Race Report Contributor: Dan Lacasse (through the RunK2J Race Report Form)
Event Name/Date/Location: ATB Hammer – Hybrid , March 27, 2022. Hamilton
My Race Experience: What can I say about this race. I do have a love-hate relationship with this course. Since this was my first in-person race in well over 2 years (thank you pandemic), I approached the race with 3 goals in mind. One goal is the realistic goal, the second is the WOW goal and the third is the fall back goal. Realistic goal – finish under 3:15, WOW goal – finish under 3:00, fall back goal – just finish the darn thing. Well, I finished in 3:28 so I achieved one of my goals.
Would you do this event again? Why? : I am definitely going back for a 10th time. I have a bone to pick with this race. My PB is 3:05 and hoping to eventually do my WOW goal which is to come in under 3 hours.
Would you recommend this event? Why? : If you want to challenge yourself, run a distance greater than a half marathon but not ready for a full, this is the race to do.
From the expo (when allowed), the hoards of volunteers, race ambiance and unique finish line inside the First Ontario Centre with cheering spectators, this race is one to remember.
Closing thoughts. Any hints for others planning to do this race? Where to stay? Things to bring? What to wear? : Weather wise, be ready for anything. I have seen every type of weather in all the ATB road races I have done. I have been overdressed, wishing I had more layers to getting it just right.
If you plan on staying in a hotel, try one close to the start. There are plenty options aside than the pricey race hotel. Run Ottawa ahs also a bus/hotel package available.
Around-The-Bay RunK2J Summary InfoStats:
- Venue Rating: 4 – Great
- Course: 4 – Great
- Weather : The weather was a major factor for the 128th running of ATB road race. It was cold, snowy and windy. The headwinds were a challenge from 11 to 18k for sure.
- Aid stations: 3 – Good
- Aid stations Content: There were less aid stations than in previous years. I guess this is as a results of public health measures and maybe the lack of volunteers. Water was at the 7k, 14k and 21k stations. NUNN electrolyte and XCACT nutrition were at the 14k and 21k aid stations.
Judy & Harold: A chilly breezy day here in Ottawa, and we thought of all you guys on the wind. Well done on Virtual-Hammer, and finishing the darn thing! The ATB Beers are a fine touch.