Would You Run Cedar Point?

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I am considering The Biggest Loser Half marathon race in Buffalo this year.  While the half marathons are in various cities as stand-alone race events, the race organizers have also teamed up with the Six Flags amusement parks to offer 5K and 10K races.  Seems like teaming up with a theme park is becoming a growing trend.

As I was cruising the internet yesterday, I came across the Cedar Point Half Marathon. This half marathon is being held on June 29th, 2014.

The entry fees are relatively affordable, and what’s great about it is all participants of the half marathon can enjoy the theme parks on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday as part of the registration.  How cool is that?

Course Map – Half Marathon

Half Marathon Participants receive:

  • Scenic running route through the theme park
  • Finisher medal
  • Free entry to the park on Friday after 5pm, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday
  • BibChip timing and instant online results
  • Commemorative long-sleeve tech T-shirt
  • Reduced-rate parking

Unfortunately, Cedar Point is a little far for me to travel this year as it’s about a 7 hour trip by car but I’ll be keeping my eyes on this race event for the future.  It will be interesting to see how other non-Disney theme parks incorporate running events and to see if these events will grow with popularity.

What do you think about other non-Disney theme park events?  

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Yorkville 5K Race

Race – B&O Yorkville 5K
Date – September 9th, 2012
Benefits YWCA Women’s Shelters
Perks-Black Tech Shirt, Duffel bag, Get Out There Magazine, pamphlets, samples in bag for Lakota, Deep Relief, Florida’s Natural Nugget fruit treats, Water bottle, post race snacks and medal for all finishers
I was definitely spoiled today during today’s race.  It’s been a long time that I’ve received so many goodies in a race kit.

The race itself was held in the elegant & exclusive shopping area of Yorkville in Toronto.  The temperature today was excellent for running, and I couldn’t be happier with the 9am start.

The race course is pretty fast and I was hoping for a better time today, however, my stomach didn’t agree halfway through the race, so I ended up with a chip time of 32:45.  I’m ok with this as these are just the trials and tribulations of racing.  Sometimes it’s your day, and sometimes you just have to get it done, and work on the next race.

After the race, participants were rewarded with a very colourful medal.  I’m not certain of the significance of the tree on the medal.  Perhaps it just has something to do with the landscaping of the area, as I believe Yorkville is known for their mature trees and gardens.

Participants were also treated to local food fare from neighbourhood establishments.  I don’t think I can recall eating more calories at a race then I had burned.  From bagels with cheese, lettuce & tomato, to huge cinnamon buns, breakfast cookies, cheesecake, frozen yogurt & crepe samples, Red Bull, water and gum-it was definitely a lot of food.

Elite runner Wesley Korir and his wife Tarah also raced in today’s event.  Korir is the 2012 winner of the Boston marathon.  Today he ran a new record for the Yorkville 5K at 14:05 chip time.  Tarah ran 16:56 to place second in the female category.  It was awesome seeing these two athletes at this local event.

Over $52,000 was raised during this event.  All in all, a fabulous day to run a 5K!