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Toronto Goodlife Marathon Reviews


4.1 Stars from 7 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

Organization. Example .. no clocks. No where on the course will you find the time. When Garmin fails in the city core you are schnoorked. That said lovely scenery, fast downhill to flat.


Race Tips

Don't be fooled by the hills in the first 21k. The balance is flat and if you don't pace you may be in for a walk.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The route is fast and scenic through the city then the waterfront trail. The trail is open to other users during the race. The organization needs a lot of improvement.


Race Tips

Bank some time on the first half which is downhill. Be prepared for lack of water in the later aid stations and at the finish.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There's parking at the start and finish. There's indoor shelter at the start. It's a small race so no need to arrive too early. Lots of places to eat in Toronto.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Fast course. Nice finishing medal.


Race Tips

You run past the finishing line at mile 19. You have to be very mentally strong to be running away from the finish line that late into a race.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I parked right at the finishing area. It was perfect for leaving after the race. Arrive at least two hours before race start because it takes a while to get shuttled to the start line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Flat, fast. Only 1500 people completed so it was empty and you didn't have to weave in and out of people. Course towards the end of the race by the lake was not easy, not really sure where I was going as there weren't many marshalls.

Weather was perfect. 46F on may 1. That's why I picked it. Definitely would recommend it for BQ.


Race Tips

You can keep a constant pace the whole way as it's completely flat.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It's not easy to get to the expo or get back to your hotel without a car. Transport was poor at the finish. Definitely rent a car!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Course is excellent. Flat and uncrowded. Very relaxed at start.

Weather in Toronto early May is cool. I BQed there.

What i didn't like was after I finished. The transportation back to my hotel was awful. A bus was provided as part of my hotel package, but they kept us waiting on the bus for 45 mins. A lot of people were standing up having just run a marathon!! And we were soaked to the skin as it was raining heavily during the race. Terrible way to finish the day. They need better transportation.


Race Tips

You can run an even pace throughout the entire marathon as it is completely flat. It is a great course.

Order an Uber when you finish to take you back to your hotel (about 15 min car ride away).


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Rent a car because the expo is not easy to get to and any public transportation to get you back is very infrequent.

Also, don't expect too much from the bus that is supposed to take you back to the hotel after the race. There was one bus and we had to wait for 45 mins on the bus for it to leave.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

One of the best, scenic runs. Friendly spectators. It would be nice to have a proper size shirt that you paid for. Picked up my packet late and got an XL shirt, bummer.


Race Tips

Just enjoy the course. Watch out for the walkers, bikers, and strollers along the lake.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Save some energy for the last leg of the race. Even the slight uphills can bite!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


3 / 5 Stars





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