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!
Want to avoid the hassles of driving on race day? Ride your bike to the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k and use our FREE Bike Valet located behind Nathan Phillips Square on the northwest corner of Chestnut & Armoury Street!
Bike Valet is a bike parking service operated by Cycle Toronto and works like a coat check for bikes. Whether you're a runner or a spectator, Cycle Toronto will provide a red carpet service for your bicycle while you enjoy the race!
To pre-assign your spot for race day, please visit the Cycle Toronto booth at the Running, Health and Fitness Expo at the Direct Energy Centre on October 17th and 18th! We strongly suggest that you pre-assign your spot, as any spots not pre-assigned by race day will be on a first come, first served basis (200 spots available).
You will receive a bike tag when you pre-assign your spot at the expo. Please arrive to Bike Valet on race day with your bike tag attached to your bike.
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.
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 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 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