Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby La » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:19 am

The current mayor of Toronto is no friend of any marathons. :lol: It would be city council (or some committee) who voted to give them the race. In fact, Olivia Chow has a much closer relationship with CRS than anyone else.

ETA: and SL solved their problems this year (thanks to a new race director and her crew).
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby HCcD » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:10 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:I've run the Toronto Marathon the last three years and will moving to Mississauga same day this spring.

I feel that the Toronto Marathon and Sporting Life 10K races that are a disaster waiting to happen. Not all their own doing - certainly the Mayor and his droogs giving preferential treatment to Canada Running Series events is a contributor.

2012 occurrences of The Mayor yanking the Toronto Marathon finish line after yanking the date the year before, water shortage at the Toronto Marathon and finish line backup at the Sporting Life 10K due to lack of road closures are things that come to mind.

Mississauga supports its marathon. The Toronto Marathon is not supported by its city. The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is supported by its city but occasionally using nasty methods that make me remember that people in photographs with the city mayor meet unfortunate outcomes.


Yay, someone else to meet up with in Missy for an M&G on race weekend ... :) :dance: :dance: :dance: :shifty:
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby purdy65 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:15 pm

In fairness, the finish line change was a originally because of construction at Queens Park, which would have forced a move of the Police memorial celebration at the same time. The cops won out on that one. BUT! Notice they haven't moved it back? Ontario place is a much better finish area IMO.

Also DB, to be fair, most of the issues between the two races don't have a lot to do with the mayor. I'm one to bash him when he deserves it, but not much of this debacle of date and course changes is on him.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Robinandamelia » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:59 pm

HCcD wrote:
Double Bellybuster wrote:I've run the Toronto Marathon the last three years and will moving to Mississauga same day this spring.


Yay, someone else to meet up with in Missy for an M&G on race weekend ... :) :dance: :dance: :dance: :shifty:


You know I'll be there too :) I've run it 4 times and it keeps bringing me back! Nice to see that Dave will be there too....

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Double Bellybuster » Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:16 pm

Robinandamelia wrote:
HCcD wrote:
Double Bellybuster wrote:I've run the Toronto Marathon the last three years and will moving to Mississauga same day this spring.


Yay, someone else to meet up with in Missy for an M&G on race weekend ... :) :dance: :dance: :dance: :shifty:


You know I'll be there too :) I've run it 4 times and it keeps bringing me back! Nice to see that Dave will be there too....


Sounds good. See you there Robin and Andy. Cheapest registration is until October 29 I believe. I was going to run it last year as I started working in Mississauga around this time a year ago but had a friend sign up for his first half marathon in Toronto and wanted to join in. And always a potential finish line hug from Lisa, that is what Toronto does have going for it.

And thanks to all, I appreciate the opportunity to tiptoe around issues and to be as factually accurate as my pal Rob Ford. 8)

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Jwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:28 pm

Rob Ford aside, I love the city of Toronto and would go there in a second over Miss (I've spent time in both) as a destination marathon.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby QuickChick » Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:13 pm

I'm thinking about the TO half in the spring. It's a great course and I don't want to have to travel to Mississauga twice (kit pickup and race).


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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby HCcD » Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:21 pm

QuickChick wrote:I'm thinking about the TO half in the spring. It's a great course and I don't want to have to travel to Mississauga twice (kit pickup and race).


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Bummer .. would have been nice to see you and N again for a possible m&g ... :(
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:09 pm

QuickChick wrote:I don't want to have to travel to Mississauga twice (kit pickup and race).


I work in Mississauga. if there is Friday kit pickup as I expect, I will be happy to pick up kits for those who can't attend the expo.

And I signed up today. Wednesday is the last day for the cheapest entry rate.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:11 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:I work in Mississauga. if there is Friday kit pickup as I expect, I will be happy to pick up kits for those who can't attend the expo.


There is Friday pickup at the expo:

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:51 am

I'm in too...just registered as well, before the price goes up

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Double Bellybuster » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:42 pm

Robinandamelia wrote:I'm in too...just registered as well, before the price goes up


I must seem creepy! Am I right we both starting next year with the Toronto Indoor, Around the Bay and Mississauga Marathon?
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Robinandamelia » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:52 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:
Robinandamelia wrote:I'm in too...just registered as well, before the price goes up


I must seem creepy! Am I right we both starting next year with the Toronto Indoor, Around the Bay and Mississauga Marathon?


LOL... that's true but "great minds". I'll be doing Uxbridge Half too probably and I know that's a race you do sometimes too lol...

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby QuickChick » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:10 pm

DB, thanks, that's good to know!! It may be back on the table then, depending.


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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby carm » Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:00 am

I'm leaning toward Mississauga 1/2 but won't commit yet...but likely will before the next price increase.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby HCcD » Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:33 pm

Host Hotel already booked, but will probably register before next price increase, as well ...

I could also do race kit pick up on Saturday, as well ... :)
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby lim314159 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:28 pm

Can't go wrong with either race. I've run the Mississauga Marathon the last 2 years and miss the Toronto Marathon - so registered for Toronto Marathon for 2015.

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby tgilpin » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:56 am

I ran toronto once and mississauga full 3 times (along with the half many times!). I prefer Mississaga over Toronto for one main reason....when the full marathoners are down running on the Martin goodman path at about the 27-28 km mark you run right by the finish and get to hear and see all the half marathoners finishing. Mentally, that was very hard for me. Also, long that trail there are people walking (wandering) all over and getting in the way of the runners.

For those reasons I will not likely run Toronto again. Otherwise like everyone else said the course is nice, on a good day you will get decent crowd support at both races. I do like the downhill course for the first half of mississauga too.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Double Bellybuster » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:17 pm

Who else is in?
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby HCcD » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:52 pm

Missy for me, and I believe Jes ...

Probably, gonna head to Boston Pizza for dinner, as it is so close to the Hotel ... :) :shifty:
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby Robinandamelia » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:22 pm

Me I'm in for the full again!

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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:29 pm

after all that debating, i decided on ottawa!
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby La » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:18 am

Both races suck logistically for me (point to point), but I'm opting for GLTO this year since it's just that little bit closer to home (TTC accessible). I'm doing the Half, which I don't think has as many "cons" as the marathon does. And I've never done it before.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby canalrunner » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:32 pm

I am doing Toronto with my son--probably around 350 and pacing Ottawa at 4 hours. Love both races. Toronto is a faster course.
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Re: Mississauga vs Toronto Marathon (May)

Postby QuickChick » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:36 pm

I'm in for the half as well, La! Well not in yet, but soon.


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