What do you look for in a race course?

The Laurier Loop also always has a great race shirt colour and design!

Every race is special and unique. The upcoming Laurier Loop race is always a favourite of mine for two reasons. One reason is because I get the opportunity to run it as a team. With all the relay teams, it’s a very supportive atmosphere and I know that having others counting on me pushes me harder and encourages me to want to do my best.

The second reason is because of the course itself. In the heart of the WLU main campus, it’s full of twists and turns; road, sidewalk and some trail sections; good ups and downs; and lots of supportive spectators throughout. 

This month, what I want to know is, what do you look for in a race course? How much does the course matter? Do you travel to other places because of great courses? Or, what do you NOT look for in a course? 

How to enter and contest rules

Interested in winning a free Run Waterloo relay team entry to the #LaurierLoop? All you have to do is answer the question above ‘What do you look for in a race course?’

One lucky contest participant will be randomly selected to win a free relay team. That’s an entry for you and three friends!

To enter: Comment on this post, or tweetFacebook, or Instagram me!

The contest is open now until 9pm on February 13, 2019.

Good luck!

Previous winners


  • Alex K February 8, 2019 2:12 pm

    I look for a good mix of hills – get the heart going on the way, make for a good PB on the way down.

    • Michael Hewitson February 8, 2019 3:00 pm

      Thanks Alex! I do enjoy coasting down the hill.

  • Lindsay Howes February 8, 2019 9:15 pm

    Flat, fast, good weather (cool + tailwind would be ideal), some nice scenery, supportive volunteers, and cheering spectators with funny signs. Too much to ask for? 🙂

    • Michael Hewitson February 13, 2019 3:30 pm

      that sounds like the ideal race – sign me up!

  • Sandra February 13, 2019 2:00 pm

    I like a loop course once in a while to work on even pacing.

    • Michael Hewitson February 13, 2019 3:31 pm

      Thanks Sam! Agreed. Re-fridgee-eighter was my first loop course in a while – I enjoyed it!

  • Shasta February 13, 2019 3:19 pm

    I look for races that are a loop, rather than a turn around at the halfway point. The changing scenery keeps things interesting and makes the run go by faster, rather than when I do a run where I have to turn around at the midway point and run back the way I came.

    • Michael Hewitson February 13, 2019 3:31 pm

      For sure! Any favourite races?

  • Shasta February 13, 2019 3:21 pm

    I look for a loop course, rather than a course where you turn around at the halfway point. The changing scenery keeps the race Freddy, more interesting, and it goes by much faster I find.

  • Vicki Zandbergen February 13, 2019 3:28 pm

    What I look for in a course varies based on the distance of race as well as my purpose/plan for each individual race. The longer the race, the more variety I want. Shorter races, if I’m chasing a time goal, flat and fast is great! If I’m running it as a workout, I like loops.

    • Michael Hewitson February 13, 2019 3:33 pm

      Thanks Vicki! Short or long you always look strong out there!

  • Catherine Reinhardt February 20, 2019 9:40 pm

    Local…about 10k …with swag..and timed..
    And awesome volunteers!!

    • runwaterloo February 21, 2019 1:22 am

      Well said! Have you run one of our events before? Curious to know how you think we stack up! Honestly!

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