Event Info >> Wheelchair Information
Participants requiring the use of a wheelchair may enter the Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k events. We also have an Elite wheelchair marathon race for those who qualify (see below).
Start & Finish
5k Wheelchair Participants
- 5k Start Location — Lakeshore Blvd., west of Ontario Dr.
- 5k Start Time — 8:00am
The 5k event will start in 5 waves which will be 5 minutes apart. All wheelchair participants will start in the Purple wave which will start at 8:20am. Please be in your corral by 8:00am as we will gradually move the waves towards the start line at this time.
It is strongly recommended that all wheelchair participants wear a helmet.
For more information on the 5k event please click here.
Half & Full Marathon Wheelchair Participants
- Half & Full Marathon Start Location — University Ave between Dundas St & Queen St
- Half & Full Marathon Start Time — 8:45am
The half & full marathon event will start in 6 waves which will be 5 minutes apart.
The wheelchair participants will start in the Purple corral which will start at 9:05am. Please be in your corral by 8:45am as we will gradually move the waves towards the start line at this time. It is strongly recommended that all wheelchair participants wear a helmet.
Elite Wheelchair Marathon Participants
- For Elite Wheelchair MARATHON application, please contact Heather Matters at
. Entry deadline is August 31, 2016.
- Elite Wheelchair Marathon Start Time — 8:43am
- Elite access to the start line will be at University Ave and Armoury Ave — please have your elite bib visible.
Elite wheelchair marathon participants MUST meet and follow these rules:
- Elite wheelchair participants must wear a helmet.
- The wheelchair shall have two large wheels and one small wheel.
- Wheelchair Dimensions:
- No part of the main body of the wheelchair may extend forward beyond the hubs of the two rear wheels
- Maximum height from the ground of the main body of the wheelchair shall be 50 cm
- No part of the wheelchair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires
- Wheel Dimensions:
- Maximum diameter of the large wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 70 cm
- Maximum diameter of the small wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 50 cm
- Only one plain, round push-rim is allowed for each large wheel.
- No mechanical gears or levers are allowed to propel the wheelchair.
- The use of mirrors is not permitted in wheelchair track or road races.
- Only hand operated, mechanical steering devices are allowed.
- The athlete must be able to turn the front wheel manually both to the left and to the right.
- The use of fairings or similar devices specifically designed to improve the aerodynamic performance of the athlete in the wheelchair are not permitted.
- Wheelchairs will be subject to measurement and inspection before or after the event.
- It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall from their wheelchair to the ground or track during the event.
- It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that their wheelchair conforms to the requirements stipulated above. The event will not be delayed while an athlete makes adjustments to their wheelchair.
- If the Event Organizers believe that a wheelchair and/or the athlete using the wheelchair represent a safety risk they shall be authorized to disqualify the athlete from the event.
- Hand crank cycles or chairs are NOT permitted.
Finish Line Spectator Access for Individuals with a Disability
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.
Recreational Participants (those who do not meet the elite criteria above)
- Go to the STWM registration page at www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/register.htm.
- Register for the race distance you would like to enter.
- Under the section "Additional Participation Information" check the box indicating that you will be using a recreational wheelchair.
Elite Wheelchair Participants
Contact Heather Matters at
Participants Requiring a Guide (all distances)
- The participant must register using Events Online. If you are an International participant, please contact us at
- When the participant registers, they must click the button indicating "I will be participating with a guide" (Under the additional Participant Information section)
- The participant will be asked to provide their guide's information
- The guide will be sent the event waiver that must be signed and returned
- The guide will be registered at no additional cost which includes the race insurance, additional bibs, course support and post-race snacks
- If the guide would like the participant technical shirt and a finisher's medal, they will need to register for the event and pay the full registration fee
- When the participant picks up their race kit, they will receive 2 additional "GUIDE" bibs. On race day, the guide should ensure the bibs are clearly visible on their front and back.
- For safety reasons, all recreational wheelchair participants will start at the back of the purple corral.
- Please note the course time limits, as all participants on the course after this time will become informed pedestrians.
- Marathon — 6:00 hours
- Half Marathon — 3 hours, 40 minutes
- 5k — 1 hour, 20 minutes
- It is strongly recommended that recreational wheelchair participants wear a helmet.
For more information about the wheelchair events, please contact Heather Matters at .