Whitby Waterfront Races
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Start Date/Time May 21, 2017 @ 7:30 am
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I ran the half-marathon and I really enjoyed this race, and am planning on doing it again next year. It would be nice to have more participants.
Pros: Nice scenery, friendly runner atmosphere, lots of drink stations
Cons: Not well promoted at all (I live in Whitby and I found out through mynextrace), route had multiple pedestrians
Small race. Nice course, real Washrooms, lots of parking. Timing of sorts. Nothing fancy (L OLG T-shirt for hubby), but all my requirements for a nice race.
Not what was advertised. It was a wonderful morning for a race and the venue was great but I have to say in the end I was a little disappointed with the race. I finished the 5K race with what I thought was my new PB – 21:43. However, shortly after crossing I began talking to a few of the runners that finished ahead of me and apparently one of them who had a Garmin said the 5k route was at least 300 metres short. I had suspected it might have been because the turnaround point for this race was earlier than the one I had run last November on the exact same course with the same start/finish line. As a runner my biggest pet peeve is when races don’t get the distance right. For all the training and effort runners put forth the main thing we expect from the races is that the distance is correct which it wasn’t today.
The second problem was that the race website advertised a pancake breakfast after the race – the Summer Waterfront Race. I never found the breakfast and none of the volunteers knew of a breakfast. I followed up with the race director after the race via email but he did not address the reason why they did not have the breakfast that was advertised.
While they did have age group awards and medals they were the same medals given out as participation medals at the November race and were all the same so likely leftovers from that race – this seems a little cheap to me.
On a positive side it was nice to get something in addition to a medal for placing in my age group (that was a nice touch); I always like getting participation medals (especially since my age group always seems to be one of the toughest to place in) and the food they did have after the race, especially the chocolate milk was sufficient – but my son was really bummed about no pancake breakfast! – That was how I bribed him to come to the race.
But again without getting the race distance correct or at least close and for not providing what was advertised I can’t give this race a great rating.
Heck....I'm not goig to beat them up as much as "boyonion" above me. That kind of harsh "uber criticism" is a turn off.Period.
It was their first race for Gods sake....they a get a free pass...this year.
The organizers were genuinely kind and very well-intentioned. I'm confident they will improve next year.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day and they did their level best.What more can you ask for.Its so easy to bitch and complain. So, I'm not going to. I will be there next year. EVERYBODY deserves a second chance. The course was wonderfully scenic. ....construction reroute aside. I would take it over 1km of either Toronto Marathon in the filthy city ANY DAY BABY. Good luck next year guys.
One of the most disorganized race I have ever been in. Start/Finish was moved over 5 km from posted address due to road constructions, but runners were never contacted. I suspect many runners were not able to show up on time. Advertised pancake breakfast was mysteriously cancelled. Half marathon distance was 300 m less than 21.1 km. Even better, the race route passes by a stinky waste water treatment plant not once, not twice, but four times! Even one banana is perhaps a bit excessive, but let's not be overly critical...
I enjoyed this race a lot. There were plenty of water stations (5 but with double backs worked out to be 9 times). It was a beautiful run along the waterfront and then had some nice shady stretches with trees and bridges. The scenery was a nice change. It was a 10.5k loop done twice - some may not like it but I really enjoyed it. Allowed me to prepare for the up-hills and down-hills on my second loop. Will definitely do this one again next year!