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FAQ: Course

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What items are NOT allowed on the course?

For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump Shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Baby Strollers

We will allow participants to push a child in a SINGLE stroller in the 5k event only; there will be a $10 fee for this entry. The $10 fee will cover the child's registration, as all individuals on course must be registered. Please note, for safety reasons and to ensure everyone on course is registered, only a single child stroller will be permitted. You will also be provided with an additional bib that must be worn on the back of the individual who is pushing the stroller. This additional bib is for everyone's safety and will read "BABY STROLLER" to indicate to those around you that you are pushing a stroller. This is a recreational category and you will be assigned to the purple corral and asked to start at the back. Please note — you will only receive 1 finisher's medal for this category.

Children

  • Everyone participating in this event MUST be registered — including children.
  • We highly recommend that children under the age of 12 (participating in the 5k event) are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. This is for the safely of the child, due to the fact that the 5k event has approximately 7500 participants.

Athletes with a Disability

Wheelchair Information click here

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.

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Are Nordic poles allowed on the course?

Yes, Nordic walkers will start behind the runners. Please be aware of the course time limits to ensure you can complete the course in the allotted time. After the course closes support will be limited and participants assume the role of pedestrians.

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Can my child participate with me?

  • Everyone participating in this event MUST be registered — including children.
  • We highly recommend that children under the age of 12 (participating in the 5k event) are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. This is for the safely of the child, due to the fact that the 5k event has approximately 7500 participants.

Baby Strollers

We will allow participants to push a child in a SINGLE stroller in the 5k event only; there will be a $10 fee for this entry. The $10 fee will cover the child's registration, as all individuals on course must be registered. Please note, for safety reasons and to ensure everyone on course is registered, only a single child stroller will be permitted. You will also be provided with an additional bib that must be worn on the back of the individual who is pushing the stroller. This additional bib is for everyone's safety and will read "BABY STROLLER" to indicate to those around you that you are pushing a stroller. This is a recreational category and you will be assigned to the purple corral and asked to start at the back. Please note — you will only receive 1 finisher's medal for this category.

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Can my dog run with me?

For the safety and comfort of all participants, animals are NOT allowed on the course.

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.

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Is the run a Boston qualifier?

Yes, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a registered AIMS Marathon (Association of International Marathons), certified by Athletics Canada which makes it a great flat, fast, traffic-free Boston Qualifier. For more details on qualifying for Boston visit www.bostonmarathon.com.

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Are the events sanctioned?

Yes, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half-Marathon are fully sanctioned by AIMS (Association of International Marathons) and Athletics Canada. The 5k event is sanctioned by Athletics Canada.

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Where is the course?

Click here for a detailed course description and maps.

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Where does my event start?

The half and full marathon start on University Ave., between Dundas St and Queen St.
The 5k starts on Lakeshore Blvd, west of Ontario Dr.

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Do you have a walking section for the marathon?

Yes, walkers start behind the runners at 9:10am. The marathon course will remain open until 3:15pm, allowing for a 6hr marathon. After the course closes, support will be limited and participants assume the role of pedestrians.

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Is there a walking section for the half marathon?

Yes, walkers start behind the runners at 9:10am. The half marathon course will remain open until 1:00pm, allowing for a 3hr 50min half marathon. After the course closes, support will be limited, and participants assume the role of pedestrians.

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Is there a wheelchair category at the STWM?

Yes. Click here for the STWM Wheelchair event guidelines.

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Will the start be in waves or a mass start?

The half/full marathon start will have 6 waves leaving 5 minutes apart. Click here for full details of wave starts.

The 5k will have 5 waves leaving 5 minutes apart.

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What are the course closure times?

  • Marathon — you will have 6 hours to complete the marathon, must maintain 8:30 min/km pace (13:43 min/mile)
  • Half Marathon — you will have 3 hours 50 minutes to complete the half marathon, must maintain 11:00 min/km pace (16:01 min/mile)
  • 5k — you will have 80 minutes to complete the 5k race, must maintain 15 min/km pace (25:44 min/mile)
  • Finish Line and Post-race party site area will close at 3:30pm
  • After the courses close, support will be limited and participants assume the role of pedestrians.

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Are the kilometres marked?

Our courses are all accurately measured and certified by Bernard Conway, IAAF Class “A” measurer and IAAF Head Measurer for the Americas. Our Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k courses are ALL marked in kilometres.

If you are used to Imperial measurement, the Running Room booth at the race Expo will have lots of FREE “pace” wristbands to calculate kilometres and miles.

Running Times has some great tables in kilometres as well as miles at: www.runningtimes.com/Channel.aspx?CategoryID=94.

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Are live results available for others to track my race?

Yes!
Sportstats is offering Live Results on Race Day: information available closer to the event. .

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Can I wear my headphones / iPod during the run?

Yes, you are allowed to wear MP3 players, iPods, etc at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Please stay to the right hand side of the road and be aware of runners and course marshals around you. You are encouraged to keep the volume low enough so that you can still hear important directions provided by course marshals.

Remember that there are 12 Neighbourhood Cheering and Entertainment Centres on the marathon route, so you may wish to leave the headphones at home and enjoy the on-course entertainment.

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Are there pacers?

Pacers will be available for the Marathon and Half Marathon via the STWM Pacer Program powered by Brooks. See pacer times listed on the Pacer Program page.

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Where are the Aid Stations?

For information on Aid Stations please click here.

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Will there be Gatorade?

Yes, Gatorade will be available at the race party area, at the finish line and at all Aid stations. Lemon/lime Gatorade will be available on course and if additional supplies are needed then Orange flavour will also be offered.

Gatorade Recover will be offered at the Finish Line.

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Will there be gels?

PowerBar Gels in 3 flavours (Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, and Chocolate) will be available for half and full marathon participants. Gels will be located at 13k (Lake Shore Blvd & Parkside Dr) and 26.5k (Commissioners St).

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Where are the toilets located along the route?

There will be 2 Port-o-lets at each aid station and at each Neighbourhood Challenge entertainment station.

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Are there entertainment and bands on the course?

At the start/finish area you will find a band, DJ and/or announcer. There will also be bands, DJs and performers at various points along the course as part of the Neighbourhood Challenge.

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What is the distance of a marathon?

42.195 kilometres or 26.2 miles

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What is the distance of a half marathon?

21.0975 kilometres or 13.1 miles

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