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Hamilton Marathon Road2hope Reviews
5.0 Stars from
Fast Course, Small Field
By ems about 2017
Point to point race with 900 marathon athletes. Pre-race start was nicely organized. Easy parking at the race finish and buses ready to take us to the start. There was a gym arena at the start where runners could congregate, stay warm (with bathrooms) and prep for the race. First 10 miles are a series of country roads zigzagging back and forth. There are rollers through most of the country roads. Then about 2-3 miles of flat straight road that goes into residential area. This transitions into a big, downhill expressway that is closed off for the runners. It's kind of cool, but a little odd because there's not many runners on a 3-4 lane highway that is completely empty. Then there's trails that take you over to the lake front path and you do an out and back on this to finish the race. The finish is a little odd. You run past the finish area tents and then do a sharp turn to go back about 100 meters to the finish line. Nice runners tent at the end with food and recovery. Only runners allowed in this tent. Overall, a good race course and well run, but not the fastest course I've run. My second fastest marathon race and beat my BQ time by 4 minutes.
The rollers in the country are a little more challenging than they appear. You can gain time on the downhill section, but can't go too fast else you'll trash your quads. Remember to run the tangents on the expressway, the road is pretty wide and could easily add a lot of mileage. The last 8 miles is flat out and back along Lake Ontario, seems to go forever, just have to stay focused on the finish and not give up. Good water station crews, but not a lot of spectators.
I flew into Toronto Pearson Int'l airport on a Friday, race was on Sunday. Got a rental car for only $55 USD (entire stay). Stayed at AirBnB in Hamilton for $50/night, only a few miles from the Expo/Race Finish tents. Plenty of restaurants in the area.
By MM about 2016
By OJB about 2012
Not to crowded, Cool morning with no up hills to speak of. You may want to bring some throw aways as the the morning on the top of the escarpment will be quite chilly. The best part, my fastest marathon and a BQ to boot!!