Event Info » 5K Information
2016 Courses: click map to enlarge.
For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.
We will allow participants to push a child in a SINGLE stroller in the 5k event only; there will be a $10 fee for this entry. The $10 fee will cover the child's registration, as all individuals on course must be registered. You will also be provided with an additional bib that must be worn on the back of the individual who is pushing the stroller. This additional bib is for everyone's safety and will read "STROLLER" to indicate to those around you that you are pushing a stroller. This is a recreational category and you will be assigned to the purple corral and asked to start at the back.
We will allow Nordic Poles in all events — please check the box on the registration form indicating you will be using Nordic Poles and ensure you have NOT registered for the "walk" event.
If you require the use of a wheelchair, click here for more information.
For more information, please contact Heather Matters at or 416-944-2765 ext 509.
If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.
Time Limit: 1 hour, 20 minutes
After the course closes, support will be limited, and participants assume the role of pedestrians.
If you would like to get to Exhibition Place in only 7 minutes and without the stress of thousands of people waiting in line to get on a 5k Shuttle Bus, the GO train leaves Union Station to Exhibition Grounds at 6:43am (shuttle buses will take much longer due to the road closures that day!).
Please note: you CANNOT take the 7:43am Go Train to Exhibition Place — you will be late for the 5k start and will miss your race!
If you would like to get back to Exhibition Place after the race, there are GO trains leaving Union Station to the Exhibition Grounds that only take 7 minutes: 8:43am, 9:43am, 10:13am, 10:43am.
Go Train Fare Calculator: Adult One-way fare is $5.30
Parking is available at Exhibition Place in parking lot 3 & underground for a rate of $14. Please note that you will be responsible for finding your own way back to your vehicle — there will not be a shuttle service available after the race. See Go Train information above.
Lake Shore Blvd will be closed from Windermere Ave to Parliament St from 5:00am–12:30pm on race day. Please use the following driving directions to access Exhibition Place.
FREE shuttle buses for 5k race PARTICIPANTS ONLY will leave from Queen St, taking participants to the start line at Exhibition Place.
The buses will be located on Queen St just west of University Ave.
Please note the 5K shuttles to the 5K start are for 5K PARTICIPANTS ONLY. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS ON THE 5K SHUTTLE BUSES.
Due to the road closures in place for the Marathon & Half Marathon races, we are not able to shuttle participants back to Exhibition Place after they have completed their 5k race.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE use Shuttle Buses or Go Transit to get to the start of the 5k race and then they can leave directly from Nathan Phillips Square after they have completed their 5k race.
If you decide to drive directly to Exhibition Place for the start of the 5k race, you will be responsible for finding your own way back to Exhibition Place from Nathan Phillips Square. You can take the Lakeshore West Go Train leaving Union Station every 30 minutes to Exhibition.
5K Baggage will ONLY be available at Nathan Phillips Square (5K finish area). If you plan on checking a bag you will need to drop it off at the 5K Baggage tents located in Nathan Phillips Square. Please see 5K Baggage Check for more info.
Due to the road closures in place for the Marathon & Half Marathon races, we are not able to provide Baggage Check at the 5k Start Area at Exhibition Place. There are no routes available to transport your bags from Exhibition Place to Nathan Phillips Square from 8am–10am.
All participants will be organized into coloured corrals at the start line. Corral assignment will be based on the predicted finishing time you submitted when registering. On race day, look for the coloured flag that corresponds to the stripe on your bib.
Your predicted finishing time is very important to ensure you start the event with participants of a similar ability. Please see below for guidelines to assist in determining your predicted finishing time.
Competitive Age Category Runners — Age Category Prizing is awarded based on Chip Time.
You have until September 29 to make any changes to your corral time. After this date, no changes will be made.
In order to ensure that all participants have a safe and enjoyable race, we will be starting the races in waves. Please be in your start corral 10 minutes before the start of the race or you will have to start at the back of the corrals. The corral entrances will close so we can move participants through the start corral in preparation for their wave start time.
*The kit bag will be included in your race kit and is sized appropriately so that all bags checked on race day will fit in the baggage check areas, ensuring efficiency at both check-in and pick-up!
You will receive a sticker in your bib envelope that corresponds to your bib number. You must attach this sticker to your bag in the box marked "PLEASE AFFIX BAGGAGE STICKER HERE" (image below):
Click here for more information on how to donate your new or slightly used shoes
We are excited to announce that Michael DeCorte and his Jock Yoga team will be leading the 5k runners in a cardio warm-up this year that will get everyone ready to run a personal best!