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Course Details

Route Maps & Descriptions (2014 Course subject to change)

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon & Half marathon are accurate IAAF and Athletics Canada Certified, Measured Courses [which makes them eligible for Boston Qualifiers, Olympic and international championships qualifiers, and national and world-record eligible courses].

IAAF Certification #: CAN-2013-134-BDC [Half marathon: CAN-2013-133-BDC].

Interactive Course Map!

The Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon are very excited to announce their new partnership with racePOINT, an interactive map that serves 3 functions for PARTICIPANTS, SPECTATORS and RESIDENTS of Toronto!

  • Participants can plan their race using the "Route" tab! See where the water stations are located, km markers, Medical Tents, Cheer Zones, Key Areas in the pre & post-race area, etc.
  • Spectators can use the "Predict" tab to figure out when their loved ones will reach each cheering zone! This is for the Marathon & Half Marathon races. You'll need to know what corral they're starting in and how many minutes they think it will take them to do their marathon or half marathon that day!
  • Spectators, Participants and Toronto residents can use the "Closures" tab to see what roads will be closed that day and at what times! Click the "Show Closures by Time" button and then drag the slider at the bottom to change the map time. You'll see red lines appear on certain roads that will be closed at that time for the race.

Course is marked in KILOMETRES

Our courses are all accurately measured and certified by Bernard Conway, IAAF Class "A" measurer and IAAF Head Measurer for the Americas. Our Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K courses are ALL marked in kilometres.

Used to mile markers, not kilometres? NO problem!
The Running Room booth at the race Expo will have lots of FREE "pace" wristbands in kilometres for you to pick up, so you can hit the right split times per km.

Need to know now?
Running Times has some great tables in kilometres as well as miles at: www.runningtimes.com/Channel.aspx?CategoryID=94.

2014 Courses: click to enlarge

Course map - click for detail view

Routes subject to final City approval.

Full Marathon elevation chart:

Course elevation: full marathon

Half Marathon elevation chart:

Course elevation: half marathon

Marathon — Start time: 8:45am

  • START on University Ave south of Dundas St.,
  • North on University Ave./Queens Park Cr. to Bloor St.,
  • West on Bloor St. to Bathurst St..
  • South on Bathurst St. to Fort York Blvd.,
  • West, then south on Fort York Blvd. to Lakeshore Blvd. W.,
  • West on Lakeshore Blvd W. to Ellis Ave.,
  • U-turn at Ellis Ave., then head east on Lakeshore Blvd. W. to Lower Simcoe St.,
  • At Lower Simcoe St., slight right onto Harbour St., continue east on Harbour St. to Bay St.
  • South on Bay St. to Queens Quay.
  • East on Queens Quay to Lakeshore Blvd.
  • East on Lakeshore Blvd. to Cherry St.
  • North on Cherry St. to Old Eastern Ave.,
  • East on Old Eastern Ave., to Lawren Harris Sq.
  • South on Lawren Harris Sq. to Bayview Ave.
  • East, then north on Bayview Ave. to River Rd.,
  • U-turn at River Rd., then head south on Bayview Ave.
  • Follow Bayview Ave. south, then west to Lawren Harris Sq.,
  • North then west on Lawren Harris Sq., to Old Eastern Ave.,
  • West on Old Eastern Ave. to Eastern Ave.
  • East on Eastern Ave. to Coxwell Ave.,
  • South on Coxwell Ave. to Lakeshore Blvd E.
  • East, on Lakeshore Blvd. to Woodbine Ave.,
  • North on Woodbine Ave. to Queen St. E.,
  • East on Queen St. E. to Beech Ave.
  • U-turn at Beech Ave., then head west on Queen St. E. to Woodbine Ave.,
  • South on Woodbine Ave. to Lakeshore Blvd. E.
  • West on Lakeshore Blvd. E. to Coxwell Ave.
  • North on Coxwell Ave. to Eastern Ave.
  • West on Eastern Ave., then Front Street to Church St.,
  • At Church St., slight right onto Wellington St. E., continue west on Wellington St. E. to Bay St.
  • North on Bay St. to finish line north of Queen St.

Half-Marathon — Start time: 8:45am

  • START on University Ave. south of Dundas St.,
  • North on University Ave./Queens Park Cr. to Bloor St.,
  • West on Bloor St. to Bathurst St.
  • South on Bathurst St. to Fort York Blvd.,
  • West, then south on Fort York Blvd. to Lakeshore Blvd. W.,
  • West on Lakeshore Blvd W.. to Ellis Ave.,
  • U-turn at Ellis Ave., then head east on Lakeshore Blvd. W. to Lower Simcoe St.,
  • At Lower Simcoe St., slight right onto Harbour St., continue east on Harbour St. to Bay St.
  • North on Bay St. to finish line north of Queen St.

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Course Limitations

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.

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. Please note, for safety reasons and to ensure everyone on course is registered, only a single child stroller will be permitted. 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.

Children

  • 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.

Please note — Always yield the right of way to all emergency vehicles that may need access.

Age Limits

  • Half Marathon = 16 years on race day
  • Marathon = 18 years on race day
  • 5k = We highly recommend that children under the age of 12 participating in the event are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. This is for the safety of the child due to the fact that the 5k event has approximately 8000 participants.

For further information and background, see IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children & Marathoning (PDF).

Time Limits

  • Marathon: 6 hours — Power Walkers welcome!
  • Half Marathon: 3 hours 50 minutes
  • 5K: 1 hour, 20 minutes

After the courses close, support will be limited, and participants assume the role of pedestrians.

For more details, see the FAQ section: 'What are the course closure times?'.

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Start Corrals

PDFMap of start & finish area — click here (3 MB)

sample personalized bib number

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.

  • 2014 5k male winner — 16:13
  • 2014 5k female winner — 17:20
  • 2014 5k average finishing time — 38:06
  • 2014 Half Marathon male winner — 1:04:19
  • 2014 Half Marathon female winner — 1:14:27
  • 2014 Half Marathon average — 2:03:46
  • 2014 Marathon male winner — 2:08:15
  • 2014 Marathon female winner — 2:23:15
  • 2014 Marathon average — 4:02:41

Competitive Age Category Runners — Age Category Prizing is awarded based on Chip Time.

Corral Times

5k

  • Red < 30 mins
  • Yellow 31-44 mins
  • Blue 45 mins
  • Green 46-60 mins
  • Purple 61+ mins
  • Orange N/A

Half Marathon

  • Red < 1:45
  • Yellow 1:46-1:59
  • Blue 2:00-2:09
  • Green 2:10-2:29
  • Purple 2:30 +
  • Orange Walkers

Full Marathon

  • Red < 3:29
  • Yellow 3:30-3:45
  • Blue 3:46-4:00
  • Green 4:01-4:30
  • Purple 4:31 +
  • Orange Walkers

Start Times

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.

Start Times — 5k

  • Red 8:00am
  • Yellow 8:05am
  • Blue 8:10am
  • Green 8:15am
  • Purple 8:20am

Start Times — Half & Full Marathon

  • Red 8:45am
  • Yellow 8:50am
  • Blue 8:55am
  • Green 9:00am
  • Purple 9:05am
  • Orange 9:10am (Walkers' Corral)

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