The Marathon is expected to draw upwards of 2500 participants in a downhill, fast and scenic course from Mel Lastman Square to Ontario Place. This Toronto favorite is one of the fastest courses you’ll find anywhere and is a great Boston qualifier. Over half our participants posted PR’s in 2013.
The Marathon begins behind Mel Lastman Square on Beecroft Ave. just South of Park Home. Participants run North to Ellerslie Ave. to Canterbury Pl. and then North to Horsham Ave., East to Yonge St. South on Yonge St. to Chaplin Crescent. West on Chaplin to Oriole Parkway. South on Oriole Parkway to Lonsdale Rd. West on Lonsdale to Forest Hill Rd. North on Forest Hill Rd. to Kilbarry Rd. West on Kilbarry Rd. to Warren Rd. South on Warren Rd. to Lonsdale Rd. West on Lonsdale to Spadina Rd. South on Spadina Rd. around Casa Loma to MacPherson. East on MacPherson to Davenport Rd. and continue to Belmont St. East on Belmont through Yonge St. to Aylmer Ave. South on Aylmer to Rosedale Valley Rd. to Bayview Ave. South to the very bottom (River St. – this section is New) then turn North to King St. West on King St. to Sumach St. South to Eastern Ave. West on Eastern Ave. to Front St. westbound to Wellington St. continuing west to John St. South on John St. to Front St. W. Front St. to Bathurst St. South on Bathurst St. to Fort York Blvd. Fort York Blvd. to Lakeshore Blvd. East to Remembrance Drive. South and West on Remembrance Dr. around Ontario Place to the Goodman trail and continue to westbound towards Humber Bay Park Rd. You will run south before picking up the trail north to Humber Bay Park Rd. and then north to Lakeshore Blvd. Eastbound to the finish line at Ontario Place Dr. on the South side of Lakeshore Blvd. at Ontario Place.
This course has been accurately measured and is certified by Athletics Canada and is a Boston qualifier. Persons under age 18 on race day are not permitted to participate in the marathon. We do not permit walkers in the Marathon. Please visit our Race Day link for maps and transportation information.
7:30 AM – Start at Mel Lastman Square
Sorry, no in-line skates, roller-skates, bicycles, strollers or dogs will be allowed on the course. For the safety of all participants, we strongly recommend you do not wear iPods, or similar devices which inhibit your ability to hear surrounding sounds. In an effort to minimize traffic congestion and for public safety; we do not permit walkers in the Marathon due to time restrictions set by the City of Toronto. We require that all participants in the Marathon maintain a 12 minute per mile pace and may be asked to move on to the sidewalk and obey normal traffic laws if running slower than a 12 minute per mile pace. Those of you who can run faster…..please feel free to do so. VIEW THE MAP AND COURSE ELEVATION
Aid Station & Timing
There will be 21 Aid Stations along the route, supplying runners with Water, Gatorade, Toilets, Bananas and PowerBar Gels. Split times will be called at the 1 mile mark. The course will be marked every kilometre, as well as every 5 miles. All events will be timed using the BibTag timing system.
|Aid Station Number||Station Type||Location (km)||Location (miles)|
|2||Water/Gatorade||3 km||1.9 miles|
|3||Water/Gatorade||5 km||3.1 miles|
|4||Water/Gatorade||7 km||4.3 miles|
|5||Water/Gatorade||10 km||6.2 miles|
|6||Bananas only||12.5 km||7.8 miles|
|7||Water/Gatorade||13 km||8 miles|
|8||Water/Gatorade||15 km||9.3 miles|
|9||Water/Gatorade||17 km||10.6 miles|
|10||Water/Gatorade||20 km||12.4 miles|
& Powerbar Gels
|23 km||14.3 miles|
|12||Water/Gatorade||25 km||15.5 miles|
|13||Powerbar Gels only||27.5 km||17.1 miles|
|14||Water/Gatorade||28 km||17.4 miles|
|15||Water/Gatorade||30 km||18.6 miles|
|16||Water/Gatorade||33 km||20.5 miles|
|17||Water/Gatorade||35 km||21.8 miles|
|18||Water/Gatorade||37 km||23 miles|
|19||Water/Gatorade||40 km||24.9 miles|
|20||Water/Gatorade||41.5 km||25.8 miles|
The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon Expo is FREE and open to the public during registration and bib/shirt pick-up at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Hall ‘D” . ALL participants, including RELAY TEAMS must attend the expo to pick-up their shirt and BibTag. The hours are: Friday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information about the expo please click here.
Shirt and Bib Tag
All participants must pick-up their BibTag and race shirt (sizes cannot be guaranteed) at our expo. Please understand that our shirts are ordered 6 months in advance and we do our best to estimate the sizes required and provide to you the size that you indicated when registering. It’s always a good idea to double check the size when picking up your shirt. Participants in the marathon will get a second shirt (previous years) at the expo only, while supplies last.
In a small effort to be greener, we will not provide bags to our participants at Shirt/BibTag pick-up. We strongly recommend that you bring your own bag should you think you may require one. For the same reason, we do not provide bags for race day “bag check” and will accept your own gym bag or “other” provided by you. Be sure to attach the tag (tear-off at bottom of your bib) to your bag for proper identification.
Pickup Location: Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Hall “D” Pickup Dates: Friday May 2nd 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. and Saturday May 3rd 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Shirts/bibs will not be mailed. You will require your confirmation number (if registered online) and bib number and may be asked for photo ID. Bib numbers will be emailed to each participant on the Thursday prior to the race. Bib numbers will also be posted on the East wall opposite the registration area. Participants may pick up for themselves and up to two additional participants and require their proper information.
Only participants traveling from out of town (for the Marathon and Half Marathon only), may pick-up their BibTag and shirt (limited sizes available) at Mel Lastman Square from 6:00 AM on Race morning. Look for the POD (white shipping container) located on North York Blvd. near entrance to the Civic Centre. Please arrive early, as you want to make sure to get your BibTag and shirt before the gun goes off. There is no ‘day of’ pickup for the 5k.
Race Day Information
For information concerning final instructions, please click here.
The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon is sanctioned by Athletics Canada and the AIMS and meets international standards. Participants can qualify for the Boston Marathon and other accredited international marathons.
Marathon – CAN-2012-025-BDC