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5K Information

Start time: 8:00am
Start location: Exhibition Place (subject to change)

2013 Courses: click map to enlarge.

2014 Course improvements subject to final City approval

Course map - click for detail view

  • START at Exhibition Place
  • Exit out of parking lot onto Lake Shore Blvd
  • East on Lake Shore Blvd
  • North on Bay St to the Finish Line just north of Queen St


Course Limitations

For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Baby Strollers

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.


  • Everyone participating in this event MUST be registered — including children.
  • We highly recommend that children under the age of 12 (participating in the 5k event) are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. This is for the safely of the child, due to the fact that the 5k event has approximately 8000 participants.

Nordic Poles

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.

Athletes with a Disability

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.


sample personalized bib number

Start Waves & Corrals

Start Corrals

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 beside participants of a similar ability. If you are new to running it is sometimes hard to predict your time, so here are some guidelines to assist you:

  • 2013 5K male winner — 15:20
  • 2013 5K female winner — 17:48
  • 2013 5K average — 38:26

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.

Corral Times — 5K corral times will be posted closer to the event

Wave Start

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.

Wave Times — 5K

  • Red 8:00am
  • Yellow 8:04am
  • Blue 8:08am
  • Green 8:12am
  • Purple 8:16am


5K Baggage Check

All 5k bags MUST be checked at the 5k Finish Area. NO bags can be checked at the 5k Start.

Location of 5K Baggage Check on race day:

  • 5K Baggage — Behind Nathan Phillips Square on the northwest corner of Chestnut & Armoury Street. A 40ft. x 30ft. tent will be located at the south end of the lot. To check your bag, simply look for the section that corresponds to your bib # and line-up there.
  • Then you can walk down to Richmond Street and take the 5K Shuttle Buses (see shuttle bus section for more information) to the start of the race (they will be running from 6am–7am so make sure to check your bag in early!).
  • After you finish the race, your bag will be ready for pick-up at the same location.

5K Baggage Schedule:

  • Baggage Drop-off: 5:45am–6:45am
  • Baggage Pick-up: 8:30am–10:30am

Baggage Check rules:

  1. Drawstring kit bag

    You MUST use your clear drawstring kit bag (image at right) for your Baggage! ABSOLUTELY NO other bags will be accepted.*

    *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!

  2. 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):

    sticker for baggage check

  3. leave your valuables at home! We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home! The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at the Baggage Check-in.
  4. Donate what you can! Donate what you can to the Canada Running Series Foundation! There will be donation bins at Baggage Check for any participants who would like to donate money to our Canada Running Series Foundation. 100% of the donations received at Baggage Check will go directly to the foundation.

Click here for more information on how to donate your new or slightly used shoes


Family & Friends Meeting Zone

  • 5k Pre-race — Look for the alpha signage in the pre-race area
  • After the race (Nathan Phillips Square) — Reunite with your family and friends after the race in the Family & Friends Meeting Zone