Media Centre

Media Credentials

Thanks in no small part to your coverage, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon keeps growing every year, bigger and with more buzz! It's important to keep the momentum going, and this year will be a BIG year, with the stories you need. Please register for Media Credentials here.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, October 15. For Media related inquiries, please contact Joanna Hatt at

Successful applicants will be able to access Race Weekend Press Conferences, Media Centre, Start & Finish areas, and Lead Vehicles.

Race Weekend Schedule

Times Subject to Change

Thursday October 15

Marathon Flame Torch Relay and Lighting Ceremony at Alexander the Great Parkette (Danforth and Logan Avenue). More information here.

Friday October 16

Pre-Race Press Conference at Main Stage, Expo, Hall D, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place featuring International Elites and Canadian Elite Athletes.
Running, Health and Fitness Expo, including Packet Pick-Up, Hall D, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Guest Speaker Schedule coming soon. Expo Parking information

Saturday October 17

9:00am TBD
International Friendship Run located at the Running, Health and Fitness Expo, Hall D, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place with John Stanton Sr., Founder of the Running Room. Click here for more information.
Running, Health and Fitness Expo, including Packet Pick-Up, Hall D, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Guest Speaker Schedule coming soon. Expo Parking information

Sunday October 18

Timing of Shuttle Bus to the 5k Race Start
Media Workroom, Conference Room 2, City Hall
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 5k START, Exhibition Place
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon START, Bay and Queen Street with Lead Vehicle. Limit 8 places; must be pre-booked.
Marathon Awards Ceremony, Main Stage at Nathan Philips Square
Post Race Press Conference with Marathon Winners, International Elites followed by Canadian Elites, City Hall, Conference Room 2
Course closes, roads re-open to traffic

Race Weekend Media Centre Location and Information:

Sunday October 18

Media Accreditation Pick-Up and Information Desk

Marriott Hotel, Carlton Room, 2nd Floor
525 Bay Street

Open: 6:30am – 2:00pm

Media Workroom and Post-Race Press Conference

Marriott Hotel, Carlton Room, 2nd Floor
525 Bay Street

Open: 6:30am — 6:00pm

Available: live-race screening and Wi-Fi access

STWM 2015 Race Day Main Stories:

In-depth blog features by Paul Gains for STWM 2015


STWM 2015 Pre-race Main Stories:

2015 is a BIG year of stories in both sport and community! On October 15-18 weekend, we expect 26,000 runners from across Canada, the United States and 60+ countries. There will be an estimated 150,000+ spectators on the streets. Over $4 million will be raised for over 170 mostly-local charities. Everyone will have a story; hundreds, if not thousands will be compelling.

Here is a short-list of our major stories for 2015 to this point. Check back for regular updates or contact our STWM Media Team and we'll do our best to help you get the stories you need:

  1. Road to Rio! The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now Athletics Canada's National Marathon Championship, which means major Canadian and pre-Olympic competition.
  2. We are Gold. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has become and IAAF Gold Label Race. There are only 3 other gold-label races in the Americas: Boston, Chicago, and New York. This means outstanding international competition to challenge our Canadians and race for records.
  3. STWM is now officially cool. The Bridge the Gap Running Crew Movement is coming to Toronto this year for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Among the 26,000 runners from 60+ countries will be 30+ running crews from Berlin to London, New York to LA, representing the latest underground running movement. Check the hashtag #BTGYYZ on social media and visit for more information.
  4. Best year ever for Scotiabank Charity Challenge Stories!
    1. Justice League Runners for SickKids. This incredible group of runners will dress up in superhero costumes and run the marathon together in support of the SickKids Foundation!
    2. Robert MacDonald for the Toronto Rehab Foundation. In 2012, Robert MacDonald was given a 5% chance of ever walking again, after suffering a 30 foot fall. This year he is training to run with Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon.
    3. Children for Charity. Meet 3 extraordinary and brave young children who are participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 5k to raise funds for the charities that have personally helped them. These charities include the Federation for Cerebral Palsy, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children and Silent Voice Canada.

Pro Athlete Start Lists & Bios

2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Start List

Media Challenge

On your marks, get set, GO! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Which outlet will take home the title of fastest media? Last year, 25 media outlets took part in the Media Challenge and we hope to increase this number to ensure that the competition in 2015 is fiercer than ever!

With over 170 local charities participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, the Media Challenge is a great way to raise money for important causes.

Information and Requirements

Entries are open to journalists, photographers, videographers, producers and editors in each of the three distance categories: Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 5k.

Scotiabank will donate prizing for the top male and female finishers in each distance category to the charity of their choice:

  • 1st place marathon: $1000
  • 1st place half-marathon: $500
  • 1st place 5K: $250

For a complete list of 2015 official charities, please visit:

Media outlets are limited to 10 free entries, in a combination of any or all of the three distance categories. A work email address must be provided as proof of employment when registering for the Media Challenge.

Make Your Kilometres Count

In addition to competing for the Media Challenge prize, you can raise money for the charity of your choice. Just select the "Create Fundraising Account" option on your registration form to set up your personal fundraising page. Be sure to get your non-running colleagues to sponsor you!

It's simple: form a team, train, run and raise money for charity. To register, please contact Joanna Hatt for your registration code and instructions, then register online here by Wednesday October 16.

Hope to see you on race day!

Course Map: click here

Interactive racePOINT map featuring information for runners, spectators and residents: click here

STWM Finish Line Media Scrum
STWM Finish Line Media Scrum