General Information

The Marathon course is fast, downhill, and scenic. Starting at Yonge and Sheppard in North York and finishing at Exhibition Place, the Marathon winds through many of the city’s great neighbourhoods. This Toronto favorite is one of the fastest courses you will find anywhere and is a great qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Many of our participants continue to post PR’s in this event!


7:30 AM – START – Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave.

Marathon participants must be at least 18 years of age on race day. Walkers are not permitted in the Marathon. In-line skates, roller-skates, skateboards, bicycles, strollers and dogs are not permitted on the course. For the safety of all participants, iPods and similar audio devices are not recommended.

Participants have 6 hours to complete the event. You are required to reach the 26.5 km (Fleet St.) water station by 11:15 AM. Course closes at 1:30 PM.

For additional information, please click on the following links:

Race Day Information | Race Maps | Shirt and BibTag

Aid Stations & Timing

Aid stations providing water, electrolytes and toilets are located approximately every 2.5 km 3.5 km in addition to the Start and Finish Lines. Bananas will be available at the Forest Hill (13 km) Aid Station only. Gels are not provided.

On-Course Aid Station Locations:

3 km • 5 km • 7 km • 10 km • 12.5 km • 13 km • 15 km • 17 km • 20 km • 23 km • 25 km • 28 km • 30 km • 33 km • 35 km • 37 km • 40km • 41.5km (locations are approximate)

SportStats is the official Timer for the Marathon. The course will be marked at every kilometer, as well as every 5 miles. Split times will be taken at the 21.1 km and 35 km marks. Results will be posted online following the race.


The Toronto Marathon has been accurately measured and is certified by Athletics Canada and the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and meets all international standards. Participants can qualify for the Boston Marathon and other accredited international marathons.

We strongly suggest that if you are using this event in hopes of qualifying for Boston or another event, that you know our course and take time to study the route map. The IAAF has clear rules as does Boston in order to meet qualifying times. Click here for map.