Race Day Information

Start Times

Marathon 7:30 AM Yonge St and Sheppard Ave
Half-Marathon Walk 7:45 AM Yonge St and Sheppard Ave
Half-Marathon Run 8:30 AM Yonge St and Sheppard Ave
10K Run 8:00 AM Queen Elizabeth Building
5K Run/Walk 8:20 AM Queen Elizabeth Building
     
Check Cut-off times below    

 

Transportation

Participants are responsible for arriving at the start line at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start. There is access to the start area by private vehicle or taxi with plenty of paid parking available in nearby parking lots. 

Public Transit

Please be advised that TTC subway service begins at 8:00 AM on Sundays. TTC surface routes operate on regular Sunday hours. The 320 Yonge route operates every 3-4 minutes to the Marathon and Half Marathon start lines.

Parking

Be advised that road closures are in effect beginning at 6:30 AM.

Parking near the Marathon and Half Marathon start line can be found at the Yonge Sheppard Centre, located on the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. Parking Entrance is located on Greenfield Avenue and Doris Avenue.

Exhibition Place Parking: Enercare Centre – enter from Canada Blvd. at the East end for underground parking. Or use Nunavut Rd. lot on the East side of BMO Field for above ground parking. Arrive early to avoid road closures and delays.

Buses to Start

Transportation to the Start line will be available for participants who purchased a shuttle ticket only. Buses depart from the following locations from 5:45 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. The shuttle from the Hilton and Exhibition Place takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the Start Area. 

1. Hilton Hotel: 145 Richmond St. at University Ave. (Marathon & Half Marathon only)

2. Exhibition Place: Hotel X 111 Princes’ Blvd.  (Marathon & Half Marathon only)

You MUST show your bib to board (bus pass is stamped on bib) Don’t wait until the last minute. Look for the Yellow School Buses.

Bus Shuttle Tickets must be purchased by April 15th. 


Transportation After the Race 

Public transit is available near the finish line. Streetcars take passengers to Bathurst Station (Route 511) and Union Station (Route 509) from the Exhibition Loop. The 29 Dufferin bus operates between Exhibition Place and Dufferin Station.


Bag Check  

Marathon and Half Marathon

Located: Yonge St and Elmhurst Ave. One block North of Sheppard Ave on the West side of Yonge St.

Marathon: Truck departs at 7:00 AM Sharp!

Half Marathon: Truck departs at 8:10 AM Sharp!

Bags will NOT be transported to finish area after these times.

5K and 10K

Located: Inside the Queen Elizabeth Building. Bags MUST be checked by 7:45 AM.

Please bring your own bag if you wish to check items before the race. Attach the tag provided on the bottom of your bib to your bag for proper identification. Do not pack valuables. Your bag will be waiting for you inside the Queen Elizabeth Building. We strongly suggest that you pay attention to the weather, and pack clothes accordingly. Be vigilant! Should you notice anything suspicious, notify a race official or police immediately.

Tip – Attach the tag to your bag prior to leaving your home/hotel.


Important Safety Note

For the safety of all participants, we strongly recommend against wearing iPods or similar audio devices that inhibit your ability to hear surrounding sounds. This is a danger to fellow participants and yourself if you cannot hear direction from a race official, event participant, or emergency vehicles.

Discarded Clothing

If you need to discard clothing while you’re running, please move towards the curb lane and throw towards the sidewalk just before you get to an Aid Station. This will prevent fellow participants from tripping on your clothes, and will make it much easier for our team to collect. All discarded clothing will be donated to charity.

Tracking

Tracking is available – please see the SportStats team at our Expo (located in the Queen Elizabeth Building near shirt pick up) for information.

Time Limit (Cut-off)

Participants in the Marathon must reach the 26.5Km (Fleet St.)  water station by 10:45 AM, or face removal from the course. The course will close at 6 hours (1:30 PM).


Start Corrals

Marathon   Half-Marathon  
Elite (Red) Sub 2:30 Elite (Red) Sub 1:15
Sub Elite (Yellow) Sub 3:10 Sub Elite (Yellow) Sub 1:35
Competitive (Blue) Sub 3:35 Competitive (Blue) Sub 1:47
Preferred (Green) Sub 4:00 Preferred (Green) Sub 2:00
Open (Orange) 4:00+ Open (Orange) 2:00+

Aid Stations

Aid stations provide water, Nuun (Endurance lemon-lime) and toilets approximately every 2.5 km to 3.5km, and at the Start and Finish Lines.  If you are in distress, please inform a race official immediately.

Number Km  Water Nuun   Group
1 Start Water Nuun   B’nai Brith
2 3k Water     North York Rotary
3 6k Water Nuun   Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
4 8k Water Nuun   Second Front / Bnai Brith
5 10.5k Water Nuun   Habitat for Humanity
6 13k   Bananas   Bishop Strachan School
  13.5k Water Nuun   Bishop Strachan School
7 8k (Half) Water      
8 15.5k Water Nuun   Front Runners
9 17.5k Water Nuun   Canadian Mental Health Association
10 21k Water Nuun   George Brown
11 24k Water Nuun   Running Room
12 26.5k Water     SickKids Foundation
13 27k/41k Water Nuun   MS Society
14 30.5k/40k Water Nuun    
15 34k/37k Water Nuun   LifeTime Fitness
16 Finish Water Nuun   Race Crew

The Course

The 1st mile, every 5th mile, and each km are marked in the Marathon and Half Marathon. Clocks will be located at the Start, halfway point of the Marathon, and Finish Line. The Marathon markers are blue and the Half Marathon markers are orange. The Marathon course will close at 6 hours. Each KM is marked in the 5k and 10k courses. Medical teams are located along each course. Race marshals will pull any person running without a bib off the course. We urge paying participants to discourage anyone from participating unofficially.

NO BIB, NO RUN!


Entertainment

Entertainment will be provided at select locations along the course to help keep you motivated and get you to the finish line. If you know of a band, or entertainer who may be interested in supporting a great cause, please email info@torontomarathon.com


Finish Area (Queen Elizabeth Building)

Remember to smile and keep your hands away from your bib number as you cross the finish line for your official picture by MarathonFoto! Bib numbers need to be clearly visible so that you can be identified.

After you cross the finish line, proceed to the end of the chute as quickly as possible. Nuun, water, fruit, and Clif bars are available inside. The Massage (RMT) and Physio team is located inside for Marathoners and Half Marathoners only. Participants may be asked to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask to get a massage. A medical team is on hand to assist any participant in need.  

The Family Reunion area will be located just outside the Queen Elizabeth Building. Only race participants and officials are permitted inside the Queen Elizabeth Building on race day.

Please do not carry or run with your infant child on the course or prior to crossing the finish line. This presents a hazard to your child, yourself and all participants. Participant safety is paramount and doing this will result in disqualification.