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Some of the best viewing spots around the Course — "Insider" Tips!

The Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon are very excited to announce their new partnership with racePOINT, an interactive map that serves 3 functions for PARTICIPANTS, SPECTATORS and RESIDENTS of Toronto!

  • Spectators can use the "Predict" tab to figure out when their loved ones will reach each cheering zone! This is for the Marathon & Half Marathon races. You'll need to know what corral they're starting in and how many minutes they think it will take them to do their marathon or half marathon that day!
  • Participants can plan their race using the "Route" tab! See where the water stations are located, km markers, Medical Tents, Cheer Zones, Key Areas in the pre & post-race area, etc.
  • Spectators, Participants and Toronto residents can use the "Closures" tab to see what roads will be closed that day and at what times! Click the "Show Closures by Time" button and then drag the slider at the bottom to change the map time. You'll see red lines appear on certain roads that will be closed at that time for the race.

This year, more than ever, we're encouraging spectators to pick out key viewing spots along the Course as everyone cannot fit at the Start and Finish at Nathan Phillips Square! Celebrate and cheer on the runners at one or more of our 12 fabulous Neighbourhood Cheering & Entertainment sites:

NCindicates location of a Neighbourhood Cheering and Entertainment Centre.

Click on a yellow star icon in map or list below to go to that Neighbourhood's challenge page.

Click on yellow star NCE symbol to go to that neighbourhood's page

Also see PDFPDF version of map (2.5 MB)

Routes subject to final City approval.

You can pick up your pocket-sized SPECTATOR GUIDE complete with map, cheering sites, how to get around and more, at the Running Health & Fitness EXPO, at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18, or click here for downloadable version.

NC 1: The Annex, Bloor St. (after 2k)

NC 2: Alexandra Park, Bathurst St. & Dundas (at 5k)

NC 3: Liberty Village — King West, Lakeshore & Princes' Gates (at 7.5k & 17k)

NC 4: High Park, Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. (after 12k)

NC 5: Parkdale–Roncesvalles, Boulevard Club & Lakeshore (at 14k)

NC 6: Harbourfront, Queen's Quay & Sherbourne Common Pk (at 21k)

NC 7: Corktown, Corktown Common Park (at 23k)

NC 8: Cabbagetown, Bayview at River St. turnaround (between 24k and 25k)

NC 9: Greek Town, Broadview & Eastern (at 26.5k and 39k)

NC 10: Leslieville Farmers Market, Eastern Ave. at Jonathon Ashbridge Pk, W. of Coxwell (at 29k and 36k)

NC 11: The Beach, Kew Gardens Park (between 31 and 32k and between 33k and 34k)

NC 12: St. Lawrence Market, Front St. & Church St., in front of Berczy Park (before 41k)

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Here are some extra TIPS:

An accessible seating platform will be available for finish line viewing. The platform will be located on the west side of Bay St, just north of Queen St (north of the bleachers) — please access the platform from Queen St. At 8:15am the 5k runners will start crossing the finish line and east-west access across Bay St will NOT be available. If arriving to the finish area after 8:15am, arrive from the west of Bay St.

  • Queen's Park Circle: a fantastic hub. A MUCH better view of the Start from here.
    Then walk North to St. George Street & Bloor Street to the Annex site at 2.3km.
    From Queen's Park or The Annex, take the TTC to Union Station, to 20k point.
  • East End. Queen & Woodbine at 34km. Take Bloor subway to Woodbine; then Woodbine bus South to Queen.
    Walk 4 short blocks West to Kingston Road to take 501 Queen Streetcar back to Finish.
  • West End. Lakeshore Bridge & Roncesvalles to Palais Royale at 14km.
    Take Bloor subway to Dundas West station, then transfer to 504 King Streetcar. Alight at King & Roncesvalles, walk south over footbridge onto Lakeshore Blvd. Course.

Final Tip: Arrange to meet your loved ones at a pub or restaurant near the Finish Line rather than in crowded Nathan Phillips Square itself.

TTC

Use public transit. It's "the better way" to get around the course on race day.
DAY PASS. Only $11.00 for Saturdays & Sundays: for 2 adults + up to 4 children under 19 yrs; OR 1 adult + 5 kids under 19 years.
Details: www.ttc.ca; and INFO booth at STWM

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