ArcelorMittal Dofasco Park
The Marathon starts at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Park, at Green Mountain Road and First Road East, Stoney Creek ON, and the first 15k of the marathon is along the back country roads of Hamilton, and the edge of the escarpment. Runners then head towards the Red Hill Expressway where they will meet up with some of the half marathoners. Runners will enjoy this down hill coast and the beautiful scenery of the Red Hill. It will be closed to traffic. Once runners exit the Red Hill you will then start your journey towards Beach Boulevard, running towards Burlington and then turning towards the Waterfront Trail, to finish the last 7 kms along the lake.
This is a fast marathon route and rated the #1 Boston Qualifier on Canadian soil, by marathonguide.com. The Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope was the 9th largest marathon in Canada in 2015 and was the 10th largest in 2014. In 2015, 19.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 23.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014. This gives the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope the 10th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada in 2015 and the 3rd highest percentage in 2014. Its Course Score of 100.69 ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon course in Canada and the 1st fastest course in Ontario.
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