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Taking place Sunday March 4 in Burlington, Ont. is the ever-popular New Balance Chilly Half-Marathon and Frosty 5K.
Considered one of the first major events of the Ontario road racing season, the event attracts some 4,000 runners and walkers from all over the Golden Horseshoe and beyond. A majority, several thousand, compete in the flat and fast half-marathon while several hundred more take on the 5K distance.
Both races start and finish in the heart of downtown Burlington on Brant Street. The half-marathon route heads south towards the lake, then turns west along Lakeshore Road. The course continues for approximately 3K to the first turnaround at which point participants turn and head west for a lengthy out-and-back section which again follows the flat Lakeshore and offers occasional scenic views of the lake and it’s associated upscale neighbourhoods. At 13K, participants reach the second turnaround near Burloak Drive where they return east for the final 8K straight back to Brant Street for the finish.
The 5K is equally fast as an out-and-back route that starts at Lakeshore and Brant, heads west to the turnaround and returns east to the finish.
The races attracts a competitive and committed field of individuals, many who have braved Ontario’s tough winter and are looking for an early season indicator of their progress and fitness. As part of their entry, all participants receive a signature technical running jacket, a unique finishers medal and for those interested in celebrating their success, post-race beer and chili at one of several nearby restaurants.
There is ample free parking in and around the race start as well as a shuttle service from the nearby Appleby GO station. Pre- and post-race massages and recovery services are offered as is a generous post-race buffet of various food and beverages. An awards ceremony takes place a short time later with prizes for top overall finishers, age-groupers and master’s athletes.
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