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Dec 3-11
STWM 2011 Charity & Neighbourhood Awards Night "all smiles"! — Huge smiles were the dominant feature at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Awards Night, as more than 200 guests gathered at the bank's world headquarters on Tuesday evening to receive accolades and prize cheques. full story »
Oct 25-11
St. Lawrence takes title in BEST-EVER Neighbourhood Challenge at the 2011 STWM! — After extensive post-race deliberations that included reviewing TV footage and race-day photos as well as their own reports, this years' four celebrity judges awarded the title of “Neighbourhood Champions” to St. Lawrence, by “the narrowest of margins” over GreekTown. full story »
Oct 23-11
Koren Yal, Mare Dibaba duel delivers yet more records for Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — The marvellous duel between Ethiopians Koren Jelela Yal and Mare Dibaba for the women's title at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon produced not only a thrilling race but a new Course and Canadian All-Comers Record of 2:22:42.5 and a pending African Record for 30K of 1:38:33. The new CR also gave Yal a $35,000 cash bonus from title sponsor, Scotiabank. full story »
Oct 20-11
"Officially AMAZING" — Guinness reports World Records set at STWM — Last Sunday saw Guinness World Records partner with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to give runners the opportunity to set official Guinness World Records in the both the 42.2K marathon and the half marathon (21.09 kilometres). Adrenaline was high as runners braved the cold and 35 MPH wind to strive for greatness within Canada's largest city. full story »
Oct 17-11
Was Ed Whitlock's 80+ WR THE finest performance of an astonishing day? — Whitlock shatters his own age-class record in T.O. — It takes an awful lot for Ed Whitlock to put aside even a bit of his modest demeanour. Yesterday morning's performance qualified as one of those rare occurrences — just barely. “Yes, I guess it was the best one I've done this year,” said the always soft-spoken, humble Miltonian, expressing a little more satisfaction than is usually conveyed after one of his world record-setting runs. “I'm quite pleased with my finish, especially given the weather conditions, which were hardly ideal.” full story »
Oct 16-11
100-year-old marathoner sets record in Toronto — Fauja Singh finishes in 8 hours to become oldest person to complete full marathon — Fauja Singh secured a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records on Sunday at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The 100-year-old accomplished an amazing feat, completing the gruelling 42.195-kilometre marathon and becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full-distance marathon. full story »
Oct 16-11
Mungara Wins Toronto Fourth Time — by Paul Gains — At the pre-race press conference Kenneth Mungara told the gathering he loved the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the people of Toronto and that he wanted to win his fourth consecutive title. Then he went about his business. full story »
Oct 16-11
Canadians Coolsaet and Gillis qualify for London Olympics at 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Today was a spectacular day for Canadian pride at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), with Canadian runners Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis qualifying for the London Olympics. More than 22,000 runners took to the streets in windy conditions, raising more than $3.5 million for 164 local charities. full story »

Oct 14-11
Drama Filled Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — by Paul Gains — With $150,000 prize money and various international Olympic team places at stake the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 16th is filled with drama. full story »
Oct 12-11
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon coming on Sunday — OTTAWA — The 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) is set for this Sunday October 16 at 9:00am in Toronto, Ont. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified Silver Road Race Label event will feature a number of Canadian men taking dead aim at the Olympic qualification standard. full story »
Oct 11-11
Content to Run Under the Radar — The Contenders, Part 8 — by Paul Gains — Much attention has been focused on the battle for Canadian Olympic team places at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label race. True, Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis and Dylan Wykes have credentials that indicate an Olympic berth is within grasp but, in their shadows, others are quietly toiling away and could provide some surprises. full story »
Oct 9-11
Team England announced to take on Team Canada at STWM 2011 — For the last six years, the International Team Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has provided a great “developmental opportunity” for up and coming athletes to gain valuable international experience in a major, international marathon. As an IAAF Silver Label Race, Toronto Waterfront has built a reputation for its flat, fast course, that offers good competition and fast times, that help athlete career development. This year will be no exception, as Team England will arrive on Thursday to take on Team Canada. full story »
Oct 6-11
Live Chat Replay from Oct 6: STWM preview — See replay of Thursday's Canadian Running live online chat, previewing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The race is less than two weeks away and it will feature one of the strongest men's fields in Canadian history. About 20,000 runners are ready to hit the streets of Toronto in pursuit of everything from Olympic standards to personal bests to the completion of their first race. Details »
Oct 4-11
Kenya's Nixon Machichim Up For Toronto Challenge — The Contenders, Part 7: by Paul Gains — Although Kenneth Mungara returns to Toronto intent on winning his fourth Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title it will be no easy task. Race director Alan Brookes has, once again, assembled a world class field worthy of the prestigious IAAF Silver Label bestowed upon the event. Chief among Mungara's opponents will be his 28 year old Kenyan compatriot, Nixon Machichim Kipkoech, who is rounding into form at precisely the right time to prevent the sentimental coronation of Mungara. full story »
Sep 30-11
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Goes LIVE on CBC — Scotiabank, Toronto Tourism and Canada Running Series are delighted to announce a partnership with CBC to provide live broadcast of this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, taking place Sunday, October 16th. The CBC broadcast of Canada's premiere running event live will put a worldwide spotlight on Toronto and athletics in Canada plus goes even further to cement the STWM as a leading sporting event on both a national and international stage. full story »
Sep 29-11
Fauja Singh One Hundred Years Young — by Paul Gains — On the occasion of his 100th birthday — April 11th of this year — Fauja Singh received a telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II then plotted world centenarian record attempts on distances from 100 metres to the marathon. It might seem a curious reaction to such a splendid acknowledgement but Singh is hardly a typical British old age pensioner. full story »
Sep 27-11
MARATHON FLAME, Laurel Wreaths returning from GREECE to bring “The Spirit of the Marathon” to Canada for Scotiabank TORONTO Waterfront Marathon weekend, Oct. 14–16 — Last year, the Marathon Flame and 6 Laurel Wreaths made of olive branches from trees at the Battlefield of Marathon site came from Greece to mark the 2,500th Anniversary of the first marathon run by Pheidippides in 490 BC, over the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon weekend. The Flame returns this year, first to Chicago, then onto Toronto Waterfront, to return carrying the ideals, the values, and The Spirit of the Marathon Movement. This will be the only stop in Canada for the Flame. Full details »
Sep 27-11
Ethiopia's Koren Yal Looking for Toronto Course Record — The Contenders, Part 6: by Paul Gains — Like many of her Ethiopian compatriots Koren Yal's success in marathoning has been fueled by a desire for a better life. The 24 year old returns to Toronto for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 16th chasing a fast time and another hefty pay cheque. full story »
Sep 23-11
Marathon Legend Drayton Wonders Why his Record Still Stands — by Paul Gains — Records, it is often written, are meant to be broken. The man who has held the Canadian marathon record of 2:10:09 for almost thirty-seven years cannot fathom why nobody has broken his. full story »
Sep 20-11
Simon Bairu Withdraws From Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — by Paul Gains — Simon Bairu announced Tuesday his decision to pull out of the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It caps a difficult year for the 28 year old native of Regina, Saskatchewan. full story »
Sep 13-11
Three Time Toronto Champion Mungara Wants More — The Contenders, Part 5: by Paul Gains — In an era when youth reigns supreme Kenneth Mungara is defying the trend with his spectacular marathon racing results against younger opposition. The 38 year old Kenyan returns to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 16th) seeking a staggering fourth consecutive victory in the IAAF Silver Label race. full story »
Sep 7-11
Ambitious Dibaba Looking for Ethiopian Olympic Place — The Contenders, Part 4: by Paul Gains — With defending Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon champion Sheron Cherop representing Kenya at the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea, last week (and winning the bronze medal!) the women's STWM race ought to be wide open. But nobody needs to tell Mare Dibaba that. The 21 year old Ethiopian has been on a tear since her debut marathon in Rome in March 2010 where she ran 2:25:38. Seven months later she improved her best time to 2:25:27 in Frankfurt placing 5th in an impressive field. full story »
Aug 31-11
Kew Gardens, “Alex Christie Bandshell” Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 finisher's medal unveiled at Beaches Running Room — A large crowd of almost 100 runners gathered at the Beaches Running Room store this evening, along with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, former Councillor Paul Christie, Debbie Visconti, Executive Director of Community Centre 55, and three "Beach Champions", for the public unveiling of the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Finishers' medals. full story »
Aug 31-11
Eric Gillis Approaching Olympic "Trial" Cautiously — The Contenders, Part 3: by Paul Gains — Methodical is perhaps the best way to describe Eric Gillis's approach to the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The 31 year old from Antigonish, Nova Scotia is not one to take risks especially with a place on Canada's 2012 Olympic team within reach. full story »
Aug 23-11
Confident Bairu Chasing Olympic Standard at STWM 2011 — The Contenders, Part 2: by Paul Gains — This week we continue with our top Canadians as we profile Simon Bairu of Regina, SK. Now residing at the Nike training campus in Portland, Oregon, Simon discusses his DNF disappointment at his debut marathon in New York City last year and how his focus is now on turning this experience into success, aiming to use STWM to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. full story »
Aug 16-11
Coolsaet Close to Olympic Berth — The Contenders, Part 1: by Paul Gains — Reid Coolsaet never imagined he'd be on the brink of an Olympic Games berth when he ran cross country for Hamilton's Westdale Secondary School back two decades ago. A mediocre athlete, whose goal was nothing more than joining his girlfriend in qualifying for the provincial high school cross country championships, Coolsaet finished 18th in the 1997 race. In the absence of scholarship offers he joined coach Dave Scott-Thomas at the University of Guelph. The partnership has certainly paid off. full story »
Aug 14-11
Coolsaet, Pidhoresky notch impressive wins at ACURA Toronto 10 miler — Reid Coolsaet showed why he's Canada's #1 ranked marathoner and the man to beat at the de facto “Olympic Trials” at Scotia Toronto Waterfront on October 16th, as he cruised to a comfortable victory at this morning's ACURA Toronto 10 miler in 48:34. Tecumseh, Ontario's Dayna Pidhoresky made equally easy work of the women's race, crossing the line in 56:32, a minute 40 seconds clear of Ethiopian Aselefech Asefa and almost 2 minutes clear of 3rd place Lucy Njeri of Kenya (58:24). full story »
Jul 26-11
Coolsaet, Brown to lead "Olympic Trials" Tune Up at Acura Toronto 10 miler, Aug. 14 — This year's race for the Acura men's and women's titles is shaping up to be a dandy! Reid Coolsaet has confirmed he'll be back on the Start line to defend his title. But this year he'll have a little more competition than the visiting Tolassa Dadi he had in last year's event. full story »
Jul 19-11
Calling all MASCOTS, VEGETABLES, TELEVISION CHARACTERS and FAMILIES! — Four Opportunities to break Guinness World Records® at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) and Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, today announced a partnership and new opportunities for marathon runners to break four world records at this year's event on October 16th. full story »
Jun 23-11
DREAM BIG at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — Join Canada's top runners and achieve your marathon goals • Start your summer training today.
While Canada's top runners are training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), the road is paved for runners of all levels to join them and train during the next four months. Whether goals are to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics, for the Boston Marathon, or to challenge a record or a personal best, now is the perfect time to register and join more than 22,000 runners from around the world at Canada's big city marathon. full story »
May 11-11
STWM 2011 LAUNCH NIGHT! "Science of Marathon Training" and more... Guest Panel announced — Monday, June 6, 2011, Marriott Hotel – Trinity Ballroom, 6:30pm – 9:15pm. Admission is Free (but you must register online for admission). Featuring: “The Science of Marathon Training” Special presentation by Alex Hutchinson, Senior Editor of Canadian Running & The Globe and Mail columnist. Come and join us for an evening of information & inspiration. Ask the Experts — Celebrity Panel Discussion with Q & A's. Special Guest Panel includes Reid Coolsaet, Chris Fagel, Alex Hutchinson, Matt Loiselle, Dave Scott-Thomas and Ed Whitlock. details »
May 7-11
May 4-11
Remembering Danny Kassap: some more Danny stories & links to tributes pouring in... Great to see all the tributes pouring in for Danny Kassap, who died at Sunnybrook Hospital overnight Sunday/Monday. Sharing the memories, the stories, somehow seems to help share the loss, and to remember some of the many happy times at the races, on training runs, just hanging out with Danny. full story »
Apr 10-11
Ed Whitlock & Simon Bairu put Canadian distance running on World stage again today; onto Montreal! — New octogenarian Ed Whitlock and our 10,000m national record holder, Simon Bairu, put Canadian distance running on the world stage again today, and continued the tremendous momentum we have for 2011. full story »
Mar 17-11
Simon Bairu confirmed to join field for 'best-ever' Canadian marathon at STWM — Organizers have confirmed that Simon Bairu will compete in this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 16. The addition of Bairu to the Start List sets the stage for what will arguably be the best-ever Canadian race over the classic 42.195km distance. full story »
Mar 9-11
Dylan Wykes to join stellar Canadian field at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, October 16th — Kingston native to chase qualifying time and his “Olympic dreams” on flat, fast Toronto Waterfront course; Wykes, Canada’s #3 ranked marathoner, joins #1, #2, #4 ranked men for Olympic-qualifying showdown. full story »
Mar 1-11
Coolsaet, Gillis, Watson select Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront as their Fall 2011 "Olympic qualifying" marathon — Canada's #1, #2, #4 ranked marathoners from Speed River TFC in Guelph announce plans to race for London 2012 standard on Toronto's flat, fast Waterfront course, October 16th. full story »
Jan 24-11
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Wins “Best Marathon” Award from Get Out There Magazine — Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has been named the Best Marathon (Eastern Canada) in Get Out There magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Awards. The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize the people, places, events and organizations that support active living in Canada. full story »

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