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Some of the best viewing spots around the Course — "Insider" Tips!

This year, more than ever, we're encouraging spectators to pick out key viewing spots along the Course as everyone cannot fit at the Start and Finish at Nathan Phillips Square! Celebrate and cheer on the runners at one or more of our 12 fabulous Neighbourhood Cheering & Entertainment sites:

NC indicates location of a Neighbourhood Cheering and Entertainment Centre.

Click on a music note icon in map or list below to go to that Neighbourhood's challenge page.

Click on red NCE symbol to go to that neighbourhood's page

You can pick up your pocket-sized SPECTATOR GUIDE complete with map, cheering sites, how to get around and more, at the Running Health & Fitness EXPO, at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18.

NC 1: Varsity Stadium — Anne's Team, Bloor St. & St. George Ave. (between 2k & 3k)

NC 2: Liberty Village — King West, Lakeshore & Princes' Gates (at 8k & 17k)

NC 3: High Park, Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. (at 13k)

NC 4: Parkdale–Roncesvalles, Boulevard Club & Lakeshore (after 14k)

NC 5: Harbourfront — Trinity–Spadina, Queen's Quay & Sherbourne Common Pk (at 21k)

NC 6: South Riverdale — Caribbean Flavour, Commissioner Street & Don Roadway (at 23k)

NC 7: Little Asia, Lakeshore & Leslie St. (at 25k)

NC 8: The Beach, Queen St. & Kew Gardens Park (after 28k)

NC 9: Greek Town, Broadview & Eastern (at 35k)

NC 10: Corktown Common, Bayview Ave. & Gerard St. (between 38k & 39k)

NC 11: Cabbagetown — Corktown — The Distillery District, Parliament Ave. & Front St. E. (at 40k)

NC 12: St. Lawrence Market, Front St. & Church St., in front of Berczy Park (before 41k)

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Here are some extra TIPS:

An accessible seating platform will be available for finish line viewing. The platform will be located on the west side of Bay St, just north of Queen St (north of the bleachers) — please access the platform from Queen St. At 8:15am the 5k runners will start crossing the finish line and east-west access across Bay St will NOT be available. If arriving to the finish area after 8:15am, arrive from the west of Bay St.

  • Queen's Park Circle: a fantastic hub. A MUCH better view of the Start from here.
    Then walk North to University Ave & Bloor Street to the Anne's Team Cheering site at 3.5km.
    OR
    walk West to Harbord & St.George, U of T Cheering site at 4.5km.
    From Queen's Park or The ROM, take the TTC to Union Station, walk 1 block south to 20k point.
  • East End. Queen & Woodbine at 34km. Take Bloor subway to Woodbine; then Woodbine bus South to Queen.
    Walk 4 short blocks West to Kingston Road to take 501 Queen Streetcar back to Finish.
  • West End. Lakeshore Bridge & Roncesvalles to Palais Royale at 14km.
    Take Bloor subway to Dundas West station, then transfer to 504 King Streetcar. Alight at King & Roncesvalles, walk south over footbridge onto Lakeshore Blvd. Course.

Final Tip: Arrange to meet your loved ones at a pub or restaurant near the Finish Line rather than in crowded Nathan Phillips Square itself.

TTC

Use public transit. It's "the better way" to get around the course on race day.
DAY PASS. Only $10.50 for Saturdays & Sundays: for 2 adults + up to 4 children under 19 yrs; OR 1 adult + 5 kids under 19 years.
Details: www.ttc.ca; and INFO booth at STWM

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