As of today I have officially registered for two races months away. This is not because I am in a panic having no races penciled into my calendar. To be honest I kind of hate organizing things so far in advance. For some reason it feels like tempting fate. But these early registrations came of necessity. Some of the big Ontario races are just so popular now that you have no choice but to register early. So when I heard earlier this week that the half marathon for Ottawa Race Weekend was already over 75% sold out I figured I might as well grab a spot now rather than try to get one through the bib transfer process in the spring (which BTW I did do relatively easily this past spring). So today, November 16th, I registered for a race that will be held on May 25th, 2014. And I should note, as of today the half marathon is 82% sold out. That number is bound to go up quickly since there was an article about it in today’s paper. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the full marathon is already 46% sold out! I’m sure part of the interest in the Ottawa Race is the fact that it will be a major milestone for the event. The 2014 race will mark the 40th anniversary of the run – what runner wouldn’t want to be part of such an event? And rumour has it there will be a pretty nice shirt for this one.
The other race I have registered for is also one that sells out quickly. The Around the Bay 30k, and end of March race held in Hamilton, is a race steeped in history and tradition. It first ran in 1894 and its tagline is “Older Than Boston”. Almost every person I have met who has done this race has actually done it multiple times. I am guessing that the unique distance and challenging course (lots of hill work in the last 10k) make people want to return again and again. As a result it is another race you want to enter early to avoid disappointment (no bib transfers for this one). While I had no troubles registering a few weeks ago, I can tell you that even this early it is almost impossible to find a hotel room near the start/finish line. In fact, the sponsoring hotel has been sold out since September! There is no data on the website as to what percent of the race spots have been sold, but the two person and three person relays are already sold out.
Sign up now folks if you are interested in either of these races!