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TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Welcome to Toronto, the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. The flavors, aromas, sights and sounds of almost every nation converge peacefully in the streets of Toronto's many neighborhoods: microcosms of culture thriving in a somewhat hazy 'bigger picture' that proud locals defend regardless. You're likely to feel accepted here: it's estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex make-up, Torontonians generally get along. Home of the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

More than 26,000 athletes, with participants from 60 countries. Whether you tackle the full marathon, half marathon, or 5km, the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of North America's most exciting and rapidly growing running events. 

The flat and fast features of this event have consistently been the reason for so many people achieving a personal best, qualifying for Boston, having a memorable first marathon or an outstanding race. Power walkers and slower runners also love this course because of its 6 hour time limit.

The marathon and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Queen Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street. They head out and back along the lakeshore on a flat course that Boston hopefuls and first-timers love.

There are bands and Neighbourhood Entertainment Centres every 2 kilometres, cheerleaders, and numerous aid stations. Overall, there's a great, festive atmosphere. All participants get a technical tshirt and exciting finisher's medal.

Toronto Waterfront, however, is much more than just the run… it's a festive, full weekend that starts with guru John Stanton at the free 2-day Expo, Friday and Saturday. There's a Saturday morning (free) short International Friendship Run, hosted by the Running Room, and a post-race Victory party in Nathan Phillips Square from 8:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday. It's all part of an "unforgettable" Toronto experience!


Course is subject to approval

Start Line and Time

Start Location – University Ave & Queen St.

All participants will be organised into coloured corrals at the start line. Corral assignment will be based on the predicted finishing time submitted during registration. On race day, the corral entrances will be indicated by coloured flags that correspond to the coloured stripe on your race bib.

Start time:  8:45am for both the Marathon and Half Marathon

Time Limit

Marathon time limit is 6hrs (chip time) and the Half Marathon time limit is 3hrs 30min (chip time). 

Running, Health and Fitness Expo

Whether you are running in the race or not, the STWM Running, Health and Fitness Expo is one of the best free events in the running year! Don’t forget the show is free so feel free to bring your family, friends and all your running companions to check out all the cool new gear, nutrition and fitness products Canada has to offer!

When:      Friday 11:00am - 8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am 0 6:00pm
Location:  Enercard Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd

Race Pack Collection

You need to know your bib number (will be emailed to you and posted online) and you must have Photo ID OR a printout of your registration email confirmation (smart phone copy is accepted). No race kit pickup on race day. 

Aid Stations

Water, Gatorade and Medical Services will be available at the Pre-Race Area and Finish line, and at all water stations along the courses.

Gatorade flavour on the course will be lemon lime.

Water, Gatorade & Medical Services are located every 2-4 km. PowerBar gels will be located at 12k and 28k.

Age Limit

Marathon participants must be 18 years old on race day. Half Marathon participants must be 16. 

Medical Services

Medical Services at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be provided by  Odyssey Medical and will be available on-course, at Nathan Phillips Square and the medical tent at the finish line. Athletic and Physiotherapy will be supervised by The Centre for Sport and Recreation Medicine and will be available at the finish line medical tent. The Centre is also available for your pre and post race injuries or medical concerns.


Port-o-lets will be located near the start, finish and on course at each aid station.

The TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon is part of the Canada Running Series. Series events are:




Multiple Races - One Great Series

2024 TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Itinerary

Fly into Toronto and enjoy this multi cultural city.

Thu 17 Oct

  • Arrive in Toronto
  • Hotel check in
  • 6:30: Marathon Flame Lighting and Opening Ceremonies 

Fri 18 Oct

  • Enjoy Toronto
  • 11:00am - 8:00pm: Running, Health and Fitness Expo

Sat 19 Oct

  • 9:00am:  Internationl Friendship Run

Sun 20 Oct - Marathon Day!

  • 8:00am:   5km Start
  • 8:45am:   Marathon and Half Marathon Start
  • 11:30am:  Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 3:15pm:    Course closes

2024 TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon 

Entry and Accommodation Packages now available for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 


  • Guaranteed Entry to the Toronto Waterfront Marathon (or associated event)
  • Accommodation to suit your requirements
  • Additional nights available to extend your stay
  • Toronto Waterfront Marathon Souvenir Tshirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Sightseeing and travel options within Canada and the USA


  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature during your stay, eg alcoholic drinks, snacks, etc
  • Optional sightseeing tours, not included in your itinerary
  • Travel insurance – for your peace of mind RunFun Travel offers travel insurance to cater for all your travel plans. Please contact us for further information or obtain a quick quote by clicking here. 


RunFun Travel is a fully accreditedtravel agent and can assist you with:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Overseas SIM (phone) card
  • Airport transfers (where not included)
  • Overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • Ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip and we’ll make sure you run the time of your life!

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