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There will be cash awards for the top three ($100, $75, $50) and first masters ($50),
Race kit pickup will be available at the Running Works in Downtown Guelph, on Friday, October 4th from 4pm to 6pm, and on race day at registration from 8am to 9am.
The course has one small hill and one big hill in every loop. The surfaces vary, but are all runnable in spikes or in shoes. There are no hard surfaces, and when dry, traction is adequate in shoes. When wet, spikes are advisable to get a good time. The Nationals have been run in snow the last two years and spikes (long) were a definite advantage.
The course is marked every 500m by big yellow posts and every 400m by red stakes for those of you who need data.
There is a course video online Both the 5k and the 7.5 km race use the2.5k loop. The Canadian Nationals will use the 2k loop for the Masters Championship. The two loops are mostly the same except for an 800m section.
There is also a video of the Speed River group training on the course on Flotrack. You can also find all of the 2009 Championships on video at this link, including the Master's race. A particular joy is watching Kendra Schaaf in the 2008 Junior Women's race.
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