Toronto Island Run
The Toronto Island Run is a late-summer tradition put on by the Longboat Roadrunners, one of the most historic running clubs in the city. This laidback 5k and 10k event (the oldest in Toronto) is located on Centre Island, just a short ferry ride from downtown. This event is fairly small and caps out around 1000 participants total. It’s notorious for bringing racers back year after year—keep an eye out for fellow runners proudly wearing t-shirts from past Island Runs.
The 5k and 10k both start and finish by the beach on Centre Island, looking out onto Lake Ontario. The 5k follows pedestrian pathways east before heading back, while the 10k offers a full tour of the island from the Billy Bishop airport in the west to Ward's Island in the east. The route is flat, but it's a mix of pavement, grass and boardwalk. Watch out for a little extra bounce in your step on the 1k+ section of boardwalk.