2015 saw a significant change to the route of the Huffin Puffin Marathon, which was formerly the provincial marathon. Previously the route started in Mount Pearl and spent a good portion of the race in the Mount Pearl industrial park. It was a nice cool day for the runners with sunny and dry conditions at 5 degrees, but a little cool for the spectators and volunteers.
Third place men’s marathoner Rudy Riedlsperger had this to say after the race: “I thought the course layout was great – challenging, but not as slow as I feared. The first 10k are wicked fast (with the exception of Temperance street). I thought that the stretch from Quidi Vidi back to Temperance street would be very difficult (including the reverse ANE mile), but it did not feel slow at all. I think especially the half marathon finish times reflect that. Ed Durnford and Sheldon Marsh had huge PBs, for example. Now that I mentioned Temperance street twice already: The worst part was going down that hill the second time around. Cape to Cabot came to mind. So long story short, I would not change much, if anything, on the course. I’d definitely leave the start and finish in Bowering Park.”