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Start Date/Time April 30, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
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I'm sorry I feel like I cheated on the Mississauga Marathon. Yes I had an affair with another marathon held on the same day. I promise it will never happen again! It was a one time thing. Mississauga you have so many things better than the other. Your free parking at the expo and various locations on race day, the free after race shuttle, the well marked route, the ample number of volunteers, the number of spectators, the fantastic finish line, and the food and drink at the finish... all these reasons will make me faithful to you, I promise. I hope you can forgive me.
This was my first time running Mississauga Half Marathon and I was so impressed by how organised and stress-free the race was. From a well-run expo to a seamless race morning, the logistics were simple.
The actual course was well marked, fully supported and I had a 1.5 minute PR in the half thanks to the speedy net downhill course. I will run this race again and again.
Third time running the Mississauga 1/2 and still in love with the whole event.
The expo still ranks top of my list! You really are offered a lot of free stuff, food samples and great atmosphere.
It's well organized and smooth. Never miss spending some time there.
Route was a little different this year as runners started at celebration square... very nice change !! You could wait in a warm area, potties were abundant too !
Weather is always tricky for this one... only once I've ran it in perfect conditions. A little cool and grey but no rain ! Or snow !
Hydration was great - frequent and easy to get to ( not too crowded)
The gels - why do they have them so late in the game ? Would love to see them around the 12-15 k mark.
I always bring enough of my own fuel, so I don't rely on this, but I feel like it would make more sense if they were earlier on the route.
I will run this race every year. It's fun, fast, free parking, amazing expo, very efficient shuttles, helpful organizers and a perfect start to the running season !!
Ran the Mississauga Half Marathon for the first time and it was an awesome experience. Far better than the other marathon/half marathon that goes on the same day.
Went to the expo on Friday, it was small but nice, kit pickup was a breeze and the goody bag was great. Race day morning coming into Square 1 there were tons of volunteers with signs directing you where to park. I got parking super close to the start line. Tons of portapotties at the start and it was nice to be able to sit in the civic centre to keep warm. Loved that Hazel Mccallion (sorry if that's spelt wrong) sent us off! The course was nice, tons of signage telling you where to go. Managed to PB by over 4 min! Finish area was nice, loved that there was chocolate milk at the end. The shuttle buses were awesome, no stinky school buses but they were Mississauga Transit buses (which felt a lot cleaner than the TTC). Took the shuttle back to my car.
Considering it was about a 40 min drive from East end of Toronto, it was well worth it. I will definitely be back next year!
I LOVE this event !
Always organized well & the route is fantastic.
This year was cool and rainy - tough winds down by the water, however STILL a super run.
I did the half marathon, great spirit, medals & run shirt.
Good after race food too !
Will always run this one
This was my 6th time running (5 half marathons and this year my 1st marathon). As always it is a great event that is organized extremely well. The course itself is beautiful. The only problem this year was obviously the weather but spectators and volunteers were just so great. I highly recommend this race to everyone from novice to elite. See you next year!
Ran my first full marathon. I think this could have been a great race except for them taking down the finish line, aid stations, arrows, etc WAY BEFORE THE END OF THE RACE! It clearly states that there is a 6.5 hour time limit and I was on track to be easily under that but the fact that they took down the arrows caused me to get lost. There were no marshals or anything. The aid stations were packed up and I went for over an hour and a half with no water/gatorade. That plus getting lost caused me to slow down considerably. I saw them taking down the 35km mark and there was a clock attached. It read 5 hours...that is plenty of time for someone to literally WALK from that point and make it within 6.5 hours...
When I did make it to the finish line (literally minutes after the official end time) the finish like was GONE. They had already pulled everything down. I heard from my boyfriend at the finish that they began taking it down right after the 2km race which was definitely before the end. This left me with absolutely nothing but one guy handing me a medal. No arch or anything was there.
Thank God for some local people who were able to steer me back to the course. I ended up going 45km.
I understand that volunteers don't want to stand in the rain but it is DANGEROUS to abandon runners during a marathon like that. There were many sections that I didn't see anyone for a while and had I gotten in trouble there, no one would have known! No water could cause severe dehydration. Being lost was extremely nerve racking as I don't know Mississauga very well. Am I honestly expected to remember every turn on a 42.2km course? I don't think so...the least they could have done was leave the damn arrows up.
This was probably a nice event for faster runners but for those of us who are slower, it was a dreadful experience.
I also emailed the race organizers and their only response to this was "sorry, we will try again next year.".
My first half marathon was awesome! Save for the weather, ;) I thought all did a great job on both race days as I ran the 5K Saturday as well
Great race. Everything from start to finish was very well organized!
The only negative feedback would be the distance from finish line back to the shuttle buses. Although they are probably only 1 km away - it's a long distance to walk after a marathon!
2nd time running the half marathon in Mississauga and loved it despite the crappy weather. Lot of spectators and the volunteers did a great job!
This was my 3rd year running the half marathon (also 2013 & 2015). This is a well organized event that keeps me coming back!!
- Kit pickup easy & you get a swag bag with some products
- Shuttles from community centre to start and back from finish again were well organized and plentiful
- LOVED the shirt and gender specific sizing
- LOVED the new medal (hope the organizers continue to change the medal every year - gives us a reason to come back and do the race again next year!)
- Change tents at finish were much appreciated
- Bag check was quick and easy at start, but at the finish they put the bags on the ground, some in puddles!! And no one monitoring the bags at finish, just grab your own. In future why the bags couldn't be left in the truck? Or, if they do have to be put on the ground, at least avoid putting them in puddles!!
- Water stations seemed under manned in comparison with previous years. I'm going to assume that it's because a bunch of volunteers didn't show up given the weather. Nothing the race organizers can do about that. The volunteers who were there were awesome - thank you!!
- Usually at the half/full split there are a few people making it clear. This year only one volunteer who was much too quiet - I personally saw 3 runners who had to back track to the cutoff. I believe runners have a responsibility to look at the route maps and know the course, but might be an idea to staff that area up with a few more people next year.
Overall love this well organized race & I would totally recommend!!
First running race ever.
Nice course. Good amenities at the finish.
Shuttle buses. Taken way to early to the start. Family came to watch start. They took the bus to the finish and weren't able to make it to the finish line to watch me. There was no point of them coming and having their time wasted. Other families on the bus had the same experience.
Nice race but leave the family at home if you plan to take the shuttles
Ran the 5k and half. I enjoyed both races and found that both were pretty well organized for the most part.
- Shuttle buses - there were ample, they were well orchestrated and they were city buses which fit many people. To the start, there were separate buses for runners and spectators. Parking was free at the shuttle bus pickup.
- Toilets - Ample! All along the course. Tons at the start.
- Water/Gatorade - Overall well done. Did not find the stations too crowded.
- Course - Overall really nice. The 5k route/end of half was narrow at some points, but it is quite scenic.
- No corrals. This is more of a con for the 5k which does have some narrow parts. Right from the get go, I had to weave through both runners and walkers (within the first 100m). They should really consider waves! At least to separate the runners from the walkers.
- ^ On that note, race etiquette was quite poor in this race. Especially in the 5k. 5k groups running side by side, walking side by side on narrow paths. Walkers stopping on the left instead of the right.
- I signed up for the race weekend warrior challenge. The surprise was kept a secret until packet pickup. It was pretty lame imo.
- Not a con on the race organizers part but the 5k route is full of swarm of bugs. Just something to keep in mind if you plan to run this race.
Overall I really enjoyed the experience. I thought the race was pretty well organized (minus the lack of waves/corrals). That said, I would definitely run this race again!
This ran in the Weekend Warrior Challenge, the challenge had you run either the 5km or 10km on the Saturday night followed by the half or the full the Sunday. I ran in the 10k and the Half.
Great course along the lakefront, lots of hills but I enjoyed the challenge of the hills. I got a new PB on this course for a 10km. Lots of zones where there were people cheering you on, I think the big number of people in these zones was because it was a relay spots as well. I have nothing bad to say about the 10k course and would consider doing it again in the future.
The have as always started at Square One Shopping center, and made its way down to lakefront promenade park. (where all the races from the weekend finished ) This was my second time running the half and first time since 2013, like in 2013 the first water station was horrible as they only had 4 people working the station and there was no water ready for the runners. other then that I cannot complain about the race.
WEEKEND WARRIOR CHALLENGE
As far as the challenge goes, it was a great idea and I understand that it was the first year so there is room for improvement. The part I did not like was hat they gave you the certificate and extra "prize" at the expo and not after running both legs of the weekend.
overall I enjoyed the weekend, both races were great I would consider running both events and even the challenge again, however I'm already eyeing the full for next year
Ran the 5km race, scenic route, good race and a good way to see the city. Will recommend and re-run.
This was my second half marathon and I loved every second of it. Shaved 5 minutes off my time, the net down hill course certainly helped with that.
The course is beautiful, nice to start around square one, Mississauga road was very pleasant and getting down to lake Ontario was a perfect finish. Watch out for the bugs... covered by the end!
Runners Expo was nice, swag bags were packed, race shirt a nice bright orange for females.
There was gels only at the 18/19 km mark for the half, wish there was something around 12.
The finishing area was a little crammed and congested, but that's usually to be expected.
I loved this race, will be back next year !
3rd time running. Always well organized. Great free swag. Will continue to run for many years to come.
I ran the 1/2 marathon this yr (and also 2 yrs ago). Love this event - wonderfully organized and great volunteers!
- Swag bag was packed with items & easy to pick up at the great expo
- Loved the Panera bagels at the finish and food was plentiful (choc milk, water, gatorade, banana, pita, etc.)
- Scenic course (gets better as you go along and finishes down by water)
- Parking at the community centre and shuttles up to start and back from finish again were well organized
- Loved 7:30am start (for half/full) to get race done before heat really kicked in
- Awesome volunteers
- Would like to see them change the medal (very similar to the one 2 yrs ago). Maybe time for a new design/picture?? Also this year the medal only said "marathon" on it - looks like they used the same medal for full & half events and just changed the lanyard.
- Pace bunnies - I know they are provided by Running Room and somewhat outside the race organizers control, however, only a few days before the event the pace bunny times were updated and for the half there were bunnies at 2, 2:05, 2:10 and then not another one until 2:45. I think it would have made more sense to spread them out.
- For spectators trying to park later at the community centre to go down to the finish line it can be hard to find a parking space (until the half/full runners come back and leave)
Overall a fantastic event that I would highly recommend!!
Couch Potato with a running problem
This was my first marathon, and I am so happy I chose Mississauga.
- port-o-lets every 2k means you are never really that far away, and there aren't any lines
- water/gatorade stations every 4k
- FANTASTIC high energy volunteers. I'm not a fast runner, so by the time I got into the 30k + range, some of these volunteers had been standing in the sun for several hours, yet I still felt like they were legitimately happy to support me.
- Police guarding the intersections were even in good spirits and wished us luck and cheered us on! At other races they are quite serious (which I understand), but here I needed all the boosting I could get!
- Scenery was lovely for most of the race. There was one quite industrial section, but it was fairly short.
- Having the half/full split early on (at 15k) was fantastic. At STWM the full marathoners basically have to run past the finish line and continue on for 21km. That would have been TOUGH for me to do!
- Community support was amazing. I loved seeing people on their front lawns cheering us on.
- Swag bag was so full of good stuff I could barely carry it!
- Medal is super cool
STUFF TO WORK ON
- I wish the t-shirt and medal said the year (the lanyard of the medal does, but not the medal itself).
- There were no start corrals, which would have been NICE, but for the most part, people started where they should
- water stations were great, but anyone who was coming behind me was running the risk of some stations running out. This was the first really hot day of the year, and I don't think there was enough.
- Near the end of the course we ran through some very pretty public parks, which remained open to the public, this is fine, but I don't think everyone knew what was going on. At one point I had to jump over a dog leash as the owner went to one side of the trail and her dog to the other! Hard to do after running already 32k!
- Expo was MOSTLY booths for other races. Not a lot of gear or shopping to do.
- At bib pick-up, they should hand out the swag bag with the bib/chip so that you have something to put it in right away. I was picking up for myself and two others and had my arms full with loose things until just on my way out the door.
- Novotel (race hotel) does not know how to be a race hotel. Convenient location, but pasta dinner was small and WAY too expensive, and there was no late check-out. The hotel seemed surprised that I asked for it. If they offered 3pm checkout ONLY to people running the full marathon, they would probably have been ok, but instead they said no to everyone.
Overall, I am so happy that I chose Mississauga as my first marathon. A positive and rewarding experience!
Lots of fun and energy
Mostly down hill fast run
Most do again!
My husband ran the marathon. He placed in the top 20 and qualified for Boston! He loved the course and said the fans were great. The announcer made things very personal by announcing names and Boston qualifiers. I ran the 5km and enjoyed it immensely! (can't believe I just said that!) Everything was very well organized from the expo to the shuttles. I loved that it was all so spectator friendly. We did the Goodlife event a couple years ago and this event was sooo much better! I agree with previous comments regarding the walkers and kids in the 5km. I'm not fast by any means but getting around walkers can be trying. They should start at the back. The only con I could post would be the distance from the shuttle bus drop off to the finish line; it could be set up a bit closer. All in all a fantastic event and an amazing weekend! Signing up next year for sure! :) And I got to play with Jefferson after my 5km :)
I ran the 5K.
-fun, festive atmosphere
-beautiful course through a very pretty part of Mississauga, which curves along the lake and ends in a park.
-generous swag bag and post-race swag, with plenty of samples and coupons.
-nice medal, although only the lanyard specifies the year and type of race.
-no corrals. Everyone starts in a big clump. It would have made more sense to have the walkers and younger children line up behind the runners.
-Final results are measured by gun time, not chip time.
I did the 1/2 marathon and this was my 6th. This event was good, but not great. The expo was well organized and had a great variety of exhibitors. The start line was well organized.
As for the course, it was good, but the spectators were far and few between. The last 4k was also on a recreation path and not closed. I had to navigate non-race runners and cyclists. At one point I had a cyclist screaming at me to get off the path and out of his way.
The finish line was well organized. It was great to have chocolate milk. It was also great to have a shuttle back to our cars.
Have ran the Half Marathon for five (5) consecutive years and this is by far the best race on the GTA calendar. Everything is well planned but what makes this race extra special is the motivating crowd along the course. This is a must race on the avid runner's schedule that always includes the nicest medal around!
I've done the Hazel 5k for over 5 years. It is always well organized and fun. I just wish we could score those tech shirts, not happy with the advertisement on the T-shirts we get. We're seniors so we "walk and talk" and try to improve our times every year.
I always encourage some new people to come out every year.
Ran in 2012 and totally loved it btw
medals are dope, route is fast and honestly scenic
saw a post from blogto that reminded me about this race that read "your legs will thank you" i thought that was funny and after running toronto i miss the downhill in sauga
Has not happened yet this year but I am noticing that some of the prices have gone down (the marathon relay is like 50 bucks cheaper)
and is anyone seeing whats going no with their web, twitter/insta / facebook?
This race was my first ever half marathon and I had an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone - first timer or veteran.
- The race expo was very organized and there were tons of goodies in the race kit. :)
- Shuttle buses were very organized getting to the start and finish, which was very impressive.
- The course was flat for the most part - finished 14 minutes under my goal!
- Post-race food was great and there were tons of people cheering on finishers.
Only downside is no corrals at the start, which hopefully they introduce in the future.
Mississauga 5 K. Great race. First time doing it. And our youngest son’s first race ever. We were able to pick up the kits the day of the race. We liked that we could do that because some races make you come the day before. And that is a deterrent for us. The race kits were great ... lots of samples and Easter eggs to boot! The expo was terrific. Lots of samples and things to try out. We really liked the shuttles. The parking was no issue at all.... there was a lot of it. You loaded onto buses and were taken to the start. Wonderful! Start was nicely organized. One little thing .... the porta porties were not level. When you stepped into them it felt like you were going to fall over. Bit scary. The course was great ... nice and wide. Loved running by the Lake. At one point there was a cheering station made up of little kids who high fived you as you raced by. Fun!! The finish line was good. Announcer called your name out ... cool! The finish chute was well organized ... got your chip taken off, got the medal (nice one!) and got the mylar. Finish area was terrific. A live band was playing. Food was some of the best we have had at a race. Oranges, bars, apples, bagels. Lots of it and lots of choice. Fun to see Hazel at the start too. Great race ... we will back!
Loved the free parking and shuttle service!! Water and gatorade every 2km ~ awesome! net downhill course along scenic trails and roads ~ awesome! Shirt was a tech shirt, but nothing special and medal was quite original. My only complaint would be the finishers chute, as we are corralled into the chute it would have been helpful to have a couple volunteers there to keep onlookers away, as i was coming though I was actually passing pedestrians!! Also, though it didn't affect me, as I was leaving I saw that there wa a 2k coming to that same finishers chute while marathon runners were still trying to finish. Made for some bad congestion. a few more porta potties along the route would have been nice, but only had to wait a minute or two.
The 2014 Mississauga Marathon was my first ever marathon so I don't have anything else to compare to, however I'd 100% do it again next year. The 42km route took you along great scenery and amazing waterfront trails. There are lots of downhills to boost your PR, however don't think there isn't any uphills..The only problem I had was around the 40km mark, they were setting up the 2km Fun Run and tons of spectators blocked the path for us marathoners running through, thankfully they noticed us and made some-what of an effort to make room. Another thing is that while running by the lakefront you are prone to run into millions of tiny bugs flying into your face and such, and i'm not exaggerating! Other than that this race was very well done and the event staff should be very proud of themselves. I stayed at the Novotel Hotel (which is literally a 2 min walk from the start line) if anyone is deciding on a hotel to reserve for next year. Great service.
Ran the full marathon this year. I've run Mississauga 9 times (5 full, 2 half, 2x5K). Love the course. It's fast and, if it's windy, it only hits you on parts of the course, not the whole way. Lots of volunteers at the Expo and along the course. Great swag this year and the Expo is decent. It fills the hockey rink's playing surface, so it's not small.
KM markers are visible throughout and lots of signage showing you the way. Well organized and, although not perfect, it is a quality race. By not perfect, they sometimes don't fill the cups at water stations enough, but if you are prepared and grab one early, you'll know if you need more.
Safe roads, even though there are cars driving on the road with you. There are pylons to separate you from the cars. There aren't many cars and there aren't many crowded areas where runners and cars meet, so it's a good compromise. I never felt unsafe in all my races.
Lots of water, Gatorade, and food, plus Chocolate milk from one of the sponsors. A live band plays and there are prize presentations fairly quickly after the winners finish.
Great time of the year, in terms of weather. I will run this again.
I did the 5k and half-marathon and quite enjoyed it. the 5k has a 'small-town' race feel. The half-marathon is well-organized and beautiful. The expo goodie bags were fantastic (Starbucks and chocolate!) and the shuttle buses were very well organized too!!
Another awesome job by Mississauga! This race has it all from wonderful scenery to the best runner's expo! At the finish line, staff is remarkable with as many goodies a person could ask for. All that was missing was the usual Under Armour Technical Shirt... Hopefully they bring it back next year. Nevertheless, the best race out there! See you next year!
Firstly LOVED the black tech shirt, great job on that. The course was a nice combination of city street, residential and the scenic trail and park areas. Yes there were bugs but its the time of year, the protein is good for you ;) The post race food was awesome!
I have run the Mississauga half and full previously, and did the 10k this year.
We had to wait a long time in Birchwood Park before the race. It was nice that there was a place to wait, but some entertainment would have been nice.
Course was good, but lots of bugs.
Good logistics with FREE shuttle buses.
This was my first time tunning in the Mississauga Marathon 10k race. The race kit pick up in Port Credit arena was very well organized with lot's of people to assist and I enjoyed the variety at the expo, one of the better ones. The race kit was very good and I loved the womens black tech shirt, the best most comfortable running shift I have received at a race.
Race night was a beautiful weather night and I parked at the Clarkson Go station as per the instructions where there were plenty of transit buses to take everyone to the starting line. The race itself was very scenic along the Lakeshore and through some of the beautiful neighbourhoods and especially along the waterfront which had a nice breeze coming off the lake. The route was well marked with lot's of volunteers and people all along the route cheering you on. The finish line was big enough for many to finish at once and loved hearing the announcer call out the finisher names when they crossed.
Loved the medal and getting a bagel from Panera bread was a nice treat along with chocolate milk, water, granola bars. Great volunteers always willing to assist.
I loved the scenic route of this course, one of the prettiest I've participated in and will definitely make this an annual event. I'll do the half marathon in 2014.
The "Starbucks Hazel 5K" at the Mississauga Marathon was my first race a year ago. Since then, I have participated in 12 other races including the Mississauga 10K race on Saturday and the 5K race at the Goodlife Toronto Marathon yesterday. I have to say, hands down, The Mississauga Marathon race experience is the best I have had yet (they totally BLEW the Toronto Marathon out of the water!) The race kits, expo, course, organization, volunteers, crowd support, photos and post race experience are THE BEST! At some events, the 5k and 10k races are sort of an "afterthought" and the focus is solely on the Half and Full Marathons. At Mississauga, they make every runner feel important, whether they are running 2K or 42.2
For these (and many other) reasons, Mississauga will be my first ever FULL Marathon in 2014. Can't wait!!!
My 46th marathon! This was the tenth year of the race and it is easy to see why the race is so popular. It is very well organized and the race kit was filled to rim with goodies including soil! The shirt was nice but I think after running 42.2k I would want everyone to know. The yellow colour begs for Charlie Brown zig zag. Really.
The course was pleasant and there were plenty of water stations (every 2k). The station at 6k and 4k had trouble stocking water for the runners which was a bit disappointing. More adult supervision needed is my guess as I didn't see any around. Plenty of power gels and porta toilets as well. My only complaint is the booking on the same day as the Goodlife TO marathon. A week apart would work for me but and even better idea is to have the races a day apart - A Maniac challenge! The coolest part of the race was having the race announcer say that I was the happiest and most charismatic runner on the course. He gave away my secret weapon - JOY!!!
Excellent runner's expo.
Easy kit pick up.
Lots of free goodies.
Great shuttle service to start line and from finish line.
Well organized event.
Nice finisher medal.
5k Tshirt could have been nicer. Half and full got nice Tshirts.
Nice flat course.
This was the first year I ran in the Starbucks Coffee Hazel 5km event in Mississauga (Port Credit). It was an extremely well organized event and a lot of fun. Kudos to the race organizers and all the volunteers, including the police who were keeping us all safe. The course is great, fun and pretty to look at. I'm planning to do it again next year.
I ran the 2011 and 2012 half marathon and found this to be my favourite course. It is a scenic route which truly demonstrates Mississauga's beauty. Race organizers do a wonderful job!!!!! Cannot wait to run the 2013 half especially since it is the 10th anniversary. I am sure race organizers will make it an extra special year!!!!! Also, I love the Under Armour shirts! Keep up the great work Mississauga!!!!!
I have done this race numerous times, both the half and full. I love the half route and loved the old marathon route. I'm not crazy about all the in and outs on the streets with the new race so probably would not rush to run it again. Love the logistics to the race hotel and even though the bus from the finish can be a pain it was good the last time I ran it.
I agree with most of the positive comments on this race and have few complaints. Would have been nice to see more folks out along the course cheering the runners on, but then some areas of the course are not residential or convenient to get to. Overall a beautiful course (I did the Full - had friends from Royal Oak, MI come up for the Half and they really enjoyed it!)
I intentionally did this race over the Toronto Goodlife because I felt the whole bickering between the two Toronto Marathons is childish and I was not impressed with the race directors (especially Toronto Goodlife) and to land on the same weekend as Mississauga was unfortunate (maybe not intentional as I am sure there are all sorts of conditions and issues that determine exactly what weekend a race can take over), and I really wanted to support Mississauga in the case their numbers were down. I had not run this course before (but have done my bike training on a good chunk of it, so knew it would be beautiful)and wanted to try something new. Overall a great experience.
I did the 5K for the first time and it's my first marathon, it's well organized event. Volunteers were great and the aid station at the 2k mark were great. overall excellent , will do the 10k or half next year. Only complaint was the race kit pick up is not central in mississauga.
I have done the 10k twice, the full twice and this year did the half. I loved it!! The course is beautiful, aid stations every 2k is fantastic, the volunteers were great, and the start wasn't too crazy that you couldn't get your pace right off the start.
I will always run some event at this race. Thanks! :)
I ran the Mississauga 10K and I loved it. The route was beautiful, especially because you are running next to the lake. The volunteers were very friendly and supporting.
I would definitely recommend this race!
Ran this race for the first time this year and enjoyed it very much. This was my 5th marathon and a PB. (thanks for the "net downhill!) I would give this race a full 5 Bananas. Sure there were a couple of issues but what race is perfect?
1. Course was beautiful and fairly fast. (Didn't really mind the loop around Suncor)
2. Water stations were plentiful and well-manned
3. Volunteers were awesome (community service hours for kids is a great idea)
4. Finishing shute was excellent as was layout of finish area
5. Start was better organized than I expected even with no corrals
6. Celebrity singing the anthem was cool!
7. Goodie bag from expo was decent. Better than many races these days.
8. I thought the shirt was good, although some disagree
9. Free coffee in the finish area :)
10. Buses from Cawthra Community Centre to start were well organized
11. Gel Stations on the course with volunteers shouting out the flavours they had
1. Expo was terrible
2. Buses back to Cawthra were too far away from the finish area. I had no problem but I saw several runners having some difficulty getting back to the buses.
3. ID for beer at the finish area? Come on!
All in all a very enjoyable race.
Awesome, awesome race!!!! I have the full marathon here 4 times (2004,2007,2011 and 2012) and the half marathon once (2006). The course is a nice flat, scenic course (lots of downhills). The weather is usually very good and this year it was exceptional! Lots of water stations (loved all the friendly, cheering volunteers). Especially loved the water station around 35 km where the one volunteer did nothing but read the race bib and then pass on the name of the runner until the whole row of volunteers handing out water and gatorade were shouting and calling your name (that was very uplifting!). Love the host hotel being 10-15 minutes from the start, love the early start. It's a shame that it had to be the same day as the Toronto marathon but it meant that instead of being 10 minutes off the start to cross, I was only 5! AFter 11 marathons I finally got a BQ here!
This was my first time running the Mississauga Half Marathon. I wanted to offer a review. The start was well organized, with ALMOST enough porta potties, and ALMOST enough room for us to start (that's not new in races), baggage trucks were well organized and the race started on time. I'm not sure how many runners there were, but it took about 6 minutes to get to the chip board. Not a problem. Lots of spectators along the way, plenty of water stations offering both gatorade and water, well marked, (green for gatorade, blue for water) and that was nice. There was supposedly one station near the end that offered GU, but there was no one actually handing it to anyone, so I just bypassed it. The route was very nice, rolling hills that to me, were significant, but not to anyone who DOES HILLS :0) The finish line was well marked with lots of spectators cheering you in, lots of markers along the course so when I was alone I was never worried about getting lost. The 'chute' was well done, when you crossed a red board early they called out your name (AWESOME!) and then the finish. To prevent congestion, they spaced out a lot of the finishing 'stuff'. First came space blankets (I had to go to them, instead of them to me, which could have been better), then the medal, again, I had to go to them.. not sure which colour medal I was supposed to get. Then someone a few more feet passed, ready to take your chip off, then around the corner for a photo, around the corner for water, gatorade, banana, apple, granola bar (2 kinds,) bagel, box of crackers. Nice, when you are starving. My biggest beef? No bag to carry all this stuff in! Not one 5 cent bag. So not only do I have my fuel belt, jacket and space blanket in my hands, but now I have food and drink piled high in my arms.. THEN I collected my bag (NO ROOM FOR ALL THIS STUFF-change of clothes only), well organized and marked easily.
Sat in the grass and enjoyed the band, there were a few picnic tables. I found a tent with free beer samples (FOUR) and you had to have ID, which is understandable, but after you finish running a marathon/half, whatever, the likely hood that you have ID on you, is nil. I had a friend who had family there, who were kind enough to get me my four (INDIVIDUAL BEERS) again, NO BAGS! I ended up wrapping all my food and drink in my space blanket. So here is my biggest issue. The buses. You can't drive; or be driven to the actual finish line. There is no parking. NONE. So there are shuttles. WONDERFUL, clean, on time; shuttles. BUT? They are about 1km away from the finish line. Now, I only did a 1/2 marathon. My friend did a full, and she was hurting VERY badly. Even ended up in the medical tent. To ask her to walk THAT FAR to the shuttle bus? It took her almost an hour! There were no 'golf carts' or offerings by officials to take the ones that were bad off to the shuttles. I will probably never do this race again, and all due to the fact related to transportation, which is such a shame! I can bring my own bags, next time, if told ahead of time that you won't be provided one. But expecting a first time marathoner to walk THAT far *up hill* for your only ride home? Nope, I won't do that again. But it was so well organized, its a shame with such a huge finishing area, they could have ONE shuttle at a time enter the area to pick up runners. They had TONNES of room for the baggage area, and things could have been closer together to make room for one bus and an area to turn around in. I enjoyed myself, the weather couldn't have been better, and it really was an excellent course. Those two things fixed, would have gotten fiver banana's for sure!
I ran the 2012 Half. It was my first and I was pleasantly surprised. The course was beautiful, the volunteers were great and the event well-organized. Plenty of porta-potties. Great ambiance and wonderful spectators. I would definitely run it again. Only bummer was the long wait after the race in the food line.
I ran the Half Marathon for the fiirst time today having run the full 3 times.
the half is by far the best option , beside being shorter , ( lol!)it goes through all the best parts of the full course without any of the industrial dreariness and uphills of the full . The route is surprisingly attractive and completely downhill apart from the last 4k along the Lakefront which are completely flat. There was some pretty good support out on the course and some amazing bands . I particularly liked the bagpipers at Port Credit Bridge!
The course is generally good but it is a little messy during the last 4k. It seems that you are constantly running up and down kerbs and twisting and turning all over the place at the point when you are having to focus just to keep running. I wish they could do something about this as there is huge potential for tripping over kerbs - I saw a few near misses when I was watching the marathon runners turn onto the Port Credit Bridge.
Aid stations were frequent and well stocked . I hate orange Gatorade with a passion but if it's your preference you'll be happy!
Huge line up at the Finish Line for an apple , dry bagel and granola bar - they really need to speed this up - maybe use two lines for food - especially after the half when there are masses of people finishing within a 20 minute time frame.
other than that - the weather was perfect but where was the MYnextrace.com tent?
Did the full in 2011.
Course is a lot tougher than it looks.
1st half is easy but 2nd half is very rolling and after all that downhill, very tough on the quads.
Start easy to keep the energy when you need it. I.E. for the last 10km.
Love Mississauga Half. Great course. Well organized.
I ran th 1/2 last year and felt the course was excellent up until the end. I felt everyone was funelled into small space and the crowds made for a very conjested finish to a race. Since this race is on the same day as Goodlife, I am opting for that race this year.
I rather enjoyed this race - nice scenery for most of it, medal has a fun little spinny thing in the middle of it, the volunteers were enthusiastic despite the weather and I thought the aid stations were appropriately placed and well-stocked. The race shirt was pretty boring though, I have to say.
One thing I liked about the course was there were just enough little wee rolling hills at the end to take some load off different muscle groups. I actually didn't mind the narrow pathways at the end. It was nice to see other human beings again and being in the trees was nice, given that it was rainy and windy that day. Everyone who was slower was respectful enough to get out of the way when I said I was passing on their left.
The disqualifications for going off course are a real shame. I trust the organizers are using 2011 as a learning experience and are going to improve things going forward. One bad year happens, it's the response to the situation that matters.
Oh, and you get a medal with a super-fun spinny thing in the middle.
I ran the 10km this past spring in the pouring rain, I was thankful that there were some volunteers and water stations, the entry fee was a bit steep, not sure if they can bring that down a little, course was a little boring frankly.
I paid $90 and received a lousy shirt (2010) and it was really crowded in the last 5 kilometers due to the narrow roads, I don't think I will do this race again, there are so many other options to choose from.
I was watching my friend run this year's marathon and he got lost on the course, it was really disorganized and upsetting to see him train all winter and then have such a bad experience. I want to run a marathon myself and won't do this race.
I ran the very first edition, in the half, it was a great experience, although the finishing 3-4 km's were crowded and the bike path option not ideal. I do think it's a suitable race for a new, starter runner who lives near the city.
This was my 29th marathon. It was a good race all though the crowds were sparse. The construction at the mall needed more signage for the parking. The volunteers were great and the water stations were good as well. You go through some nice neighbourhoods in Mississauga and the rolling hills are nice (downward). I will do this race again but would recommend a more central place for the racekit pick up and maybe do something for the small crowds throughout. The only other point was this - why have the race the same day as the Goodlife TO Marathon? This caused nos. to drop. Oh well. A good race overrall.