Toronto Runs You Might Like - October

Toronto Runs You Might Like - October

Autumn offers some of the nicest, coolest, most picturesque runs in southwestern Ontario (hello, fall leaves!) Plus there's ample opportunities to dress up in your favourite running costume. Are you registered for any of these races this month?

Road Runs

The Canada Beer Run Kitchener-Waterloo

Date: October 1, 2017
Distance: 9.1k fun run

If you missed August's Canada Beer Run in Toronto, you've got another opportunity to drink and run in Kitchener-Waterloo in an out-and-back course that stsarts and ends at the Abe Erb Brewing Company in the Tannery.

Collingwood Half Marathon

Date: October 7, 2017
Distance: 10k, half-marathon

Head out of the city to experience the fall colours by Georgian Bay at the Collingwood Half Marathon. It's the perfect weekend getaway run that has something for the whole family.

Toronto Women's 8k/5k

Date: October 14, 2017
Distance: 5k, 8k

Head to Sunnybrook Park to run with some of Canada (and the world's) best female distance runners. This is the third race in the Toronto Women's run series and if you participate in all three you'll get a special finisher's medal. 

Niagara Falls International Marathon

Date: October 15, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon

The Niagara Falls International Marathon begins in Buffalo, New York and ends in Niagara Falls, Ontario. You'll cross the Peace Bridge on foot, bypassing the border (you'll get customs clearance at the race kit pickup) and, best of all, it's a Boston Marathon qualifier race!

Fall 5k Classic

Date: October 15, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, Kid's 200m fun run

The Fall 5k Classic is a mid-Autumn flat and fast run in Kitchener-Waterloo that takes you through Waterloo Park. It's a great downhill tune-up race for the Road2Hope half or full marathon.

Run Blue Mountains

Date: October 15, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, half-marathon

This is some seriously beautiful cottage country running right here. The Blue Mountains are situated halfway between Collingwood and Meaford, Ontario, on the banks of the Georgian Bay, in "Apple Country." It's a mix of road and gravel path with police escorts that'll keep you and the motorists safe.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Date: October 22, 2017
Distance: 5k, half-marathon, marathon

The STWM is Toronto's premiere running event through downtown Toronto. It's massive - you and 25,000 of your friends will run through this flat, fast and festive IAAF Gold Label Boston-qualifier race course. Definitely a must to add to your medal collection.

Toronto Monster Dash

Date: October 29, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, Kid's one-mile fun run

A Halloween-themed race wouldn't be the same if it was held during the day, right? That's why the Toronto Monster Dash starts at dusk! Dress up, come to the Ontario Science Centre, and run or walk through the spooky course. 

Trail Runs

MEC Toronto Trail Race FOUR

Date: October 1, 2017
Distance: 7k, 14k

The Humber River Valley at Boyd Conservation Area is the host of this 7k and 14k trail race, just north of Toronto in Vaughan. Like all MEC races, Trail Race FOUR is inexpensive and gives runners an opportunity to race through some of the nicest conservation areas in and around Toronto. If you're looking to train with other people, MEC also offers run groups and programs to help you improve!

Trek or Treat

Date: October 13, 2017
Distance: 5k

If you want a spookier Halloween run than the Monster Dash, consider making your way out to Oakville to run through an actual cemetary. Of course it's not all that scary - kids can participate in the Spooky Mile with their parents before the 5k run begins, which includes a candy station midway through the mile.

Turkey Trot Trail Race

Date: October 15, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k

This year's Turkey Trot is the weekend after Thanksgiving Monday, so you can fill up on your turkey and then burn it off a few days later! The 5k can accommodate both runners and walkers, plus it's dog friendly! A perfect activity for the whole family. 

Horror Trail Race

Date: October 28, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, Marathon, Ultra

This is the ultimate October trail race. Runners go around a 2.5k loop at Camp Heidelberg and courses range from a simple 5k to a full 6 hour Ultra to see how many loops you can do in that time.

5 Peaks Ontario Race 5

5 Peaks Kortright Centre

Date: October 28, 2017
Distance: 1k & 3k kids races, 7k, 14k

The Five Peaks series is so popular - you gotta register early or you might risk not running at all! Trail runners love this series for the diverse courses, the quality of the races, and the sweet swag. The final Ontario race of the season happens at Kortright Centre on a 7km looped course. Short course runners complete a single loop, long course racers complete two for a 14km day!

Mad Dog Scramble

Mad Dog Scramble

Date: October 29, 2017
Distance: 8k

The Mad Dog Scramble is a trail race with a twist - the faster the runner, the further back in the starting line you're placed - meaning that the fastest runners might have to wait up to twenty minutes to start the run. It's a fun challenge at Sunnybrook Park and it sells out each year, so register early!

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Published on Jul 14, 2017