5 Must Run Toronto 10k Races
The 10k is great for your first distance run, or, can serve as a fantastic way to gear up for an epic fall marathon! The greater Toronto area has a number of excellent 10k running events suited for first timers and seasoned veterans alike. We've listed five of our favourite 10k runs in this list of must check out events.
One of Canada’s largest events, this 10k runs straight down the iconic Yonge Street, and isn’t one to miss. The route is also one of the easiest and fastest courses in the country, so it’s great for a first time racer, or someone in the middle of a taper for a longer race. Starting and ending at Sporting Life Toronto, this is an event worth running in, and the ticket sales reflect that, as they frequently sell out regardless of the cap being held at around 25,000.
This race, which shares much of its course with the Sporting Life 10k, is a close competitor for most popular race in Canada. Running right down one of the most famous streets in the country, Yonge St, this is one of the easiest and fastest races available year round. If you’re looking for room to strut your stuff, this is the race for you, as participation is capped at 15,000.
This race is Toronto’s oldest 10k, and it’s longevity is attributed to it being a flat, easy run with varied surfaces. Runner will encounter grass, boardwalk, and pavement, and can expect accurate time markers at each mile, and each kilometer. A disposable timing chip attached to your race bib ensures an accurate time for this possible PR setting course. Be a part of tradition as you run this scenic course across Toronto Island.
If you want to run wild, the Oasis Zoo Run is for you! The course travels around and then through the Toronto Zoo, and includes free parking and admission for the whole day. The course’s elevation varies throughout the route, and there are a few hilly challenges awaiting participants, including the uphill finish. The entire event is well known as being organized and pleasant, with the cap at 3000 participants preventing the course from getting too congested.
If you’re feeling festive, and in the mood for a flat, fast race along the beach this winter, you’ll enjoy the Tannenbaum 10k! The course starts at the foot of Lee Ave., in front of the Pavillion, and follows the MGT west towards Tommy Thompson Park. There is water at the start/finish line, and the halfway--it’s suggested that you bring a bottle to care with you if you feel that you’ll need more hydration. This is strictly a foot race, which means that baby joggers, strollers, animals, and any other form of transportation besides feet will not be allowed on the course.
Already experienced these races, and looking for others? We have a complete list of Toronto 10k runs available on the RunGuides Toronto 10k race calendar. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, pick something from the RunGuides complete calendar of Toronto Runs. No matter what your style, Toronto will have an event for you!