Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Green Page

FitPlanet Pledge of Sustainability: Verified for 2013 FitPlanet Pledge of Sustainability: 2014


The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has taken the FitPlanet Pledge of Sustainability. To learn more about our Green Initiatives, look for our event here.


We'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon by making it the greenest race ever! We encourage you to join us in our efforts to be as eco-friendly as possible — in your travels, at the Expo, on the course, and at the post-race celebration in Nathan Phillips Square.

Here are some of the things we are doing to go green...


This year we are being 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 plastic water bottles in the recycling bins in the party site.


This year, the 250,000 Gatorade and Aquafina cups you'll be using on the course are certified as compostable. So Green for Life Environmental will be collecting and composting them. Also, we'll have compost bins in Nathan Phillips Square located next to the recycling bins for you to deposit your banana skins, orange peels, and other food waste.


No more disposable plastic goodie bags! At registration this year you'll get a Scotiabank reusable tote bag that contains your bib number, chip, and other materials.



We will have our Green Team out there again this year made of very energetic people who are there to help us and you 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:

  • On the West side of City Hall beside the Playground (20 spots)
  • On the corner of Elizabeth St. and Hagerman St. behind City Hall (58 spots)
  • On Temperance St. just east of Bay St (50 spots)
  • On the Southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square along Osgoode Lane (28 spots)

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 tons of trees. The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon had 97% of its participants register through ONLINE REGISTRATION!



Goodwill has volunteered their resources to pick-up all discarded clothing at the start line, which will go to help those in need.


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.

Tree Canada

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. When you donate remember to tell them you are participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in the Questions/Comments Section.

While the subway does NOT operate in Toronto until after 9am 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 to note that the last East-West Queen and King streetcars will be allowed to cross Bay St [the race route] at 6:30am - so they provide a great way to get TO the Marathon & Half 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 per trip; or you can purchase a DAY PASS. Details of routes and fares at

For all inquiries regarding TTC service on race day: or call (416) 393-INFO (4636).

For getting to both the Expo and Waterfront 5K Start at the Enercare Centre (formerly known as the Direct Energy Centre) by public transit, click here.

Don't have access to a ride or public transport? Then consider using Pickuppal. It's free and exclusive to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. You can ask for or offer a ride.

Need help? Download Pickuppal instructions here

Pick Up Pal ride sharing


Read about some of the things the City of Toronto is doing to become a world-leader in Green initiatives: and