BIG NEWS from Around the Bay. You will love who are running.
No ‘Hill’ to hike in 2015 Around the Bay race ATB EVENT The Hill need not be conquered this year.
Around the Bay race director Mike Zajczenko said Tuesday it's "unlikely" construction on the notorious Valley Inn Road — a steep 500 metre climb near the end of the gruelling 30 km course — will be completed in time for race day.
"I'm sure some of people won't be too upset about it," Zajczenko joked.
Coming just past the 25 km mark, the climb — which is longer and steeper than the Boston Marathon's legendary Heartbreak Hill — is a make-or-break point for runners of all skill levels and is one of the iconic features of the 121-year-old race. But construction on the rail bridge at the base of the road is not expected to be completed in time for the March 29 event.
The course will bypass both the twisty decent from the Woodland Cemetery and the climb back to York Boulevard, instead continuing along Plains Road as it transitions from Burlington to Hamilton. It's a gradual ascent that Zajczenko thinks will still provide a surprising challenge for runners, though it's unlikely to set fire to lungs and legs like Valley Inn.
"Some people will be happy but others like to run it. I think it will be a 50-50 split," Zajczenko said. "I think some people like the challenge."
We are on track for runs and training plans. Please make sure you continue to speak with us if you are not sure of how your plan is going or need to up grade or pull back. We only see what we can and don't read minds. Never be afraid to approach us and really listen to your body. it is the only one you have.
Dick is off the next week to run his marathon over the ocean in Japan. We have watched the runs you have done and know the dedication you have put in. Enjoy it, embrace it, love it and we will be cheering for you.
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