post-race food - By the time I finished, they only had bananas and a few apples left. By the time my partner finished, they only had bananas. I noticed some people also got bagles. Would have been nice if they planned accordingly.

That said, there were a few pros of the race:
- There were several Mercedes drivers that decided to pick up non-VIP racers and take them to the start line, and following the race, back to the GO lot. (Background: People that own a Mercedes had a separate shuttle pickup lot where they'd be shuttled using Mercedes vehicles instead of a bus.)
- Race organizers kind of pushed back the start time? The 10k time was apparently pushed back by 10 minutes. That said, there were still a number of 10k racers who didn't get to the race start on time. Also, volunteers near the start of the race did direct 10kers to the appropriate path (but after that you were alone for 1k).
- The price was not bad for a 10k, and it's a nice way to explore Oakville.
- Cool medal.

This was the first race I've ran where I wanted a refund. I spent most of the course ranting to myself about the lack of organization. I would suggest the race organizers review what went wrong this year, and consider how they can avoid the same mistakes next year.


MamaRunner
April 24th, 2016 4:34 pm
2016

While the course was nice, the shuttle buses were a disaster. Race had to be delayed because so many people were still waiting at GO station. Buses should take runners only first, spectators second. Pet Peeve of mine - walkers should be at the very back of the pack! The course was narrow enough without having to try to pass groups of walkers strolling along. Not saying they don't belong, just let the runners go first. This was my first year running and might be my last. It wasn't anything special. Kudos to all the volunteers!


Claire
April 24th, 2016 3:29 pm
2016

I did the 5k run for the first time. Long slow line up for the race kit pick up at the store. More long slow line up waiting for the shuttle bus at the GO station on race day. Not enough shuttle buses. The start time was delayed as a result. A little chaotic at the start as the corrals were not clearly delineated. A little crowded at the beginning but it did free up in the middle. Nice route. Slight rolling slopes. The stretch along Lakeshore was narrow and had to watch out for the faster 10k runners coming in at the same time. Nice finish chute. Nice medal. Good food provisions after the race but more long slow line up. Waited a long time again for the shuttle buses for the ride back to the GO station. Thank you to the police for helping out and directing traffic. An enjoyable race but there are lots of room for improvement when it comes to organization. A good family running event.


Paynerkat
April 24th, 2016 3:54 pm
2016

This was my first time at this event. It was well organized and an absolute pleasure to take part in. The positive energy that surrounded this event was amazing. The free shuttle bus service (for runners & spectators!) was great and much appreciated as parking near the event was extremely limited. The free race photos is a great perk too :) The 10k race was primarily flat with only a few small hills - no big deal! The only down side (which was minor!) was the log jam of runners in the last 2 kms. As the 5k runners, walkers and 10k runners merged, there was a lot of weaving in and out that had to be done to stay on pace. Not sure if this can be changed up for next year or not. This is definitely a race that I would take part in again. #mindovermileage


miceliaj
July 17th, 2015 4:28 pm
2015

It's a great race if you're looking to get out and just have a fun 10km run but the route gets very narrow/crowded on some sections resulting in you having to slow down to dodge people or getting held back. I had a lot of fun and the scenery was fantastic, just don't come to this race looking for speed.


Jean
May 5th, 2015 11:08 am
2015

Nice organization and nice race great there


Laura
May 3rd, 2015 1:37 pm
2015

It was a pretty fun run!

I parked at the Bronte Go Station like they suggested us to do, and I wish I had come earlier so I wouldn't have had to line up outside for that long. They were pretty good about the bus situation with a steady stream of busses, but a few more could have helped. They were sufficient though!

A nice flat course with a couple good down hill runs, but there never seemed to be any substantial up-hill segments!

The announcer before the run as we stood in our corral's was fantastic. He was very funny and entertaining! There was a bunch of great free stuff before and after the race, the race tech shirts were great and the medals were lovely. There were enough bathrooms too, a few more could have helped..but it was fine the number that they had.

My only complaint was that I had to pick up my race kit the day of in the morning and it was a bit unorganized and chaotic...but that's what you get for having to get it the morning of.

A great course for any 5 KM or 10 KM runner who wants to get a PB too!


Sam
May 2nd, 2015 2:09 pm
2015

Such a fabulous day for the whole family.
As first timers to the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k, and relative newbies to the road racing world, we don't have a lot of comparables. That said, our crew had smiles on their faces throughout and haven't stopped talking about the experience since.

A huge thank you to the organizers, sponsor and many volunteers who helped to put this together. You should all be very proud.

See you next year.


Jeremy
May 1st, 2015 4:01 pm
2015

Very well done Oakville 10k team.
The experience was first rate from start to finish.

I attended along side my wife and two kids (6 and 8 respectively). We took advantage of the shuttle service from the GO Station which was a great option - very efficient both upon arrival and departure.

I ran the 10k - fast and flat course, good water stations, would have liked a few more cheering sections along the way

My wife and kids took part in the 5km. Great experience, but 5km may have been pushing it for the 6 yr old.

The festivities following were excellent.
The kids took part in the Appleby College Family Fun Zone and had a blast - the student organizers were amazing. My wife and I were hoping to win the Mercedes, but I guess that will have to wait until next year.


Jake
May 1st, 2015 3:29 pm
2015

An absolutely outstanding event. This was my third time participating in the Mercedes-Benz 10k and each experience has improved on the previous. The overall energy of the day is fantastic with events for the whole family - 10k, 5k, school challenge and kids events.

The route was very picturesque and relatively flat. The start and finish corals could use a bit of work, but overall it was very smooth and enjoyable.

The volunteers were excellent - CLAP IT OUT ... these runs wouldn't happen without you.

Other highlights:
* Bike racks were a great addition
* Finish line food was great. Especially the piping hot Pannera bagels
* Kids races might have been the cutest thing that I have ever seen ... almost wished I had kids!

Can't wait to do it again in 2016.


Tight Laces
April 26th, 2015 5:12 pm
2015

This was my first year running at this event,
I took part in the 5k, I found the course very enjoyable and what seemed to be a fast course.

I found the food at the end of the race disappointing and there wasn't much of a selection.

I also found it crowded at the finish area and found the different tents were almost on top of each other

The starting chute could have been done better by having barriers up to prevent fellow runner from having to stand on the grass waiting for space to get onto the pavement so they could actually start running.

I did not check a bag myself but I noticed that the volunteers were letting the runners go into the tent and grab "their" bag. I'll be fair in that they were checking the bib after however I just think that this could have been handled better.

The shuttle service was great and I'm really starting to like these runs where we can park at a GO station for free and just jump on the shuttle for the runs that offer this service.

I found them having the two stages confusing and not necessary if they had one main one instead it would have opened up the event finishing area.


runner runner
April 26th, 2015 10:48 am
2015

Great race as usual, tonnes of things going on for kids, samples, vendors.....crowded this year especially the finish area....could have been spaced out better I missed the food completely. Still no free car for me! ):


Killarney camper
May 16th, 2014 1:10 pm
2014

Oakville 10K. We did the 5K. The announcer made the day ... terrific sense of humour. Nice course .... not really hilly. However we had a narrow lane to run on .... and parts of it were on gravel ..... made it a bit iffy. They should block more of the road off. The finish area was really crowded. They called names as people crossed the line ... always a nice touch. The food was good. We came late after they had run out of some things .... so somebody had run out and got muffins for us!!!! Yummy ones too!! The baggage check was good and efficient. The venue was wonderful. We walked down to the lake after it was all over ... nice view. And the medal was the best. I posted it online and then showed some people at work ... everybody wanted it! However a relative said “Not impressed unless it is attached to the car......” : > The shuttle bus was very convenient and much appreciated. Over all ... nice race.


Richard
May 2nd, 2014 9:55 am
2014

An excellent event filled with moments of surprise and delight. I participated in the 10k Run and thoroughly enjoyed the route through downtown Oakville. Relatively flat and fast, with plenty of great scenery. My kids participated in the Junior Jog and loved the race experience - custom bibs, finisher ribbons and an opportunity to cross 'The Big Finish Line'.

The flow of the event was very good. Parking was easy, the announcer was fantastic, food was very good, etc.

I will absolutely do this one again, and will be bringing friends!


Jen
April 29th, 2014 2:42 pm
2014

This was my first time running the 5k with my young daughter and I will definitely run it again next year (5 or 10k). In general, it was a fun, well organized race!

Having 5k/10k runners together with walkers in a very small amount of space however was quite difficult. Add in pedestrians from time to time and it was a little dangerous. The race kit was average but the T-shirt was great!

The idea of the Junior Jog and Toddler Trot is a nice way to introduce our young children to run. The Toddler Trot however was completely chaotic in my opinion. No one knew what to do (some kids stopped at the end, some came back to the start) and I couldn't find my son for about a minute afterward and we had someone at the start and the finish watching for him! At least have either the announcer explain what to do or someone at the start (it was hard to hear with both people talking) and it'll go a bit more smoothly.


Me4U
April 28th, 2014 8:32 pm
2014

My first time in this race (I decided to skip Toronto Yonge 10k for this one).

Positive:
1. Good route with short hills but mainly flat. 2. No issues with parking and getting to Appleby College.
3. Nice medal for completing race.

Negative:
1. Lack of support on the street.
2. Narrow lane for running (should close at least 1 complete lane).
3. No good control of traffic.

I will come back if I see the organizers improve race conditions for next year.


Trevor
April 28th, 2014 5:57 pm
2014

Incredible experience.

Although I failed to achieve a PB - URGH! - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day.

Beyond the run itself, it's also worth mentioning how impressed I was with the amazing community spirit - the kids activities, the High School Challenge and the support from so many local sponsors.

Well done and thank you.


James
April 28th, 2014 9:40 am
2014

Such a fantastic experience!
I participated in the 10k run and enjoyed every minute of it. Convenient shuttles, great announcer, beautiful route, delicious food - My only complaint is that I didn't win the Mercedes!

Also, my kids loved the Appleby College Family Fun Zone - outstanding volunteers - and loved the 1km Junior Jog event.

The MB10k is already on our calendar for 2015.


El-dub
April 27th, 2014 10:30 pm
2014

Good race!! The shirt and medal were very nice and the announcer was very entertaining. The route was through the beautiful lakeside community. It was nice to see so many family activities and races that promoted physical activity in children.
The administration and cost of the race was good as well. Parking at the go station was very convenient!
Some of the recommendations I have for the organizers include:
-Not many supporters or entertainment on the course. Some volunteers were enthusiastic while others were lacklustre in cheering.
-There was a lot of congestion at the end of the race. I almost missed getting a medal. Also had to wait a few minutes for food which put a damper on the end.


Happy in Oakville
April 27th, 2014 1:53 pm
2014

Great race!

Pros: beautiful location, fairly flat course, lots of things for the kids to do (making it a very family friendly event, especially with the special kids' races after), nice t-shirt, great people, helpful staff, great announcer
Cons: didn't corral very well to start the race. It was self-corralled, so I got stuck behind some walkers for a while who were in the middle, not the back

Would absolutely sign up again next year! Great job!


Jennifer
April 27th, 2014 12:08 pm
2014

Fun race...easy route! Love the medals and shirts as well. Second year running the race and would totally run it again!!!


Catherine
April 27th, 2014 12:27 pm
2014

Well organised race, great food, good quality medals and t shirts, nice route. I also really liked the announcer, he made waiting for the race to start more enjoyable! Only downside was running through clouds of little black flies (though obv that's not the race's fault!)


Rodney
April 25th, 2013 9:36 pm
2013

As my kids would say ... CLAP IT OUT!
This was a first rate event and one that I will definitely be doing again next year. The organizers did a great job from start to finish, the kids events were amazing, the course was beautiful and the Mercedes-Benz medals are awesome. I would strongly recommend this event!


Julia
April 24th, 2013 6:22 pm
2013

Great organization of the race, nice neighborhood^ beautiful route :)
It was my first 5K and I'm glad it was in Oakville.
Just a bit sad that they don't give a Mercedes for free, just 1 year in lease. Big difference.


Amy
April 24th, 2013 10:44 am
2013

This is a great race for the local community, with a beautiful route of Downtown Oakville and scenic start/finish at Appleby College. The start area was well organized with tents for advertisers, activities for kids, and an effective baggage drop-off. The shuttle between Bronte/Coronation was also great for avoiding traffic near the start. However:

1. The Race-Kit pick up at New Balance was incredibly unorganized. Runners had to wait for over an hour, outside, while one voluteer looked us up in a database, one by one. Seven other volunteer efforts were wasted on grabbing t-shirts and finding numbers - sitting doing nothing in the meantime. This process could have been much more effective if runners were divided by last name (A-G, H-M, N-S, T-Z.) so that more than one runner could be helped at a time.

2. The route was not well monitored for pedestrians. Police and route volunteers did a great job of monitoring traffic, however, allowing pedestrians to wander on the course freely and cross the street in front of runners. Multiple times I saw runners trip over pedestrains, dogs, baby strollers, etc. In particular, turning the last corner into the finishers chute runners were forced to jump the curb to avoid the spectators and pedestrians roaming freely on the course.

3. Runners were asked to corral much too early (45 minutes before the start). This was not a warm day, and for the A-B runners (those running 40 minutes of less) needing to be near the front, they needed to corral first, not allowing for a sufficient warm-up run, and got cold while waiting for the race to start.

4. Having runners collect their food in the finisher's chute caused a lot of congestion and confusion at the end of the race (although the food was delicious!) and would have done better in the finishers area near the stage.

Overall, I did have a good experience and would consider running this race again because of it's locality, but hope race directors take these things into consideration next year.


Michelle D
April 22nd, 2013 4:52 pm
2013

This event is extremely well organized, and the course is just beautiful. If you can't look at mountains when you run, why not run through one of Canada's most beautiful neighborhoods, while being cheered on by a very robust and supportive running community along the way?


EDub
April 22nd, 2013 1:28 pm
2013

A very well-organized race. The route was very scenic with portions of it beside the lake. There were a couple small hills in there, but nothing too punishing. I would suggest that they hold a BBQ at the end of the run!!! It was a great event!!


seaserpent
April 22nd, 2013 11:59 am
2013

Good race. Well organized. Nice medals. Nice route. Not as flat as I was expecting but only a couple small slopes I suppose. Lots of sponsors means decent freebies. The food at the end of the race was nice. The Mercedes VIP parking was great but they should have had at least one more vehicle doing shuttles.

All in all a solid race day.


astrid
April 22nd, 2013 10:03 am
2013

My first 10k and it was amazing! The MC rocked!! Very well organized. Great swag and the t-shirt was great! The cinnamon buns from panera were delicious. The course was very well laid out and the route was scenic. I will definitely come back next year! Hopefully I will win the car too!!!!


Milos Bulatovic
April 22nd, 2013 8:10 am
2013

I have never ran a 10K race in my life with so many turns. It just shows that they didn't put much effort into the route. Also, they were 5 minutes late to start it. Bad experience overall.


Jeremy Scott
April 21st, 2013 8:58 pm
2013

Incredibly well run event. The route was flat and fast. Marshals were great. Outstanding events for the kids - Toddler Trot, Junior Jog and High School Challenge ... I will definitely be bringing family along in 2014. Prizing was solid, even though I didn't win the Mercedes. Agree with the previous comment about the crowded start, but otherwise was very impressed.
See everyone at the event in 2014.


BBQ_Peanut
April 21st, 2013 1:37 pm
2013

This was a nice race to kick of the season. The 10K is pretty scenic along the lakeshore and downtown Oakville.

It's a little crowded at the beginning of the race and there are some narrow parts where it is difficult to make passes since they leave the main roads partially open.

It was hard to find where exactly at the Go station to catch the shuttle to the start, the could use signs or more volunteers. They could also use some more busses to shuttle people to/from parking - get there early if you are relying on the shuttle.


nikki1020
April 21st, 2013 12:46 pm
2013

We had an excellent time! Nice flat course. Fantastic finisher medal. Excellent shuttle bus service. Only problem was Friday evening race kit pick up. Line up was outdoors and the weather wasn't good. All in all a really well run event.


Andrew Chak
April 18th, 2012 7:06 pm
2012

Had a very fun time doing this race. The course was more or less flat with one significant downhill/uphill portion. Very nice local feel for this race and it was quite enjoyable to run through the Oakville neighbourhoods and as well through downtown Oakville! Great looking medal too!


Delia Greenlees
April 17th, 2012 10:39 pm
2012

Awesome Race!!!!

By far my favourite race in 2012...Route was excellent, organization second to non and even tho it rained,you wouldn't know it..the crowd was fun and the vibe was awesome. Even tho I didn't win the car, I was very excited to be part of the crowd to congratulate Mauro, the winner....I loved this race and will def be back next year...How can you not be proud to display the Mercedes emblem (medal) its hanging in my chevy lol...thanks Oakville and Mercedes...that was fun see you next year


Melanie James
April 17th, 2012 5:06 pm
2012

Amazing event.
The route was spectacular, the organization was outstanding, and the festivities were highly entertaining - The Toddler Trot that featured around one hundred 1-5 year old children running approx. 200 meter, was the cutest thing ever!!

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who cheered me on throughout the day, and to the organizing committee.

Already looking forward to the 2013 race.


Matt Ryder
April 7th, 2012 11:28 pm
2012

One of may favourite races of 2011. Extremely well organized from start to finish. The 10k is a flat and fast - Winner was around 29:30. Family events were great to provide added entertainment whuile we cooled down. Prizing was outstanding. For those participating, I will see you next week!


Graham Russell Jones
March 10th, 2012 12:10 pm
2012

An excellent, fairly flat 10k. A well organized race with a nice course, great shirt and finishers medal (Mercedes Insignia)and one of the few races out there able to boast being a "Green Race". Some excellent elites show up for this race and there is even a mini race for your kids. Prize draw done at end of the race for a Merc...excellent bang for your buck! A great race for those not going to Boston this year. Definite must do race outside of TO in my opinion. Oakville runs!

Write Your Review

Name *
Email *
Review *
Year *
Rating *