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very poorly organized
looking at Facebook, the above comment is not the norm. Speaking to many participants Friday, Saturday and Sunday I did not hear of one negative comment.
To the original post’s author – that could not be further from the truth.
I’ve run Boston 8 times, and 20+ marathons in total, and I will say without hesitation that Road2Hope is the most scenic and friendly of them all.
I want to commend the organizers and volunteers for putting on a race where runners felt well looked after and supported from before the start to after the finish. The warm shelter of the arena was so very appreciated before the race start. The marshals along the course all had a smile and words of encouragement. The police officers as well were generous with smiles and friendly words. And there were so many Hamiltonians out along the course, cheering us on. The bike marshals’ presence was really appreciated as well; there was always somebody nearby, and you felt like the race was being covered every inch of the way. Aid stations were clear about what drink was in what cup. And the runners themselves were a friendly, supportive group, calling out encouragement to those nearby in the difficult final kilometres, even if they were strangers to one another. It felt like a great big group run with a few thousand friends.
I can’t overemphasize as well the beauty of the course: the early morning views over the lake from up on the escarpment, the fields and forests, and then the lovely descent down the Red Hill Valley, the trail through the wetlands, and then the glorious waterfront trail.
Hamilton, and Road2Hope, have so much to be proud of.
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