2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Race director Allen Brooks (@alnbrookes) is working hard every day with the goal of bringing a world-class marathon to the city of Toronto. While the Canadian national marathon championships may officially take place at Ottawa Race Weekend in late May (for now), you really couldn’t tell, as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon consistently attracts higher national talent, not to mention, a competitive international field earning the STWM IIAF Silver label distinction. Over the past years, it has become know as the unofficial Canadian Marathon Olympic Trials.
Race weekend kicks off with a two day health and wellness expo at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto (map) featuring race pack pick-up, guest lectures from elite athletes, nutritionists, event staff and of course, plenty of running gear for purchase.
Race day morning sees the 5k start at 8am, with the half-marathon and marathon commencing together at 8:45am. CBC provides a live feed of the marathon on their website and can be seen afterwords here.
The course is quite flat and starts off fast and on a slight descent making it easy to run ahead of your planned pace. You will likely slow down by km 15 as the slight rise coupled with the toll of the distance will make your legs a little heavy, causing you to regret running the first 5k so fast. The finish line has very high production value, with a screen displaying incoming runners, a good sized crowd and even cheerleaders lining the finishing chute. Watch the video.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square (map)
Distance: 5K, half-marathon, marathon
Race swag: Brooks tech shirt (t-shirt for 5k & half-marathon, long sleeve for marathon), very cool race medals, coupons
Registered: 5k 6500, half-marathon 1000,marathon 3700