STWM Gold Certification — Council for Responsible Sport
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), hosted by Canada Running Series, has achieved Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. Organizers earned credit on 38 of the best practice standards offered in the Council’s certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events. The marathon, which hosted over 26,000 participants in 2016, was the first-ever event in Toronto to be certified by the Council for Responsible Sport.
Certification is achieved by complying with standards across five categories: planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity and community legacy.
In an effort to be greener, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Running, Health & Fitness Expo is held at the Enercare Centre, a building that features a 30-storey wind turbine and a geothermal plant that replaces conventional heating and cooling systems to save electricity and natural gas. It is the first conference center in Canada to achieve LEED silver status from the Canada Green Building Council.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon also scores points through its waste prevention efforts. The entire event utilizes paperless registration both online and in person at the Expo. Of the trash produced by the event, nearly half (47 percent) is diverted from the landfill through recycling efforts. Additionally, 120 pairs of lightly used running shoes have been collected for redistribution to those in need, and organizers sent 2,900 pounds of food to Second Harvest, a local food bank who diverted the food to those in need.
Green Initiatives at STWM
Recycling from Start to Finish
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k strives to be 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 waste in the appropriate waste receptacles at this event.
Waste Stations in the Party Site
This year, we will be incorporating numerous waste stations in the post-race Party Site in Nathan Phillips Square. These stations will be staffed by green team volunteers who will take your waste for you and sort it into the correct waste receptacles. We will have garbage, recycling and compost at each waste station.
We will have our Green Team of volunteers helping out again this year with very energetic people who are there to help make our event greener! They are making sure that all garbage, recycling and compost bins are well managed, that all the waste is in its right place and to prevent against contamination.
We all know that typical port-o-lets can hurt the environment with cleaning chemical products and deodorants. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has partnered with Chantler’s to have green port-o-lets. The use green cleaning 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 very eco-friendly!
If you wish to travel to the race by bicycle, there are a number of FREE bicycle parking locations around Nathan Phillips Square. The locations and number of spots are as follows:
On the West side of City Hall beside the Playground (20 spots)
On the corner of Elizabeth St. and Hagerman St. behind City Hall (58 spots)
On Temperance St. just east of Bay St (50 spots)
On the Southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square along Osgoode Lane (28 spots)
To view the Bike Parking locations, please view our interactive course map here.
Please note that these are public bicycle parking spots and are on a first come, first served basis. Any bikes that are parked in these locations will not be monitored by Canada Running Series staff or volunteers. Canada Running Series will not be responsible for any damage to bicycles while parked in these locations during the event.
Online Registration Saves Our Trees
Every one of our events offers online registration which has saved wasting paper caused by paper mail-in registration forms. In 2016, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5k had 98% of its participants register through online registration!
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
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. To take advantage of this great service, simply click here.
While the subway does NOT operate in Toronto until 8:00 a.m. 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: the last East-West Queen and King streetcars will be allowed to cross Bay St [the race route] at 6:00 a.m. — so they provide a great way to get to the Marathon and Half-Marathon 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: $3.25 per trip; or you can purchase a Day Pass. Details of routes and fares 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 Enercare Centre by public transit, click here.