Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
"Flat, fast & festive!" Toronto Waterfront Marathon is the Grand Finale and signature event of the Canada Running Series. This race attracts a very large field of over 25,000 runners each year.
It is Canada's #1 big-city, world marathon and one of only five North American marathons to hold a prestigious IAAF Gold Label (Boston, New York, Chicago, and Ottawa are the other four).
it currently holds the record for the fastest men's marathon on Canadian soil, the fastest women's marathon on Canadian soil, and the fastest Canadian marathon on Canadian soil. In 2014 it raised over $3.6 million for 173 local charities.
The Waterfront marathon is a Boston qualifier, and gives power walkers a chance with its 6 hour time limit. This is one of Canada's best destination marathons and must run for any marathoner.
Both the marathon and half marathon courses share the same starting point. Runners follow a short north then east route before heading straight down to the waterfront. From there the route is relatively straightforward, heading along the lakeshore for a long stretch of running.
Half marathoners peel off close to Bay street and head up to their finish, marathoners continue along the water, add a short northerly out and back section, then loop around to finish their race.
The course is very scenic and offers some fantastic waterfront running.