Spring Race? My Top 3 Picks

Happy March!

As the days get longer, snow continues to melt and the sun angle gets higher in the sky, you can tell spring is coming. And for many runners race season is approaching! So what to run? Where to do it? How to get ready?

So many questions…but so much fun, training and discipline ahead of you.

First you should know your distance goal. Are you looking to do a 10 k? Half Marathon? Or the beast! A full 42.2 km?

Once you have decided that, then pick your race! I find once I have officially committed then I can properly train, not only my body but my mind to get me there.

Here are my top 3 picks! (I have ran & experienced all of these races)

10 k runners: The Sporting Life 10 k

Why run it:

  • Amazing views of Toronto & great crowd support
  • Well organized with awesome T shirt
  • Fast scenic course, downhill
  • May 13, usually comfortable weather for running

Half Marathoners: Mississauga Marathon

Why run it:

  • Incredible organization from signing up to free shuttles!
  • Best expo with lots of good swag
  • Beautiful course starts at City hall ends by Lake Ontario
  • Fast route, downhill (one short hill to climb overall)
  • May 4, usually comfortable weather for running

Full Marathoners:Ottawa Marathon

Why run it:

  • Bucket list marathon! Nations capital
  • Busy and high energy
  • Well organized from expo to start/finish lines
  • Amazing shirts every year
  • You will run a DAMN MARATHON! You are becoming a super hero!

Bonus suggestion?

If you want some more time to train a great June race is the Barrie Half Marathon! This race is up and coming with friendly and efficient organizers/volunteers. Love the route along the waterfront, easy to park and lots to enjoy at this race.

If you have any questions about my race experience at these events feel free to tweet me @RachelSchoutsen ! You can checkout my Ottawa Marathon vlog.



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