Robbie Burns 8K Road Race

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Location Burlington Central High School


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Start Date/Time January 29, 2017 @ 9:30 am
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Address Burlington
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March 1st, 2016 2:34 pm

Great course, very well organized, good food afterwards, love the shirts however I ordered an extra small and got a small. I loved all the volunteers through out the race and at the finish line. I didn't know we were getting medals which was a pleasant surprise. It was great to have a warm building both before and after the race. The highlight for me was meeting Ed Whitlock.

January 29th, 2016 4:27 pm

I've been travelling from North Bay since 2007 to participate in this awesome race. It's a wonderful tradition, a great way to kick off the new year and a bowl of hot oatmeal after the race really hits the spot.

Cathy N
January 26th, 2016 1:38 pm

Great again. Can't wait until registration opens up for 2017.

January 25th, 2016 3:49 pm

This was a great race experience! Very helpful organizers, wonderful supportive volunteers, GREAT post-race food. The course was flat and easy to navigate. Definitely having access to the high school makes this winter race a breeze - shivering is at a minimum! I was able to park on-site which is very handy.

The only suggestion I'd make (and this is NOT a huge point - this is still a 5-banana event!) is to consider womens' sizing for the race shirts. My selected size was already gone when I picked up my packet on Saturday - I'd imagine that most females picked the XS size like I did so this is understandable, but it's a bit sad to have a neat shirt that I can't really wear out and about because it's too big. Overall this point didn't diminish my experience at all but I like wearing my race shirts!

January 27th, 2015 11:18 am

First time doing this race but not my last. The location was excellent, route amazing and very well organized. I loved the mix of runners and walkers. Everyone was there for a purpose and unlike some races your way was never impeded by anybody who was faster or slower.

The Wolfman
January 26th, 2015 8:36 pm

Not my first Robbie Burns Race and won't be my last. Just had a minor glitch in life this past year and this was my return to the race circuit. Jefferson was a huge help getting me through my first race since last year...he was my race pacer even though I was unable to run, but walked me at a fast pace for the entire 8K...very well organized race event....looking forward to do another soon...

January 26th, 2015 12:40 pm

This was my first time running the Robbie Burns, but definitely will NOT be my last - this will be a yearly January race for me moving forward. Amazingly organized - access to the high school before and after race to stay toasty warm, sent off to race with the sounds of bagpipes and drums, and welcomed back with great food including piping hot porridge. Great (cotton) t-shirt this year, but past years have seen plaid pajama pants and other great (unique) stuff. Was only about $40 to register AND a finisher's medal for all. All in all, I cannot say one bad thing about this event.

January 25th, 2015 11:42 pm

This was on my race bucket list, and finally got to do it this morning. AWESOME!

An easy Go Train ride in from Toronto, and either a short bus ride or walk if you're so inclined to the Start.

So well organized, from start to finish. Great energy from the staff to the participants to the spectators cheering along the route. Loved being played out to the starting line by the bagpipers too!

Great course. (mostly flat, with a few wee inclines here and there to keep it interesting) Well marked and cordoned off. I felt completely secure running alongside the traffic with the police marshaling the entirety of the route.

Post race food offerings were terrific. (due to food allergies, I couldn't partake other than a couple of bananas, but all around me were well fed and happy!)
Having condiments available for your bagels & oatmeal, alternate dairy choices by the coffee (almond, rice, and soy milk avail), coffee, tea and hot chocolate avail, all elevated it to a top notch level.

Also appreciated the efforts to of the staff to keep the even green with proper garbage/recycling sorting clearly labeled and policed by volunteers.

It's the little details like that that have a huge impact over all.

With this year also being an OMA event, it was awesomely inspiring to see the times in all of the upper age categories during the post race awards ceremony. Something to aspire to.

The only downside is of course the weather. You play the hand you're dealt that morning, and being January, you have to be prepared for the worst. We got lucky with a glorious clear, sunny day. Roads were mostly dry, but not gonna lie, the windchill bite you on certain parts of the course. (today was -10C w/-17 windchill at gun time) But if you're layered up properly, you'll be just fine.

Love my cheeky wee Robbie Burns medal too! He's dead sexy ;-)

Definitely will be back in 2016!

January 25th, 2015 3:02 pm

Just finished the race today. It was well organised and very friendly. My friends and I had a great time. We lucked out with the weather ~ sunny and dry. The t shirt was great and the food after was amazing. Well done to all

January 28th, 2014 2:39 pm

My first time running the race, and my first Burlington Road Runners race. Very impressed.

I have thought about doing it previous years but timing just did not work.

This year after the weather we have been having the last month I was a little worried. Morning of it was -25c with the wind-chill, but I survived.

Less than an hour from Toronto, easy to find.
Tons of free parking.

Race reception takes place inside a high school so there was plenty of room to stay warm prior to the race.

A VERY well organized march out to the start with a bagpipe & drum band playing us out.
Start was orderly and on time.

Course was nice, through a suburban neighbourhood, down close to the water and back up to the school for the finish. No water on the course, but given the time of year it was not a problem.

Post race they had bowls of oatmeal, muselli pita bread, cookies and awesome bagels, as well as coffee, water and juice.

Medal was unique and the plaid pants that came in the race kit were a nice touch!

I would definitely race again and suggest to my running pals.

Dan Way
February 13th, 2013 11:06 am

One of the best and most-anticipated events of the early running season. A terrific and FAST 8k course through the streets of Burlington and perfectly organized by the top-notch Burlington Road Runners.
Amazing post-race "party" including change/shower facilities, food and beverage, awards ceremony and presentations and so much more.
No medals (I love that!) but great and unique gloves and arm warmers this year (last year was compression tights) for all participants.
Can't say anything negative about this event. Only suggestion would be to include awards/results for top teams.
I plan to run it every year forever! RUN THIS RACE!

February 8th, 2013 10:11 am

This is a very well organized race that always has fun swag. A great way to kick off the year. Just make sure to sign up early, since it always sells out!

Flag Man
February 6th, 2013 7:34 pm

This is definetely my favourite "event" of the year. There is a large number of elite/sub-elite runners, a great amount of "just here for the oatmeal" crowd, lots of "weekend warriors" and of course a nice sprinkling of people looking to visually show off their Scottish roots (although not too much of the "true" Scots spirit of going commando underneath the kilts due to the coolish weather).
I am pretty sure that most people that enter this event are returnees from previous years, great job by the Burlington Runners

January 28th, 2013 2:11 pm

This race is one of the best organised races in Ontario. Great volunters. Good venue. Flat fast course. Good value for money - this year first 900 entrants got gloves and arm warmers. Lots of food afterwards.

Yes you can't go wrong with this race.

One minor complaint would be the prize ceremony drags on a bit but that said it is held in a nice venue with comfy seats!

July 26th, 2012 3:47 pm

The Robbie Burns 8K race held in Burlington every January is one of my favourite runs: it is always my first official race of the year, you never know what to expect weather-wise or what costumes people will run in. What a hoot! It is all about fun and raising money for a good cause.

The route is flat and rectangular (the costumes provide the interest) and the distance is juuuuust right (8K), kinda like the porridge afterwards.

Take the time to relax in the High School theatre afterwards for the prizes - lots of fun!

April 19th, 2012 9:38 am

I see the Robbie Burns 8K as the first real event of importance on the annual race calendar. It's one that my club attends en masse every year, and it's become an important barometer for me for plotting my training over the ensuing months.

The course itself is a giant square. It's very flat, so it's often quite fast, although there can be wind. It's also often quite cold, but that rarely will effect your time.

Fan support is very good, especially considering the size of the race. The organizers have been doing this race for years now, so they know what they are doing when it comes to marshalling, course layout and overall organization. The food after the fact is always decent, and they usually put out coffee and hot chocolate in addition to the usual fare.

The awards ceremony is held in the high school auditorium, where there is pseudo Scotsman/woman of the year competition (as some of the runners run in a get-up honouring the Scottish tradition). Although the awards ceremony is fun, my one criticism of this otherwise stellar event would be the length of the ceremony. It's notoriously overly long and gets a bit painful in the end to sit through.

In sum, if you run races in Southern Ontario, this should be your first race of the year, every year. It's a tradition!

Pauline Watson
April 19th, 2012 12:18 am

If we had called it "Rabbie Burns" as the last runner suggested - do you think it would have caught on? It's nice to see people enjoying this event, as it was a crazy idea at the time, maybe it still is, which may be why people like it? (I am biased)

Dan Way
April 18th, 2012 11:06 pm

Love the Burlington High School as a base. Cool time of year for a race. Interesting distance (8k). Easy check in and bag check. Course is flat and fast. Great number of participants and good quality of runners. Amazing post-run food and festivities. Awards ceremony is top notch. Nice prizes. Great race and worth running every year. Overall, excellent organization.

David Hiddleston
April 12th, 2012 6:00 pm

My first time running this event. Long overdue to run this event seeing that I am Scottish. I am considering requesting to take over the start line announcer's job because his Scottish accent was awful!

Great race....very well organized.

As an aside - why is this race called the Robbie Burns 8K when the famous Scottish poet Robert Burn's nickname was Rabbie Burns and not Robbie Burns!!!!!

April 12th, 2012 6:40 pm

My first time running Robbie Burns. It was a great run. Mostly flat. Did miss a watering station however.
Great food! :-)

March 9th, 2012 1:52 pm

This is a well organized, well run race. Nice and flat and a great first 8k race especially in 2012 where it was fairly warm by the lake and the wind wasn't howling on a bright sunny day.

Maggie Campbell
January 30th, 2012 3:27 pm

Great race, great atmosphere. Loved the costumes! Will definitely be doing it again with a kilt on : )

Alanna Alves
January 29th, 2012 11:42 am

this was my first 8k and it was awesome! Burlington is Beautiful and they block off the roads so its a continuous run. I really love the people who get into the spirit of the run and dress up or wear plaid items. all in all a great race!!!

Noah Westwater
January 29th, 2012 10:54 am

My first Robbie Burns run, but definitely NOT my last!
It was totally awesome!
Noah, 11
Oakville, ON

Charlotte Brookes
January 29th, 2012 10:56 am

Great flat winter run! The perfect way to start off the new year and test out your fitness!

peter donato
October 27th, 2011 9:37 pm

GREAT winter run, sign up early or be disappointed....and dress warmly, could be minus 20 here, the post race porridge helps....

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