Run for the Diamond Uxbridge
The top-rated Uxbridge Half Marathon, Run for the Diamond is set to go for Saturday, April 15, 2017.
It is the most picturesque and unique Half Marathon Run, 10K Trail Run/Walk, 5K Trail Run/Walk and Kids Dash in all of Ontario. The prestigious Wooden Sticks Golf Club hosts the event and boasts of the “best ever” buffet lunch… first class all the way!
Uxbridge is the Trail Capital of Canada and the event gives one the opportunity to experience it first-hand.
Other features include a technical tee; awesome medals and prizes to overall winners and age groupers; an expo; medals; showers; massages; free parking; a great atmosphere and family day; and finally the draw for the diamond! Net proceeds of this charitable event go directly to the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital.
The Draw for the Diamond, sponsored by Rutledge Jewellers, will be done prior to all events at 8.30am!
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Discipline Trail Running
Start Date/Time April 15, 2017 @ 9:20 am
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This is a great local event. I ran the 10k.
For all distances the first portion is all forest trail. Its a bit crowded in there so take advantage of the small downhill road start and dispatch some people who may hold you up.
The trail portion is fun, hilly and well signed. There is water on course and its well marshaled.
Exiting the trail the remaining portion is on the golf course paved cart path. I mistakenly wore my trail shoes and regretted not having the extra cushion of my road shoes. The trails are well worn and very passable with road shoes.
This is a golf course I would take a cart on ... the pathway is very hilly making this race a unique challenge.
The half marathon exits to surface roads for the extra distance.
Overall the event is well organized, has the big ol' diamond giveaway (make sure you are there or you lose out) and a good meal, awards, etc. afterwards.
If your out for a PB forget it. If you are out for a unique race and great people you won't forget it.
Leave time before the start as parking is a bit of a warm-up walk away.
It was a slick well organized event. Very friendly, tough course, incredible scenery. Couldn't ask for a better race. Lovely volunteers, awesome supporters and a great location. One of the best races I have run in. Would certainly recommend without hesitation.
Ive run the 5K trail race every year. This is a very well organized event. Parking is plentiful and close. The race kit pick up is well staffed with friendly and helpful volunteers. After the race, the change room and showers are available for all. As others have noted below, the post-race lunch is very good (and part of the race fee).
The course is tough. After a very short stretch on the road, runners turn into a trail. It doesnt take long for the hills to start. The trails are narrow in some parts making passing next to impossible for short periods. After winding though the forest and an open meadow, runners turn onto the cart path of Wooden Sticks. This final km or so is mostly down hill on quality pavement (as can be seen on the video above). There are a couple of surprise inclines still to be faced but they are short. The finish line is a flat 100 meters away after the final turn.
Great race but be ready to deal with lots of hills.
I have run the half 3 times, this year I did the 10k and invited a friend, she said she would do this race again, (even though I did not tell her till after she registered how hilly it was). The 10k is no less challenging than the half marathon. I enjoy the varied terrain and the great attitude of people involved. I have been fortunate to place in the mid life crisis age group the last couple of years (40-49) and the prizes have been really good. I appreciate the cause and will continue to support this fantastic event. Thanks
This was my second time running this race and I ran the half marathon both times. It is very well organized, with pre and post race coffee and tea for everyone, and a great buffet lunch (salads, rolls, cold cuts, dessert, with chicken fingers and fries for the kids). The water and gatoraide stations are plentiful. The route for this race consists of a mix of scenic country roads, trails and golf course paths, which are all extremely challenging due to the hills. I have done 8 half marathons and this is by far the most difficult one I have done, but does give you a great sense of accomplishment. This year, the trails were in great shape, but the wind was very strong, making a difficult race even harder! However, for the scenery alone, this race is worth the effort. I may bump down to the 10 km next year, as it is a great event to be a part of!
I've been a part of this event for years, the course is beautiful combining the road and trails. The people are great and the money raised stays right in Uxbridge going to the local hospital!!
You have to do it at least once!!
Great volunteers. Great place to keep warm prior to race. This is my 3rd 1/2 in less than a year and by far most challenging with hills. Normally I would never start hard, yet for this race I let my body do the talking. I took advantage of the declines and went for it. It was the only reason I was able to finish with a time just slightly past my 2hr goal. The inclines are so severe, the only way I wouldn't burn out was to walk them. Seemed like everyone was doing the same. Lots of water stations-awesome. Not much cheering...but that's ok. Trails were marked well. Ice and snow due to our crazy winter that couldn't be helped but certainly added to some slowing Down (that it break my neck). Throw in there mud, sand and wind...and you have a huge challenge and one that will greatly prepare you for all other races for the season. I highly recommend trying this race and enjoy the scenery also. Bring a friend....you'll need the push!
The route for the half marathon is absolutely stunning. From beautiful country roads, to winding trails, plus the breathtaking panorama of the cart paths, it was very unique. It was a difficult, but rewarding race. The post-race massage was great, as was the buffet salads and make your own sandwiches,plus chocolate milk and coffee (both pre and post race). Don't let the hills intimidate you from not doing this race at least once. Even though I walked a few, I still was happy with a 2hr, 20 min time for my second half marathon ever (at 51 years of age).
Unlike any other half I have done before in that it's about 1/3 road, 1/3 wooden trails, and 1/3 cart paths. A fair bit of elevation for a half. Quite dangerous at times with a lot of snow and ice on the trails (because of the harsh winter I guess). Great buffett lunch, and use of change rooms is a big plus. The one thing I didn't like is that every racer - 5K, 10K, or half - gets the exact same finisher's medal. At least change the lanyard.
A well organized race, a little crowd and difficult to pass people, need run carefully
This is a beautiful place to run and the volunteers are omnipresent. Very hilly though. Prepare yourself.
Hills Hills Hills
My first half marathon and second race of this season. Maybe a bit ambitious for a novice runner but being an Uxbridge girl I felt that I had the benefit of training on hills prior to race day so I was a little bit more aware of what to expect. Even then I don't think I was quite ready for all the hills!
It was a great course though, through forests, trails, and the golf course. If you like nature it was fantastic.
It was nice that it was smaller - no over crowding on the trails and everyone was postive and supportive of eachother.
The only negative thing I had was that after I finished the half marathon, I went to the bathroom, cooled down, downed a beer from the beer sample tent (ok so maybe that was my first stop......) and by the time I made it in for the lunch that was included, it was VERY slim pickings. I was quite literally scraping the bottom of the bowls for food. To be quite honest, it wasn't a HUGE deal as I'm not one to get immediately starved after a race so I wasn't that put out - but you would think a decent selection would be left for those that put out the most effort!
Despite the lunch - I will be back again next year. Its so close to home and a nice course and for a good cause - those are the most important things right?
No Chance at the Rock
I did the 10K run, and overall I enjoyed it. A difficult, beautiful route; nice cold buffet afterward; nice medals; free post-race massage. I must say, though, that one of the draws of this race is the chance to win a diamond (note the name of the race!), so it is only logical that one would expect to actually have a chance. There was to be a random selection process from all entrants. As it turns out, I had no chance whatsoever of winning, nor did my friends who also participated in the race. The way the diamond was awarded was by a random draw from amongst bib tags. Apparently, as the race kits were distributed, the person handing out the race numbers was supposed to have detached the bib tags and added them to the draw drum. Except they didn't. At least not for mine, my husband's, or either of my two friends', who all picked up our kits at different times. Who knows how many other entrants were affected? We didn't know that this was the system until we saw the winning tag drawn. Too late! We had assumed our bib tags were for bag check, which we didn't use. Two of us approached the race director to ask what had happened. She was apologetic, but of course she can't do anything about it. At least one of the volunteers apparently just didn't know the system. It left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Chances are slim any one of us would have been the winner, but I feel that if you advertise something, you have to provide it. This race is sponsored by a jeweler, and called the Run for the Diamond. How can you have not included such basic information in your volunteer training?
This was my first year participating in the 'run for the diamond'. I did the 10k and it was a lovely but tough course. I had never ran through the trails in Uxbridge but I will do a couple training runs on these trails before participating again next year. Also, the last uphill push was quite hard and I am thankful for those who had already finished that were cheering others to the finish line. Everyone was very helpful, the event was very well organized and the packet pick up was easy. Thanks to the all for a great day.
The was the most spectacular race I have ever been to. Great views, well organized and the best lunch ever. Will be back for sure next year. It was so much fun.
Awesome Race! Scenic country roads, trails and golf course cart paths. Indoor washrooms and area to stay warm before and after the race. Great food and lots of prizes.
Great Race. Great attitude all around. Best brunch out there. Wooden Sticks course is beautiful. One problem: Could you flatten out some of the hills? Thanks, Jeff
This is one of the most organized and scenic 1/2, 5 or 10 km run/walk around! It's a challenging yet very rewarding course with nice t-shirts. What a bonus you can win a diamond too (thanks to Rutledge Jewellers)!! Proceeds go to the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital which is great. You can make it a great family event by bringing the kids for the dash and enjoy a wonderful post race meal. I must say the volunteers were all very spirited and things ran seamless again this yr down to the bag check! I look forward to next years event. Mark the date on your calendar everyone!!
This race is a "Party"! Everyone in Uxbridge comes out to run or volunteer.
There's something for every type of runner, road, hills, trails.
I attended the race this year, it was a very well organized event, great food, beautiful trails, a lot of fun.
I ran this race in 2012 for the first time and it won't be the last! It is a tough course but Uxbridge is lovely and it is worth the challenge. Plus the organizers are great, venue is excellent and LOTS of food! All in all well worth the challenge.
What a wonderful day for 760 runners and all of the wonderful volunteers. I volunteered that day and this is one of the best volunteer experiences I have ever had. If you want to be part of a great good, either run, walk, or volunteer next year, April 21, 2013!!!!!!
S. A. Croley
I have been doing a 5k run each month since Oct. 2011 to coincide with my 60th birthday in Oct. 2012 - 12 races= 60k= approx. marathon & a half. Just not motivated to do all the training for the long runs. Anyway I have been looking for 5k races that are for good causes, not too expensive to enter, have a good after race event and not too far away from Pickering. Uxbridge fit the criteria and so much more. Well organized and all volunteers and golf course people so helpful. Course was wonderful and so peaceful in the Preserve. And what a view once I came onto Wooden Sticks for the run back to the clubhouse. And the luncheon was great and a chair to sit on was a real bonus. Thanks so much for this opportunity to have run in your race.
What a great day!! The organization was perfect, the venue could not be better, the course was well organized and well marked - all info was clear on line prior to race day and the FOOD!!
This was my first time running the Uxbridge Half in 2012 and did it as training for my first full in May. The hills were never-ending and challenging, but I absolutely LOVED running through the trails and the beautiful scenery. Makes for some fairly quiet running (not a lot of spectators in the woods!), but I loved it. A great change from the normal run you tend to get. Food afterwards was great, as was having somewhere nice and warm for the spectators as the day was VERY cold and windy outside of the trees!
This was my first race ever. And I pick a 10k through the woods haha! I was not dressed right for the cold, and I trained mainly on a treadmill where I did use "hill like" settings, but quickly found I wasn't ready for all the "downhill" parts! There was hardly a flat, level surface for the entire course. None of this is a complaint, it was an amazing experience and a big personal challenge.
The event was very well organized and the course was gorgeous. Very good value for the entry fee and for a great cause.
I learned a lot about myself and also about preparing for a race. I will be back next year!
Race report, a group of us signed up for the half marathon expecting roads, trails and hills; we were not disappointed. In addition, we expected shirts, medals and lunch; again we were not disappointed. The race course was taxing but the changing elements made it all fun; we challenged the hills in the woods and laughed (struggled too) by the time we found our way out to the golf course the laughing was over and we focused on what we needed to finish. The volunteers and organizers were great. Uxbridge put on a big race but kept the small local feel to it. The weather was as mixed as the course, a little snow and sunshine. The race course, shower and meal at the end made the trip from Toronto worth it. I WILL be back next year ready for the trails, hills and the 18 holes. Go Hard, Go Often!!!
This year was my 3rd year at the Uxbridge Half Marathon. Over the years the route has evolved and is now possibly the most beautiful half-marathon you will find anywhere. The combination or rural roads, forest trails and golf-course tracks is both interesting and challenging.
For the first time half-marathon runner this race offers indoor facilities for pre & post race which is a great advantage considering unpredictable spring weather. The food, t-shirt and medal are GREAT value for the price of entry AND all the proceeds go towards purchasing equipment for the local hospital.
For the seasoned half-marathoner this route is a chance to really see what you're made of, and it's worth every second of the fight!
The chance to win a $5000 diamond is a total bonus!
I hope that this race continues to grow. I will certainly be there in 2013!!!
This was my second time at the Run for the Diamond, I did the 5k last year, and didn't think I would ever be able to do the 10km. This year I did the 10km. As always, it was a well executed event with all the bells and whistles of other races. The Registration process and race kit pick up was seamless, the day of the race we were well supported and a great atmosphere. I would commend the volunteers who organized the event, our swag bags were amazing, the shirts great and the food was fantastic.
Wooden sticks and the Preserve in Uxbridge present the avid runner with a challenge early in the year for a great cause.
I don't usually run on trails at all, but I loved the challenge of the course, and the scenery was beautiful! Very well organized, looking forward to next year.
I ran the 10K this year, for the first time in a couple of years. It was so much more organized and professional than the last time I participated - new race director definitely put a lot of work into making this race a success. The 10K course was challenging, with several steep hills late into the course, but picturesque. The trail portion was narrow, so I would recommend those aiming for a PR start near the front of the pack to avoid having to slow to a walk at any point. I am a comfortable middle-packer, and still achieved a PR on the course, so that wasn't a concern of mine. I liked the race kit - pick up was organized and not overly busy - and the medals are classy. I live nearby, so I plan to do this race again, but I would also recommend it to those who would like a beautiful and challenging run.
Once again, this year's Run for the Diamond was great! Everything from the organizers, the volunteers and the venue was top notch. I ran the Half again this year and PB'd! Definitely a challenging course lay-out, but such an amazing route through the trails of Uxbridge. Looking forward to running it next year already. Kudos to all who spent their time putting this race together for such a great cause. It's always nice to know that your race fees go directly to helping others and not to someone's pockets.
I didn't participate in the run, but was there to encourage my friends crossing the finish line! I loved the atmosphere and the organization was fantastic!! And what a great cause!!
I ran the half marathon in 2011 and 2012. It was a tough course, but I loved the challenge- that is why I run! I will be back in 2013. Very well organized and the course is beautiful. Not boring like all the Toronto races I've done.
MY first 5k and wow...the hills. A bit tough but I did it. Just be ready for HILLS! But great people and so much fun!
I did this race in 2011 and wow, the hills! Toughest half marathon ever, and the weather can be iffy this time of year (snow and wind). I liked the fact that it was a challenge, and the scenery on the way in the car was excellent (country).