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2014 Scotiabank
Charity Challenge
Go the distance for one of over 170 charities!

Find a cause that inspires you to train harder, race faster and feel even better after you cross the Finish Line!

  

Check out 3 of this year's Official Charities:


 
Looking for a fun and exciting way to support justice and human rights for all? Why not join this year's Team Amnesty at STWM? We are one of the largest, most respected and most effective human rights organizations in the world. Our members - nearly three million worldwide and 70,000 in Canada - press governments and others with influence to protect people's freedom, dignity and fair treatment. By participating as part of Team Amnesty, you will not only be embarking on a great physical expedition, but also helping to raise awareness about Amnesty International and its work in support of human rights. 




Aptus Treatment Centre, formerly MukiBaum Treatment Centres, is participating in our 6th year and we are proud and excited to introduce our new name and logo to the community. We hope you will join our staff, friends, families and the people we support as we run, walk and scoot together for children and adults with complex disabilities. It is our mission to enable the people we support to embrace their full potential, for which the arts, health and wellness play integral roles. We would be honoured to have you join Team Aptus! 

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Autism Dog Services aims to foster the integration of children with autism by training, placing and supporting dogs that offer safety, companionship and independence. With the support of a service dog, children achieve greater independence allowing for more effective and frequent communications and opportunities for socialization in school and community. The cost of investing in one service dog that provides support for a child with autism is $18,000. This is raised solely by Autism Dog Services through fundraising efforts such as STWM.
 
Take a moment to choose from one of the above, or over 170 others... select yours and start fundraising and training today for YOUR marathon win, win, win!
Recommended Training Race
Toronto Island Run
Sunday, September 7, 2014
 
IT'S FILLING UP FAST! Come to the 34th Longboat Toronto Island Run. It's Toronto's oldest 10k race! Come spend the day on beautiful Toronto Island and race Longboat's 10k or 5k, watch the kids run the 1k fun run, enjoy a delicious BBQ and take home one of the many prizes. 
Be part of the tradition. Visit here.
 
Recommended Training Races
Downsview 5k
Run at the top of Toronto Sat. Sep. 13th!  Scenic route on a wide paved path. Tech shirt, finisher medal, chip timing and more. Free kids' races, facepainting & clown too! 

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Toronto 10-Miler & 5k
Perfectly timed to be a 'tune-up' race three weeks before the Scotiabank Waterfront races!  Fantastic technical running gloves, finisher medals, chip timing and FLAT routes! 


The Banana Boom

Some of us like using gels for additional carbs on the run, some of us don't.  Sport drink does it for many, not for everyone.  Sport beans & jelly beans work for some. Energy bars work for some. There's something for everyone out there but one thing can be used by EVERYone... the banana.

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The banana is the perfect 'fuel' for runners. Full of carbs (39g!) and natural sugars, easy to ingest, easy to digest to get the carbs working for you, and it even comes in its own yellow carrying case to prevent it from getting sunburned.

 

High in potassium and magnesium, the banana replaces electrolytes vital to muscle movement. The only thing missing is sodium, also needed to keep muscles moving. So maybe you pop a few sodium tablets or sport drink to go with the banana. Mix it up!

 

And bananas are inexpensive, they're natural, you know you can stomach them, they even taste good!  Yes sir, your running is really going to improve when you start carrying bananas with you on long runs. 

 

They're becoming so popular as a 'fuel' that Fuel Belt is adapting its belts to hold up to 6 bananas. Water belts are getting banana holders - yeah, so you can attach a bunch of them!  Races are adding 'banana stations'.  Dole and Chiquita are vying for race sponsorships.  Even the little pocket inside runners' shorts is being lengthened to accommodate a banana.

 

Such a simple food, who would have thought it would become the little fruit that COULD!


 

About Toronto


 

CN TowerToronto is the leading tourism destination in Canada, attracting more than 25 million Canadian, American and international visitors annually (Tourism Toronto, 2012)

  • In 2012, the Toronto region welcomed 9.9 million overnight visitors
  • Visitors to Toronto spend about $5.1 billion in direct expenditures during their visits
  • Visitors to the Toronto region support more than 329,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality
 
Our fantastic sponsors!
FLAT and FAST, that's how most describe this event. Join us as we celebrate 25 Years Running (#25YearsRunning)!

 

25th Anniversary Program Launched!  

 

Browse through our brand new History gallery, featuring some of the greatest moments of the past 25 years! To celebrate the quarter-century of the event and the 15th running of the marathon, we'll also be offering a range of souvenirs under the banner "25 Years Running". Check out our latest blog for details! 
 

Share your STWM Story and WIN!

 

 

Do you have an inspirational, funny, or engaging STWM story that you want to share? Canadian Running Magazine wants to hear from YOU!

Enter their 25 YEARS RUNNING CONTEST for your chance to win a STWM Brooks Running jacket, complimentary entry to the race, and your story featured in Canadian Running magazine!
Full contest details here. Read Week Three winner Leeane Donovan's story here.
 

Belarus Marathon Star to Race STWM!



On October 19th, 26 year old Belarusian Aliaksandra Duliba will line up in the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with an eye on the course record of 2:22:43. Read Paul Gains' latest article.

STWM Digital Champions



  

Get to know our Digital Champions - a group of diverse, dedicated, and enthusiastic athletes, each with a unique story and running history to share.


Check out the latest post from the team:

  

"Not only do the STWM Digital Champions love to run, they also love to runfie. Not surprisingly, they are photographic connoisseurs when it comes to sharing their runner's high, latest running fashion statement, or some other form of badassery."

 

Behold the #Runfie by Andrew Chak  (@AndrewChak)

 

 Tips from a 60-marathon plus veteran!

John Stanton  

Running Room founder and owner, John Stanton, has been out there sweating, groaning and toiling his way through more than 60 marathons just so he could learn things from them to share with you!  Now you don't have to make the same mistakes, you can enjoy training more knowing that John will share tips with you that will help you become a better runner. 

  

 

Hill Training


Hills add resistance and strength to your training. Runners have used hills for decades as a way to increase endurance, strength and speed.


 

Find a hill about 250 meters in length, with an incline of 8-10 percent. Prior to starting the hill session, include a warm-up with of easy running and light stretching.


 

Maintain a consistent effort rather than worry about your pace on the hill. Shorten your stride, as the hill gets steeper. Keep your chest up and out, with your breathing relaxed. Your arms moves in rhythm with your leg turnover rate. Keep your eyes focused on the top of the hill, just as they would be focused in front of you on a flat stretch.


 

Hill sessions build lower leg strength and improve your running form. Think about maintaining effort not pace. You will learn the art of pacing from the hills. You build strength and character, both useful on race day. Think of your hills as speed work in disguise.


 

Hill training improves your running technique and makes you mentally tougher for race day. 

 

And, of course, you can also take advantage of marathon, half marathon and 5k training clinics offered by the Running Room at all their locations and even on-line.


Free Monthly Tune-Up Runs!

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The Tune-Up Run Program is designed to give you opportunities to hook up with other runners and walkers to train for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k.

Schedule for each run: 
  • 8:00-8:30am - Running Room staff open the store. Runners & walkers welcome.
  • 8:20am - Intro & brief talk, with a quick welcome by the STWM staff.
  • 8:30am - Group runs & walks.
  • After run & walk - Come back into the Running Room for water & Gatorade.
Upcoming runs:

Tune-Up Run #4 
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Location: Mill St. Brew Pub
Distances: Marathon - 10k, Half - 8k
*19+ event, proper ID required
This Tune-up Run is now sold out.

Tune-Up Run #5
Date: Sunday, September 14
Location: Downtown Yonge Running Room (53 Yonge St.)
Distances: Marathon - 23k, Half - 12k
Confirm attendance

Volunteers Appreciated
Can't run STWM this year?  
VOLUNTEER instead and join the race from the other side!

  STWM Medal Volunteer

Positions to fill (adults preferred):
- Course marshals
- Kit pick-up
- Finish Line


Positions to fill (high school students welcome as a school group or individually):

- Water stations
- Race Expo
- Kit Stuffing


Visit our 'Volunteer Page' for details and to sign up.

Stay at an Official STWM Race Hotel!

   

Stay at an official #STWM hotel on race weekend and make the most of your experience! This year we have partnered with Experient to offer you the best hotel rates for race weekend, guaranteed. Compare rates and available locations online here. 
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