Sporting Life 10K
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Start Date/Time May 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am
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I enjoyed running the 2016 Sporting Life 10k. I have run it before as well. I did notice that even though they call it a 10K, it's actually 10.7K (my Android Endomondo app measured it as exactly 10.7, and my friend used the iOS NikeRun app and had the same measurement). It was well organized and it's great to run through the City. The downhill element increases the speed of the run, but it's also much harder on your knees. No complaints, I would do this again.
4th time running this race. It's such a great course and the crowd is great. It's well organized and friendly overall. Awesome volunteers.
I do think the post race site festivities need a reboot/upgrade. Need some fun out there - music at least. Also, if it were possible to have other non-bagel (or better bagel) snack offerings at finish that would be great. (Recognizing that this is a huge race with a relatively low entrance fee).
Either way, I'll be back next year.
First try 10K
It was my first 10K in Canada, I was so nervous before start but easy to find bag check place and start line thanks to volunteers and flags.
In addition, there are enough washrooms.
I was getting at a relaxed state.
I love separate start what a smooth event in 25,000 runners.
The course is nice to fun run and view, I enjoyed it and completed 10K within my aim time.
I got some foods and drink after finish.
A regretful thing is little bit hard to find pick up bags place and shuttle buses place.
Totally, it was a great event thanks to good organization, a lot of volunteers and cheering.
I'm really glad to experience a marathon in Canada before I go back to Japan.
This run is for a great cause but it is sad to see how it is quickly becoming one of the poorest run experiences out there. They used to have 5 or 6 live bands playing on the route...this year not one. Used to have 5 water and Gatorade stations...this year no Gatorade and only two stations. Their are less spectators and none of them are noisy any more. The grab bag is empty and there are no interesting booths at the finish line. No one hangs around at the end of this run.....unless they are lining up for an hour to get a chunk of a Clif bar. Surely thye can make it more exciting rather than watching it decline year after year. Running needs to be fun amd motivating unfortunately this run doesn't cut it.
First race ever and loved it except for after the finish line. Dry bagel and baNana and nothing to drink. Also the line for the bars was just stupid how about next time you have people just walk around and give out the cliff bars. The absolute worst part was hacing to walk another 5k to union. But overall great experience
I have done a lot of races competitively, and this course was by far one of the most fun and fast courses I have ever run on. Good group of competition at the front of the race to really push those who want to race, and 25,000+ other runners to give it that big city fun run feel.
The race was super super organized, with water stations set up beside the corals at the start line for people while they waited. Shuttle buses to get you to the start of the race. Lots of hotels to stay at. Food and bag check at the finish line.
My only small negative about this race is the finish line area was pretty blah. Finished midway down a short street. Then had to walk about 500 meters to a parking lot to get your medal. Then another couple hundred meters to get your food and water, then another couple hundred meters to get to your bag check. Mind you it was super well organized how they did it, but no real excitement at the finish line area.
All in all it was beyond a great event! I would recommend this race to everyone.
*worst medal ever- VERY CHEEP compared to my other two from two and three years ago!!!
*gift card expires!!! not great for out of town runners as I was refused to use it yet again
*Corals were a mess this year, everyone was in any coral but the one they were supposed to be in! It used to be extremely well managed
*Extremely long walk at the end to get water/Gator-aid and a banana. Not sure why you have to walk so far, years ago with the old route it was great
Even with it being such a great cause I don't think I would spend the money to drive to the city to do it again as I am coming from over and hour and a half away! very disappointed :o(
The Sporting Life 10K was my first run and it won't be my last! It was such an inspiring, uplifting and energetic day that won't soon be forgotten. From start to finish the run was well organized and open to all. Bananas, bagels and bars to finish made it all the better. Counting down to next year already.
This is one of my favorite races. I love the course, it supports a great charity, the event is well organized, and there is nothing better than looking down Yonge Street and seeing it full of racers.
This is a fun run !
However be prepared for a lot of waiting around and a lot of walking around after race.
The shuttles were a bit hard to find, far away from finish line & only take you to ST Andrews Station and then you have to get on a subway and back to the start line, if that's where you left your car.
The race was crowded, 25k + people so that's to be expected.
Route is awesome! Camp Ooch is a wonderful cause to donate too.
I personally just like smaller races. More fun less commotion.
Good race. Well organized during the race and water srations along the way were good. Only bottlenecks at the start and turning onto Richmond. Should probably give more direction for walkers to go to the shoulder... had to maneuver around large / multiple groups of walkers a few times. Things were a little confusing at the end too. Get awards in one side of Lakeshore and then missed the direction of the water because of the volume of ppl and not clear direction. Water area gated off in a way that seemed strange. No one in there and hard to get back when I realized I could have more... wasn't worth the trouble walking around all the gates again. Didn't even bother getting food... couldn't figure out where it was. Would be great if we could somehow get ttc on Yonge to open a bit earlier. That would work a lot better than the bus that has to detour because it is going up the race route.
This is the second time running this race and I load a great time. It's a race with a lot of participants and I though the volunteers did a great job. Race kit pick up was very easy and love the coupon we got. Lots of water stations along the route and great crowd support.
The finish line is spaced out to logistically keep everyone moving towards the medals and food across the Lakeshore. I was happy with food and love the medals and all going to a good cause, Camp Ooch. Will do it again.
First time for this race. Well organized. Could have had more signage re how far along we were and more water stations. Two for a 10k isn't enough. Oh and it wasn't actually 10k apparently 11.6k is what runners personal timers were reading.
Racing since 1981
Porta potties galore, exceptional baggage check. Very organized. I think the 9K marker was missing. Heard folks talk about how organized Corey, the race director is.
For the past 2 years I've ran the Yonge Street 10k but since that was canned this year I decided to give the SL10K a chance. I wasn't sure what to expect due to the large number of bad reviews from previous years (on this site and number of blogs), but I have to say I was really impressed!I found this race to be well organized and super fun!
- lots of time between corrals! This was nice for those relying on the subway.
- great route
- lots of volunteers (especially at Water Stations)
- free shuttles to St Andrew station after the race
- Worst running etiquette in this race. Tons of walkers stopping in the middle or left of the route. Come on people! Move to the right to avoid putting yourself and other runners in danger.
- only two water stations. No Gatorade during the race. I think 3 would be a better number and Gatorade towards the end.
- only two Porta potties at the start.
Overall it was a great race and I had a lot of fun!
Peter the runner
much better this year! way more organized, maybe too maybe medical people, I felt watched.....lol still I think for this large sized race more entertainment is needed, I ran the peachtree road race and sun run in Vancouver and they do it right and raise a tonne of money for charity.
the weather gods smiled on everyone too, perfect weather for a PB
I understand the proceeds from this race goes to a very worthy cause but please stop short changing the participants. Even my non-running husband remarked at how disappointed he was in my race kit: a NB tech shirt. Really? I'm sorry but after running the Toronto Yonge Street 10K a few weeks previously, I couldn't help but feel cheated.
It may be time to reduce the number of participants in this event. Thankfully the organizers and volunteers are great at keeping order but this many people cannot be fully supported. Watered down Gatorade a km after the finish, none during the course. Post race bagel and banana as food? Skipped the long line ups, no thank you.
I cannot confidentially say that this a race I plan on running next year.
Love this run and will do it again next year. I really miss the music they would play at each Km you hit,I found it to be up lifting for runners and got them moving faster. My only real issue would be the food at the end could be better. So happy they have the baggage claim area boxed off this year. To many issues last year with that.
Bring back the music please
I have not run this race since 2008. After running it this weekend, I will say, the organizers do a pretty good job with the number of participants on the course. I'm glad there is a wait in between corral starts to spread out the pack of runners given the amount of corral jumpers I saw prior to race start. Volunteers did not enforce the corral placement based on bib colours. I stood inside my green corral seeing greens, purples and the colours within my corral go into the blue corral. A friend of mine in an above corral saw the same thing. While I understand people wanted to be with friends while running, perhaps they should be moving back rather than forward. I think the Sporting Life organizers could do a better job at explaining the importance of corrals on the website, before people register. As a runner, I appreciate people who sign up appropriately based on their pace.
Given yesterday's humidity, it would have been better to have three water stops as opposed to two, and perhaps the announcer should have really stressed the importance of hydration prior to the start. I noticed a lot of 'down' runners due to the unexpected humidity. Other than that, the race is pretty nicely managed. As an experienced runner in terms of having done numerous events, it's pretty top banana given the size. Oh, and loved the shirt this year.
I have run this race for the third time this year and will probably not run it again as it is not appealing any more. I find it is very very crowded, no corral management like other races, the post-race food is crappy, the water stations are so few and far between... Unlike other races you have to keep walking and walking after you finish just to find the water and food.
This was my second time running in this race and will likely be my last.
- Promo coupons offered at time of registration are pretty good.
- I have run numerous races, and never in my life, have I had to walk almost 1km post-race to get a sip of water. I don't understand why the finisher's shoot is not set up like the Toronto Yonge Street 10km.
- I waited in line for over 25 minutes to use one of the five the porta-potties. Even though I was there super early, I missed my start time so I had to run with the 8:05 group. Over 20,000 participants and five porta-potties!?
- As I was waiting in the 25 minute line, I watched as several people entered into the wrong corrals. There are corrals for a reason. I found it to be very chaotic this year, with no control whatsoever.
- The bike marshals were all over the place ON the road. I have never seen anything like it.
- Race kit pickup was not bad; however, given the parking situation and the amount of participants, I think it would be wise to move this to a hotel, similar to the Toronto Yonge Street race.
I have run both the Toronto Yonge Street and Sporting Life 10k races twice each. I was not impressed with the SL10K last year, but thought I would give it another chance. I will no longer be running it, and would recommend that if you are looking to do a 10km race, you choose the Toronto Yonge Street race.
The cause, route, medal, volunteers are all fantastic. But please, please stop expanding this race until you've worked out the logistics for it's existing or smaller size. Corrals were messy and confusing. Not enough portapotties at the start of the race and enroute. Not enough water stations. Not enough tables for water. Ran out of Gatorade. Not enough signage (mile/KM markers). Bike officials were nearly hitting runners. Too far to walk for tiny sip of water. Even further for one banana and a dry bagel. Clif bars another separate line. All these things should be handed to runners in the finisher shoot, not be open in the park. No loot bag at registration unless you consider a discount coupon for their store "loot". So disappointed. The Yonge St run which is the exact same route is so much better organized. I've been running this race every year for years and they've never addressed these issues and it's only gotten worse over the years. Please hire someone to help with your logistics.
My second time running this race and it was quite disappointing.
* great cause
* lots of friends are running it
* great time of the year
* well organized
* good price
* T-shirts were super ugly this year
* more and more people not respecting their corrals
* parking enforcement ticketing cars parked on side roads at Yonge-Eg (yep, no parking before 10AM, but how about an exception for a good cause?)
* the afterparty is a joke - bananas, white flour bagels and Cliff bars cut in pieces (for which you had to stand in a loooooong line). Where are all the sponsors? Almost no entertainment at all.
- The route is amazing!
- Cute medal
- Volunteers were wonderful - very enthusiastic
NOT SO GOOD
- Ran out of small shirts, and we pre-selected our size and picked them up the day before the race
- Many runners did not start with their colour - very frustrating to get stuck behind a "wall" of walkers
- Crowds at water stations - please add one or two more stops next year
- Only warm water available after race - could have used some sugary electrolytes, especially on such a humid day
- sponsor (Clif) cut energy bars into pieces - we just ran a 10km!!!!!
A pretty hot day. At the back of the pack, there were a number of runners who weren't up on their race etiquette walking 5 astride along Yonge street on a particularly narrow part which caused me to ask them to make room so I could pass, I was just getting into my stride and had to slow down.
When water was given out, it was only a small drop! Today was really hot. However, the corrals were fairly well organized, despite the pedestrians randomly crossing in front of us.
I liked the t-shirt, pick up was organized. Seeing the long lines for the shuttles, it was quicker to walk to the streetcar and pick that up. The usual trek to the medals, water and "food". Plenty of washrooms at the end, very friendly volunteers, a good test of my mental fitness as well as my physical - I kept hearing fellow turtles chatting about quitting after 5 while they strolled along...
I love the $35 coupon. I love the cause. The weather today was nice but a little hot. Some support along the route which was nice.
No respect for corrals. There was a lady beside me pushing a big jogging stroller. She had a bib for the pink corral but wasn't in it and no one said anything. I didn't like the shirt at all. I put it on and felt it was hot and itchy. Please bring back the shirt from two years ago- the silky dri fit one. That is my favourite running shirt. The long trek to the medal and dry bagel. This was my first year taking the shuttle. I walked half way there and then realized how far it was. I turned around and walked back and caught a streetcar that took me to union. Much better.
Really enjoyed this run
For a great cause, loved the medal, tech shirt, and the $35 coupon I got:) coves the cost of the race almost
Doing it again this year
Overall great experience - loved the shirt and medal quality, the number of water stations, the early registration and bib pick up, course was easy to navigate.
One thing to improve perhaps was providing water after the race a bit quicker. It was a bit difficult to navigate everything after the finish line.
3rd time running and here are few observations;
- If you registered early enough - good price.
- nice weather
- more water stations
- finishing area more spread out
- lots of volunteers
- nice medal this year
- not too much swag, but another coupon came in handy as I needed to buy some running gear
The ok to bad
- corrals more spread out, being one of the slower runners - I did register for a later corral. When I registered in January, the start time was different and I bought a shuttle ticket. Close to race day, I saw my start time was 9 am. Rather than stand around for 2 hours if I caught the shuttle, I had my husband drop me off at Lawrence & Yonge closer to my start time.
- lack of respect for your colour. I saw a volunteer vainly trying to stop an orange bibbed runner from sneaking into the green corral. I wish people would just stick to their right colour corral. If you think you're fast, then sign up for the appropriate corral. Otherwise they can get too crowded.
-I was surprised to pass some red bibs - again, leave your ego at home and sign up for a realistic time
- long trek to the invisible food and strange beverage. After a dusty walk to get my medal and water, I didn't see any of the food stations. After taking a sip of "water" I realized it was eload. I would have preferred to have some during my run.
- I left without getting any food.
- It was faster for me to catch the bus up near the Dufferin Gates then take another trek to the shuttles. Not too many runners realized this...
Having said that, I will do it again next year.
Pros: love the medal, coupon, communication, shirts, large crowed feel, free bus ride back to subway
Cons: Mother's Day, long walk to the finish, lack of signage for food, dry bagels when you did find the food.
HUGE improvement from last year. Big props for water stations, wave start, and medals - and the cause. Go Ooch!
But...no excuse to still have some glaring gaps that an experienced RD should predict and address.
If they could close Lakeshore, there's zero reason to corral finishers into a 20 minute walk to reach a water station and open area for stretching - 5-6 degrees warmer and that could mean some serious health issues. Either start the race further south, alter the course, or reduce the number of runners. Maximizing numbers won't maximize donations if you get sued, and paramedics will jam a corral a lot worse than "inexperienced runners".
Also, with several huge banners for sponsors and the charity, how hard is it to get a few to designate food and water tables?
Top (red) wave should have some means of qualifying - ruins the point of a wave start when you allow entrants there who run a 5-6 minute pace.
It takes 15-20 minutes to drive an alternate route from start to finish - why cut off bag check at 7:30? This forced runners from all waves to arrive up to two hours early and mill around an already-crowded area - inevitable with a one-way course where shuttle bus availability was so inadequate as to sell out 6 weeks pre-race.
Oh, and yes - the shirts really sucked. But hey, if that's the kind of image Nike wants to present...
Organizers were VERY responsive to acknowledge and address previous issues...if they do the same again, I'll be back.
I ran this run last year as my first run and decided to do it again to cmplete my first full year of running. The atmosphere is amazing to have all the runners around pushes you mentally to keep going when you want to quit.
-Early reg gives you this Sporting Life gift certificate
-Sporting Life discount on Bib pick up day
-The shirts this year were a lower quality but a better fit then last year
-The route itself!
-Hard to see where the post food was due to the large crowds and lack of signage
-Lack of music this year along the course
first off LOVE the shirt and the medal! Also love the fact so much of the money goes to such a worthwhile charity. Now for my complaints. I understand that this is HUGE race (27,000 runners) however the corals were much too large. For the first 4 or so kms you are nearly tripping over runners trying to find your place in the pack. Then at the finish line (which was busy but still able to gun it to the line) you have nearly a km walk till you receive your medal or more importantly some water! The party site was very poorly managed and I never did find any food, though I saw the odd person with a banana or a bagel, i never found them. The two water stations on course were well organized and had enthusiastic volunteers. I also appreciated how welcoming and helpful the Sporting life was to welcome all those runners into the store prerace. The shuttle bus was convenient and orderly pre race, though pricey, especially when you tack on parking) The free shuttle after the race is a much better bargain.
Long time runner, I have run many races, mostly long distances. I’ve run a number of 10K races but this is my first time running the Sporting Life 10K. Overall I had a great experience for the 2014 race.
No problem getting to, or into, my corral. As expected, due to the volume of people (20,000+), it was a VERY busy race. Even in busy races people normally spread out naturally, but this didn’t really happen until maybe the 4K mark in my wave. There was still room to move and I didn’t feel I was too impeded by anyone or jockeying for position. I definitely prefer when I have more room around me. I do/did appreciate the overall energy of the mass of runners. If anything, it is fun to have this sort of experience even once. I would give the tip that when you are going to move to your left or right, before you go ahead do a check over your shoulder. It’s pretty impolite to cut off a runner behind you. In this volume of people, you can expect someone to be right on your heels. I presume most of the abrupt cut offs are by those who have not run a race, but you never know.
The route: it is always cool to take over and run down Yonge Street. It’s true Yonge has a lot of pot holes, so fair warning to watch where you’re going. KM markers along the route and were very visible.
Water stations: at the 4K and 7K marks, were ample and attended by many volunteers (thanks again!) who all had great spirit. No complaints. (For those that think there should be more water stations in a 10K race, two at these distance markers is pretty standard. Complaints on no Gatorade/Eload at the stations? Personally don’t need Gatorade for a 10K.
Music/bands or the lack thereof: this is not a big deal to me at all for a 10K (or any race, for that matter). You can have this experience (bands/live performances along the route) in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon. It certainly does add a nice element, but it’s not essential. For SL 10K which is very charity focused, unless the musicians donate their time/performance, it’s an added expense; I’d rather see the funds going to the charity.
The finish: I finished under 50 minutes and while the finish stretch was busy, I was able to have a strong finish (and none of this horror story of 2013 about walking over the finish line - unheard of. Rumour has it that this may have happened again in 2014? Sounds like a lot of new runners to me – even so, how can you not know to keep moving and clear the finish chute?)
Finish/party site: my only complaint, even though I understand it. Had to walk about 1 km to get to the finish site, just to get what you want most: water. There were many signs telling you to “keep moving” and which direction to go in (unlike last year, based on reviews). We had to cross Lakeshore Blvd to get to the site. I recognise that the site was here because they needed to accommodate thousands of runners. Most are not hanging out a long time, but it has to be able to accommodate large numbers. Crossing Lakeshore was assisted by police, no complaint here. Wasn't a long wait and once crossed, still a bit of a walk to get the medal (which is unique and has the 2014 date on it, and a ribbon with sponsor names on it), and FINALLY water. Plus the obligatory boring bagel and banana. I’m not complaining about the food because it’s pretty standard (although some races really do a better job at what they give you, donated by sponsors). There was a ridiculous line up for a piece or two of a Clif bar, which I passed on. The distribution of this probably could have been better organised. There was supposed to be some sponsor/truck giving out smoothies and coffee at the finish site (per a Tweet I had received the day before), but it was no where to be seen.
Getting out of there: it was about another 1 km walk from the finish site to get to the yellow shuttle buses. Definitely appreciated the bus. Being where we were, it’s not a short walk back to the downtown. (In comparison, the Yonge St 10K finishes at Fort York, and it is easy to walk back to downtown, grab the TTC.)
Porta Potties at the start of finish: I can’t speak to how many or how busy. I don’t use them (unless it’s the only option, remote location). Being a long time runner, I am prepared before I even get to the race site. I have one pee stop before I get into the corral, and that’s always at a local coffee shop.
Swag: there was none. This is fine by me. A lot of “swag” you get these days is nothing that special (Yorkville 5K is a true exception) and is mostly disposable. For SL 10K you received the T-shirt (the Small I ordered when registering) and your bib. It’s a true, light Nike technical T (you won’t find this in all races, not even the Yonge St 10K), and it is actually nice. I don’t wear the race shirt for the race but may wear it on a casual run – although I’m long past the “pride” of wearing a race shirt at any time.
When you registered you received a gift certificate (amount varied depending on how early you registered) to use at Sporting Life. This is of course to get you to spend more money, which I certainly saw working well when I went to pick up my bib and shirt. It worked on me too as I bought a small item I needed (replacing an older item) but the certificate mostly covered the cost.
I did not run this race in 2013 but I am aware of the negative reviews and very poor organization last year. That is the year they separated from the CRS (Canada Running Series) and they learned a lesson the hard way. Unfortunately both experienced runners and new runners felt the impacts of this. This year probably had less participation because 2013 was so bad.
For 2014, with the new race director, I found the race well organised. Other than all the walking to the end site and the buses, I have no other complaints. I run several races a year but I probably will not run this race again mainly because it is just extremely busy. Overall, I prefer the Yonge Street 10K which takes place a month earlier, is not as busy, a seamlessly accessed finish site, and is easier to exit out of and get home.
This was the first time I ran this race. I just did the Toronto Yonge Street 10k, so I knew what I was in for in ways of the course route.
For the most part it was well organized.
But I do agree with most of the other runner's feedback when it comes to the CONS part.
-cheap shirts...you see NIKE as a sponsor and right away I figure this race out of any race out there should have the best shirt that comes with the race.
-Lack of promo materials - I was surprised at the race kit pick-up when all i got was my bib and cheap shirt....oh and some lady screaming at the top of her lungs to get a coupon...with the TYS10K, there was tons of free giveaways and deals...sad to see that a big name like NIKE and SportingLife, offer only what we got.
-Finish line and post-race sucked...bananas and bagels?! fine...but the lack of other give aways...CLIFF bars were giving slivers of protein bars, some drink station was giving this drink out that they claim is better than gatorade but tasted like sweat..yuk!
All-in-All it was a good race to run. I can complain and knit-pick at every little detail and compare it to the TYS10K for days but in the end the race was good...
Event organizers, SPORTINGLIFE, NIKE, take note... step up your game!!!! prove your race is the race to run...
but to all runners that competed, good job! good job on raising money for kids with cancer! like I said earlier I can complain and complain, but in the end its for all the sick kids out there, putting a smile on their face, sending them to camp...
Good job everyone!
I am very impressed with the improvements over last years event. I have read many of the criticisms and they seem to be very personal and specific, but on the whole, this was a fun and quality event.
Excellent race. Would do it again, although I preferred the Yonge Street 10k (essentially the same race, but in April, with different organizers).
- Price. If you register early, and factor in the gift certificate, its almost free
- Shirt. Some have said they didn't like it, but I thought it to be of decent quality.
- Course. Fast and easy. A PR waiting to happen
- Great job spacing out the waves.
- Pick up available all week long. Really convenient.
- Huge attendace
PRO or CON:
- Long walk from finish to post-race. But if it's needed to alleviate the finish line backup then I can accept it. I finished early, and would have liked to circle back to the finish to friends cross, but there was no chance.
- Water at the post-race tasted like it came from a garden hose
- Not much in the way of post-race food choices (banana or bagel)
- Surprisingly few spectators along the route (maybe the goodlife marathon last week had spectators raced out?)
- No music along the route
-Pickup of race kit was well organized
-Fun downhill course
-Smart decision to space out the waves by 15 mins each this year
-No issues at the finish line
-Bag drop off/pickup was well organized
-Race shirts lower quality than previous year
-No freebies in race kit
-Clif Bars was only the only visible sponsor at the finish line party, which is odd considering that you would think that more sponsors would want to participate in such a well attended race
Trying to get to my flight!
I was not running this event but I am an active person and would consider doing one of these runs one day. I live right near King and Bathurst and was walking with my luggage to the Island airport and was told politely "no, you can't cross here now".
Seriously....two gals who were either volunteers or race officials were expecting me to walk 8-10 blocks in another direction to get to my flight 500 yards away, did the race organizers even consider this?
Thankfully a few smarter people around agreed that me catching a flight and crossing a busy stream of runners (for a charity, right?) was not going to make a whole hell of a difference in the grand scheme of things, obviously a strategy has to be implemented here to allow for this since they might actually add more flights here one day!
Kudos to everyone who ran and supported the charity but let's remember we all live in this big city and need to help each other out to make Toronto livable and workable.
It was still a well organized event. But what happen to all the music along the Route this year? There was about 4 bands performing last year. And there was very little people cheer along the route as well. It was very boring compare to 2013. There was also no gatarade at water stations. Not that I really need it but I'm sure some people would like to have it, That's what I heard at the shuttle bus. Big improvement at the finish line. Great job. I can ran through it this year. Poor label of the food stations. Compare to the other 2 races I ran this year (TY10K and Goodlife), SL10K was a little disappointed. But I'll run again next year to support the charity.
100% better than 2013. Start times more spaced out and finish line not crowed. Post party great and a beautiful day.
No bells and whistles
Run this event 5 times in the last number of years.
- Lowest Price 10k race (in you signed up early and used the $35 gift certificate, it comes out to only $10)
- Record a personal best - the course is fun and fast, gravity is your friend.
- Largest crowd - it is a great experience running/jogging/walking down yonge street in such a large pack without the normal city noises of cars.
- KM markers - each km has a clear sign this year.
- Longer finish chute - looks like someone did the math and figured out how long to make the finish exit so it didnt cause a back log at the finish line like last year.
- more corrals - spaced out runners better.
- t-shirts were poor quality and design, seems like they were trying to cut corners and save costs. Decided to wear my own shirt instead.
- No race kit: no promotional information/products, just a shirt and race bib.
- No music - the atmosphere of this race has been fun in past years greatly due to the bands that would play along side every few kms.
- uneventful finishing party - water, banana and a plain bagel. There was a drumming group playing. Essentially just an open field to wait for your friends. Looks like all the sponsors and vendors opted to do the Yonge Street 10k instead.
A good event - lots of room for improvement.
As a 10km race - great course to record a personal best.
The 2014 edition was much more organized and efficient than it has been in recent memory. The logisitical challenges of organizing an event with 27,000 participants of varying abilities and expectations are staggering - especially in the mess that is the City of Toronto. Other cities embrace big events of this nature while a good portion of the citizenry does nothing to encourage the event (by constant complaining) or even acknowledge that one is going on (by wandering into traffic without a care for runner safety - thankfully I saw some good marshalls try to stop them but they were outnumbered not by lack of effort - but by lack of manners and good graces by the citizenry).
The water stations were better staffed and organized this year. The finish line chute, while crowded, was not the nightmare of a year ago - and it is a GREAT idea to keep the post race amenities far away because if you don't...people will stop more than they already do. If they stop...the issue of congestion comes back. Common sense.
Well done! While not perfect - a marked improvement!
I have to say that Nike has done a great job in getting the ball roll on their promotion and my excitement for the race.
Finding the bib colour section to enter and having the water start station so far away from the race. Running the race was alright, something that I would maybe advise for future races is to indicate a flag on the road where there are pot holes. And it's true that there needs to have more supporter spirit at this event. Creating an atmosphere for people to cheer on the 27,000 running down running street. Get the sponsors more invited in that as well.
My biggest thing is the transition from finish line to party area. I see why he medals had to be given at the area it was. But one thing is that he flow of e party area was not labeled properly. I couldn't find the food area, the water area was extremely disorganized. I was extremely upset with the organization of everything at the end. It was supposed to be a celebration, I just left frusterated.
I will always run this run for Camp Ooch but I am not going to boast about this race compared to the TYS10k. I do want to thank everyone for helping raise the money for a great organization of Camp Ooch and the volunteers of the race as well.
My daughter and I have run this race two years in a row and love it. We have done multiple races and you have to get back to the real reason we run this...for the kids. Considering the large number of runners, this was extremely well organized. We hopped on the TTC to the start which is all part of the pre-run fun. We actually love the fact that you have to do a nice walk to get your medal( which was awesome, thank you). Good way to stretch your legs after a race and take in the sun. We did miss the music at every km but heck, you can't have it all. Thank you for a well run event for a terrific cause.
I had a great time at this race! Great atmosphere, downhill course. For my first race it was a great pic! Nice shirts and pretty finisher medals too! It's for a great cause too!
Where was the music love?
This was my second time doing the #SL10k, the first being last year. There were quite a bit of differences.
-Port-a-potties. So many more this year making going to the bathroom a much better experience! So many spread throughout near the start of the race.
-Additional waves. SL10k added more waves this year and it made a difference. Less crowding, and no bottleneck when I reached the finish (1:05). It was crowded, but it wasn't nearly as bad as last year. The previous race director stated that the bottleneck was in part of new runners not knowing the rules. If that's the case, perhaps there's a kind of form people need to read and press accept before signing up so they know the general rules. I never expect with such a big crowd that people will know what to do. However if the previous race director states that was the problem then there should be action to address it.
-More walking. There was a lot more walking (to get your medal, you had to walk quite a bit from the finish line) however there was less congestion.
-MUSIC. Last year there was music at every km and it was fantastic. It was one of the main reasons I decided to come back again. However this year there was absolutely NO music. It was disappointing and very quiet. Music made all the difference. It's a mood booster and helps mark every kilometre. Please bring it back!
-Spectators. I'm not sure what happened this year but there was very little spectators compared to last year. Street corners that used to be filled were empty. There were only two groups I could identify. I wonder what happened to everyone?
-Water stations. I'm not sure but I felt like there were less water stations this time. And there was no gatorade or any kind of sport beverage except at the end of the race. I personally think people want a shot of gatorade or eLoad DURING the run as opposed to after. It was useless to me after the race.
-Course. I felt there was much more space, the route change made it more challenging but overall it was fantastic as usual. There's something special about running down Yonge Street!
Overall I would still recommend this race to PB. I really wish they'd bring the music back! Great job to the volunteers and all who helped, especially those who cheered such as Tribe and Parkdale Road Runners. Thank you for your time! Your work doesn't go unnoticed.
Overall the race was well-organized.
My first time running this race. It was way too congested for my liking, and having to walk so far after the finish line to to get water and medals was icky. When we did get to the medals there was no signage that that's where we were you could only tell by the throngs of runners gathering around the volunteers. Same goes for the water. I know it's for a good cause, but I think they should put a cap on the amount of participants so they don't have to deal with the mess that is Coronation park. I prefer the organization of the Yonge Street 10K to the Sporting Life 10k, but I will still register for this one next year.
I had a lot of fun I would participate again. However I would've like to have more water station spread out though the course. Also it would've helped to have a water station soon after the finish line rather than having to walk another 1Km +/- after the finish.
Better organized than last year. (Last year's bottleneck at the finish line was disgraceful.) However, it was literally almost another km from the finish line to the park to get the medal and water. Almost impossible to meet friends and family after the finish. Water tables in the large open area of the lot before crossing Lakeshore Blvd would have been very helpful to those of us who barely managed to stagger over the finish line.
No more cheering bands anywhere ! Kind of miss them and the medal area is so far away this year. Will still run this race in the future. Hope they improve in the years to come.
So this was my first time running this race. I registered last year but had to pull out because of an injury.
What I liked:
It's for a great cause and I loved running down Yonge street. The volunteers were great. I thought bib pick up was easy. Loved the coupon for Sporting life. I actually bought the shirt I wore for the race with my coupon. The medal was also nice. Weather was amazing. Nice and sunny.
What I didn't like:
I really hated the shirt. I liked last year's shirt much better. I couldn't tell where the finish line was which was awful as by 9k I was really tired and it would have been great to be able to clearly see the target I was aiming for. The whole Coronation park thing was crazy. I've just run 10k and am ready to drop dead (sorry I'm not an elite runner like those guys who ran the 10k and then ran back past all of us as we passed the 3k mark!) and now I have to walk another kilometer (that's what it felt like) to get my medal! My family was at the finish line and my kids were cheering me on ( as it was Mother's Day) so it would have been nice to get my medal and go. Instead I had to walk to get it and they had to walk to try to meet up with me). And I won't even get into how far we had to walk to where my husband parked the car.
So I think I will do this race again. It seems like a nice Mother's Day tradition. I will just need to figure out a better way to get home.
I'm annoyed already and the race hasn't even started. Can't get my bib number so I can have someone pick up 4 race kits for me today. not a great start considering you have a new head organizing the race this year.
Fun race, large crowd. I finished towards the front, so I didn't have any issues with the backups which other reviews mentioned.
The race is for a great cause, but is deteriorating in quality and organization. The event has grown so much (which is great for the charity), however the organizers are not addressing the issues. Getting 25,000 people to Yonge and Eglinton while the subway isn't running at 7am is a mess, parking, people, general confusion.
It was hard to run the race as there was crowding for the entire 10km duration. At 9K I still couldn't find a clear path to run at my speed with too many people dodging, stopping, running at different paces and not enough street space for their numbers.
The absolute WORST was that I could not run through the finish line. About 200m away everyone came to a halt as there was such congestion and flow wasn't being controlled that the finish line was backed up and everyone had to WALK through. It was REALLY DISAPPOINTING that after running what I thought was my best time, through the chilly rain, I could not actually get validation of it and guessed using my ipod. You find out about 15 minutes later that the congestion is related to everyone having to cross Lakeshore. At this point you've stopped running but don't have a chance to walk it off or stretch as you are being coralled in the most literal sense of that word, with hundreds of other people to the pasture where bananas and water are available. If this is not being organized as a race, and is just a fun event where money is raised, I'd rather just donate $50 and then run a race elsewhere.
Finding your friends at the end of the race is also difficult as the layout changes from year to year and there doesn't seem to be a designated meet-up area.
First off - this race is for a great cause and to see some of the reasons for this race just before the finish line, was a heart warming, tear jerking moment.
The atmosphere was neat - its a lot of people with one goal in mind so energy levels were extremely high.
However, for an out of towner, it was a huge inconvenience. Because the race starts at one stop and ends 10km away, unless you're willing to bus it, its just a hassle.
I'm not a huge city girl so I was already irritated by the very early start to my day and the running around I would have to do just to get there and back.
The course was easy and it was a lot different than what I'm used to (trails, country roads, forest) so it was neat to be able to 'window shop' as I went along. I learned quickly how 'close' everything in the city is as well. I always thought things were a lot more spread out.
The finish line was definitely... a let down.
To come to a screeching halt before the finish line because 27,000 people are trying to cross at the same time basically... sucked. I guess you're bound to have some 'traffic' issues with that many people.
Then to have to walk quite a distance to get out of the finishing chute and to get your medal and post race snacks/drinks.... snacks which I couldn't even find... wasn't the best either.
Overall - it was for a great cause and it was a different experience so I'm glad I did it... once. Never again though.
This is my 2nd year running this race. Nice course. Sporting life were sneaky with the vouchers. Last year it was mailed to the runners, this year, there was a link you open and print and most people missed this one. Great atmosphere though, 27000 runners. Will do it again next year.
Race was fairly well organized considering the number of people. But that's the problem - too many people.
This year there was also very poor management of the finish chute - people would simply stop after they crossed the finish line, creating a cascading effect to the point that people were having to stop before they even reached the finish line due to crowding. It didn't help that there was a busy street with cars and a traffic light between the finish line and the finish area.
I probably would not do this race again due to the overcrowding.
I thought the participation was great as most were in it for the cause. It came with a nice tech shirt and good finisher's medal. The Nike running team offered a 10 week training program leading up to the race. On the race itself, the finish line was a bit congested and lot of the runners stuck around the finish line which blocked some of the runners trying to sprint to the finish line. Some were forced to walk through the finish line which was disappointing.
The post race gathering area on Coronation park was a bit of a walk and signs weren't visibly clear. Some of the tents were so spread out that most runners may not have gotten to check out the sites.
I thought the shuttle school bus taking runners back to Union Station or Lawrence Station was well done as there were plenty of buses. However, there could have been a little bit more organization on where to line up as most didn't know where to line up and ended up blocking the bus from leaving.
All in all, I think a lot of it is due to lack of volunteers or responsibilities not clearly given to volunteers. I think I will not be running it for a 5th time unless conditions improve. However, I would consider dedicating my efforts on volunteering and providing others with a more positive experience.
Positives: I love running down Yonge St. and the charity is a good one. I also really like the Nike shirt I get in my kit each year, by far better shirt then I get at most races, and one of the few I keep each year.
Negatives: I showed up at race start and stood in line to check my bag for 45minutes, then the line collapsed into a scrum that bombarded the volunteers with thrown bags. I was worried I may not see my bag again. This needs to be improved, the NYC marathon has 47 UPS trucks for 47,000 runners, this race had 2 trucks for 27,000 runners, that math doesn't work. Because of this debacle I had about two minutes to warmup and get to my corral. When I finished the race, I was stuck in my singlet and shorts on a cold day, because the truck containing my checked bag had not arrived yet. When it did arrive, the volunteers were undermanned, and a bunch of us runners had to step up and help out (I actually enjoyed helping but it should have been organized better so it didn't have to come to that.
Anyhow, I think this was just a bad year, and I trust Sporting Life will try to solve things. I love that Toronto has a race with 27,000 runners. I will be back hoping for a better experience. However, I will probably not check a bag.
My first time running SL10K. What's not to like? awesome training with Nike Running Canada and Camp Ooch SL10K training series, sunny day, lots of music, nike wall achievement plus I paced my friend who was doing her first ever 10K run.
Looking forward to next year's race
Thanks for nothing
This was such a letdown I don't know where to begin, and I am both a fan and regular shopper of Sporting Life but also a big donor to Camp Ooch, which is one of the only bright spots when I reflect back on the overall experience.
Shirt sizes messed up, from a retailer, seriously?
Poor signage from start to finish, lack of volunteers it would seem (I have run and raced all shapes and sizes of events). Shambles at the finish line and post race party area, and a plain white ribbon to boot. Read this useful blog here for more of the story:
I do hope and expect next year to be 5-Banana worthy or someone has to answer for this, especially with all the bragging and bravado to be "the biggest and best" run in Canada.
I was really looking forward to this run. The cause is fantastic! The money raised for Ooch is, for me, one of the few positives that emerged from this race. I fully agree with all of the awful yet 100% honest reviews re: race kits, corals, start gun (what gun?), finish line (what a disaster), post-race organization...
There is a mass variation between 'gun' and 'chip' times for a vast number of runners which shows the absolute inaccuracy and disappointment for so many of us. The corals were a mess at the start. No distinct gun could be heard at all and the 'walk' to cross the finish line was a just sad and unheard of.
I'll raise money and support Camp Ooch over and over but not by attending or running the Sporting Life 10K again. Will fine another Avenue to do so!
This is my third year running Sporting Life.
Kit Pick Up - I didn't have any issues. Was picking up my kit and for two others for friends. I went early (Thursday) to pick up and no issues with shirt sizes. Bit busy, but with 27,000 runners not unexpected.
Bag check was a bit crazy. I went to check my bag 15 minutes before the cut off time. GIANT line up. Eventually they opened one of the trucks and pretty much everyone charged it. Tossed my bag in. Was a bit concerned that I might never see it again, but bag pick up was well organized but no one was really watching to see who was picking up what bag.
Corrals were a bit of a mess. Not well labeled and you couldn't tell whether you were at the front or back of the corral. No one was monitoring who got into what corral. I was further back in Purple corral and had no idea whether or not the race had started. In past years, they've walked each corral up to the start, gave some announcements than sent us off. Nothing this year.
Course was fine. Bit crowded so lots of people dodging. Only two water/gatorade stops that weren't too organized. Lots of people and bikers crossing in front of runners - I almost got hit by a bike. Didn't see much in the way of EMS.
Unlike many people who had to wait to cross the finish line, I didn't have any issues. Didn't enjoy having to wait for traffic to pass to cross Fleet street or the long unmarked walk to finally get my medal. What's with the plain white ribbons for the medal? Food station wasn't organized - boxes of bananas and bagels on tables. Didn't even bother trying to get water - no cups to be found.
I really want to like this race but I think it grew too big too fast. Hopefully some better organization in future years.
Run for Fun
The yonge st part is so much fun for the first 6 k, past all the stores, the long down grades, the different musicians at every km marker from drummers to cellos, the back message stickers this year were so interesting , the medal is a nice one. The finish was too dull. the food and drinks and medals were another 1 k walk from the finish! The shuttle back to start was another half km walk and very horridly unstaffed and unorganized. School buses with pen on scrap paper noting where they were going, no big signs. There were big signs for food and water but some blew over in the wind. It was quite a odd finish area for me. But I do love the most of the route and the medal for this one.
Positives: The entertainment along the route was good and added liveliness to the run. Special thanks to those who volunteered for this year’s Sporting Life 10K event.
Negatives: In general, this race appeared to be poorly organized. Firstly, there was a lack of marshalling along the course. Pedestrians were trying to cross the roads while it was closed off for runners only and there was no one around to prevent this from happening. Secondly, there weren’t enough volunteers at water / Gatorade stations as runners had to stop and wait for water. Thirdly, it’s the first time I'm running this race and most disappointing is to hit a finish line that is backed up with runners. Never have I been in a race where this has occurred. It was such an anti-climatic end. Lastly, the finish area was very confusing. Coronation Park area could have been put to better use.
In conclusion, I doubt I will do this race again unless the organizers do a better job in the future.
The three things that were good about this race were the cause, the route and the t-shirt. But there were so many people all the way down that I think I ran sideways--dodging bodies--almost as much as I ran forward. I would never want to run this race again.
This race is for a great cause, however I agree that organization was lacking.
Pre race chaos - When I went to pick up my race kit they were out of shirts in my size (small) and only had Large or XL left. I though this was bizarre considering they ask everyone for a size upon registration. This could be handled better if they just ordered the exact t-shirts people registered for. Or at least pre-packed them in a race kit.
Actual race - Route is great. Super easy downhill 10k. 2 water stations avail at about 5 & 7 k
Finish line - There should have been volunteers ushering people after the finish line (which was QUITE congested). This was also because people were waiting for their friends and such to finish. If they modeled this after the way the YONGE 10k was organized it would have been much better. Y10K had designated meeting areas with LARGE clearly visible signs.
Post Race - Also the flow for the "after race" party was a mess. No signange, and not nearly enough volunteers.. or logic to the location of food, bev, and such.
Runners are exhausted and shouldn't have to walk all over the ground searching for a banana or what not.
Otherwise the route was great (same at Y10K) and the cause is a great one to support. More signange, better flow, and more clearly visible volunteers would have helped a lot.
This is my second time running this race with last year being the first. I enjoyed last years much much more then this year. This year the Km markers were harder to see, the run was overcrowded, people were tripping on people so I could not run the pace I wanted to. The finish was a disaster, I had to stop way before the finish line which affected my time. The food and water station was a hike to get to and then another disappointment. Would I run this race again next year? Not likely, next year I think I will try the Toronto Yonge St 10K.
Forgot to add in my review...never once in a race I have run have I had to dodge pedestrians walking out in front of runners...and not once but 3 -4 times along the course for me...I have run the 10K down Yonge street for years...and never almost collided with pedestrians. What exactly were the side streets blocked for? And at the 9th km markers some pedestrian walks right in front of me carrying a tray of 4 or more large coffee's and bag of food ...are you kidding? Last second I dodged to the side to miss him...and hit a runner beside me....I heard an officer yell out behind me..."don't cut off the runners!" Why did this sort of thing happen in this race? Like I said has never happened before...ridiculous.
My name is John Roe and I am the Director of Marketing and Advertising for Sporting Life. I have been looking after our 10k for nearly 9 years now. We too are not impressed with what happened yesterday and please all be aware that we are going to do what is neccessary to enure that our "little run" that could will live up to your expectations. We do listen to our customers and we do react when reaction is needed. We will take the steps nesseccary to make the run/race the quality event it should be.Our goal has always been to have an experience for aspiring and competeing runners while raising a lot of money for Camp. Both can co- exist
Thank you and keep the posts coming. we are watching and we are listening.
Poor organization/poor race atmosphere
Although I didn't run this year's SL10k, I couldn't agree with you more about being poorly organized. I wrote a review about last week's GoodLife (half) marathon and your comments pretty much mirror those of mine regarding organization, corrals, pre-race mood (i.e., lack of pre-race music to pump up the runner), music and entertainment (or lack thereof) along the route. I have run both GoodLife and STWM half marathons in the the past year and I know which is my preferred race ...
Firstly I have never done a review on a race. I have Never felt prompted to do so...always impressed 100% in my 10 years of running them all over.
Past Sporting Life Race
I have competed for years in the former Sporting life 10k down Yonge Street before it left the Canada Running Series. And every year it's excellence compared 100% to all the other races in the series...well organized, well signed...great race kits...even getting back to the start I don't recall any challenges. but this guy at the race finish area handed me a business card...My NExt RACE.com to rate it. And without feedback...how can fix some stuff for next year? Good and bad reviews are important.
Last year I signed up for the 10k down Yonge Street not realizing it wasn't the Sporting life for Camp Ooch. But the Toronto 10k last year was awesome too. so this year I jumped back on the Sporting life train.... I am glad kids with cancer will benefit from the funds raised for a camp experience and wanted to be a part of it again. Thanks to Sporting Life for that~!
thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time and stood in the cold to help us runners. Without volunteers we would have no races. But why did this race have so few?
I did notice there were significantly less volunteers at the 2013 Sporting life run than any other race I have been to in my 10 years of these races and yes it meant they had to work faster and harder and tks to those volunteers for hanging in there despite what you were given. Kudos!
And tks to the 26, 999 runners who ran with me...(and all the Mothers...it was Mothers Day folks and us Mothers gave birth to kids...so this race....touches us in a different way) and being surrounded by thousands who love to do what I do at the same time...smiles...energy no matter the weather for good causes makes us come back year after year.
Great course. Done it many times. love it.
Sorry but I have to agree with some of the negative things from others. Guys/gals...this was by far the least organized race I have ever been a part of in my 10 yrs.
I registered online months ahead like always...selected a medium size ladies shirt. Arrived early (from Barrie we leave at 6:00 am or earlier) as always do race day went for my race kit as an out of towners do and picked up my "number only?" at the table? no race bag with upcoming races info or a pre-race juice / little prerace / post race snack bar nor... my t shirt I ordered. I had to spend 10 minutes digging through boxes marked X-large mens and ladies t shirts... and gave up realizing it was all I could pick from. I am not sure why I preregistered for a t shirt with my requested size. I don't do races just for the t shirt...but I like to wear it during the race I am running. Never had this happen with a race in 10 years.
Sporting Life Gift Coupon?
And another review mentioned Sporting Life gift coupon in this years race? What gift coupon? Maybe it was in my race kit bag I never received....
Now to the corals....website said be in corals at 7:45 sharp....I was there at 7:30 standing, bouncing in the crowds to keep warm until 8:15 or so? till the blue coral was sent out? I never even heard a gun start from where we were? I have never NOT known the start of a race ahead of me...the audio at other races is always top notch. This race...the crowd moved forward is all.
Music at Start of Race?
lots of music is always at the start of other Races....to get everyone pumped up...I talked to the people beside me standing...no music...and very little cheering of the entire crowd when race started? No announcer to have us cheer for the kids we were supporting? Is that bilaw perhaps? Or were so many runners in red / yellow ...everyone behind too far back to hear announcer? There was always music on speakers outside Sporting Life in years past...I don't recall hearing any this year...pls tell me if I am just losing my hearing..
A crowd of runners that size should have been heard on the 401...(ok a bit exaggerated)cheering at the start and during the start! Seemed a docile crowd...needed a designated leader to reve up...where was He/She?
I arrived at 6:50 a.m. so got in one early initially.
Because of the long wait in corals, I had to go to the bathroom again due to the cold temperatures and was afraid to leave knowing the lineups at potties at races near start of race, in case I would miss the start and Not knowing when our coral would start....
I will say thanks for the 4 porta potties at the 3rd km on the sidewalk, never have I ever had to leave a race mid race to pee...but I have never had to stand for so long in the cold to wait for a CORAL START. Not crazy about that. If not for those 4 porta potties...I could have never finished the race. so tks for those! really. Lost atleast a minute off my race chip time though. This would have been my fastest 10 k ever in my life. (48 min or less).
In other races...you CANNOT even enter a coral unless your bib has that colour coral on it as volunteers wont allow you to enter / strict but...this race...anyone could walk anywhere and there were colours mixed all together in some spots...I remember stepping over a lot of ropes on the ground...in corals. I wasn't sure what coral I was in...I looked at others bibs as I walked through till I saw majority of blue. Along the way...I saw the km markers 2 km, 3rd km and 5 kms and didn't see another one till 9 km. And I was looking!!!
Not sure if they were not there or too small to be seen.
Music on Route
I think I recall 3 bands playing in total...someone mentioned they only saw one...and a spectator had a boom box playing Maroon five on it at one point so I enjoyed that too. tks to that person! And band at ball diamond at the finish was awesome too.
However At the finish line...I finished at 49 minutes and agree with others, it was mass confusion then....there were people everywhere runners volunteers and spectators mixed all over. In other races NO ONE is allowed in the finish corals which are normally one lane to exit and only those right at finish point putting medals on our necks. And then the wandering began yesterday as everyone wandered all over the place looking for drinks food and coffee and the trucks for our bags....No signage anywhere. If you could Please organize this better next year to direct the large numbers quicker.
Nice touch if you can get a cup.
With the cold & after running a 10 k ...all I would have loved then was a hot coffee... while I waited for my friends running about 30 min behind me but I saw the line up of ONE Mcdonalds truck for coffee with over 150 people in line when I finished my race in under 50 minutes (3 people serving coffee). I would suggest perhaps 2 trucks for coffee? or 3 trucks with 27,0000 runners... and all the supporters.
Getting back to Start
so I opted out of the coffee line up...and began the trek back to the start...walked all the way to union subway station after trying several street cars and buses to find out none of them were available for the runners to get back to the start. We took shuttles before and found them very slow with 10,000 runners so with 27, 000...not.
I believe in the cause folks and would love to run again in the Sporting Life 10 km...but I hope you iron out the wrinkles...or lower the number of runners till you can.
Next years Race numbers to be even Bigger?
At the finish line I spoke briefly with a Man from Collingwood who said he was buddies with the organizer of this 2013 Race...and in 2014 the Sporting Life Race was aiming for 32,000 runners? bigger is not always better till they get this on track. It's a good cause.
And I agree with former comment of medals...no sponsor on ribbon which may indicate why they were not same quality as past years. New Balance sponsored last medals for Canada Running Series Sporting life. I too display my race medals for the year ran...but this one...not even a date / yr on it. it went to my closet as well. All of my race medals are dated. it's what makes it special.
I hope after all these reviews ....next year's Sporting Life is back on top again in organization.
Wow, where to start? First, there was the congestion at the finish line, meaning I and everyone around me actually WALKED over it (!), then, in the finish area, there were was the long lineup just to get to the table where two (yes, two!) people were slowing pouring Gatorade from little jugs into paper cups. The food seemed to consist only of bananas and bagels (one variety only), there were no volunteers to be seen, the signage was awful, and when I finally DID find a volunteer, she had no idea where the shuttle buses were. When I finally figured out (on my own) where they were, it was an extremely long, cold walk to reach them. Then we had a grouchy, kamikaze driver who went all the way to the DVP (why so out of the way?) to drop us off on Yonge, south of Lawrence—nowhere near a subway station. In contrast, the Yong Street 10K on April 21st put this one to shame, in every single way. I sure hope the organizers for next year's Sporting Life 10K clean up their act. They should be ashamed.
Considering the number of people, it was not a bad race. 3 things that I did not like:
1. The first marker I saw was at 6km....were they not positioned high enough?
2. At the end of the race, people in front of me were coming to a dead stop and not moving on, someone should have been telling people to "KEEP MOVING"
3. Food and drinks at the end of the race were not easily available
First time running this race....the sea of runners (27,000) at the start line was unbelievable! The corrals were well marked and the announcer kept telling everyone to start in their correct corrals, I commend them for trying to get people in the right corrals b/c we all know corrals work if everyone is honest. The course is great (I ran Yonge St last year and its the same course). The finish line was backed up and perhaps that can be worked on and as well as the post race food. Dry plain bagels and bananas, that was the only thing offered, I think the runners deserve a bit more than that.
This was my first time doing this race, and I must say that with over 27,000 participants, it was extremely well run. The km markers were clearly visible with great music to signify this. Volunteers did a great job! I found the sight of so many people running for such a wonderful cause made you think twice about complaining about little things. I found that there were plenty of bagels, bananas, etc. and the long walk to obtain them was actually a good thing in disguise! If I have one suggestion, perhaps give the appropriate-size T-shirt that was ordered and not allow people to change their minds at pick-up as there were only ladies L and XXL left on Saturday morning. Other than that glitch, well done!!!!
Second Glassman even in two weeks, both were a disappointment. I won't be running a Glassman event until I start seeing lots of positive reviews.
At least give runners something to put their bib, shirt, pins, and coupon in. Specially those who are picking up for multiple people. You want to be green, use non-plastic reusable bags.
Corral entrances were poorly marked and not "policed". One speaker at the front, the other 25,000 had no idea what was being said. No signage, limited porta-potties.
I was in the first wave and never stopped at any of the hydration stations, but you could see it was going to be trouble later on in the race. Not enough volunteers, not enough cups already filled. Turns out it did result in general mayhem.
When I finished, the area was already getting very crowded and that was only 45 minutes after the start of the first wave. The majority still had to finish. There were absolutely no marshals or volunteers ensuring that people kept moving. There also really was no signage directing people down the 400 meter walk and two signalized crossings of live traffic for the medal, water and food.
The medal is cheap and has no date on it. It went straight from my bag to the closet. Normally we display our latest medal in the condo, but this one just wasn't worth it. Water, gatorade and food stations were a disaster as we have now come to expect from a Glassman organized event.
Honestly, I am surprised Nike and SportingLife want to be associated with a race that looked like running amateur hour...My wife and I won't be back and will find a different race to run this great course.
I forgot to mention the water problem at the finish in my review! I gave up trying to get something to drink and bought a gatorade from the hot dog vendor at Lakeshore and Strachan. Lucky me, I had money and remembered that they were located there. They seemed to be happily profiting off of the bad organization at SL10k and had lots of drinks and gatorade, although expensive! :)
Sporting Life 10K needs to improve their organization of this race in future years. A race with 27,000 runners needs rigorous organization, execution and planning. My experience with the race was ok, but with the number running and the overall profile of the event I expected something closer to what I experienced with other large events. I was disappointed because of the following:
-Poor organization of the corrals (No enforcement, I ended up being stuck behind slower people/walkers who joined my corral to be with their "friends").
-Makeshift gauntlet of spectators at the corner of BlueJays Way and Front created a bottleneck.
-Huge bottleneck of runners at the finish meant that we all had to walk across the finish line in a crowd, adding about 2 minutes to my time (why bother timing the race if you don't let runners finish properly?)
-Not enough volunteers anywhere, but mostly at the drinks stands at the end of the race in Coronation Park. Thanks to the volunteers who were at the race, it must have been extremely hard to keep up with the crowds and probably quite stressful.
I would recommend to all runners to do the Toronto Yonge St. 10K instead even if it is your first race (Canada Running Series event). Although Sporting Life 10k has a great charitable cause (gets the rating for this aspect alone) they are taking on too many competitors for this event to run smoothly. I won't be doing this race again.
Great race and event organization as far as corrals, km markers, entertainment and a clear course. The corrals were massive with over 20,000 runners so lots of runner traffic to weave through, but that's part of the experience.
The finish line area was lacking in vendors and booths compared to previous years, but can't complain - i'm assuming more of the revenue is going to the kids camp.
A great 10k race for beginners or anyone looking to post up a good 10k time.
The two bananas are for the great charity focus of the race.
I've run this race multiple times and was very disappointed this year. The fact that there are 27,000 runners is great for the cause, but with growing the race at this pace there needs to be better logistics pre/post race. (I feel like it was about 14,000 in 2009 and it still felt really big).
Pre-race TTC was a nightmare, buses were packed by the time they got to Richmond, I don't understand why a couple of subways can't be run to transport this volume of people to a location that is not easily accessible by car, especially when race starts/ends are not in the same location. The shuttle bus really is only an option if you live near the start/finish lines.
Running the race was tough in such a crowd, I found it never really cleared so that you were running with a group of familiar people running at your pace, it was especially difficult to pick up the pace at the end, when everyone was either tiring and walking or trying to sprint to the finish as the course narrowed.
The finish was a huge disappointment for me, there was over a minute people-jam to cross the finish, making me wonder why I even bothered to race the last few kms and soured my mood on a day I had been enjoying despite the dismal weather. This felt really unacceptable, and I've never seen such a mess at the finish. Race marshalls needed to do a much better job keeping traffic moving, or organizers needed to make sure the finish was wide enough to handle the massive number of people that would be crossing it.
Even though I've loved this race for the 5 years I've been running, am seriously considering never running it again and switching to a smaller, more organized race.
First time doing a 10k and I really enjoyed myself. Loved the music at each k we hit.
Fantastic, from registration, to transportation, to the begining, music during the race, the end, food and drink, all is organized in fantastic way, God bless you all
You must have a vision problem. There were km markers at every km except for maybe km 9.
Why would they ask for shirt sizes if they are then only going to have large sizes available for pick-up? I signed up in Feb and said I take a small. Only large sizes were available at pick up. Either they didn't order the right amount of the right sizes or they allowed people to pick-up sizes they did not register for. The end was just a unorganized mess and the only options for food was bananas and bagels. Luckily I live close by and was able to walk home quickly and make lunch. Haven't seen my "official" time yet but I hope what I'm reading on here about them timing from the gun has changed. It makes no sense for people starting in a later corral. Luckily I had Endomondo running so I know what my real time is regardless. It gets 3 bananas because they're doing some good fundraising on this one and that's what it's really all about. As a race though, not my favorite.
Overall, a great course and a great cause however, I was disappointed with the lack of organization at the end. There was no direction for the crowd, no water, food was hard to find, there was no meeting spot for family and friends nor any information about shuttles....it was freezing and nothing was provided for participants to keep them warm at the end.
First & Last Time SL 10K
A big disappointment for me. Loved the route, but the start line was too crowded. We were in the green coral and had no idea when or if the race had started. People lined up regardless of the coral assigned to them. I can't blame them, as there was not enough staff to know what to do. The finish line was just as crowded. Where to you wait in a line to cross the finish line matts? That added almost 1 minute to my time. This is a fun run, but not for a PB. I would not run it again, unless they limit the race size.
I wrote about this on my blog "A whole lot of soles" where I'm also getting a lot of comments. The basic issues were
-Poorly manned water stations, and not enough water for a race with 21K plus runners
-Bad communication with runners at the start -- no timeline for start
-Congestion at the end of the race. We lined up to wait to cross the finish line. When does that happen?
The water issue is actually a serious one as it seems the organizers didn't prepare for a massive crowd when they knew they had one on their hands.
This needs to be addressed.
what if sporting life changed organizers? do you think they would? They cant be happy about it...
It is not the city's fault that the Lakeshore was open, it is the responsibility of the race organizer to ensure that the road was closed or find a different place to funnel people from the finish line to. If you are bragging about having 27,000 runners, you need to make sure they are moving at the end of the race, not waiting to cross a busy road.
2nd time SL10k runner
Very disappointed. Ran last year's sporting life 10k and enjoyed it (although it was pretty crowded last year too). I have also ran the scotiabank waterfront half marathon and goodlife half marathon before, and compared to these two this year's SL10k was AWFUL!
1. Bib pickup: Pickup itself was pretty straight forward. BUT, major problem with T-shirt size. Why bother to ask what size if they are going to let people switch sizes on the pick up day. I went on Friday afternoon and only XL for men and XS and L, XL left for women. Volunteers should be trained not to switch sizes for people that pick up their bibs earlier. What's the point of getting a T-shirt if it doesn't fit at all?
2. Race day: WAAAAAY too many people. It's good that so many people are supporting camp ooch, but it is WAY to many. I was in the green corral and I found myself having to squeeze through people and go on the sidewalk just so that I can avoid tripping over people. Yonge street can only fit so many people. If sporting life wants more people next year, they better come up with a good solution.
3. Route: I love this route as it is mostly downhill. Nothing to complain about the route.
4. Finish line: AWWWWFUL!! Just AWWWWFUL! I was sprinting the last 500m just to find out that I had to stop and wait in line to slowly crawl over the finish line. Terrible finish. Terrible organization indeed.
5. Race time: There was no timer at the end so I had no clue what my time was until about a few hours later. I tried to check online right after crossing the finish line and of course everyone was trying to access the website and I couldn't get through to it. I know this is more of a fun run but still... I would like to know the time when I cross the finish line.
6. After finish line: Had to walk for a while to get my medal, water, food. Not enough water station at the park. Runners were pouring out water themselves and a huge line up for gatoraid. Same with food tables. Terrible organization again - 27000 runners... the organizers really thought that was enough!?
7. Medal: You can tell that they barely spent any money on the medal. Looks so cheap, and especially, no date? I won't be surprised if I see the same medal again next year.
Overall, the only good thing about this year's SL10k was the route... and of course the support for camp ooch. Everything else was AWFUL! I am most likely not to run this again next year especially if more people sign up. I will try the Toronto Yonge Street 10K since it is the same route anyway.
First chipped race, first 10k. 27,000 runners! Loved the race. PB far better than my average 5k pace due to the downhill. If you want an ego boost, this is the race to run.
I was impressed with last years race, I should have stopped there and not run again this year so I would be left with good memories.
1st, the whole “I don't run for swag, I run for the cause” does not fly with me. Companies PAY to put swag in run kits. ALOT. They pay to put pamphlets in too. Not having a race kit bag means money not going into Camp Oooch's pocket. Not giving people a plastic bag to carry their shirt & bib back to the office is just amateur.
The shirts were nice, but the medals this year are a joke. No date or year? Did they just buy 100k of them and plan to use them over the next 3 years? That is just laughable. Cheap & lazy.
Start was fine. Not well organized, but did not pose much of a problem at least around me (Orange)
Course was great, same as always. Bands were a nice touch this year. Fun energy bands every 2k or so.
Finish. Horrendous. Where do I start? Because of a complete lack of organization people had to wait in line to cross the finish line. When I came around the corner I almost laughed out loud at the stupidity of the scene. Turns out the traffic police were letting car go through on Lakeshore and holding back runners who had finished. The result was a back up back past the finish line. I am not a speedster, I am in the middle of the pack, but I still lost a good 3mins waiting to be granted the opportunity to finish the race. A pure and utter joke.
There was not a drop of water to be found until you crossed the finish-line, walked 300m, waited to cross the road, walked another 300m, waited in line for your medal, then waded through masses of people to get to an unmanned table to pour water for yourself out of a milk bag jug. Then onto the food table where there were bags upon bags of bagels you reached in and grabbed. No gloves, people taking 3 putting back one, gross. I am no germaphobe, but no thanks.
Shuttle buses back up to Yonge/Eg. Have I used the term joke yet? No one from the race to be seen, no signs, no lines, nothing. Someone heard from someone who heard you stand here and wait. All the buses had just left (together) & would make a return trip. In an hour. I walked to the subway. Don't bother having a race feature if you can not do it properly.
Disappointed. For all the people who worked so hard only to be ripped off their time at the finish, and for the reputation Camp O is getting with this debacle of a race.
2nd & last time I do this race
+1 Banana for the course
-3 Banana's from last years review for the ridiculous organization faults
First time at this race, I was worried about overcrowding but it was okay. There were enough port-a-potties at the beginning if you needed them. Obviously more crowded than most races, but since I was near the back I didn't care. There were several music stations on the route to cheer people on. Fun to race in a huge crowd down Yonge Street. Took a little while to get from race finish to the park area, but what can you expect with so many people? Bagels, bananas and drinks available at the end. I was impressed I could catch a bus to take me to the subway without any wait. If you hate crowds and are really concentrating on getting your fastest time this race may not be for you, but otherwise it is a good time and well-organized for the large crowd.
Yes, there were lots of runners. The race organizers knew that all along. There are tons of races all over the world with lots of runners and the runners don't give a kick at the end only to discover a hoard of people log-jamming up the end of the finish line. It is the race organizers responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient room to move runners away from the space after the finish line. And sufficient number of marshals to keep people moving. And this is not the first time this has happened at SL. Really soured the race for me.
After sweating it out last week running the Toronto Marathon, this week, I froze my fingers off running the Sporting Life 10k. In hindsight, I should've started out my running season with a 10k and then a marathon but I digress. I needed to get to the start (Yonge and Eglinton) from home (Dundas & George) rather quick, as I woke up late. Most TTC buses were full and would not stop, leaving a lot of wondering if we'd miss the race. We did manage to get onto a bus at Bay & Grosvenor. For 27,000 runners, finding the corral and lining up was very easy, within five minutes we were off and running. I love my city and downtown, so the course was great and familiar. However (I bought a bus shuttle ticket) no shuttle buses were seen at the finish, so I walked home (no big deal, but still...had I been an out of tower I may have panicked at this).
Here comes my two trite and trivial gripes (but really, I love a good workout shirt and why not promote the race I just ran?). Medals had no date or year on them and came with a plain white ribbon with a Velcro thing at the top. At the very least I want to look back at the medal and say 'oh yeah, I remember that race (from 2013)'. Tomato red shirts are okay, but these shirts suck. The front has 'Sporting Life' logo; the back says 'Ooch'. Again, if I'm running or working out, I see no date, year or even where this event took place in Toronto unless I can see very tiny writing. As someone who has designed high school tournament shirts, the biggest three are: when was this, where was this, and what was this. Unless you ran this 10k or have been to Camp Oochigeas, the shirts do nothing to promote what the race is about, or how you can find out more about it. I know this is a charity run, but its important, especially with 27,000 people, that you use your shirts to convey your cause as clearly and legibly as possible. So enough about that.
Congrats to all of us who finished the 10k, and double congrats to moms who did a 10k on Mothers Day!
What a disappointment! Firstly the yes, the packet pick up was easy, but really only a t-shirt. Day of the seemed just un-organized. NO signs anywhere until the end on how far youve gone. I think 8k was the first sign I saw. The run was overcrowded, people were trippping on people. The finish was a disaster I had to stop way before the finish line and people didnt understand that they had to keep moving. Which probably affected my time..... if I could even find my results yet! 4 hours later. The food and water station was a hike to get to and then another disappointment, im not eating a bagel from the hands of a total stranger. Why werent they wearing gloves!!! Would I run this race again? Not likely, seriously easier to run down Yonge St on any other day of the week.
Mad and Cold
I know the weather is not the fault of the organizers, but I have run many big races before that also brag about how big they are! Bigger is not always better btw, once again like last year the corrals were a mess, the pre-registration was terrible (I bought my entry earlier this year and still the tshirt sizing was terrible). I don't understand why there is the added cost of timing the race and having a clock when you have to wait over 40 seconds like me and a friend to cross the finish line, ridiculous! If it wasn't such a great charity I would give this a 2 banana, clearly the folks at Sporting Life deserve a better organized event.
Love this race and all my great friends who ran with....I don't run for the swag and I dont run for the snacks...seriously ...some ppl complain about snacks !? I run for the love of running and for the health benefits and....I run for the cause !
Thanks for the opportunity....Live ...Love.....RUN
Anthony, the clogged up finish line was not the fault of the runners. Runners were stopped at the road leading to Coronation Park, backing up runners and leading to congestion at the finish line. They had to wait for traffic.
I've run this race before and was very disappointed with this year...not so much for the race but before and after...It started with parking. On the event website, it stated parking was going to be 5.00...it ended up being 12.00 (if you paid cash) or 20.00 (if you paid cc). It's not the cost that bothers me (well maybe a little), it was the advertising. A number of people at the parking lots were saying the same thing. The run itself was enjoyable (as always) except for the end where there was a pile of people just before the finish line. There was a lot of confusion as to what was going on at the finish line and quite a few people were angry at having to cut their sprint short. That to me was unacceptable. Imagine if they had a backlog of people waiting to cross the finish line at the NYC or Boston. Whoever the organizers are for this race need to look at that situation. I used to look forward to this race at the beginning of each season but based on this year, I might rethink that and to the Toronto 10K instead.
Checked out last year's comments and it seems that all the problems have been addressed and corrected. I ran I in 2012 and found it great. This year the race was fun. There were a lot of bands and entertainment. At the finish, the food was adequate but I did miss the yogurt and chocolate milk from last year. I guess I got spoiled. I was surprised that the start was delayed by at least 15 minutes...making it really cold. (The weather was VERY VERY cold, so the wait was terrible.) I did enjoy the race and plan to do it again.
this was my second time running the race. Just as last year I found it to be a great event. With good food/water/etc. Lots of washrooms at the start. But if you do run next year, please keep moving when you finish. It was very disapointing to make a push for the finish line only to have to stop and wait a full minute to cross the finish line because earlier finishers decided to stick around and clog up the finish line.
That said, thank you orgnanizers and volunteers for providing a great race experience.
Peed Off Runner
This is my 3rd event of the spring and thought it was going to be the icing on the cake after two fun 5km runs (Harry's Spring Run Off and a small run in Sunnybrook for Pogo). With a huge company behind this event (Sporting Life) and all this boasting about 27,000 runners, charity, etc the least they could do, as a retailer, is get the shirts correct????
What's the point bragging about a quality, well fitted tech shirt if you signed up early, and now they don't have your sizes left? Very bummed about this and already thinking Sunday will be disappointing as well.
Just now noticed that this race had such a low rating so I felt the need to give my thoughts on last year's race.
It is not lost on me that so many people give 1 banana and mention how great the CRS race is. Not a coincidence at all eh (roll eyes). Time to suck it up and move on. Two races, this one is not going away. Get over it.
My first 10k race, but had run many 5ks.
- Basically free race - $45+tax registration, $50 SL Gift Card
- HUGE turnout. Cool to run with such a large community
- Great course
- Race kit had lots of nice stuff, and pickup was well organized (Really, anyone trying to park in the SL parking lot when they know the pickup is in there needs to give their head a shake. Common sense people)
- Plenty of people cheering along the route, cool signs too
- Shirts & Medal were much nicer than normal races
- Not enough porta-pottys. I dont need them because I know how to plan properly for race morning, but lots of people do not.
- Water stations ran out of water & had only Gatorade. I was in the middle corral, not like I was trailing at the end and had 25k people ahead of me.
- Finish Line. Medals & the end of the chute were over 400m from the finish line. People could walk in and out...just needs to tighten up org.
Maybe I am just forgiving, but I did not see anything worth complaining much about.
Outside of the porta potty shortage at the beginning of the race, I found it was well organized. I found lots of food at the end of the race and felt the volunteers were cheerful and encouraging. Great race for a great cause. Oh yea, and it is fa-ast
I really enjoyed this race. It was well organized, and the volunteers did a great job. My only complaint is that I didn't get a technical shirt because I registered too late. The ending, medals, and after-party were great as well.
My very first race so I was kind of overwhelmed with the 17 000 people running down Yonge St. After 1-2kms was able to run freely though. Had lots of fun, great cause. My friend who signed up quite early got a Gift Card to Sporting Life just for registering I think?! Seemed like there were plenty of bananas, bagels and chocolate shakes.
Definitely a disappointment. Far too crowded, nothing was marked well (baggage drop/pick up, port-o-lets, km markers, food, shuttle busses). Water stations were poorly organized and very short on volunteers (took MINUTES off my time because I had to stop and wait for water)
***NO MEDIC TENT****
Several people with injuries and no ice to be found anywhere
a woman having an anaphylactic reaction and NO MEDIC SUPPORT ANYWHERE
The safety of their participants was not taken into consideration at all, which makes is a definite no go for next year.
The race was actually okay.
(1) The racecourse was well planned out and very organized.
(2) Lots of volunteers
(3) The T-shirts were beautiful!
(4) The music band at the end was so much fun and entertaining
(1)The food stand was too difficult to find. Everyone was asking "where is the food stand?"
(2) It was EXTREMELY unsanitary that the volunteers serving the water at the water stands had NO gloves on! Like whoa!!! And their hands were all in the Gatorade and water cupping it out. YUCK!!! I didn't even drink the water on the course! TOTALLY GROSS - Thank God I had my fuel belt with water
Other than that, I would definitely run this race again next year:)
This race was just okay. I'm going to start from the beginning:
1. Registration was really great and easy! I really loved the gift cards that you guys gave out for pre-registering. I also think it is really great that all net proceeds went to Camp Ooch! It's great actually making a difference in peoples' lives, rather than keeping the money for race directors. (5/5)
2. I didn't have a problem with packet pickup. I went during the day and I didn't drive, so there wasn't much of a lineup and I got served pretty easily. (5/5)
3. On the day of the race, I carpooled and we were able to get parked.
4. Start corrals were fine to get into, but the start was very clustered and it didn't really get any less clustered as you went through. A way I could suggest to improve this is that instead of having 5 corrals with 10 minutes between, you should have 10 corrals with 5 mins in between. So then you don't end up with huge gaps between corrals, and huge clusters elsewhere. It was really annoying trying to pass people. (3/5)
5. There obviously weren't enough volunteers there to hand out water along the course. This isn't the fault of the volunteers, but the fault of the organizers. Jay Glassman has obviously not realized the organization that goes into an event with 25,000 people because he has never done one that big before. (3/5)
6. The finishing chute was wayy too long. Runners had to walk literally 2 blocks to get their medals. (2/5)
7. Post-race organization was awful with food and water. Again, they need to have more volunteers! There should have been better signage telling people where to go for food water, shuttle buses etc. (1/5)
8. I also think they need a designated area for people to meet up with family and friends, organized by last name like the one at Scotiabank. If they had the organization of the Toronto Yonge Street 10k, and the initiative of this run, then it would be perfect. Lots of things to think of for next year, especially if they are thinking of increasing capacity!
I ran the Old Sporting Life 10K last year so 2012 was my second time, first with the new organizers.
Packet pick up seemed well organized - I went during the day on a week-day so avoided crowds. Very much liked the shirt.
Seemed to be less porta potties at the start and no water available. Lack of porta potties might have led to faster runners starting in slower corrals - I got run over by someone who was trying to catch up.
More water stations along the course would be nice - at least 3, maybe 4.
The finish area was a disorganized mess. Had to walk a few blocks to get a medal and the volunteers seemed to be handing them out to anyone. Couldn't find food or water, maybe it was on the other side of the park. Happy that I didn't check a bag and have to hunt it down. Finally got frustrated and left without any food/drink/samples. Happy I wore my fuel belt.
So loved the race itself, the course is great but the start and end needs some work.
I just did it for fun with my brother and I got free entry from a friend. They had 25,000 people running the race and 15,000 last year. 10,000 more people and still very well organized for a 10 km here in Toronto. Its a great race for a first timer wanting to do a 10 km. They had great music along the course with nice medals at the finish line.
I have no complaints about the race itself, but some of the setup could have been better. With close to 20,000 people running the race, having only a couple spots with a few washrooms each made it almost impossible to use one before the run. Other than that, the race went off exactly on time, there were lots of freebees at the end, and I had a lot of fun.
For people going to try this race for the first time, try to place yourself in the correct starting position. It will make sure everyone gets a better time in the end by not having to weave through crowds of people.
I will be doing this race next year for sure.
Since the race is for a fantastic cause, its a little hard to complain about it. BUT I did feel that the length of time it took to get from the finish line to any sort of food or refreshment was too long. Not having taken any water during the race course figuring I would have the chance to come the end of the race was a mistake on my part. There were way too many people just stopping
Also, at the finish line and walking slowly that I was not able to come through the finish line at the pace I wanted too. I am not sure if there is a way to measure if people are in the correct corrals because there should not be walkers in the upper corrals, as there were.
Overall, I would do this race again as I love the cause that it supports.
I would do the race again.
I agree with most of the previous comments. And the race director that they seem easily solvable for next year.
The bag pick up went very smoothly as compared to scotiabank, so I was grateful for that. Although the bags were set up outside so if it had started to rain hard it may have been problematic.
I would say that I thought the race had a really positive vibe. And the fact that the route is so wide meant that the large numbers of people didn't slow the pace. Plus the $5 North Face shirt in the recovery area was sweet.
Overall I enjoyed the race down Yonge street.
-Finish line was poorly organized, couldn't find water or food at the end of the race
-I asked for a small men's t-shirt and all they had left were mediums
-I did not see any signs during the race to provide the distance covered or remaining
(This message is from the race organizer)
Thank you everyone for your comments here and I appreciate all that you have to say about the Sporting Life 10K. The common theme seems to be around the "organization" and quite frankly we never in our wildest dreams would have thought we would have such an increase both fundraising and registration, but we hear you loud and clear and will make it our top priority going forward into next year.
A lot of these issues can be easily fixed and because we have some pretty major partners coming on board, we fully expect you all to see a mass improvement with how this run will be affected logistically and price/value.
Keep the comments coming as we really do pay attention to them and once again thank you for your participation in our run and the 2 million you have raised for Camp Oochigeas, at the end of the day you have all affected a lot of children's lives.
We also have a big announcement to make for next year, stay tuned...
I am going rate our performance in 4 bananas...
It seemed that there weren’t enough TTC buses to xport runners to the start line from downtown. Several passed us waiting at Yonge and Queen; they were all full. I had wait over 40 min. and by the time a bus arrived we could take, Yonge St. was closed, so we took an alternative route and got dropped off 10min away from the start line and almost missed the start. Also, they ran out of stuff at the end of the race (i.e. food) and the chip time seems off on the website.
However, I would recommend this race to anyone and look fwd. going again next year.
I love the fact that 100% of the NET proceeds is going to Camp Ooch. I hope this will happen every year and not just the first year of the switch over.
Great finishers metal.
I think it was not well organized to handle the 23000 people.
1/NOT enough Port-o-Potties!!!!. Last year was not this crazy.
More should have been order to handle the volume of people.
2/Several water stations had NO water, runners were scooping water from large buckets. This also happen during the Goodlife Marathon a week earlier. * Need experience people to over see not just kids.
3/The finish for 2011 was much more organized.
4/ Metal area was to far and crazy. You had to cross the streets and finishers and spectators were all going through the metal area.. seem like anyone could almost get a metal and did. I really didn't want to waiting for my metal.
5/The food area was not clear marked for the finished who really need to get some, instead it open to everyone, not sure if that was the intention.
Other races.. cross finish, get metal, food area, then open area.
6/ Shuttle buses was not clearly marked.
7/I found something off about the timing too, as mentioned previously
8/BTW Yellow shirt look good on a small amount of the population.. White or Blue are colours more people can wear.
I was honestly disappointed with the way it was organized. It was much better last year. Unfortunately I saw some the same problems at the Goodlife Marathon a week earlier.
I would really like to support Camp Ooch, but this was poorly organized I will actually think twice.
Great race. Fifth time doing it. 8am start was tough driving in from out of town, but no problems finding parking near the start. The chocolate milk and bananas post-race kept me going until I got back up to yonge/eg for brunch. A TTC token in the shorts pocket is the way to go. No problems with chip time, course, or post-race and thought it was organized well considering the size. Better km markers would be good, especially for people unfamiliar with the course and the finishline. All that money for Camp Ooch is amazing! Those kids will have a great time.
Sorry new to this forgot my bananas. I give it a 4
Atmosphere was amazing. Nice to ear everyone running around you.
I have to agree with Joe, this run was poorly organized. This is my first Sporting Life 10K, I've ran many other races already this year and I have to say this one was my least favourite. Where were those bananas? What about the four porter potties at the start line?!?!? what's up with that? Clearly someone was sleeping at the switch, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that four porta potties isn't going to cut it when you know there will be 20,000+ runners attending... The only positive thing here is the money raised went to a good cause.
Great run, great organization, great volunteers, great medal. Everything about this run was perfect !!! Will do again and highly recommend.
This was my 1st 10k and thought it was well organized for the amount of runners. The only comparison I have is the Toronto CIBC Run for the Cure 5k which was horribly unorganized.
I thought it was great that all of the registration fee went to Camp Ooch instead of just a $1 as it has been in the past. Hopefully they keep it like this or very close to it for future races. Great bonus was the Sporting Life gift card.
I think they need more volunteers to try and keep up with the clean up. Not sure why there wasn't any garbage cans at the water stations for the empty cups or at Coronation Park. Next year maybe they can supply the volunteers with extra boxes of garbage bags. Luckily I didn't need to use the pottys because the line ups were ridiculously long and heard disgusting.
All in all, great cause and looking forward to doing this again next year.
This is the largest number of runners in an event that I have run. I ran the ScotiaBank 1/2 Marathon last fall and I can honestly say that this event was as well run as the ScotiaBank. No disappointment for my experience and my congratulations to Sporting Life for sponsoring an event for such a great cause. We need to remember who really benefits at the end and that is the kids with cancer. We are very lucky to be healthy enough to participate. Also a huge thank you to all the volunteers. Way to go.
As Joel had mentioned in an earlier post. You should run the Yonge Street 10k next year – probably the reason you found Sporting Life 10k inferior to previous years is the fact that it was different organizers this year. same course, serious lacking in the organizational department.
Overall the race was decent but way too crowded for my liking. I much preferred the Toronto Yonge Street race.
The baggage check was terrible at the beginning. I waited in a line that was literally a kilometre long, just to toss my my bag on a huge heap of other bags in a giant truck. I didn't get to warm up or go to the washroom and barely made it to my corral on time. I worried the whole run about how long I'd have to wait to retrieve my bag. Luckily, the retrieval process was better than expected. The bags were organized on the ground and it was a help-yourself situation.
Question: has anyone else found the chip results to be completely bogus? It is showing some times that are completely impossible. It showed my 1 friend completing the first 5km in 16 mins. Considering the world record is 14 minutes, I somehow doubt the accuracy.
Anyone know if these results will be adjusted? It's very frustrating not to know if your final time is accurate.
More Disappointment than Good...
Very disappointed they ran out of the shirt sizes when I went to pick up the race kit (not sure why they asked for the size during the registration, if they didn't plan on having enough in stock)
Disappointed on the lack of signage and confusing line ups...
The course and the participants are the only good comments I have...
I really enjoyed this race in previous years, just wish the organization was more thought out...
This was my first ever race and I loved it! Definitely agree that there were not enough port-a-pottys at the start - my friends and I refused to wait in line and instead went in the alley behind the shops on Yonge :)
And the finish line could have used some sort of system to help you find your people but otherwise the course was amazing and I enjoyed every second of my experience. I will be running this race every year.
I was looking through these reviews - how mixed? most of the things (and excuse me if i am wrong) seem to be things I am sure are solvable. For first time guys going at a 10k that - I am sure they never thought, would go this big...overwheming to say the least BUT 2 million bucks for a charity and a pretty good overall first attempt, i would totally think next year these things would be fixed...I think someone said the same thing.
but those who complain and compare, i dont think thats fair.. at the end of the day all the money goes to the charity and sporting life gave pretty good value...
just my opinion...but the rest of the media out there sure thinks so and so do all the recipients who actually live with a terrible disease..
i would run it again and i am going to bring even more people.
A great course to run. The only issue I had was after the race there was no method of communication (no signage or volunteers) that told you 1) where the food was located and more importantly b) where the shuttles were located. For next year, at the end of the race, it should be voiced where the shuttle buses are located and where to find the food stations.
I ran the race yesterday, as I have in previous years (yes - I know about the diversion of the now 2 Toronto 10K downhill races!). Yesterday's race started out great. Pushing into my coloured corral was a bit tough, as there were so many people there, but once the race started it was fine. I thought the staggered starts worked out well, but then I didn't have to wait a long time since I was in the blue corral. Not sure how I would have felt if I was at the back of the pack. I loved that my name was on my bib - small thing, but neat. The course was great - I think there could have been more bands or entertainment down the course, but the entertainers that were there were good. My only complaint was really about the finish. Wow, was that crowded and everything was so spread out. It took me a full 20 minutes to find the water table, bagels and bananas. I found the gatorade table, but I can't stand that stuff! I ignored the line-up for the yogourt as it was waaaay too long. Lastly, it was so crowded that I left as soon as I could. I took my garbage with me, as the garbage cans were so over-flowing they couldn't take any more. This is a great race, but I think Sporting Life needs to be careful with their numbers. I would recommend they cap the race at a lower number for better crowd management. Lastly, they need to get much better about signage. Both on the race - really had to look for the "K" markers, an finally at the finish line. Signs for food, baggage etc. need to be large and up high.
A huge race with a pretty good vibe!
The high points:
- great course
- good start in waves
- great to see most of the money going to the charity
- registration and pre-race package pick-up well executed (sporting life coupon great as well!)
- baggage pick-up relatively painless
- race results up quickly (for those complaining about searching the results, just use your browser - 'ctrl-F' for windows, and 'apple-f' for mac, and you can search anything on the page...maybe they could put this at the top of the page?)
The low points:
- not enough toilets at start
- not enough water stations/gatorade stations at start
- baggage drop-off not well marked
- KM marking needs to be more visible in the route
- marking of aid stations, food stations, etc. very poor
- no water at finish (I couldn't find it)
- shuttle bus at end of race - not marked, difficult to find (no volunteers knew where it was), and in the end - pointless with such a slow turnaround. Recommend that next year you talk with the TTC to sort out a better access plan
- the whole finish area appeared completely disorganised. I arrived around 8:55 and a lot of things weren't even set up yet, let alone signed.
Where do I start with this race... TERRIBLE
Great cause but that is it!I highly recommend running the Toronto Yonge Street 10k next year. Canada Running Series does a fantastic job at organizing this event.
DO NOT recommend this race/event to a friend.
WILL NOT consider attending this race/event next year.
At the end there were a seemingly unlimited number of bananas, bagels, and chocolate protein shakes. There were several stations and tons of food available. The event (although busy!) seemed very well organized.
Well DONE! I had my concerns about the organization and the numbers, but it ended up being fantastic in my opinion. I do LOVE the course. It did take a while to find the food, but that can be solved next year with more signage - please organizers! Also, I do prefer sportstats for timing. Even though my time was accurate, it took the better part of a day to correct some errors in timing.
Most of all Congrats for raising so much money for Camp Ooch.
A fun run, perfect weather.
Needed signs at the end for food, bag check, shuttles, etc. , but once you found the location, lots of food/drinks for everyone. Thank you to the volunteers.
The chiptimeresults.com sucks! Totally screwed up my time by 30 minutes, and requests to their 'contact us' email just bounces back.
OK - overall a good race, considering the number of runners.
- A excellent cause with almost 100% going to the kids Camp Ooch. No money grab here by pretending to be a charity run. They are the real thing!
- great price and you even get s SL store coupon, entry is basically free if you register early.
These comments are not complaints but suggestions for improvement for 2013.
1. The race is now huge - you may need another way for registration pick-up. Real tight trying to get into the SL parking lot.
2. The KM markers need to be more visible.
3. Finish line - not controlled well;confusion.
4. After race festivities - no clue where anything is. Wandered around trying to find the bagels, baggage pick-up, no one around to give info.
5. Shuttle Bus - where the heck was that? Nice gesture but forget it, support the TTC and grab the streetcar at the north end of Exhibition Place.
6. Chip time results - this stuff is b* S*. Finishing place based on gun time - how can you do this when you have runners leaving in waves! Why was the finishing position just simply based on chip time? Basic common sense. Also no way to search results.
Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers - good first try! Time now to refine and improve for next year. I'll be there!!
It's a great course but wow, organization of the race really needs work. Not enough port-a-potties at the beginning of the race, very few volunteers on the course, and a mess at the end. Couldn't find the bus and wandered around forever to find the food.
Well I have now run the Toronto Yonge St 10K (the old race with the new name) and now the Sporting Life (the new race with the old name) and what they have in common is a great course - downhill yes but tell that to your legs when it levels out near the end!
The numbers in Sporting Life were incredible and it is great to be in a race with so many runners and it will be interesting to see if the numbers are maintained or indeed increase next year (and not wanting to be too cynical but I think the answer to that may rely somewhat on whether Sporting Life continue with the generous gift voucher).
Start was well organized from my perspective and the course was great. Maybe more music or 'something' on course would have been a good touch. Yes the K markers are always better when they are tall especially when the field is so big. Signage at the end might have helped, e.g. this way for food, this wag for baggage, that way for medals etc. Also not much evidence of medics during and at the finish - I believe a women had to get CPR near the end of the race. Not sure whether this was done by medics or a qualified passer by - either way, thankfully it sounds like they done enough and she will recover. (ed Note thankfully a Nurse and Dr were handy, the medical situation here was atrocious according to some experienced Race Crew members who told us).
Also one thing I have to mention is in the race kit I got at the expo I got a free sample of some sort of chocolate popcorn - just a pity it was past the sell by date and didn't actually taste very good....I am sure not quite what the company providing the samples wanted to achieve!
So how did this race compare to the Toronto Yonge Street 10km, on the whole not too bad taking into account the large number. As long they listen to much of what is being said here and improve for next year.....then who knows Toronto may soon have a run to compete against the Vancouver Sun run.
Andrew from Etobicoke
This was my first time running this race.
Pluses: Registration was easy (early registrant), Ontario Place parking and shuttle to the start was simple and convenient. Parking at Ontario Place was free. Despite the large # of runners, I was only once in a position where I had to wait for an opening to move ahead.
Negatives: The kilometre markers (I saw kilometre 6 only). Pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road toward the end of the race. Lack of direction for runners to move aside on finishing. Lack of direction on where the food was (I went to a recovery tent for a drink, but the huge bin has ice only, no drinks). On my way back to Ontario Place for my car I noticed bags from those who stored them on the ground next to numbered pylons with what I thought was little supervision if any. I was happy I didn't pack any valuables.
Overall: I would do it again. Travel light.
Thought it was a good run overall. Enjoyed the course! One thing they could improve is the signage: I wasn't sure which corral I should have been in at the start line, the kilometer markers could have been more visible, and if I hadn't decided to enter the park I may have missed getting my medal! Thought the grilled cheese sandwiches provided by The North Face were a delicious alternative to the standard bagel and banana :)
Great feel and well organized from the start, but post-race stuff ie bagels were very poorly marked. My friend needed ice for her plantar fasciitis but we couldn't find a first aid tent. Markers along the route were not easily seen (I didn't know there was any until reading other comments - and not nearly enough volunteers at the water station.
i agree there were not enough port o potty's but such minor thing for me- the energy was electric and i am sure next year these types of concerns are going to be met
such a great cause, such a great run, can't wait for next year.
hard time finding the bagels and bananas but with so many people it was pretty hard. lots of people at coronation park, don't know what they are going to do for space if they continue to grow the way they are...loved the grilled cheese though needed that after the run....:)
you should run the Yonge Street 10k next year - probably the reason you found Sporting Life 10k inferior to previous years is the fact that it was different organizers this year. same course, serious lacking in the organizational department.
Good news-bad news
Definitely fun to run down Yonge St in a well-spaced sea of people and support a good cause. Thumbs up on pre-race registration and organization. Lots of time to pick up your kit, and the store voucher was definitely a draw. Yonge St bus for early start is a challenge, and it's a hassle getting to the bag check and start line. KM's were well-marked until 8 and 9. Finish area was disappointing. Too spread out and no signs. We had to ask many people and walk a long way to find bananas, bagels and really far for bag check. No luck with chip time. You can't search by name (who wants to scroll through hundreds of names!) and email inquiry on their site didn't work either. Never had a problem with sportstats (sorry!). Good event overall but better last yr.
wow what a day! i have never seen so many people at one event.
can't wait to do it again!
3rd year in a row and I hate to agree with the more negative people but this was one of the worst planned races I've ever done. The 2 bananas is just because the race course itself is awesome but everything else this year seemed far inferior to previous years. Not enough poralets at start, 1 band along the whole route (usually more entertainment), and the food for the end of the race was 300m from the Gatorade with was 300m from the coffee and Greek yogurt carts so, as you can see from the reviews, anyone who turned right at the finish thought there weren't any give aways.
I'll run it again since I use this race as an annual benmark of my fitness after a winter of training but I had 4 friends do it this year on my recommendation and to be honest I felt a bit embarassed after all I said about the race from my previous experiences.
This was my first race ever and I think I'm hooked!
Fastest 10k I've ever run. Lots of free food at the end, but you had to really walk far from the finish line to find it.
The transportation took forever. Next time I'll bring my metropass with me on the run.
It was a great course and run but the km markers were on the ground and hard to see. And the transportation back was insane.
I searched everywhere and asked a number of people and there didnt seem to be any tent for you to find your results.
This was my first 10k and I really enjoyed it…the weather was great, there were so many people which gave it a great feel…I would do this again for sure!
Jean paul corbeil
considering the fact that this race was huge and much higher than last year, it really had a great event feel. I would totally do this again - congratulations Sporting Life on what you have down for Camp Ooch.
all the negative banter - i think people should not be so critical.
i am sure they will look at this in future and makes the necessary changes
First, a thank you should go to the volunteers. It seemed like they were light on volunteers (the water stations especially), which just meant they had to work even harder.
The run itself (down Yonge, over to Fort York) is familiar enough and an easy 10k course.
The negatives: spectators were allowed to creep into the course near the finish line (to take photos, etc), despite there being a barricade. This caused some block me on my final sprint, which is really aggravating, and shouldn't happen. Also, signage for food stations, a meeting area, etc were non-existent (and again, light on volunteers to ask).
After crossing the finish line there was a cluster-f of runners who had already completed and were waiting for people - they should have ushered these people out of the way! Also, massive lineups for "free samples" of greek yogurt, coffee, and no bananas in sight. Maybe I'm spoiled by being handed a banana after I cross the finish line but I was rather disappointed with the organizing after race was completed.
Love the fact that Sporting Life created this race to support the kids with cancer and we get the support the Camp Oochigeas. We need to support more races makes positive contributions to society. There are too many races (Ironman, Marathons) to make $$ for themselves. Some of the race organizers should learn a thing or two from Sporting Life 10K organizers. Thanks for the great race and I will definitely support this race again next year.
1st Time Runner
Great race! Enjoyed every bit of it! Fantastic! The race itself was a bit clustered but once I got to the edge, I was running freely. Thanks Sporting Life for the opportunity to do this! The advertising booths were informative and everyone, runners, supporters, were positive and great.
Planning and transportation was ok. The snacks at the end were no where in sight. I felt let down I could not get a banana or other drink besides a little gator aid. I would not go out again for this one.
Sam from North York
love it would do this every year very enjoyable run good route. good date. good cause
Very disappointing as I went to register for the race today and they had closed registration even though the website said that registration is open until May 9th. False advertising.