Half Marathon

General Info

The Half Marathon is expected to draw upwards of 6,000 participants in a downhill course that is fast and scenic, starting from Mel Lastman Square in North York to Ontario Place. This Toronto favourite continues to grow in popularity and is considered by many to be the best Half Marathon in Canada!

This course has been accurately measured and is certified by Athletics Canada.

The Half Marathon Walk begins at the same time as the Half Marathon and follows the same course. Results will be posted separately from the Run. There are no awards for the Half Marathon Walk division.

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In-line skates, roller-skates, skateboards, bicycles, strollers and dogs are not permitted on the course.


Specifics

8:30 AM – START – On Beecroft Road behind Mel Lastmen Square south of North York Blvd

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. Half Marathon participants must 16 years of age on race day. If under 18 on race day, a doctor’s note must be provided (mailed or scanned/emailed) to us prior to the event.

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Aid Station & Timing

There will be 11 Aid Stations on the course with Water, Gatorade, and toilets. 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. Gels will not be available on the course and it is suggested that you supply your own.

Aid Station Number Station Type Location (km) Location (miles)
1 Water/Gatorade Start/MLS Start/MLS
2 Water/Gatorade 1.5 km 0.9 miles
3 Water/Gatorade 4 km 2.5 miles
4 Water/Gatorade 6 km 3.7 miles
5 Water/Gatorade 8 km 5 miles
6 Water/Gatorade 9.5 km 5.9 miles
7 Water/Gatorade 11 km 6.8 miles
8 Water/Gatorade 14 km 8.7 miles
9 Water/Gatorade 17 km 10.6 miles
10 Water/Gatorade 19 km 11.8 miles
11 Water/Gatorade Finish/OP Finish/OP

Expo

The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon Expo is FREE and open to the public at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Hall ‘D”. ALL participants must attend the Expo to pick up their BibTag and performance shirt. The Expo is open on Friday, May 1st from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For additional information about the Expo please click here.


Bib Tag and Shirt

All participants must pick up their BibTag and Karbon performance shirt at the Expo. BibTag and shirts will not be mailed to participants. Shirt sizes are guaranteed for participants who register by February 28th. Double check the size when picking up your shirt.

In an effort to be greener, the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon will be bagless. Participants are strongly recommended to bring their own bag for their race kit, BibTag and shirt pick-up. Bag Check will be available at the Start Line for participants and transported to a secure area at the Finish Line.  Please bring your own bag if you wish to check items before the race. Be sure to attach the tag, provided on the bottom of your bib, to your bag for proper identification.

Pickup Location: Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Hall “D”

Pickup Dates: Friday, May 1st from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Confirmation number (if registered online) and bib number are required for BibTag and shirt pick-up. Photo ID may be required at the time of pick-up.  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 with their proper information.

Only participants traveling from outside of the Greater Toronto Area (Marathon and Half Marathon only) may pick up their BibTag and shirt on Race Day at Mel Lastman Square from 6:00 am. Look for the POD (white shipping container) located on North York Blvd. near the entrance to the Civic Centre. Please arrive early to ensure you get your BibTag and shirt before the starting gun goes off. All 5k participants must pick up their BibTag and shirt at the Expo.


Race Day Information

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Accreditation

The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon is sanctioned by Athletics Canada and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and meets international standards.

Half Marathon – CAN-2012-026-BDC

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