Robbie Burns Road Race

 Sorry. The porridge is all gone. =( Maybe next year?
Robbie Burns Road Race

41st Annual

Robbie Burns 8km Road Race

“Best Winter Running Event” - Get Out There Magazine

 

January 19, 2020

9:30 AM

 

Proceeds to benefit

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Specific Events

8km Race - Running

8km Race - Walking

 

Venue Specifics ***New for 2020***

The Burlington Performing Arts Center

440 Locust St, Burlington, ON L7S 1T7

 

Parking

Please do not park at the No Frills Plaza.

Free parking, about 400 spots, is available at the municipal parking garage on Locust Street next to the the Burlington Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

Additional free parking is available at municipal lots #7 and #8 north of BPAC on Locust St.

Do not park on Elgin Street next to BPAC, this is the start/finish area reserved for runners and race officials only.

Parking at any city lots on weekends is free.

Racers are strongly encouraged to carpool to help ease parking congestion.

Burlington Downtown Special Events Parking Map.

Interactive parking map.

 

PRE RACE DETAILS

Race kit pick up

There are two ways to get your race kit: In advance at Neworld Cycle and Tri Shop (560 Plains Rd E, Burlington, ON L7T 2E5) or race day starting at 7:30am. 

Neworld Kit Pickup Hours (560 Plains Rd E, Burlington, ON L7T 2E5) 

Tuesday     January 14:  12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday January 15: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday    January 16: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday        January 17: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday    January 18: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Race Day Pickup at Burlington Performing Arts Center (440 Locust St, Burlington, ON L7S 1T7)

Sunday January 19: 7:30am - 9:15am   

 

Day of Registration

You are strongly encouraged to register for this event in advance as this race sells out EARLY.  If you do decide to try and register on race day, please fill in a Registration Form and proceed directly to the table marked “Race Day Registration” where your registration will be processed.  Payment for race day transactions will be via CASH only.

Due to the success of this event, we can not guarantee that race day registration will be an option so please register early to avoid disappointment.

 

Amenities available on site

[X] Indoor Washrooms

[  ] Outdoor Washrooms

[  ] Change Rooms

[  ] Showers

[  ] Massage

[  ] Chiropractor

[X] Wheelchair Access



Bag Check

Bag check is available at the Burlington Performing Arts Center in the studio next to the main lobby. A tear away tag on your bib with bib number will be attached to your gear. Bags are not supplied so please try to keep you gear to one piece.  A suggested, but not mandatory, donation of $1 or $2 will be asked and will go directly to the youth organization working the bag check.  You will need to show the Volunteer your bib in order to redeem your bag.  We promise to do our best to protect your gear but we assume no responsibility for lost or stolen bags.  You are strongly encouraged not to leave valuables in your bag.

There no change rooms or showers at the Burlington Performing Arts Center so come ready to run under your outerwear.

  

RACE DETAILS

Start Time

The race starts promptly at 9:30am. 

All participants are expected to finish the 8km route in 85 minutes.  After that time they will be asked to move off the road way and continue the race from the sidewalk.

 

Race Route ***New for 2020***

Participants must be able to complete the 8km course in 85 minutes.

After 85 minutes participants will be asked to continue unsupervised on the sidewalk.

This is to allow traffic cones to be removed ASAP and minimizes traffic impact.

Click here for the race route.

Please note that the certified race route will have slightly different start/finish line position then noted above. As well the Baldwin Street 180 degree turn is not exactly shown on the map.

New for 2020

  • The start/finish has been moved to Elgin Street next to the race venue, The Burlington Performing Arts Center.
  • After running north on Locust street and turning LEFT on Baldwin street west there is a short out and back before a 180 degree turn to head back west on Baldin St. to Brant Street.
  • Participants have 85 minutes to complete the 8km distance, after that the race course will be re-open to traffic and participants must continue from the sidewalk.

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Continuing for 2020

  • The race route will continue to travel clockwise, with major routes being Locust Street, Brant Road, Fairview Street, Guelph Line and Lakeshore Drive.
  • Runners are expected to stay within the coned portion of the course and not stray into the car traffic lanes.

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Course safety procedures

This race is run on the city streets of Burlington and while the course is marked with pylons, racers are responsible for using good judgement and for looking out for themselves.  Marshals are stationed at all major intersections and entry ways but there are hundreds of unmonitored driveways along the route.

Runners are also strongly discouraged from wearing headphones or earbuds during this event.  Runners must be able to hear passing runners, course marshals and safety staff during the event and it's really hard to do this when you’re wearing headphones.  

Runners must, at all times, stay within the pyloned course.  Runners who run outside the course will be warned; if they continue to run outside the course they may be disqualified or asked to leave the race entirely.  This sounds harsh, and well, it is, but we do this because we share the roads with the cars, we don’t own the roads and when you’re off course you are outside the race's insurance coverage.

 

Course  Etiquette

First and foremost, we’re all here for fun and we all want to go home safely when we're done the event so that should guide every interaction you have and action you take while racing.  Second, the race is on open city streets so there should be plenty of room for everyone.  Runners are asked to run no more than 2 abreast to the right to ensure others can pass them if needed.  Passing runners are asked to call out their plans (“passing on the left”) politely.

   

POST RACE DETAILS

Food

Following the race, we’ll have the usual bananas, bagel and beverages but we are also pleased to provide what we believe is the best post-race treat ever -  hot tasty OATMEAL provided by Jonny Blonde food truck and catering.  The food goes fast and we do our best to have plenty on hand but this stuff is hot and in demand, so don’t wait too long or you may miss out.

 

Awards Ceremony

All runners will receive a medal new for 2020.

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The awards ceremony, including presentation of the winners' plaques and gifts along with the distribution of door prizes will start at or about 11am.

Best Costume Award

Plaques with New World Cycle and Tri Shop gift certificate 3 deep in 5 year age groups 12-14 to 80+ for runners

over $2700.00 to be used at Neworld Cycle & Tri Shop

Prizes which go unclaimed can be picked up at Neworld, our race kit pickup sponsor, within 14 days of the race.  

 

Results

Preliminary results will be posted as quickly as possible following the arrival of the first runner. Final results will be posted online following the end of the event.

https://www.enfieldtiming.com/results/

 

Door Prizes

Thanks to our sponsors, we are pleased to offer door prizes during the Awards Ceremony.  You must be in the room when your bib number or name is called to win.

 

Advanced Registration is available online only.  

 

Day of Registration will be available provided there are places remaining.  We regret that we can not guarantee that there will be spots available on the day of the race.  All participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance. 

 

 

2020 Course Map

Please note that the certified race route will have slightly different start/finish line position then noted above. As well the Baldwin Street 180 degree turn is not exactly shown on the map.

Note that the start/finish line has been moved to Elgin Street beside the Burlington Performing Arts Center.

Also note that there is a short out and back section on Baldwin Street in front of Central High School after running the first section of Locust Street.

 

Participants must be able to complete the 8km course in 85 minutes.

After 85 minutes participants will be asked to continue unsupervised on the sidewalk.

This is to allow traffic cones to be removed ASAP and minimizes traffic impact.

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The race route is certified 8km

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Men:

1990 - Gary Westgate - 23:11

 

Women:

2014 - Rachel Hannah - 26:38

1993 - Kathy Butler - 26:52

 

Masters:

2013 - Manuel Teodoro - 54:03 (Canadian Masters 80+ Age Group - 8km)

2018 – Elizabeth Waywell  - 33:34 (Canadian Masters 60 Age Group - 8km) 

All finisher will receive a medal.

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Best Costume Award

Plaques with New World Tri Shop & Runners gift certificate 3 deep in 5 year age groups 12-14 to 80+

over $2700.00 to be used at Neworld Cycle & Tri Shop

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Here's the link to the results.  Thanks to Enfield Timing for your partnership.

2020

 

2019 

 

2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

Race Headquarters are located at The Burlington Performing Arts Center, 440 Locust St, Burlington, ON L7S 1T7

 

Parking

Please do not park at the No Frills Plaza.

Free parking, about 400 spots, is available at the municipal parking garage on Locust Street next to the the Burlington Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

Additional free parking is available at municipal lots #7 and #8 north of BPAC on Locust St., at Municipal lot #3 behind the No Frills Plaza on Brant St..

Do not park on Elgin Street next to BPAC, this is the start/finish area reserved for runners and race officials only.

Parking on weekends at city lots is free.

Racers are strongly encouraged to carpool to help ease parking congestion.

Burlington Downtown Special Events Parking Map.

Interactive parking map.

 

Note the parking lot directly across Locust Street from BPAC is NOT a city lot is NOT free on weekends.

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Sustainable Transportation

Driving is not the only way to arrive.  All participants are encouraged to consider using public transportation or even winter cycling.

www.Burlingtontransit.ca 

Burlington Cycling Map