The County Marathon

October 1st, 2017

14th Annual

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24 Jun

Dear Runners;  Lets talk about the first two kilometres of the County Marathon because once you have done them - well you are committed to do 40.2 more so maybe they are important.  We are a point to point race (if you haven't been here before).  On race day you will be parking in Picton and getting on one of the First Student buses leaving the Parking Lot near the Crystal Palace at the Picton Fair Grounds - to be safe you should be ready for 6 AM.  However rather than take you to some dark lonely road in the middle of no where you will end up at the Essroc Cente in Wellington - yes this is the home of the Wellington Dukes. 

Its warm, and dry of course with multiple real washrooms, water and an indoor track.  May I suggest if you opt to 'run' on it that you run/jog the straights and walk the corners.  Maybe its because I have a few years on my feet but it doesn't take long to feel the corners if you run them...and its just too early in the day to feel your joints.  It is a pleasure to run this track though - so do give it a try - just up one set of stairs or the elevator if you are 'delicate'.


You will find lots of assistance here - Race Crew members are ready and willing to help.  In the meantime while you wait there is lots of room to sit down and collect your thoughts before the race.  As we get closer to 8AM you will want to head over to the start line - its about 200 metres south west of the Esrroc Centre.  I have included a bleak picture of the start line just so we don't over sell the weather


And doesn't that just look like great running weather....The start line will look like the photo on our home page - there is a corral we will herd you into just before 8.  Rick Scott will be blasting out some great blues (as he has for the past 10 years) - we will thank our sponsers (look at the bottom of this page) and you will be off on your way back to Picton.

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04 Mar

Dear Fellow Runners;

Well, here we go - its a new season and we hope our website stays up this year - we are truly sorry about any inconvenience it make have caused you last year.  Our url is of course since you are reading this you found us without knowing this.  Celebrating 10 years this year - 2004-2014 we want to finally describe our course kilometre by kilometre.  From the moment you arrive at the Crystal Palace until the time you get back and have a great local beer in your hand is our intent.  I am expecting some of our photos will be winter shots (because winter refuses to give up her hold on us) but hopefully once we have completed the 42-43 blogs you wil know your way around.

Quickly though a shout out to the Peterborough Half Marathon - congratulations on another great race.  We also have a Committee Member heading out to the Around the Bay Race coming soon - hoping the weather is as good as it was back on February 23rd in Central Ontario.   


15 May

Dear fellow runners;

Our committee members have all been touched over the years by various stories we have heard from runners attending the County Marathon. There are personal stories of success. Recently, I was reading about Gary (and Gary if you are reading this perhaps you can comment). He was written in the spring 2013 issue of IRun magazine having recovered from a devastating accident and having been told he probably wouldn't walk again - he has been a regular at the County Marathon for years. On another front, my daughter was volunteering at the Ottawa Marathon last season and when the first wheel-chair athlete came across the finish line she started to cry...looking around she quickly could see she wasn't the only one moved by that sub-2 hour performance....But I think it was more than the visual of a great athlete - it was a reminder of the great things we are all capable of if we put our minds to it. Being close to greatness is moving.

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