5 Must Run Toronto 5k Races
When it snows in Toronto, it really snows. And when the sun shines, it warms the whole city! Get active this summer and enjoy the Ontario running season by checking out one of these Toronto area 5k races. First time runners and seasoned veterans alike should find an event to remember!
The Pride and Remembrance Run is one of the largest fundraising events in the country during Pride Week. This race attracts over 1000 participants, and is one of the most popular runs in the General Toronto Area. Keep up the pace on the slightly hilly course that travels twice around Queens Park, as it’s not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two among the pack.
Designed to be one of the most attractive courses in North America, and completely contained within High Park, Harry’s Spring Run Off is the perfect way to start the running season in Ontario. This race, was the first in the country to offer a cash prize ($1000), and attracts a wide field of veteran and recreational runners each year. The hilly course, famous for it’s challenging uphill finish, sells out almost every year.
If you’re a lady, take note of this race. The fairly flat route takes runners from Sunnybrook Park to E.T. Seton Park, and back again. The Womens race day focuses on creating a supportive and friendly environment for women to get motivated and be active. Firefighters will be staffing the water tables, and there will be chocolate available after the finish, but don't let that fool you into thinking that these are quick and easy fun runs. The Toronto Women's series consistantly draws top talent, and is an ideal place to shoot for your 5K PR.
This hill race loops around mid-town Toronto, starting and ending at Sir Winston Churchill Park, and packs a punch with it’s elevation. This course is known for being well marked, traffic free, and fast. Donations are required for this race, with all proceeds going to the Toronto SickKids Foundation.
This flat 5k loops around the University of Toronto, and is part of one of Canada's largest, cross country breast cancer benefit events. Get ready to wear pink, because this run strongly encourages participants show their support. While you can still shoot for your own time on this race, The Run for the Cure is more about support and people coming together for a cause.
Already experienced these races, and looking for others? Check out all more Toronto 5k runs on thr RunGuides 5k race calendar. If you’re in the mood for something a little longer or different, have a look at our complete list of Toronto Runs. No matter what your style, Toronto will have an event for you!