Night Race – Toronto
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Start Date/Time September 6, 2014 @ 8:05 pm
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The Night Race was the first race I have ever done...only started running about 5 weeks ago - Pickering Running Room Learn to Run clinic. The people there are Fantastic! Back to the race...I never thought I would have so much fun! Over well organized although I would suggest showing each km, as it serves as motivation for myself. See you next year!
Overall a great experience! Some parts of the course were narrow however manageable. The volunteers were amazing... They were so optimistic, helpful and kept us safe. Highly recommend wearing a hat to keep head light from slipping! It was 18 degrees at the start of the race... Glad I wore short sleeves as you heat up by the end of 10k. Good music and a lot of positive energy!
This was my first 5k race. Had a great tike, loved the music throughout the night! Headlights, shirts and glow sticks were awesome!
The pathway was a little nartow at times, would have like to know that the clock was displaying the 10k time. Pushed the last 5k as a result.
Would.definitely run it again in the future. Wraps and snacks were great! Would have been if some other alternative to beer. ie coolers
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This is my first year running this race. I loved this race! I really liked my Energizer head lamp. It is still used for my upcoming night races. I liked the post-race food. The route was clearly marked and closed off from the public... Good for safety! The pre-race entertainment was cool and the post-race music was good. Had a great time with my friends and family. I will recommend this race to my running buddies.
A little disappointed at this year's race. It's nice to be able to go home with a T-shirt as a reminder of your accomplishments but they ran out of a particular size shirt 15 minutes into the race kit pickup. It's not like they didn't know how many racers were attending!! Disorganized as compared to last year
After a very dubious afternoon with rain and windy weather, it cleared up to be one of the best running nights of the late summer. (a bit humid....but that's Toronto in the summertime and we should expect no different).
Race site - Sunnybrook - is always a good run. The trail was clearly marked with lots of race marshalls and volunteers pointing out the way. It was wet in places - with large puddles - but to be expected with the rain. (The trail is broken up with potholes though where erosion has done its dirty, and that does make it a bit harder to run with impunity). However, volunteers did a great job pointing those areas out and making sure that no one twisted an ankle.
Water stations - nicely spaced out on the 10K. The vision was awesome - hundreds of people running with headlights strapped to our heads - we looked like one very long light bar. Its amazing how many reflective surfaces there are on runners clothes and sneakers too....never see them until you shine a light. (It is gratifying to know that car lights will reflect back when we are out running at night).
Potties - seemed to be enough this time around.
Post race - great beer tent, activities, and general festive-ness abounded. It has certainly improved over last year.
Food - more vegetarian options please.
Thats it. Overall a fun race to participate in :)
Race was very good - well organized and a lot of fun. It was very impressive with all of the headlights going by. The course was nice and flat and easy to run. Beer tent afterwards was excellent. My only complaint was the lack of parking. However, they did have shuttle busses to make up for parking far away. I would recommend this race. It was fun to run in the dark, and it supports a good cause.
The 2013 edition of this run was well done. After an extremely rainy day, the skies cleared for the evening and we were pleasantly suprised to see that the course was in reasonable shape with only a few nuisance puddles along the way, but not that bad. As with prior years, the nightime scene of everyone running is simply awesome. Such a cool experience and unlike so many other runs. Things well organized this year: good pre-race fun, dancers, booths, picture area, music and DJ rocking. Lotsa porta-potties so all good. Race marshalls & volunteers great overall. Bag check process was excellent...super fast with no lineups and easy to get bag fast afterwards. Lots of shuttles to easily get back to our car. As for the post-race party, I'd say things were improved this year over last year. Good beer/food access and, unlike last year's debacle, they kept it going for a reasonable lenght of time. Although number of participants down by about 25% this year, a great time overall. 4 out of 5. (only thing holding me back from perfect 5 was that this still continues to be a tad overpriced relative to other races)
Great fun! This was the first time I did this race, and it was a lot of fun to see so many runners with headlights running along the park. The DJ had music pumping and a great party atmosphere. Great food as well after the race.
Enjoyed the energizer night race. We showed up plenty early, were able to get our packets quickly. Parking was a bit of a walk- but was a good warm-up, right? I agree it could have been a little wider in places, but it really wasnt horrible. A free beer at the end of a race is always awesome. Being a night race and wearing the headlamps was really cool- I will plan on doing this race again next year!
Energizer was a fun race and a great way to mix things up. Part of the problem with narrow paths this year may have been due to the emergency closure of the rail bridge for repairs. The route was originally set to cover a wider area instead of looping, which may have reduced some of the congestion.
My problems with passing other runners could have been resolved if I'd had a better estimate of my run time and placed myself in the appropriate spot at the start of the race. Instead, I stood near the back of my time group and then had to jockey to pass people, particularly in the first few km. This tends to be a social race, so people tend to run 2 or 3 people wide, which makes passing difficult.
Post race amenities were decent - beer, snack-sized wrap, candy, etc, but no medals or other frivolous giveaways. Race was well organized and I would recommend to anyone looking for something a little different - though due to the congestion and the safety issues of running in the dark, don't necessarily expect to set a best time on this course.
I participated in both, the Energizer Night run 2011 and 2012 and I liked 2011 better then 2012.
Here is my evaluation 2011 vs 2012 run (1–the lowest,5-the highest mark)
2011 2012 COMMENT
1.Parking - 3 5 improved (more space added)
2.Course - 5 3 worse(too narrow, time display at the finish line did not work)
3.Food - 5 3 (was more variety in 2011 and portion size was bigger)
4.Post race activity - 5 4 (Energizer Bunny was not friendly at all)
5.Race Kit - 4 4
Overall it is a fun and unique race. Every runner should try it at least once.
This race was so-so. The uniqueness of the night race with the lights is very cool. Lots of fun and you need to approach it with that kind of light attitude. Don't pay attention to those other reviews that talk about the "narrow paths". Sure, they are narrow in a few spots, but really not that big of a deal. Adds to the challenge of when to use the energy to pass or not. No problem. My beef is with the post race party. Started off great: beer tent, great music, etc. But then for some reason they shut it down way too early. We were starved and went to get our free food (wraps) that we were supposed to get and they had all packed up! Wow. We then went to talk to a person who was handing out some other bars, etc, and she was quite rude - literally snapped the box out of our hands and said "we're done for the night" and left. A really crappy ending to anotherwise okay race.
This was a fun race. The path in spots was narrow I agree. This is a run I would recommend to first timers or people just wanting to have fun. Not for competitive racers, because you cant always pass which slows your time.
This was the worst race that my husband and I have ever done. The course was too narrow, a lot of bottle necking, couldn't run at our pace, coudn't pass, no room. They need to either find a better route or limit the number or runners. It just wasn't a good experience overall. This is one race that we won't do again nor would I recommend it to anyone.
great race shirts and post race party...beer, beef and dancing! the course was great too....a bunch of runners with headlights and an almost full moon! Very dark course and lots of people but very entertaining!
The Energizer Night run was my first 10km event. I had a lot of fun running in the dark, especially with the headlight strapped to my forehead. Some people wore caps and had the headlight sit on top of the visor - that was the smart thing to do. As I started to run, the light started to slide down my face. I wore the light directly on top of my head for most of the race!
The course was indeed narrow - runners bottle-necked at bridges and in a few other places. It's dark so it's hard to see your friends as you run past them! You probably won't see the rocks as you trip over them. You may or may not notice the puddles on the ground in time to avoid running though them. You won't notice you're running up hill until your legs start to burn.
The final leg of the race was amazing. The course opens up - you're done with the narrow sections. You can hear people cheering and you can see all the lights!
Overall - the race was full of so many surprises and I had an awesome time! It was absolutely a worthwhile experience!
Unique evening race in beautiful Sunnybrook Park. Unfortunately I missed the start by 10 mins so had to run this race somewhat slower than I normally would. Course is very narrow at spots and especially when the runners in both directions meet. Would have been better if it had been a loop course. Good post race food and refreshments.