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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 36°F (2°C)
Average High: 42°F (5°C)
Average Low: 29° F (-1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.69
Course Score: 100.69

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 800 Finishers
2016: 815 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 22.8%
2016: 27.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope course drops over 400 feet (about 125m) from the starting line to the finish. The flat terrain, gentle downhill, completely flat last 7 miles, and cool weather makes this one of the fastest marathons in North America.

The course starts at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Park, at Green Mountain Road and First Road East in Stoney Creek. The first 15k of the marathon is along the back country roads of Hamilton, and the edge of the escarpment. The course then travels towards the Red Hill Expressway. Runners will enjoy this down hill coast and the beautiful scenery of the Red Hill. After the exit of the Red Hill the course goes towards Beach Blvd, running towards Burlington and then turning on the Waterfront Trail. The last 7km are along the lake.

Marathon Rankings

The Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope was the 10th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 9th largest in 2016.

Last year 22.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope the 8th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 3rd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 100.69 ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon course in Canada and the 1st fastest course in Ontario.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope a PR Score of 100.69. This PR Score ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon in Canada and the 1st fastest in Ontario.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 667 feet (203m)
Min Elevation: 245 feet (74m)


Recent Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope Reviews

5 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2017 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.   

5 / 5 Stars


Point to point race with 900 marathon athletes. Pre-race start was nicely organized. Easy parking at the race finish and buses ready to take us to the start. There was a gym arena at the start where runners could congregate, stay warm (with bathrooms) and prep for the race. First 10 miles are a series of country roads zigzagging back and forth. There are rollers through most of the country roads. Then about 2-3 miles of flat straight road that goes into residential area. This transitions into a big, downhill expressway that is closed off for the runners. It's kind of cool, but a little odd because there's not many runners on a 3-4 lane highway that is completely empty. Then there's trails that take you over to the lake front path and you do an out and back on this to finish the race. The finish is a little odd. You run past the finish area tents and then do a sharp turn to go back about 100 meters to the finish line. Nice runners tent at the end with food and recovery. Only runners allowed in this tent. Overall, a good race course and well run, but not the fastest course I've run. My second fastest marathon race and beat my BQ time by 4 minutes.

Race Tips

The rollers in the country are a little more challenging than they appear. You can gain time on the downhill section, but can't go too fast else you'll trash your quads. Remember to run the tangents on the expressway, the road is pretty wide and could easily add a lot of mileage. The last 8 miles is flat out and back along Lake Ontario, seems to go forever, just have to stay focused on the finish and not give up. Good water station crews, but not a lot of spectators.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I flew into Toronto Pearson Int'l airport on a Friday, race was on Sunday. Got a rental car for only $55 USD (entire stay). Stayed at AirBnB in Hamilton for $50/night, only a few miles from the Expo/Race Finish tents. Plenty of restaurants in the area.

review of 2016 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2012 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.   

5 / 5 Stars


Not to crowded, Cool morning with no up hills to speak of. You may want to bring some throw aways as the the morning on the top of the escarpment will be quite chilly. The best part, my fastest marathon and a BQ to boot!!

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Finish Time Equivalent

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