Whitby International Marathon
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Start Date/Time May 21, 2017 @ 7:00 am
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Having run a number of large marathons, I thought the Whitby WIN Marathon was terrific. It was refreshing to have quick responses to emails, parking lot close by, and "morning of" kit pickup were just a few items that I really appreciated. Organizers were friendly and attentive, and the course was such a joy to run, with rolling hills along the path. There were a number of turns, but well indicated, and always manned by volunteers quick to point the way. I was particularly impressed with the officers on the route to manage traffic where the course intersected with roadways. They were friendly and encouraging.
Access to water and GU might have been an issue, but I carry my own in both cases, so no issues for me. Except for the stiff east wind, I would recommend this race to anyone!
This was my first time doing such a small race and although I enjoyed the scenic route of the waterfront I wouldn't do it again.
Some things to improve upon in future:
1. having more race marshals as you could easily cut off portions of the race if you wanted to
2. better race signage - there was only small white signs that were hardly visible
3. ensure adequate cups at water stations - it was a hot day and one of the stations ran out of cups, at the 25 k mark I believe
4. Water station volunteers were unsure if they were distributing water or E-load to you, had to ask numerous times if what they were handing me was water
5. Chip timing didn't register runners as they crossed the start line, so finishing times were not accurate (extremely disappointing for a Boston Qualifier)
Ample parking, real washrooms, friendly check-in, nice running path. Went last year, will go next year.
Could be better organized, e.g. there was no link on the official web site to the results. It's June 5 today and I still haven't received any word of where to find photographs. The plain (no year, just a small logo) Brooks tech shirt was nice though, and the registration price was good value.
Sweaty Jim from Brampton
This was my first time attending the Whitby Marathon. Overall it was great! Easy to get to, lots of parking very close. Nice people and relatively well organized. As I was coming from out of town I requested to pick up my bib on the race morning and the organizers happily allowed. Race kit pick up on the morning of the race should be advertised and allowed especially if you want to draw from out of town. Great route. Yes, the flies were a bit annoying at times but the weather was great. Nature does what it wants. The water station cups were too small and there was no sports drink offered which is odd. A very nice change from the larger GTA marathons.
I attended this race for the first time this year and really enjoyed the day. The weather conditions for the race were perfect. The race is along the water front with many rolling hills. I found that it was well organized at the beginning and at the end of the race. Due to the small number, it was the first time I lined up for a massage, which was fantastic! Thank you all who help and managed this wonderful event.
First and last time doing this race, there were good aspects of the race, but there were some things that were unforgivable.
1. Actually nice scenery for the majority of the first 10km
2. Not a lot of runners, so there is actually a chance to place very well.
1. Not the fault of the race squad, but the flies were horrendous. Runners actually gave up wiping the flies off their face after awhile
2. Repetitive course, 10km back and forth. Got pretty monotonous
3. Water stations were completely unacceptable. Only three water stations spread out over the 10km. There were periods at the loop parts where you would not hit a station for 6km. No Gatorade, just water. Even worse, the size of the cups that were given were equivalent to what you get at a dentist. I was fuming because you can only carry so much liquid on you, and as a runner, you rely on these stations in order to stave off dehydration, cramping, etc. Completely unacceptable.
4. Cramping caused me to have a horrible run. When I finally finished, I went to partake in the free massage being offered. Two people were being worked on, I was next in line, and a lady came up and said that they were finished. Needless to say, I was irate because there were marathon runners still on the course that could use the service and they stopped roughly 3 hrs after the first 1/2 marathoner finished. Don't advertise a service that everyone cannot utilize.
First and last time, the group running this has a lot to improve on.
Small race, well organized, nice scenic route and the volunteers were great, highly recommended.
This race needs more organization. The race only offered EXPO hours on Saturday between 10am to 2pm. The race kit pick up booth wasn't even ready until 11am. Most runners waited for over half an hour to pick up the kits. The sponsors and vendors could try and get more involved.
The race featured turnaround points for 5K, 10K, and half maratahon and the full marathon was 2 loops of the out and back. The volunteers were great, but didn't attempt to offer any electrolyte drinks nor did not hand out any gels to the runners. Lot of the marathoners only received water throughout the entire race. Better co-ordination is required if they expect to have bigger turnouts. Due to the multi twists and turns on lake shore trail, the course measured about 1K short. Even though, this course says it's a BQ course, bear in mind the route changed this year due to construction in the Whitby area, so whether this was re-certified is still in question.
This was my first ever half marathon, and I thought it was great. The volunteers were so happy and helpful and supportive. The scenery was so pretty and lots of water stations and e-loads, which i loved. Great location and I plan to come back and run the half again in 2013!!!!
Amazing event!!! From the volunteers to the course itself......great work WIN organizers!!!
I would definitely recommend this race and will be back in 2013.
This was my first time running this race (marathon) and I loved it! I went in with some trepidation as the course showed many out and backs (which I don't generally like), but I found the scenery so lovely and the volunteers so supportive that the "backing and forthing" didn't bother me at all . As someone who has only ever run big city races I found this a refreshing change.
My only suggestion would be to put additional signage on the long stretches between water stations. I was close to the back of the pack and not being able to see any runners or water stations often had me wondering if I had missed a turn somewhere.
Will definately run next year. Well run. Perfect starting location, finish area and course well marked.
Liked the expo but would like to have a little bigger.
Fantastic venue, title sponsor Subway, charity brand new Abilities Center, Subway with their "commit to fit" program.
Great location east of TO, easy to get too, great parking location provided, easy to pick up race kit at the Abilities Center and review race course, friendly helpful volunteers, great road marshalls, water stations with eload and at the end a yummy pancake breakfast!
It will be even better next year!
This year I ran the 10K race- I loved it! Very well organized with lots of volunteers helping out along the route, at the water stations and by the finish line! I did the WIN full marathon in 2010, and even though it´s two completely different experiences running a full or a 10K, I must say that this event has improved enormously since then, I wasn´t at all as enthusiastic about it in 2010 as I am about it in 2012!! Thank you, see you next year!:)
This race needs alot of help! I know that the people seem to try hard, and yes it's not Toronto or Ottawa, but no way is this race ready for a marathon, maybe a half at most. It's a marathon I won't go back to. There are too many marathons out there and with less than 100 people two years in a row....this one ain't going anywhere. Stick to a half.
This was my third year running in the WIN half marathon. Each year the organization continues to improve - and I was impressed with the first run. It's a nice run, the volunteers were all smiles and very helpful and the support is outstanding.
Thanks again for yet another great run!! I'll be returning in 2013 and am looking forward to it!!!
Chrisoula Van Oirschot
I ran the 1/2 marathon and my kids ran the 1km. I enjoyed this run, I'm used to running in the country so the scenic run was nice. I think it was VERY well organized with many volunteers. My big complaint is that there were no spectators cheering us on throughout the race! It's always nice to see signs and people cheering you on. Also, since I didn't know the area, I wish there had been more information on-line regarding the course. I know there was a map but next time it would be helpful to include information on the fact that there were trails. I am glad I drove around the day before to check things out.
My kids loved the 1km race. It was very cute! My 10 year old daughter wishes it was timed - or that her mother timed her!
Overall I enjoyed my experience! Thanks to the organizers.
As someone who has ran the Marathon for the past couple yrs. I was able to give back this time. I was a Road Marshall and know the time and amount of work which goes into a race like this. We are only getting better! Three cheers to Ian and his awesome team. I am debating whether to run next year or volunteer? Either way I will have a great time.
My first time on this race, big pro to volunteers for awesome work, nice route, birds cheering for you(not car horning, awesome, sure next year I will be there for a great cause.
This race was well organized and had wonderful volunteers. I will do this race again next year. I love the fact that it was so close to my home. I had family and friends that joined me along the way. I also want to say thank you to Ian for putting on a great race.