A very good race to set a personal best (about: 2001)|
Berford from San Francisco, California (9/27/01)
In general, the Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a very good race for a first time marathoner or for anyone who is trying to qualify for Boston. The course is 95% flat with maybe one or two freeway overpasses that serve as hills. There were few spectators along the course; however, the few that were there were very encouraging. There were adequate aid stations stocked with water and Gatorade along the course. However, there were no Port-a-Potties along the way. Moreover, I did not notice anyone handing out oranges or vaseline (although I believe one aid station did have bananas). The expo was very small and the food at the end of the race was limited. (bagels, yogurt, gatorade, and bananas). The finisher's medal and the marathon T-shirts were not great either. Overall though, the race was well organized and the volunteers were wonderful. I had no problem picking up my race packet, championchip, or getting directions. I would definitely recommend this marathon to anyone who wants a fast 'stress-free' course. I shaved 45 minutes off of my previous marathon! Plus, Toronto is a GREAT city to visit and Canadians are some of the nicest people that you can meet.