The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), held October 19th, 2014 and hosted by Canada Running Series, has achieved Silver Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (for 2014 & 2015). Organizers earned credit on 38 of the best practice standards offered in the Council's certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events. The marathon, which hosted over 26,000 participants in 2014, is now the first-ever event in Toronto to be certified by the Council for Responsible Sport.
Certification is achieved by complying with standards across five categories: planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity and community legacy.
In an effort to be greener, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Running, Health & Fitness Expo was held at the Allstream Centre, a building that features a 30-storey wind turbine and a geothermal plant that replaces conventional heating and cooling systems to save electricity and natural gas. It was the first conference center in Canada to achieve LEED silver status from the Canada Green Building Council.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon also scored points through its waste prevention efforts. The entire event utilizes paperless registration both online and in person at their Expo. Of the trash produced by the event, nearly half (47 percent) was diverted from the landfill through recycling efforts. Additionally, 120 pairs of lightly used running shoes were collected for redistribution to those in need, and organizers sent 2,900 pounds of food to Second Harvest, a local food bank who diverted the food to those in need.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k strives to be extra conscientious in our recycling efforts. Green for Life Environmental will be collecting and sorting all cardboard, plastics and other recyclables at the start, all the water stations on the course, and at the finish. Please do your part and deposit your waste in the appropriate waste receptacles at this event.
This year, we will be incorporating two large waste stations in the post-race Party Site in Nathan Phillips Square. One will be located next to the stage, while the other is located in the middle of the Party Site. These stations will be staffed by many green team volunteers who will take your waste for you and sort it into the correct waste receptacles. We will have garbage, recycling, heat sheet recycling and compost at each waste station.
We will have our Green Team helping out again this year with very energetic people who are there to help make our event greener! They are making sure that the bins are well managed, that all the waste is in its right place. Please feel free to ask them questions about recycling and our exciting project to get greener!
We all know that typical port-o-lets can hurt the environment with cleaning chemical products and chemical deodorants. For a few years now we have partnered with Chantler's to have green port-o-lets. They are using green cleaning products, products that respect the environment. They also provide us with recyclable hand towels. So don't feel guilty about using our port-o-lets that are all super eco-friendly!
If you wish to travel to the race by bicycle, there are a number of FREE bicycle parking locations around Nathan Phillips Square. The locations and number of spots are as follows:
To view the Bike Parking locations, please view our interactive course map here.
Please note that these are public bicycle parking spots and are on a first come, first served basis. Any bikes that are parked in these locations will not be monitored by Canada Running Series staff or volunteers. Canada Running Series will not be responsible for any damage to bicycles while parked in these locations during the event.
Every one of our events offers ONLINE REGISTRATION and for years and years this has saved wasting paper with paper mail-in registration forms. The 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5k has had 98% of its participants register through ONLINE REGISTRATION!
We encourage all runners, family, friends and spectators to share a ride or take public transportation to the expo and to the race. If 10,000 runners all drove 20 miles, we'd produce about 100 tons of CO2. That's because every mile you drive produces about one pound of carbon dioxide. Carpooling and public transport can dramatically reduce our footprint.
Looking to offset your Carbon Footprint to and from our event? A great way to do this is to make a donation to a non-profit, registered charity like Tree Canada. When you donate money to plant and care for trees, you are donating to something that has enormous benefits for people, animals and our planet. On their website you can calculate CO2 emissions from your travel and purchase trees which are planted in Canada to offset them. Simply click here.
While the subway does NOT operate in Toronto until after 8am on Sundays, there are regular All Night buses on major routes like Yonge Street [one block East of Race Start/Finish at Bay & Queen]; plus regular Streetcars on the King St., Queen St., Dundas St., East-West routes. IMPORTANT: the last East-West Queen and King streetcars will be allowed to cross Bay St [the race route] at 6:00am — so they provide a great way to get to the Marathon & Half-Marathon Start; after, you have options of going home on the subway from either the Yonge/Queen station or the University Avenue/Queen [Osgoode] station. Fares: $3.25 per trip; or you can purchase a DAY PASS. Details of routes and fares www3.ttc.ca.
For all inquiries regarding TTC service on race day: www3.ttc.ca or call (416) 393-INFO (4636).
For getting to both the Expo and Waterfront 5K Start at the Enercare Centre by public transit, click here.