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    Canada's #1 BIG CITY Marathon is HERE!
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Prepping for the 'Exam'


Your Race Day Plan, v.2

  1. Pack only what you can fit into the clear baggage bag you get in your race kit.  If you have to bring valuables, hide them well inside the bag.
  2. Plan your route TO the start area. Make sure to check the website for road closure information so you don't get caught by closures as you're trying to get to the start.
  3. Park at least 500m from the start/Nathan Phillips Square as roads are closed that far anyway. The exception would be parking in the Eaton Centre off Yonge Street.
  4. Coming by cab? Have them drop you off at University and Dundas or Yonge & Queen and walk the 300m from there.
  5. Coming by TTC?  The subway still does not open until 9am on Sundays so if coming by bus or streetcar, they can as far south as Yonge & Queen St. or Bathurst & Queen. East/west TTC vehicles can't cross Bay or University along Richmond, Queen, Adelaide.
  6. Plan to be at Nathan Phillips an hour before, meaning 7:45am, for the half and full marathon. This gives you time to relax and get your bearings.
  7. If doing the 5k, your start is at the CNE so give yourself time to park near there or take our shuttle buses from Richmond & University to the CNE (but only between 6:00 - 7:00am).
  8. Plan to check in your baggage rather than let loved ones hold it for you just in case it's hard to find them at the end. They won't be able to see you for about 15 minutes after you cross the line so better to have your bag waiting for you in our baggage tent.
  9. Get to your start corral with plenty of time to spare.
  10. Stick to your planned pace for the race! Don't get pulled along by others because you 'feel good' in the first half.
  11. Enjoy yourself and smile for the cameras!
Celebrate With Us!
Join us for
The Friendship Run
at the Running Room
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30am
Downtown Yonge St. store Toronto 
9:00 am - Friendship Run (5k)


Where: Downtown Yonge Running Room
Colony Bldg. (Wellington St. & Yonge St), 53 Yonge St., Toronto
Meet Your Pace Bunnies
We have 30 Pace Bunnies set to guide you on race day for both the full and half marathon. Aiming to qualify for Boston? We have most times covered. Aiming to reach a milestone time? We probably have you covered.


Meet the Pacers/Pace Bunnies at the Expo this weekend at the Brooks booth! 


The Canada Running Series enjoys working associations with various races that complement training for or recovery from Waterfront. Here is one of those races:


November 10, 8:30am


With 3 weeks separating the

Downsview Half Marathon & 5k from Waterfront, you have time to recover from Waterfront and rejuvenate for the Downsview race!


Scenic run starts in renovated Downsview Park, flies you through Downsview Airport's taxiway and through some city streets. A most unique running experience!  Great technical shirt, airplane medal and goodie bag!  Kids' races and a half marathon relay too.  Brief Remembrance Day ceremony before the 8:30am start with moving bagpipes and a stellar singer. 


   Our fantastic sponsors!
Late Breaking News, Critical Race Info

Marathon Spaces Available

The Half AND 5k Races are SOLD OUT... just a few spots in the full marathon left (psssst, tell your friends who are sitting on the fence).


Race Kit Pick-up... It's vital you pick up your kit either Friday or Saturday (NOT race day as it won't be available). Read more 


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Road Closures... They're not just for people on race day who aren't running, they're for YOU too. Read more so that you can reach the start line area on race morning uninterrupted (does require arriving at least an hour prior to the race mind you)!  Road Closures...


Baggage Check & Rules

The 2013 STWM Baggage Check for Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k will all be behind City Hall at ARMOURY & CHESTNUT (north west of City Hall). 


EVERYONE must use the clear plastic baggage bag provided in your race kit at baggage check.  Absolutely no other bags will be accepted. Read more about BAGGAGE and other race services on race morning...

Tips from a 60-marathon plus veteran

Race Day Tips


Here's how to stay organized for the race:

1.     Bag for your race gear

2.     Training shoes  

3.     Technical shorts to keep you dry and chafe -free

4.     Cool max shirt for comfort, wind and sun protection

5.     Cool max cap   

6.     Cool max double-layer socks

7.     Body Glide prevents chafing  insides of legs, under the arms, on

        woman's bra line

8.     Liquid bandage to cover any blister

9.     Water bottle drink before, during and post race

10.   Race number and a timing chip.   The number is for photo

        identification, the chip is for your official time

11.   A smile for the finish line!


NOTE: Things can happen that you do not expect and are out of your control. Deal with it. Stay relaxed and in control of your best performance.


One of the more experienced runners around, Running Room founder and owner, John Stanton provides weekly tips for getting through the marathon and half marathon.  


You can also take advantage of marathon, half marathon and 5k training clinics offered by the Running Room at all their locations and even online. 


Latest Updates

On the Road to STWM Episode 5: Mike the Sign Guy 
On the Road to STWM Episode 5: Mike the Sign Guy

Check out the latest amazing individual "On the Road to STWM"! Each year as runners pass by the Princes Gates at Exhibition Place, Mike can be spotted holding up a sign featuring a unique, fun and encouraging message. Mike is on the course rain or shine, providing a supportive boost to the thousands of participants who come out each year. Keep an eye out for him on October 20th!

Marathon Flame Celebrations - You're All Invited!

All are invited to join us on Thursday, October 17th for the Official Flame Lighting & Opening Ceremonies! At 6:30pm in Alexander The Great Parkette, Mayor Iordanis Louizos of Marathon, Greece and a modern-day "Pheidippides" will deliver the Flame to Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Consul General Dimitris Azemopoulos, Race Director Alan Brookes and some of our Top Athletes.

Expo Guest Speaker Schedule!  

The schedule for the STWM Expo Speakers Series presented by Canadian Running Magazine is online now! Join us at the Direct Energy Centre on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th for presentations from CRS stars Krista DuChene, Eric Gillis, Reid Coolsaet & Rob Watson, running legends Ed Whitlock and Silvia Ruegger, Running Room's John Stanton and several of our Digital Champions! 


Invite your Family & Friends! 

Be sure to invite your family and friends out to cheer you on along the route! Check out our 12 great Neighbourhood Cheering & Entertainment Centres and plenty of other excellent viewing areas along the course!

Have family and friends from out of town? The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be broadcast LIVE to the world on , with top international commentator Tim Hutchings! Check out our blog for all the details:

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to be broadcast Live to the World  


The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is here! Be sure to connect with your fellow runners and share your experience online using #STWM! Follow us on Twitter for regular race day updates! 

Scotiabank Charity Challenge 2013

Last year over $4.3 million was raised for 181 local charities! Go the distance for one of over 180 charities in this year's Scotiabank Charity Challenge!


All charity runners will receive a discounted entry fee and charities offer different incentives in appreciation for your support - from refunds for meeting a fundraising target, to fundraising prizes, to team t-shirts. What a win, win, win... you run in a world class race, you run at a discounted rate, and you help your favourite charity!



Through Alternatives' in-house and community based programs participants have opportunities to develop skills while volunteering and working in their community. Our participants are supported to reach their full potential while becoming active members of their community. Through a wide range of community partners participants have opportunities to work and give back to their community while developing friendships. This is your opportunity to get involved and help out a great little organization making a BIG difference in the community!    

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto's promise to the over 42,000 people in Toronto living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias - as well as their families and caregivers - is: We're here for you... every step of the way. Last year we kept that promise and were able to provide:
  • Over 5,000 hours of free counselling, support and education for people with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers.
  • Dementia awareness and knowledge for over 9,000 people attending our Public Education Sessions.
  • Specialized dementia care training for 644 Personal Support Workers and other health-care providers.

By fundraising on the Alzheimer Toronto team you will help us to make a difference in the lives of many more people.  


Cornerstone is an ethnically-diverse church with a big heart to impact our local community in tangible and practical ways. That's why we have focused our energy and resources to partner with schools, businesses, and community stakeholders to bring initiatives that will benefit the residents who live in northeast Markham. People are often surprised to learn that 22,000 people live under the poverty line in Markham. Funds raised from this race will be used to provide tangible assistance as well as sustainable solutions to help those in crisis take the next practical step towards independence.


Take a moment to choose from one of the above or the 180+ others... select yours by clicking on their logo and start fundraising and training today for YOUR marathon win, win, win! 


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