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Start Date/Time June 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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This is a lovely picturesque run. The 10 km is quite technical for the first 5 km then it becomes more open.Lots of fun,good post race food and nice swag.Lots of donated prizes and a small group of attendees gives you a good chance at coming home with a gift!
While I am fairly familiar with the trails in the area, 2014 was my first year doing the Phlox Run 6km event. Runner's Den Paris does a fabulous job putting on a well organized event. Brant Park is a great set up for the start/finish. I can see myself doing this race again next year, though perhaps one of the longer distances. :)
Absolutely great race!!! The 25km is little more scenic than the 10km.
This trail is where the majority of my running is done in the non snow months. Its challenging but very rewarding when you finish!
Great trail race and well organized. Race director and volunteers are very welcoming and helpful. Beautiful course and somewhat changeling in a few area. I would love to be able to run/train on this course often.
Let me start by saying I like trail running about as much as I like root canals! If it’s not paved I tend to shy away from tree roots, mud and uneven surfaces. So with that said I decided late Saturday evening to email the race director of the Phlox Run being held in my back yard of Brantford! I guess part of me was hoping I wouldn’t get a reply to my email asking if there were any spots left. Well wouldn’t you know it she replied within minutes and to my luck… there were a handful of slots left. My reluctant reply back, simply saying “thank you for the quick response”. Me and a trail? Hmmm… Well why not, I need to get out more and challenge myself… I’m kinda in a rut right now! I woke a few times in the night to the sound of heavy wind and rain, thinking each time… really Ray? You want to run in that? You could just put your head back down and sleep in for a change?
5:30AM and the alarm was going off. The snooze button crossed my mind but I saw the sun peaking out, as if to say, it’s a nice morning for a run. Well I got up, ate and headed out. I wasn’t kidding earlier; this run was only 10K from my house. As I parked my car and headed over to the tent to sign up, all I heard was the lovely sound of water splashing under my feet… excellent I thought, no hold on it more like really already!!
Before I knew it I was at the starting line, talking with a young runner named Matt, young yeah 30 something. As most runners, will do when they’ve run a course before, he was kind enough to give me the heads up on the course. Yep, dirt, hills, stumps galore and uneven ground! Now that I has an idea of the road… trail ahead, I thought just take it easy, you’re here for the experience. 130+ took of on 6K route, the shortest of the three races offered.
Excellent! This isn’t bad at all! Starting off fairly flat and smooth along the old railway trail… wow… that was fast… turned right not even a kilometer into the run…. Oh… here’s the “trail” and everything I heard about! I stuck to my game plan: experience and possibly a little enjoyment. I have to admit, although this is not my kind of race, this was a beautiful course and a challenge for sure… I know it was only 6K but I found myself enjoying the view along the way. With only about 1K to go I noticed the guy in front of me was struggling, and giving up. I ran up beside him and offered a few words of encouragement, “only 1K to go”, “your almost there”, I ran with him right up to the end where we finished with a nice strong push. Bugger beat me by a second. Lol
I would easily recommend the race to anyone wanting a challenge or simply wanting to enjoy a scenic run with various distances offered. The volunteers and race directors put on a well-organized event. Well Done Phlox Run! Oh and I found out a Phlox is a flower…
Great scenic route in the Brant Conservation Area on mix of gravel and some single track trail, very well run (by the Paris Runner's Den) with nice t-shirt and post race snacks. The 10k is mostly single track and a lot more technical. Definitely a good fun race with splash pad for the kids. This was the third year for the race. I'll do it again if I can. I personally prefer Saturday races, otherwise would be perfect!