Spring marathon runs across Ontario

Runners start off the 10K run at the 14th annual Niagara Falls International Marathon, on Sunday...

Runners start off the 10K run at the 14th annual Niagara Falls International Marathon, on Sunday Oct. 23, 2011. MIKE DIBATTISTA/QMI AGENCY

ILONA KAUREMSZKY, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:00 PM ET

Q: Do you have a list of spring marathons in Ontario?

— T. Brianne, Toronto

A: Marathons are gaining popularity across Ontario. The following places have upcoming events:

— Waterloo’s scenic Mennonite country is the setting for the 15th Waterloo Marathon on April 28. See waterloomarathon.com.

— The two-day Mississauga Marathon will take place May 4-5. See mississaugamarathon.com.

— The Ottawa Marathon (runottawa.com) takes place May 25-26. This two-day running event sees 42,000 runners and series of races from a full 42-km marathon to a half-marathon to a family run and a Y Kids marathon for children in Grades 3 to 8.

— The 4th Whitby International Marathon, aka WIN, is scheduled for May 26. See winmarathon.com.

— Ontario’s wine region will hold its 21st Niagara Ultra-Marathon on June 22. Watch for a 50-km run, a half marathon or a 10-km race along the Niagara River Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls. See welovetorun.com/events/niagaraultra.html.

Q: My husband and I have a special anniversary coming up in May. We are considering a trip to the Lake Tahoe-Reno area to celebrate. Do you have any advice? It looks like we would have to change planes in Chicago or Denver. Which would you recommend? We will likely travel in late May and stay about 10 days. Thanks.

— H. Couch, Guelph

A: Lake Tahoe and Reno are less crowded in the spring, which is a good time for water-sports, beach activities, cycling and hiking on the many trails surrounding the the highest alpine lake in the United States. For tips, I asked Ben McDonald, comunications manager for the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

McDonald says he likes to make flight connections in Denver. “It’s a shorter trip on the way-in and a longer second route on the way out.”

For accommodation, McDonald says the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa just completed a $20 million renovation.

“They have a great restaurant on the water, and a dock where you can rent boats as well,”

In Reno, McDonald says the Peppermill, Atlantis, Grand Sierra Resort and the Eldorado are “all really nice properties with great dining options.”

For more info, see visitrenotahoe.com or call them at toll-free 1-800-367-7366.

ilona@mycompass.ca


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