Road2Hope Marathon

It was a stunning Sunday in  November  for the annual Road2Hope Marathon

 2500 runners participated in the half & full marathons  Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -Northbound lanes of the Red Hill Valley Pkwy as 1/2 marathoners approach  the Barton St Exit.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4213) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4228) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 - Full marathoners on Red Hill Valley Pkwy approaching King St.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4271) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 - A tight group of women 1/2 marathoners on Red Hill Valley Pkwy.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4252) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4281) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4302) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -Marathon runner 819 Yen Shuen Wang of Cagary is totally spent as he hits the finish line.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4325) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 - One mile to go for full marathoners Janet Shaughnessy (C) and Helen Hoogland (R) as they head down the final stretch on  the Waterfront Trail.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4358) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -MAIN ART... At the finish line celebrating a personal victory for full marathon runner Tony Xu from King City. He ran the race in 3:24.  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4353) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Hamilton, November 6, 2016 -  Race day for the  Road2Hope Marathon with the 1/2 and full marathons.  On a stunning November Sunday 3500 runners participated in the  annual event which supports  Joy & Hope of Haiti as well as local charities.The event starts from Arcelor Mittal Park and finish is at Confederation Park. Desk: 	Spec (FILE NO. _DSC4346) PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:Photos Gary Yokoyama,Hamilton Spectator

3 Comments on “Road2Hope Marathon

    • 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.

  1. 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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