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October 10, 2018


Back in February while sitting at the Barley Mow, on a usual Thursday night over a couple of beers, a few of us were trying to figure which fall race we should do next.....and we came across “The Steamtown Marathon” https://steamtownmarathon.com

We checked out the elevation, the size of participants (capped at 3,000), the location (close to home), time of year...

October 30, 2017

This was the first year for the Marathon du P’tit Train du Nord. They had a marathon and a half marathon distance both of which had relatively small field caps, 1200 for the marathon and 800 for the half. The races sold out very quickly.

Both races are run completely on the P’tit train du Nord, a multi-use stone dust/paved trail which was once a railway line. Th...

November 8, 2016

The short version:

A well run event on a scenic course and we had great weather. This course has the potential to be a PB run but you need to train specifically for the downhill section.

The long version:

I took the train from Ottawa to Toronto which was GREAT! Relatively cheap, totally low stress and no slower than driving. There is a GO Bus from Toronto to Hamil...

November 4, 2016

The short version:

Good event, great destination, not an easy course but I needed a BQ and I got it.

The long version:

The finish line for the Quebec City Marathon is less than a kilometer from the train station in old Quebec so we decided to leave the car behind and take the train. We booked early so the tickets were pretty reasonable just over $200 return for tw...

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