Race Roster Spring Run Off – Toronto

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Location High Park


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Start Date/Time April 8, 2017 @ 11:45 am
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June 5th, 2017 2:43 pm

Great race as always. Well organized and I enjoy the cool weather.

Karen Landers
April 8th, 2017 8:02 pm

Canada Running Series has brought us another great event with the Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8K and 5K in High Park, Toronto.

Having run the 5K event twice in the past, this year I opted for the 8K run. The route through High park is wide and fully paved, with ample room to spread out despite the large number of runners; there are just enough downhills to make up for the uphills, with the extra “Kill the Hill” challenge in the final 400 metres of both distances. The run is scenic and enjoyable.

I keep coming back to this event because it is so well organized. There is ample parking surrounding the park, either on-street or in Green P parking lots. The race site itself is easy to navigate with well-marked tents for the Help Desk, Kit Pick-up, Bag Check, Food, and several other race events and sponsors on site. A special treat that is available upon registration is the High Park Pancake Breakfast.

Canada Running Series has nailed the art of the swag, offering up yet another great medal for this year’s event, featuring a beautiful etching of the cherry blossoms of High Park. The medal has all the features that attract me to a race: The name and distance of the event, the date, what the event is in support of (“To conquer cancer in our lifetime”), and a beautifully decorated ribbon. As for the technical t-shirt, they offered mens’ and womens’ specific fits, and this year they chose the design for the shirts through an online popular vote between two options, which was fun.

All in all the Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8K & 5K is a fun and well organized event that I would recommend running.

April 12th, 2016 11:09 am

COLD but not the organizers fault!
Nice T-shirts, little on the small size
Good signage!
Why that hill right @ the end????
Pancakes - frozen!
Coffee area could have been cleaner
Nice post race snacks
Need warm place for runners to congregate before/after when it's cold!

Ricardo Dionisio
April 10th, 2016 10:52 am

I ran this year the Race Roster Spring Run-Off 5k and I loved the event in general!

From the warm-ups before the races to the great organization, everything was perfect. I don't have any complains and I will comeback next year!

June 15th, 2015 2:50 am

Scenic course, well organized race. Lots of helpful volunteers. A great family race too.
I ran the 8 k, and my only issue was how congested the narrow trails were for part of the race. We started on a wide path before moving to a narrow trail, and I found I had to slow down a lot until the course opened up a bit. I found I had this issue for about half of the race. Long washroom lineups. Post race snacks were OK.

April 29th, 2015 10:45 am

Great race, second time running. Volunteers are fabulous, great course with wicked hills. My only suggestion would be starting the race an hour or so earlier.

April 6th, 2015 1:19 pm

This was my first year running this race. From race day morning packet pick-up to the after race food and volunteers, this race was very well organized. I was so worried about the last hill, but it is only 400 m and isn't that steep, so don't let this deter you from running the race! The route was fun and scenic, the medal very nice, and the food plentiful.

Jeremy (ghostbuster pants)
April 5th, 2015 12:35 am

This is my second year doing the Harry Spring run off and both times it was an absolute blast.

We got to the event nice and early and were able to pick up our packet on site which was sweet. The warm up yoga was a great way to stretch out and meet new runners. Lots of great costumed runners from the Joker to a 'despicable me minion' to guys in pink suits and gals in dresses.

The course through high park may be my favourite. I have no idea how the course organizers do it but they maximize all space while making it impossible to get lost. Often times we would come up to an area and I would think 'how the heck did we get back here?' I'm always awe struck everytime I do this run. Lots of water stations, great volunteers and cheering sections, lots of hills and scenic routes through high park.

When it was all over, the food and finished medals were top notch. What a great race. Looking forward to doing this one again for many years to come.

April 4th, 2015 6:58 pm

Lots of fun, a few hills both up and down. Nice scenery. A must do again!
Plus a costume contest at the end :))

My Next Race Team Member
April 4th, 2015 2:00 pm

This is my 3rd straight year running the event. It is a great way to kick off running season.

The race site is every nice and it is nice to see that they have kept things the same the last 3 years for the event site.

One of the best run events of the year. I have nothing but good things to say about this race.

It was great to talk with fellow runners after the runs at the my next race booth.

I have nothing bad to say about this event and look forward to running it next year, when I already thinking of running both the 8km and 5km

January 14th, 2015 11:27 am

Love this run, auesome tech shirt, fab medal and I love high park so it was amazing to run there
Post race snacks were ok
Doing it again this yr, already registered

Killarney camper
May 16th, 2014 1:16 pm

Harry’s 5K. Great race Canada Running Series races are the best. Well organized and well thought out. High Park was great to run in .... loved running through the forest and by the lake. Since we are from far far away, we got to pick up the race kits at the start and that went quickly and easily. We liked that we could do that because some races make you come the day before. And that is a deterrent for us. The baggage check was well organized and easy to access. Lots and lots of Porta potties. THANKS! Volunteer’s were helpful. The kit was great. The shirt was wonderful. We have all worn our shirts at other races since then! Like the black and green. At the finish line, they gave us a bonus touque....which is my husband’s favorite thing to wear running now. The corals were policed and well organized. The crowd support was terrific .... especially going up that big hill. Loved the bands. Especially the didgeridoo guys. The finish chute was organized well...choice between water and gator-aid. No congestion at all. And the medal. This was the nicest medal we have ever received. Loved the chickadee fluttering over the runners. We ran the race in memory of my mum who was an avid birder. So it was neat to get the chickadee on the medal for Mum. Thanks for that. Food was great. Would not recommend the pancake breakfast. Stick with the post race food instead. Over all ... SO glad we did it and we will be back ... with friends!

April 13th, 2014 8:38 pm

Well organized race. I enjoyed running in High Park(no traffic to worry). It is a challenging course to run. More than enough food and drink after you finish running 8km.

April 11th, 2014 1:36 pm

Race Kit pick up: Was ok thou I found they were going a bit too slow for my liking.

Race Kits: Good

Race Venue: Awesome

Race Day Weather: WAY TOO COLD!!

Race: I ran the 8k love this race thou I forgot about the little hills. Was a great race and really hate finishing with the hill at the end lol.

This is my third year running the race and recommend anyone doing this race.

April 7th, 2014 9:21 pm

My second year running in the 8k. Loved it again. Great organization, lots of porta potties, great food/stuff afterwards. Also love the course - scenic, fun, and yes HILLS. All good. And loved the kit too. Sorry tree-huggers but magazines were great: I simply read them and then recycled. No problem and not worth complaining about. 5 bananas!

viral virginia
April 7th, 2014 9:59 pm

All I recommend is that there be Kleenex and hand sanitizer available for volunteers with drippy noses, standing over the bagel bin!

R and B
April 7th, 2014 9:02 am

Fun event, very cold but the volunteers were enthusiastic. Very nice course through the park! I will do this event again and invite friends to participate as well, nice gesture with the beanie at the finish line. Well done organizers!

April 6th, 2014 6:53 pm

This was my first Harry Spring Runoff event. Overall, it was well organized. The race kit was nice, great medal and post race food. I couldn't find any water after the run, but I didn't look very hard.

I would like to give a HUGE shout out to all the volunteers. It was a bitter cold and windy day to run, never mind standing in one spot. They had a positive attitude, despite the weather conditions. So thank you to the volunteers.

April 6th, 2014 1:57 pm

Just an excellent race, super well organized (not many races with fewer than 2000 runners have corral starts) with happy volunteers, good entertainment, good sponsors, good race kit, beautiful medals, and great to have a chance to run behind Canada's elites. High Park was very icy after this winter's polar vortex, but CRS took the time before the race to chop all the ice off the trails so we had clear running - a service to all the athletes who do hill training in High Park on a regular basis this spring!

Ok, so, the hills. Accept that there's just no way you can run this race at the same pace you'd do on a flatter course - so, for example, don't compare PRs between this course and Robbie Burns. If you haven't done hill training, High Park will school you. There's an excellent guide on the race website about how to approach the downs and ups course. I have condensed it down in my mind to a motto: "Respect the first uphill or die on the second one."

This early in the year, the weather can be brilliant, or it can suck. (This year, it kind of sucked - running uphill into gusts of 50 km/h? Not fun.) Prepare accordingly. Take a throwaway layer. And do seed yourself wisely in the corral according to how fast you think you've got in you on the day. The paved trails can be narrow and you don't want to be stuck behind a bunch of slower runners (or having a faster runner trying to get past you).

Sarah the runner
April 6th, 2014 1:52 pm

I really enjoyed my first ever race here and look forward to more from this company, but I agree with the last reviewer. I actually ran a few races last year and chose them based on their carbon footprint and this race was touting the same on their website.

Overall it was a super morning, very impressed with the volunteers and the level of organization and professionalism BUT do we really all need a medal for just doing an 8 or 5km? (I did the 5km). And absolutely a very hippocritical situation to have all these magazines in each race kit, I mean that's a lot of paper.

The next time I will just refuse my kit but that doesn't really solve the problem, c'mon Toronto let's be really forward thinking and do better with these issues (funny that the event was in a park too and Olivia Chow was present, I wonder if she has the same notions).

April 6th, 2014 1:41 pm

This was my 4th time running this event in the past 7 years and mostly it did not disapoint, despite the tough weather leading up to and on race day.

Overall, another fine performance from the Canada Running Series and I look forward to the Yonge street 10km this weekend (wish these two events were spread out by another 2 weeks). What happened to the Green Policy here that I started to notice a few years ago....

Now there are two magazines in every race kit! Why can't they just put some out at packet pick up and on race day (maybe with that table that has all the race forms). There was even a Green Toronto tent or something giving out recyled garbage bags and yet over 3500 race kits are given out with all this wasted paper....are these magazines using recycled paper?

Just a thought. 4 bananas here...almost five...

April 6th, 2014 1:38 pm

This was my first year doing the Harry Spring run-off and I have to say, it was a fantastic way to start the running season.

A very lively event, very well organized. Good bag check and lots of vendors.

The two highlights were the volunteers, kudos to them for toughing out the cold morning and keeping positive and the warm up group. The warm up was super fun, uplifting an got me nice and toasty before the race. Hope to see them again at other events.

second time runer
April 5th, 2014 10:12 pm

This is my second time running the event and second year in a row.

The highlights of the run this year were:

-The group that lead the warm up was fantastic
-The Event area again was laid out great

After running it the last two years I'll use this run as my first of my running season

April 5th, 2014 7:04 pm

A really nice course and very well organized.

Chilled to the bone but super happy!
April 5th, 2014 5:28 pm

Fantastic event! I do a lot of races in a year and this one is right up there with the best organized! So many smiley helpful volunteers (loved the 'Ask Me' tshirts). Well thought out corals and free bagcheck. Tons of port a potties...never had to wait. A bagpiper and a steel band?! Beautiful park location. A high energy warm up, good variety of munchies post race and of course a beautiful medal, nice shirt and bonus toque! I will be back next year for sure! Great value.

April 5th, 2014 2:27 pm

This was my first year doing this 5k.
-Great goodie bag
-Great shirt and hat
-Great food after race LIBERTE YOGURT!
-Organized well
-Packet pick up inconveniently out of the way
-Nice finisher medal

and and and a HUGE hill for the last 400m!

April 5th, 2014 2:35 pm

Now THAT was a GREAT event!

From start to finish, Harry's Spring Run-Off was fabulous. Well organized, tons of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who could all answer your questions, easy to navigate, ample parking close by, lots and lots of port-a-potties, free bag check, tons of photographers, great route with just enough hills and flat stretches to be challenging but not too hard, and amazing swag - I will definitely be doing this run again next year.

And the medal is just beautiful, with all the features that make a medal great: Name, year and distance of event, what it's in support of, event date, a nice picture with an animal, and a beautifully decorated ribbon. Perfection!

If only something could be done about the weather...

June 27th, 2013 12:31 am

Awesome race, really well organised.
I was totally out of shape and had a brutal time but had a hell of a lot of fun.
Parking = nightmare but that can be forgiven as Toronto = parking nightmare on a good day.
course is sweet and I will dominate it next year look out harry.

May 29th, 2013 9:13 pm

This is my 7th year running. Excellent location - beautiful scenery, crowds are fantastic, easy to get to, what's not to love.
Challenging course with lots of hills, straightaways and great support water / gatorade.
Great spread after the race, bagels, fruit, juice(sponsor) and fun activities for the kids.

I look forward to this race every year - plus research into prostate cancer is a great cause that needs more attention.

May 6th, 2013 5:07 pm

This was my first time running this event (fairly new runner). Overall, I thought this was a fabulous event from start to finish. The pre/post race area was great, lots of entertainment, a good group warm up, decent post race food and AWESOME swag/medals. I loved the race shirts and the run caps we got at the finish line. The photos from the official photographers were also top notch. The course is truly beautiful but very challenging (HILL TRAINING!!!). My only complaint/suggestion would be finding a more convenient spot for race kit pick up. I am not from the downtown area and I had a bit of trouble finding parking and getting to the (well hidden) spot where the race kits were.

I think I am going to make this an annual "tune-up" event! Really enjoyed it!

April 26th, 2013 6:44 pm

This was my second race and I enjoyed it. My one beef was that it was a lot of people (4000) on a narrow course through High Park. It is an extremely family-oriented event. Thus dodging lots of baby strollers turns this race into an obstacle course!

April 23rd, 2013 1:59 pm

2nd year running this race (5k this year) Registered last minute as I don't like running much in the cold. Had issues finding the 5K start and asked several volunteers where I should go but they didn't know. Went to the info they pointed towards a path (there were a couple)No signs posted anywhere till you got 1 k away from the start. Maybe next year they should have more signs. As for the race it was great and scenic love high park but never enjoy the hill at the end of the race. (LOL)

April 10th, 2013 9:57 pm

A great race! Beautiful (and challenging) course, just the right number of runners, good communication, efficient packet pickup and bag check, fun entertainment. The weather is always a gamble this early in the spring and my windpipe doesn't like running below 5C, but I still put in a time I'm happy with. Definitely want to do this again next year and am thinking who else I can convince to run it with me.

April 10th, 2013 6:49 pm

The April 8th, 2013 was very well organized; the volunteers were numerous and helpful, the weather perfect! And the hats were great.

April 9th, 2013 10:10 pm

This is how a race should be run. Awesome organization, great course, great swag. I'll be back.

April 9th, 2013 10:04 pm

My first Harry's Spring Run Off and I'll be back. A great race, well organized, excellent signage, lots of enthusiasm, friendly runners AND a varied, hilly, fun, fabulous course! Loved that the whole route was through a park. (Plus my hill training paid off!)

Ka Po
April 9th, 2013 6:23 pm

This has become my annual spring run and I would highly recommend this challenging 8k course in the park for those who have done a bit of hill training. A great atmosphere pre and post-race. There was a greater number of volunteers this year throughout the course cheering us on and that is always appreciated! Truly well-organized and fun. Will definitely be back next year.

Tracy M
April 9th, 2013 11:12 am

This was my first kick at Harry's Spring Run-Off, and I really enjoyed it.

Although I attended with a veteran HSROT runner, everything was clearly marked upon arrival to High Park. Lots of volunteers right at the entry to the park letting people for the 8K know how many minutes they had to get themselves in position in the Coral. (I was in the 5K, so I was in no rush).

I'm always, always astounded by the amount of effort that transforms a race route at some point before the arrival of the athletes. This was no exception. Lots of barriers up where they ought to be, two distinct start lines, timing mats, vendor's marketplace, athletes refuelling stations, porta-potties, signage, km markers, the whole nine yards. High Park is a BIG space, and because it is a public park, there are lots of spectators. Nice to hear them rooting for folks.

The Corals:
Easy to spot, and athletes had their appropriate coral on their bib, based on their estimated finish time. The red coral was generous to us slower runners (26 minutes and under), and a bit punishing to those sub 20 minute runners. Somehow, it would be advantageous to have sections within the corals to give those sub 20 minute runners a break from dodging all 25/26 minute runners who felt the need to be at the front of the pack.

The route:
Really quite lovely. Rolling hills throughout, nice scenery out of my peripheral vision, a good athletic challenge. I had the pleasure to take a test run the week before, which helped with my strategy on race day. Yes, there's a hill at the very end. It's about a 300M "how do ya do" but it does end - right near the finish line! VERY cool part of the route is that the Race Director has a clock at the bottom of the hill. While it's probably 400M from the finish line, which seems like an odd spot to put a timing clock, it allows runners who are aiming for a particular finish time to make a decision about how they're gonna tackle the incline. A very nice touch.

In addition, there's a timing clock at the first km. Also an unexpected, but welcome surprise.

Parts of the route are narrower than others. I liked it. Gave me a chance to think strategically about my race, rather than focus on all that heavy breathing I could hear. Oh wait, that was my breathing.

There were LOTS of them. Really well staffed. Thanks to those who gave their time.

Nice medal. Very cool beanie too. Race shirt is funky. Thank you.

Race Results:
This is the ONLY reason I didn't give this race 5 bananas. There was a code error from Sportstats which put runners in the age category they would be on December 31. For a moment, I was in gold medal position. For a second, I basked in the glory of that. The next second, I knew it was wrong. I was in the wrong age category. Regrettably, there was no way to change the data on site. So, somebody walked away with a silver medal in my age group who really earned the gold. Somebody went home thinking "darn, missed it by that much, I'm in fourth" and they really earned a bronze. While I was encouraged to "just take" the gold, I declined. Can't imagine anybody wanting a gold medal they knew wasn't theirs, or that they didn't earn. It's some combination of lying, cheating, posing. Not sure what the word is. Thankfully, within about 36 hours of the race, all results have been corrected on the CRS website, and Sportstats has adjusted age to race date. I'm not clear if all participants affected by the glitch have received a communication advising them to check the updated results. The adjusted results were good to me. Initially I would have been 6th in my age group. The fix moved me up to 5th! Woot!

So the lack of the 5th banana isn't for the error. It happens. The lack of the 5th banana is for what I perceive to be the lack of communications to the athletes about it.

This was really a top drawer race. I'm not a veteran runner, but it was brought to my attention this was my first CRS race. I do see the high calibre, professionalism they bring to an event. It was a great route, a very nice event, a crisp day and I got to run with good folks. I'd totally do it again.

April 9th, 2013 11:39 am

As I've come to expect from Aln Brooks and the RunCRS team, very well organized. Very enthusiastic volunteers this year too!

Too bad the subway was closed west of High Park, but I don't imagine the organizers could help that.

April 8th, 2013 12:00 pm

An AMAZING way to kick off Spring!
1.) Great and challenging trail. Lots of hills highlighted with a peaceful lakeside view. The "Hill of Death" at the end is a feat, but the cheering crowd makes it all worth it in the end.
2.) The Goodie Bag is not so bad. A Powerbar, nice T-shirt, juice, tums, a magazine too.
3.) All runners receive a medal once they finish the race.
4.) Staff is helpful and nice. The young kids who cheer you on as they pass you water during the race really help pump runner morale.
5.) Live bands play tunes on the race course side-lines.

Will definitely make this a tradition.

April 8th, 2013 11:54 am

Overall, another great event by CRS. The Harry Rosen race is a tried & true early-season race but they could switch up a few things. Post race food, medals, and T-Shirt design are becoming too routine. And for a race of this caliber; they should have better age category awards (more than just a medal). And the race kit has declined in quality over the years.
But it is still a great (yet challenging) race; I'll be there next year.

April 8th, 2013 11:00 am

A nice course in the park, on a wonderful morning, and not one major complaint. All of the things that other races seem to fumble with, course width, washrooms, funneling at the finish, were not a problem here. Some day I wish they would expand their cookie/banana/bagel line up, but since they give out ginger cookies so I really shouldn't complain.

I will be back!

Kristen C
April 8th, 2013 10:03 am

This was my very first 5K EVER! The race was very well organized and everything was seamless the day of! Definitely do some hill training. While the course is beautiful the hills HURT! I have to say that the volunteers who were cheering at the bottom of the last BIG hill in the 400m final stretch and the ones at the top were outstanding! If I had had any one of them running with me I would have ran that whole hill! There were high 5's and encouraging words in abundance. While the course is tough I would absolutely do this run again. Most certainly an exceptionally positive first race experience! Thank-you Harry's!

The Fadorables
April 7th, 2013 8:49 am

This was our first Spring Runoff and we enjoyed the race. Good location, excluding the parking hassles, definitely recommend taking public transit to get there or park north of the park and walk down. Nice shirt, great medal and the beanie is super comfortable. We did the full dress up and our only suggestion is to split up the costume portion between adults and/or kids. Lots of washrooms, good corrals, nice after party area and well organized. Tons of volunteers to keep you motivated, the music was great and ample water/Gatorade along the way.

April 6th, 2013 5:22 pm

My first year at this race doing an 8K. No complaints ... there was plenty of food, toilets, lots of volunteers, quick baggage check. Had a good time. Nice running route, it was fun watching the top-tiered athletes lap the newbies. The only wait was for 30 minutes after the race for a free massage (they had 4 tables going), which was a bonus well worth it!

April 6th, 2013 3:07 pm

This was my first year running this race (8K). Really enjoyed all aspects of this race (except for that last silly hill. It's evil).

Package pick up was very well organized and quick. Bag check was easy. Everything was easy to find. Great shirts, great medal and great beanie. The course is beautiful (even the evil hill is kind of pretty). The volunteers along the route were great.

Had a great time and will definitely do this one again next year.

Steph L
April 6th, 2013 2:54 pm

This is the second time running this race, last year I did the 5k and this year went to the 8k. This is a well organized race from the race pick up kit to the baggage check in. There were lot's of volunteers and lot's of people to cheer you on along the way. High Park is a great place to run through which makes this race so enjoyable. The Gatorade/water stations were placed in the right areas and the music along the way was a great uplift. The shirt, medals and hat are all first class and I'll be coming back next year.The only hiccup was I received a womens XL shirt and I had requested a large one, but after the race I was able to exchange it for the proper size.

April 6th, 2013 11:09 am

It was my first year running the event, i ran the 8km run and it was a great distance for my first run of the season. I found out about you race on your site. The check in area was located at a great distance from the "party area"

the party area had a prefect amount of after race food tents. my favourite part of the run was being able to get my t-shirt personalized. The event staff was great and well organized

David R
July 26th, 2012 2:05 pm

It was one of the best races I've participated in so far this 2012. Highly recommended.

Natalie Alexander
April 20th, 2012 5:06 pm

Running for a great cause! This race was totally amazing! The park scenery was so enjoyable ... The only downside was personally, I thought there could've been a few more water stalls.

But overall, I recommend everyone to partake in running such such a great cause!

April 19th, 2012 9:27 am

Harry's is a bit of an oddball race. I say this with affection, mainly because I enjoy a challenging course. As far as road races go, the Harry's 8k course is probably the closest thing you're going to get to a cross country course. The 8k distance means that you've got to waste no time getting comfortable and run it quite hard from the onset. But this course has quite the profile, all packed into a relatively short distance. There are two impressive hills as you run through the always lovely High Park. There is also a bit of screaming downhill to make up for that lost uphill running time. All in all, I would say it's a 'fair to difficult' course.

The race itself is put on my the good folks at the Canada Running Series, and they are a well-oiled machine. The race is fantastically organized. They have the park on complete lockdown, so the course is yours to run through with zero outside distractions.

It's a fairly large race, and there's a nice spring time feel to the morning. It seems to often be the first really nice day of the year. Many people hang out in the park after the fact, donning their rather garish green race shirts.

I personally don't do this race every year, but I certainly do relish the idea of running it when it does work in the race schedule. That last few hundred meters before the finish is something you don't soon forget...

cathy andrew
April 18th, 2012 10:41 pm

I did the 5k this time. Enough of a challenge for little old me..
I just love that hill up the last 400 meters..NOT!!!
BUt great hats, shirts, and medals!! Took the subway this year...very handy...Good that they didnt take the water station down early before the slow poaks near exanguination arrived.

Andrew Chak
April 18th, 2012 7:18 pm

Just did this race for the first time this year and had a really great time. The course is a tough one as the hills are brutal both uphill and downhill! I love the fact that the race is in the park as it makes it very family-friendly for the kids to hangout afterwards. This is also a great race for friends to cheer you on as they can watch you run pass them multiple times through the race!

April 18th, 2012 7:34 pm

The most grueling 5k race I've participated in. Beautiful park to run in, but that last km uphill is a doozer! Race kit pick up was painless and the park is lovely for the post-race events. Love the bagpipes to kick off the race!

April 18th, 2012 7:53 pm

this was my 1st race ever, i ran the 8km in 2008. I thought i was gonna died, it is a very hilly course. Well organized, lots of spectators, the whole race is in the beautiful High park. If you wanna run this race, train on hills!!!

April 8th, 2012 9:32 am

This race is one of my favorites! It is tough, definitely a challenge with the hills especially with the 8k. I found they have great organization and for the huge crowds of people they do well. There is plenty of food and entertainment! Love it!

April 8th, 2012 12:57 am

Great location, great cause Great weather!

Hubert K
April 7th, 2012 9:36 pm

Fantastic Race in High Park today. Super well organized, not to mention the perfect weather conditions this morning. I will be running it again next year for sure!

Leanne Fung
April 7th, 2012 12:46 pm

What a fun race! Great park to run, not too challenging with the hills and on a perfect day. Baggage check was fast and efficient. Overall, fantastic race. Will definitely do it again.

April 7th, 2012 12:39 pm

This was my first time running Harry's and I'd definitely do it again! Upon arriving the atmosphere was festive and you could tell this was a well organized event. The volunteers were friendly and everything was clearly marked. I did the 5k and the only negative I'd give this race was the crazy uphill at the last 400km. The post race party in the end made it all worth it. All in all a race definitely worth running!

April 7th, 2012 12:49 pm

This was a great experience and a great cause.

Megan DeMill
April 7th, 2012 11:08 am

I liked your setup and organization, the day ran very smoothly!!
Perhaps next year, you could ask individuals to not wear ipods or keep the volume at a level where they aren't yelling at others.

Henry Vane
April 7th, 2012 11:25 am

Excellent run. Well organized. Separate stations for everything. T

Cathy Kearns
April 7th, 2012 11:21 am

great race! excellent volunteers!! very well organized! great shirts! wonderful event!!


Pat McManus
April 7th, 2012 11:14 am

very good ron,love the challange of the hills

Gayle Tantitantiliz
April 7th, 2012 11:40 am

My third year running harry's 8k and every year the hills get me! iause!t's all for a good c I ran for my dad, father in law, hubby and sons!

Jayme Swanton
April 7th, 2012 11:25 am

What a great time! Tons of smiles and motivation. Its a great way to kick off the season of running. Killer hills though, watch out for the end it will get ya!

April 7th, 2012 11:54 am

Great fun! Great race! Great cause. Beautiful day.

Damien McDonald
April 7th, 2012 11:01 am

Great course...very well organized great race. Would defintely recommend this to a friend and will be back again next year. A grest course

caroline brown
April 7th, 2012 11:46 am

Great race - lots of variety and great weather

Lynne Trieu
April 7th, 2012 11:13 am

Beautiful day for Harry's Run! Third time for this run and finally ran all the way up the hill and had a PB!

Great day to suport men everywhere! In memory of Jack Layton RIP!

liliana ferreira
April 7th, 2012 11:36 am

Great race... last 400k was brutal but fun

Manuela Salvati
April 7th, 2012 11:43 am

Regret not running in today's race but cheering on the runners on the last uphill was great! What an awesome day for everyone (including many cheering dogs!)

Karyn Greene
April 7th, 2012 11:11 am

Very challenging for me but i had a great time!!

April 7th, 2012 10:40 am

Great Race! Short but a real challenge. And beautiful High Park scenery

Ben Porter
April 7th, 2012 10:51 am

The Spring Run off is AMAZING! A lot of hills, a lot of speed and a whole lotta fun! Watch out for the last hill, it's a killer. A great way to start the raccing racing season!

Jeff Baker
April 7th, 2012 8:21 am

I love this event, as it is a great way to kick off the running season. This race took on special meaning 2 years ago after my father was diagnosd with Prostate Cancer, so today I am running for him and all the other survivors.

April 7th, 2012 8:41 am

I look forward to running this race every year. Great running through High Park. The last hill is REALLY tough but you feel huge success when you finish. My only suggestion is to move the packet pick up back to the running room on Bloor where it has been in years past.

Laura Lipcsei
March 29th, 2012 8:01 pm

I ran this race ages ago - it's GREAT!!! Very nice- and all in High Park..(feels a bit like a trail run, away from the city) The course was pretty challenging.. I remember a few hills - especially one of them I think near the end.. It's at that time of year when you never know what the weather will be- the day I ran it, it was FREEZING and RAINING hard.. but great. I'd def do it again.

March 12th, 2012 7:04 am

Love everything about this race! Its for a great cause. High park is an excellent location. Good combination of hills and flat. Tons of spectators and runners. Great day all around. Lots of food. Wonderful atmosphere

March 8th, 2012 8:46 pm

I really love doing this race. It is very well organized and not too crowded. The spectators are also amazing.

January 12th, 2012 9:20 pm

I really loved this race, despite the challenging course. Race kit pick-up was really easy, and the organization was great. I loved the swag bag and the cool tech shirt. Also, the scenery was really nice! CRS really does have some of the most well-organized runs in the country.

October 20th, 2011 9:38 pm

It was the first big race after a cold winter. Nice location, very supportive crowd, but also challenging course in a very nice, close to downtown.

Tina Couture
October 20th, 2011 9:33 pm

This was my first race. Race kit pick up was very easy and the race staff was were helpful. Race day was a lot of fun, while waiting in line for the washroom a fellow runner sparked up a conversation and gave me tips for my first run, which was very kind. The course was very nice, great scenery and I loved how spectators cheered you on the entire course. Lots of fun!

Peter Donato
October 20th, 2011 9:32 pm

I really look forward to this annual run, I have finished 6-7 editions, as a runner (normal) and dressed in semi-formal attire (Harry Rosen pants, shirts, tie)! It is a little crowded so you have to watch the beginning few km’s, and definitely hit some hills in your pre race training. The pre and post race organization are stellar, and recently the swag has been exceptional.

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