The fall season continues to roll along and as we enter into October, the number of events from coast to coast continues to offer something for everyone.
Saturday Oct. 3rd: Run for the Toad, Paris, Ont.
Profile: Run for the Toad is among Canada’s most prestigious and increasingly popular trail races. Race options of 25K and 50K plus a four-person relay allow every runner the opportunity to participate. The course is a single 12.5K trail loop with rolling hills and plenty of twists and turns which participants complete several times. The start and end of each loop is at the race headquarters designated “Tent City.” In addition to an exceptionally organized event and fun, family-friendly atmosphere, participants rave about the post-race meal, draw prizes and finisher’s medal.
By the Numbers: Participants: 1,200; Fees: $91-101 (50K); $88-98 (25K); $340-380 (Relay team)
Charity: Grand River Conservation Foundation
Ratings: Organization: 5; Atmosphere: 5; Refreshments: 5; Swag/medals: 5; Getting to/from: 3
Sunday October 4th: Marathon de Rimouski, Que.
Certified, Boston Qualifier, Popular, Fast/PB Course
Profile: With all races having sold out in 2014, this event continues to grow in popularity with four races to suit every age and ability. All courses are run out-and-back along the picturesque St. Lawrence River. Entirely flat and sensationally scenic, these certified courses are suited for those chasing BQs, PBs or simply looking for an enjoyable, unique and well-organized race experience. A generous hot meal and refreshments are served following the races along with prizes, entertainment and awards.
By the Numbers: Participants: 4,000; Fee(s): $40-65 (Marathon); $35-60 (Half); $35-60 (10K); $15-25 (5K)
Ratings: Scenery: 4; Organization: 4; Amenities: 4; Swag/medals: 4; Value: 5
Sunday October 4th: Bustin’ Loose Race to End Breast Cancer, Medicine Hat, Alta.
Certified, Popular, Race Expo
Profile: Now in its tenth year, Bustin’ Loose is a family-friendly event aimed to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for the CBCF. Bustin’ Loose takes place in the scenic Echodale Regional Park in Medicine Hat. The courses compose of a 5K loop and several out-and-back sections that offer rolling hills sure to test your will as well as your fitness . After the races, participants enjoy food and drinks including homemade chili as well as entertainment, door prizes and awards. There are prizes for “Best Dressed” as well as for fastest times and most money raised.
By the Numbers: Participants: 800; Fee(s): $35-60
Charity: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Ratings: Scenery: 4; Charitable: 5; Atmosphere: 4; Specialty: 4
Sunday October 4th: Demi-marathon de Granby, Que.
Profile: Demi-marathon de Granby has grown to be a popular and exceptionally organized event with a race and distance for everyone. A scenic half-marathon tours the city and completes a loop of Lac Boivin and there are 10K and 5K races as well. There are also shorter races for the kids and everyone takes home a finisher’s medal. Fresh fruits, a pasta lunch as well as wine and beer are served following the races making it one of the best post-race spreads in the country.
By the Numbers: Participants: 3,000; Fee(s): $45-65 (Half); $40-60 (10K); $35-55 (5K)
Charity: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec
Ratings: Scenery: 4; Organization: 5; Amenities: 5; Swag/medals: 4; Value: 4
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