Expect some road closures as runners & speed walkers prepare to take part in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which will take place in the downtown core on Sunday, October 14.
The run will take place Sunday morning, while there will be multiple pre-race festivities, such as a pasta dinner, on Saturday. To find out more about the race schedule click here.
This is the 23rd year for the marathon, and 25,000 runners from more than 50 countries are expected to converge on the city.
While it can be inconvenient for drivers, race director Alan Brookes said marathons help put this city on the map.
“Marathons have become signature events for cities, from London to Tokyo, all across the globe,” Brookes said.
“Just like having world-class museums or all kinds of special attractions.”
The 5-kilometre walk will begin at 8 a.m. while both the marathon and half-marathon get underway at 8:30 a.m.
The marathon and half-marathon routes begin at University Avenue and Armoury Street and head north to Bloor Street before making their way down to Lake Shore Boulevard.
They’ll then travel west to the High Park area before returning east and Bay Street. From there the full marathon will continue east to the Beaches area before returning to the finish near Bay and Queen streets.
For the full map and route info click here.
As the run is a large event and serious race for many runners, rollerblades, baby strollers and animals are not allowed on the route.
For drivers, there will also be numerous road closures. For a full list of when the roads will open and close click here.