How To Celebrate After Your Virtual Race

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Training through, and racing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy feat. Group runs have been interrupted, races postponed or cancelled, and your 2020 plans went out the window. Still, there’s reason to celebrate. After all, you crushed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race.

These tips will help you make the most of your post-run experience, and will have you itching for better races, and faster times in 2021.

Celebrate With Your Favourite Beverage/Meal

Plan your favourite post-race meal and treat yourself after your virtual run. This may include your favourite pizza, dessert, or an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverage that is particularly meaningful to you. This will help solidify the racing experience in your memory bank, and make the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race worth remembering.

Specifically brewed for this year’s virtual race, Great Lakes Brewery released a limited-edition Virtual Beer, a 4.3% New England Pale Ale. We asked RUNTOBEER co-founder Dan Grant about this new beer. This is how he describes Virtual Beer, which was created in partnership with RUNTOBEER and GLB. “Our New England-style Pale Ale is a very full-bodied, refreshing Pale Ale,” he says. “Lots of fresh, white grapefruit citrus with notes of melon (think Five-Alive, but less sweet).”

“We have a different approach to post-run beer from what you find at most races,” Grant continues. “This isn’t a low-calorie, low-carb option. It’s not infused with electrolytes. It’s not about how it fits into your running lifestyle. Runners train for months for STWM. They make all kinds of sacrifices along the way. We wanted to give them a really, really good beer at the end of the race. This one is bursting with bright, fresh, juicy flavour.”

Even better, 50 cents from each sold can is donated to Good Foot Delivery, an organization that provides engaging employment for people from the neuro-diverse community through a competitive professional courier service delivered via public transit with pride.

You’ll notice Virtual Beer features a DIY finishers time label (inspired by the video games of the 80s) designed by Richard Kuchinsky. Keep the can, wash it out, and record your time with a permanent marker.

But act fast to get this “limited-run” of beer—only 6,000 cans were made and there is limited supply left. Virtual Beer is available at Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, or by home delivery through their webshop. Cans (473 mL) retail for $3.50. Cases of 8 for $28, and a 24 for $78. Always drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

Wear Your Race Medal and Shirt

You earned it. Wear your New Balance souvenir shirt, and sport your one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal with pride, just like you would after any race. No race is complete without the obligatory post-race selfie or photo with the race medal. Your pre-race ritual may even include setting out your post-race attire, just like you would before a typical race. This will get you into the racing mindset, and will allow for a quick-change post-virtual run.

Make sure to tag us @towaterfront42k on Instagram with all of your race photos accompanied with the hashtags #TOwaterfront42k #MoveForwardTO.

Upload Your Stats To Race Roster

Visit Race Roster after your run and make sure to upload your stats. This is how to do it:

  • Go to your Participant Dashboard
  • Find the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race
  • Click on “Post Your Result”
  • Choose your distance and input your time (input a number for hours:minutes:seconds; use 0 if needed.)
  • Click “Submit Results” and you’re done!
  • Once your results are submitted, click on your name in the results, and then click “Download Certificate” to receive your Virtual Finisher’s Certificate.

Additionally, upload your run to Strava, give it a title, and perhaps even add a memorable photo to it before sharing your accomplishment with the running community.

Attend The Virtual Race Expo

After you’re done with your run, make sure you check out the STWM Virtual Expo to take advantage of a lot of great offers and contests from our partners like Mazda. If you haven’t completed your run in October just yet, make this a pre-race preparation. The Virtual Expo is live from Saturday October 17th at 10 a.m. until Sunday October 18th at 6:00 p.m. The Expo will remain open until Saturday October 31st. You can visit here!

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How To Complete The Whole Shebang

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The Whole Shebang is an event to challenge yourself in a way that you rarely get in a racing season! It involves completing all  four Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon distances:

5K
10K
Half  Marathon (21K)
Marathon (42K)

That’s a total of 78.3 kilometres, or roughly the distance between Toronto and Hamilton.

Traditionally, runners choose one, maybe two, race distances in any given event. This year, thanks to virtual races, you have the opportunity to test your limits and do all four. The Whole Shebang is currently sold out, but if you were lucky enough to snag a spot for this event, read on!

How to Schedule Your Races

You’re ready to run all four races. Now, it’s time to actually plan out when to race.

We spoke with Seanna Robinson, founder and principal of RunningWell Inc. – a company that brings health, fitness and personal growth to employees through running coaching and training. Also a coach with high-performance running group the Monarch Athletics Track Club, and founder and active member of the Lower East Siders running group, Robinson suggests not to race all four as all-out efforts.

Scheduling

Generally speaking, you want to space out longer runs, whether it’s in racing or in training. For the Whole Shebang, you want to maximize the time between the half -marathon and marathon. More time between races means longer recovery.

Specifically, Robinson recommends to run the 10K first, and to use it as a training run.

“Add in a good quantity of km’s beforehand and after, as this will also double as your longest training run before the marathon (probably in the 30K + range). Approach it as a long run with a 10K tempo built in. The following week you could do the half -marathon. I would use this as a B-goal race. Provided you’ve done good marathon training mileage leading up to it, you should be able to run it fairly hard and recover within the next few weeks before the marathon. Given you’ve just done your biggest long run the weekend before, you won’t be optimally tapered, so just use it as a good hard effort and you might surprise yourself.”

She adds, the half marathon “will also be a good fitness indicator before the marathon so you’ll have a better sense of how to pace yourself. Use the next two weeks to taper and recover as fully as you can before the marathon. Throw the 5K in the weekend before as a sharpening effort – I would do this one at goal marathon race pace with about 10K ‘warm-up.’ Then taper on in and have an awesome marathon.”

Sample schedule:

Oct. 1-4: 10K
Oct. 5-11: Half marathon
Oct. 12-18: Rest
Oct. 18-25: 5K

Oct. 26-31: Marathon

How To Prepare For The Whole Shebang

In terms of preparation, Robinson says that your training should be geared towards the marathon—since there’s no faking the distance.

She says, “The best thing people can do to specifically prepare for running hard four times in a month is to carry in a lot of base for strength.” This is because strength will allow you to recover better between hard efforts.

The last, and final piece of preparation is planning out your routes. After that, all that’s left is to put your fitness to the test. in terms of recovery, eat and sleep as much as you can, Robinson says. This will be a taxing month on your body and you’ll have to support it with more nutrition and more hours of sleep.

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How To Stay Motivated For Your Virtual Race

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You did it. You’ve signed up for your virtual race. All that’s left between now and race day is preparation. There’s just one hurdle to overcome: staying motivated.

Draw inspiration from these six tips on staying upbeat about your virtual race.

Set Goals

The first step to keeping yourself accountable, and motivated for race day is to set a race goal.

Once you’ve set your virtual race day goals, write them down. Then, to keep your goal top of mind, do any of the following:

  • Hang it from your fridge
  • Make it your phone’s home screen.
  • Update your Instagram bio with your next race and goal.
  • Set your phone alarm’s label to include your goal.

Daily check-ins and subtle reminders of your goal(s) will help you stay focused for race day.

Follow A Training Plan

You have a goal. Now it’s time to bridge the gap between current fitness and race day fitness. To stay motivated, follow a prescribed training plan.

Sticking to a schedule and trusting your training will give you the confidence to keep going, and to crush it on virtual race day. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that you did everything you could to prepare.

Customize Your Race Route

Imagine this: racing your favourite route at a time that best suits you.

Customize your virtual race day route to your liking, and to your comfort level. Not only will this ease the nerves on race day, you’ll be able to draw motivation from actually mapping out the route.

Want to get even more creative? Set up an aid station with your Nuun hydration and fuel on route. Draw kilometre markings on the road with chalk. Although there’s no replicating the cheers and crowds of in-person races, you can do the next best thing.

Make it as fast or as challenging as you desire.

Partner Up*

A running partner can be a secret to success.

A friend not only keeps you accountable, but can actually be a source of motivation in and of itself.

Think about it: when training together, you put in work for yourself, but also for the other person. And vice versa. As much as running is an individual sport, this team effort can be a boost. There are few better aspects to running than having someone with whom you can share your struggles, your triumphs, your highs, and your lows.

*Most importantly, ensure a safe social distance with others, and follow precautions set out by healthcare and medical professionals.

Look Back On Your PBs

Looking back can help move you forward. Revisiting past races where you executed your plan can be motivation as it reminds you that you can do it.

Make It Fun

There’s no denying that your motivation may dip in the lead-up to any race. The key is to stay consistent in your training, and spice up race day to raise the excitement.

Here are a few ideas to add something a little extra for virtual race day:

  • Set out your race outfit the night before, and take a pre-race gear photo (like this or this).
  • Create a race day playlist—listen to your favourite songs to pump yourself up to race. Music can also be a great way to stay upbeat during the training phase.
  • Buy yourself a special beverage and meal for post-race to celebrate your accomplishment.
  • Ask a friend to bring the virtual race medal with them to give to you at the finish line so you can wear it proudly.
  • Wear your New Balance Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual souvenir shirt in the days and weeks after the race. You earned it.

That’s it, now you know how to stay motivated for your virtual race. All that’s left is the racing itself.

Starting Oct. 1, be a part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race. From 5K to marathon, race any time between Oct. 1-31. Register now at STWM.ca.

Athletics Canada Marathon Relay Challenge to Provide Athletes a Virtual Competition

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By Paul Gains

International and domestic road racing schedules have been decimated by the global pandemic leaving athletes scrambling to find competition. In response, Athletics Canada has now partnered with the Canada Running Series to produce the Athletics Canada 42.2k Relay Challenge.

This extraordinary ‘virtual’ initiative will provide a competitive target for athletes in a fun-filled atmosphere over the weekend of October 17-18th which, under normal circumstances, would be the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon race weekend. The race was also slated to be the 2020 Athletics Canada National Marathon Championship.

Teams consisting of four elite athletes – in male, female and mixed (2+2) categories – will compete for fun prizes and for the opportunity to put to use the training they have completed despite the uncertainty in the racing calendar. Prizing includes Athletics Canada national team merchandise gift certificates, Flying Monkeys beer, branded souvenir beer mugs, nuun hydration gift packs and more. Everyone who participates will also earn unique finishers’ medals – four different aspects of the iconic Toronto Old City Hall Clock Tower that stands at the Waterfront Marathon finish line, which then fit together.

Each athlete will have the opportunity to run their chosen distance, a minimum of 5k, with the four legs totaling 42.2k. They can choose a convenient time during the weekend to run and will then confirm their time and distance by uploading and submitting a screen shot from their GPS log (Strava, Garmin, MapMyRun etc) to Race Roster. Moreover, racers need not be in the same city as one another.

Though this format doesn’t replace an actual marathon competition it may be just what is needed during these challenging times.

For Athletics Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, Mat Gentes, the opportunity to continue a working relationship with Canada Running Series while providing runners with an outlet was compelling.

“There are still athletes putting the time in not knowing when they get to race or compete,” says Gentes. “As opposed to outright canceling and having nothing, which we could have easily done, we thought we would put something together that is fun and that is something that can put their training to use.

“There will be a bit of a strategy involved. You can break up that 42k however you want between you and your teammates. We have visions of some ‘dream teams’ being put together. I hope it is fun and provides social media fodder,” says Gentes.

Canada Running Series President, Alan Brookes, welcomes the Athletics Canada 42.2k Challenge as another opportunity for his 15 strong team of professional event managers to adapt to the changed landscape caused by the pandemic.

“Our mission for 30 years has been building community through running which includes fitness, lifestyle, social runners as one group, charity runners, and also high performance and competitive runners,” Brookes declares with pride. “We need to keep our community whole. I think this collaboration with Athletics Canada is going to provide motivation and incentive and a fun thing too that will keep us going.”

Brookes notes that over the years the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has provided Olympians such as Lanni Marchant, Krista DuChene, Natasha Wodak, Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis, Dylan Wykes and Cam Levins a platform on which to compete against the world’s best on home soil. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of runners have raised more than $42 million for local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Gentes views the relay challenge as a successful initiative at a critical point in these challenging times.

“We are not going to replace any of the events that have been cancelled, not even close,” Gentes says. “As Alan knows very well there’s the excitement, the financial revenues, you are not going to achieve that with a virtual race. When I talked with Alan and his crew we wanted just to come up with something that is fun for the athletes to participate in.”

While the Athletics Canada Invitational Relay Challenge will attract some of Canada’s elite distance runners the event is by no mean restricted to elites. Anyone may assemble a team and join the Open four-person marathon relay by registering at STWM.ca, for a cost of CAD$135.

Each participant receives a souvenir t-shirt, a unique medal, discounts from Running Room and more.

Now the quest to form competitive racing relay teams begins in earnest.

http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/virtual-race/

About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

One of only 5 World Athletics Gold Label marathons in all of The Americas, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier, big-city running event, the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships, and the Grand Finale of the 8-race Canada Running Series. In 2019, it attracted 25,000 participants from 70 countries, raised $3.5 million for nearly 200 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and contributed an estimated $35 million to the local economy. The livestream broadcast was watched by more than 132,000 viewers from 79 countries. www.STWM.ca

Media Contact:

Alan Brookes
Race Director
Canada Running Series
alan@canadarunningseries.com

Athletics Canada – Media Contact:

Riley Denver
Communications Coordinator
Athletics Canada
905-517-4179
riley.denver@athletics.ca

 

How to Fuel During Your Virtual Race

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You trained, you registered for your virtual race, and you set goals. The final item on the list: practice and execute your virtual race day fueling strategy.

Follow these tips – for the before, during, and after – for your next race. This will help you get the most out of your fitness, and speed up post-race recovery.

Keep It Simple

It’s been said before, and it’s worth saying again: don’t try anything new on race day.

Stick to what works. Eat the same foods and take in the same liquids as any other run. No need to get fancy and try a new nutrition strategy on race day. This will help with GI issues and keep your nerves at bay.

Plan your nutrition a few weeks before race day to give your body a test-run. For example, if you’re 4-6 weeks out from your goal race, practice your nutrition on your long runs. This helps your body acclimate, and allows you to practice how and when to fuel.

Adjust For The Conditions

Not all race days are created equal.

Humidity, temperature, and the sun all play a role. Additionally, factors like weight and sweat rate affect your fuelling strategy.

Nuun’s Experiential Marketing Director Mike Sommers recommends taking 4-8 ounces (120-240 mL) of fluid with electrolytes for every 20-30 minutes of running. In most cases, you’ll only need fuel for efforts longer than 45 minutes. Shorter races don’t require much mid-race fueling. In these cases, pre-race hydration, a pre-race meal you’re used to, and the post-race recovery is key.

For any race distance, being hydrated can help prevent fatigue and bonking, and reduce cramps. This is why taking in fluids and fuelling before the race is crucial.

Don’t Just Focus On The During

Focus on the before and after.

Nutrition and hydration is more than a reactive process. Hydration and fueling are essential in the days and hours leading up to your race.

The recovery portion of virtual race day is equally important. Be sure to celebrate, but consume liquids other than alcoholic beverages. Your body craves electrolytes and hearty meals including protein-rich foods.

Plan Your Route

The logistics and execution of fuelling is as important as the strategy. Below you’ll find a few options on how to actually fuel during your virtual race.

Option 1: Carry your fuel

This is the most flexible option as you have access to hydration and nutrition at all times. Carry a handheld water bottle pre-mixed with Nuun Sport or Nuun Endurance, which is designed for efforts longer than 90 minutes. Or, consume gels as required for every 30-40 minutes of activity.

The good: Easy access; consume as needed.

The bad: You need to carry your fuel.

Option 2: Set up an aid station and run a looped course

Choose a looped course and set up your own aid station. This can be as simple as planning a route around your house and looping back every 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, go full DIY and make your own aid station. Set up a small table with your bottles, or place them on top of your car.

The good: No need to carry your fuel; looped course.

The bad: Out-of-sight means your nutrition may go missing; can only access periodically.

Option 3: With a little help from your friends or family

Ask your significant other, training partner, or friend to support you on route by asking them to provide nutrition. They may set up shop on route at a pre-determined spot. Or, they can bike alongside you with the proper nutrition. This allows for easy access whenever you need fuel.

The good: Peer support; easy access; no need to carry fuel.

The bad: Requires another person’s commitment; route needs to be better planned to avoid traffic.

Join us for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race, and run any time between Oct. 1-31. Entry includes: a New Balance souvenir shirt, unique finishers medal, virtual bib and finishers certificate, discounts from the Running Room and Nuun, and much more.

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How to Set Virtual Race Goals

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Your choice of weather, preferred route, and an opportunity to try something new. These are the realities of virtual racing.

Although your favourite race of the year may be cancelled due to COVID-19, a virtual race may be just what you need to prepare for a (hopefully) in-person 2021 season.

When it comes to goal-setting, here’s how you can manage expectations, and get the most out of your body on virtual race day.

The A-B-Cs of Virtual Race Goals

One of the best ways to avoid race day disappointment is to set varying goals. Instead of having a singular focus, make A, B, and C goals.

Colin Murray-Lawson, coach of Toronto’s High Park Rogue Runners, says your A-B-C goals may look like:

  • ‘A’ goal: Everything goes right on race day. This could be a personal best.
  • ‘B’ goal: This goal should continue to motivate you even when you begin to struggle a bit. This might be a season’s best.
  • ‘C’ goal: A fall-back goal, like finishing the race, and knowing you gained valuable experience pushing your limit.

Plan For What Works For You

Are you an early-riser? Or are you an evening runner? The real beauty of virtual racing is that you can pick a day, and time, that best suits you.

Remember the adage, ‘don’t try anything new on race day?’ This remains true, even for virtual racing.

To help hit your race goal(s), map out your preferred route, and choose a time when you feel most confident racing. Murray-Lawson recommends using a familiar route as you can draw from your past training on route as inspiration, and you know exactly what to expect.

Earlier this year, for the Under Armour Spring Run-Off Virtual Race, the High Park Rogue Runners chose a hilly route to mimic the undulating course of High Park. Why? Choosing a route that makes the virtual race feel like the real thing can be a source of motivation.

Bonus tip: choose a low-traffic route to avoid stopping, and to reduce the need of crossing roads.

If you’re in Toronto, try the Martin Goodman Trail, which runs adjacent to sections of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon route. Running the route a few times before virtual race day gives you a chance to scope out the course beforehand in case there are any detours, closures, or construction.

Adjust Your Pace, Accordingly

Virtual races can be great exercises in learning your optimal racing plan.

For example, on race day, try different pacing strategies to see what might work best for you. Perhaps you’re better off going out a bit faster. Or, you may get more out of yourself by playing it safe for the first half of a race. The only way to determine your optimal race strategy is to try new approaches.

Similarly, virtual races are a great time to try something new. Have you mastered the 5K? Why not attempt the 10K. Are you a marathoner craving some speed? Try the half-marathon.

In these cases, revisit the A-B-C goals section to manage expectations, especially if you’re trying a new race distance for the first time.

Not Sure Where To Start? Use Training As An Indicator

If you haven’t raced in a while, look at your recent training to get a sense of fitness. It’s safe to say that you’re likely only going to get out what you put in.

Your past training – look at the past few months, and not just weeks – can keep your goals in perspective. Having your training in mind will allow you to go hard, but not too hard, to get the most out of yourself.

Capitalize on your training before year-end by joining us for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race Weekend, featuring a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon. Choose any day between Oct. 1-31 for your optimal race time, and submit your results online to see how you stack up. Registration is now open.

2020 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Transitions to a Virtual Race

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TORONTO – Monday, July 13, 2020 – The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, set to take place on Sunday October 18th has been cancelled. Working closely with the City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory, event organizers Canada Running Series have made the decision to cancel the international event that generates $35 million in economic impact annually, due to COVID-19 related health and safety concerns.

“Sadly, we have reached a point where it is clear we will not be able to bring a mass event of 25,000 people from more than 75 countries, safely to downtown Toronto this October, and have officially canceled the 2020 in-person event,” said Race Director Alan Brookes. “We have shared so many unforgettable moments over 30 years at this race and are enormously disappointed. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the community and are pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to a virtual event this year, to continue to offer the best possible running and fundraising goals in these challenging times.”

“Although, this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will not be taking place in person, I want to thank Canada Running Series for putting the health and safety of spectators, runners and volunteers first by organizing a virtual event,” said Mayor Tory. “The virtual race this year presents a great opportunity to train and stay active throughout the summer and into the fall. I encourage residents to participate this year or to cheer on all the participants who are raising money for over 150 charity organizations in our community through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. I know I speak for Torontonians across this city when I say I look forward to 2021 when we can come together again and celebrate our vibrant city.”

“Every year, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon brings people together from around the world to raise millions of dollars for charity,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. “While there are a few changes to the run this year that put everyone’s health and safety first, it’s more important than ever to find ways to support those who might be in need during these unprecedented times. I encourage everyone to participate in this community-building event if they can, and support a great cause.”

All currently registered runners have been contacted with information regarding their 2020 registrations. New runners who want to sign-up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race can do so starting today at STWM.ca. The virtual event includes two new distance options: a four-person marathon relay and a 10K as well as the traditional marathon, half marathon and 5K.

The virtual event will be supported by a training program from Running Room and New Balance, who will also be designing official race merchandise. Participants will be invited to stay connected online in a variety of ways including bi-weekly Facebook Live get-togethers, a new running podcast and Spotify playlists to motivate them on training runs.

Unchanged, participants can sign up to fundraise for one of the race’s official charity partners in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2019, participants raised over $3.5 million for 190 community charities. Every Dollar Helps. We encourage those in the position to do so, to support our charitable partners, who need our help now more than ever.

“Since 1990, like running itself, we’ve had good days and bad days” reflected Brookes. “We’ve learned to bear down and overcome injuries, illness, a multitude of setbacks and adversity. And now we have COVID-19″ said Brookes. “But our community is made of sterner stuff: dedicated, determined, courageous and strong. Together, we will prevail and return to the races that are beacons of solidarity and joy in our country and our lives.”

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race will take place between October 1st and 31st 2020. Online registration is open now at http://STWM.ca

About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

One of only 5 World Athletics Gold Label marathons in all of The Americas, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier, big-city running event, the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships, and the Grand Finale of the 8-race Canada Running Series. In 2019, it attracted 25,000 participants from 70 countries, raised $3.5 million for nearly 200 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and contributed an estimated $35 million to the local economy. The livestream broadcast was watched by more than 132,000 viewers from 79 countries. http://STWM.ca

Media Contact

Jenna Pettinato, Manager of Communications
jenna@canadarunningseries.com

Philemon Rono

Records Galore at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon celebrated its 30th edition with perfect weather conditions and the athletes responded.

Four men ran under Philemon Rono’s Canadian All Comers’ record led by the diminutive Kenyan himself at 2:05:00Philemon Rono

Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, the 2016 Boston Marathon champion, finished second though he had to be overhauled in the closing stages. His time was 2:05:09. He was followed by Felix Chemonges who broke the Ugandan national record held by Olympic champion Stephen Kiproticih with his 2:05:12. Defending Toronto Waterfront champion followed him in, just a second behind.

While the men’s race was incredible for its quality the women’s race saw no less than nine elite women run behind pacemakers through 30km before Magdalyne Masai-Robertson decided she would test the competition. Surging ahead at around 38 kilometers she set a new course record of 2:22:16 knocking four minutes off her best and also earning the women’s all-comers record by a mere second.

Ethiopia’s Biruktayit Eshetu was second in 2:22:40 with late addition Betsy Saina finishing third in 2:22:43. She had suffered food poisoning before last week’s Chicago Marathon and dropped out at half way. Her agent asked for a place in Toronto on Tuesday. All three women set personal bests. All three were delighted with their results.

“I didn’t realize there was nobody behind me until 40km,” Masai-Robertson said. “Yes, exactly I was running scared. You don’t want to give it all out and then have someone passing you with a couple of hundred meters to go. After 40km I checked behind. I thought ‘I can hold this.’

“I am really happy, just like I said before I had the perfect preparation for a marathon. The conditions were just perfect for a marathon race.”

Trevor HofbauerThe race served as both the Canadian Marathon Trials for the Tokyo 2020 games and Athletics Canada national championships with an unprecedented number of domestic entries chasing the automatic qualifying standards of 2:11:30 for men and 2:29:30 for women.

Brave running by Trevor Hofbauer and Dayna Pidhoresky earned them enormous personal best times – by seven minutes – and Tokyo 2020 standards.

Hofbauer finished 7th overall with 2:09:51 the second fastest time by a Canadian of all time. The normally laid back Calgarian summed up his performance succinctly.

“I never looked at the splits or anything,” he admitted. “I didn’t know what time I was going to run until I came around the corner (to see the finish). Pretty cool experience. Give me a few days and it will sink in.” Trevor wasn’t even wearing a watch that day.

Later he revealed that he had been inspired by Cam Levins’ performance in Toronto last year when he beat Jerome Drayton’s 43 year old Canadian record with his 2:09:25. Training alone for the most part he pledges to continue training in Calgary where he is content.

Pidhoresky went out at an ambitious pace and while her husband/coach Josh Seifarth watched Dayna Pidhoreskynervously at the finish she booked her place on the Tokyo team by winning the Canadian title and beating the standard with her 2:09:03 personal best. That earned her 10th place in the women’s race.

There were other encouraging performances that might go otherwise unnoticed. Emily Setlack set a personal best as second Canadian with a time or 2:29:48. Tristan Woodfine improved his personal best to 2:13:16 while Cam Levins endured a hard day at the office finishing in 2:15:01.

The national master’s record went to two time Olympian Reid Coolsaet as the 40 year old finished in 2:15:23. Ever the optimist he revealed he was close to getting 2:14 but ran his last three kilometers a minute slower than he had been averaging.

All in all, it was a great day for a marathon with two all-comers records smashed and two Canadians have earned their place on the Tokyo 2020 team.

Congratulations to all runners.

Philemon Rono

Canadian all-comers records fall at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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The marathon gods shone down on the streets of Toronto today during the 30th edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Breezing through crisp eight-degree weather, winners Philemon Rono and Magdelyne Masai Robertson, both from Kenya, smashed the men’s and women’s Canadian all-comers records, respectively.

Philemon Rono shatters Canadian all-comers record

Rono, now a three-time champion, closed a seemingly insurmountable gap between himself and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia around the 35 kilometre mark to win in 2:05:00, smashing his own Canadian all-comers record of 2:06:52. He was followed by Berhanu in 2:05:09, and Felix Chemonges of Uganda in 2:05:12.

Philemon Rono

Magdelyne Masai Robertson breaks Canadian all-comers record

The women’s race was just as exhilarating with Magdelyne Masai-Robertson pulling away late in the race to win decidedly in 2:22:16. She broke the Canadian all-comers record by one second, earning herself a $50,000 bonus. This was a four minute personal best for Masai-Robertson, who almost didn’t make the race due to visa issues. She was followed by Biruktayit Eshetu of Ethiopia in 2:22:40, and Betsy Saina of Kenya in 2:22:43.

Magdelyne Masai Robertson
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For more information on the race visit STWM.ca or our social accounts @TOwaterfront42k.

Dayna Pidhoresky

Trevor Haufbauer and Dayna Pidhoresky book their tickets to Tokyo

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With huge power-moves from both athletes, Trevor Hofbauer and Dayna Pidhoresky have won the Canadian Marathon Championships. 

Hofbauer wins Canadian Marathon Trials

Hofbauer of Calgary, Alberta, won in a time of 2:09:51, cutting seven minutes from his personal best of 2:16:48, run in Hamburg, Germany. Showing immense perseverance, Hofbauer pushed hard around 30 kilometres into the race, dropping Canadian champion and last year’s winner, Cam Levins.

“My training going into this was absolutely perfectly,” Hofbauer said to finish line interviewer Kate Van Buskirk. Not wearing a watch, Hofbauer ran the race by feel. His time and first place finish will qualify him to race in Tokyo next year. He was followed by Tristan Woodfine in 2:13:16, and Cam Levins in 2:15:01. 

“I wanted to do this for everybody back home,” Hofbauer said.

Trevor Hofbauer

Pidhoresky wins Canadian Marathon Trials

In another remarkable effort, Pidhoresky also cut seven minutes from her personal best, winning the trials in 2:29:03. She pushed early, leading the Canadian women by 15 kilometres into the race, dropping last year’s champion Kinsey Middleton.

Pidhoresky’s time and place will qualify her to run in Tokyo next year. She was followed closely by Emily Setlack who also ran a major personal best of 2:29:48, just missing the qualifying standard for Tokyo, and Kinsey Middleton in third with a 2:34:36 finish.

“I feel like I’ve had that in me for years,” Pidhoresky said.

We’re excited to follow both athletes on the next part of their #RoadtoTokyo journeys.

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You can watch the entire broadcast of today’s event on Facebook here.

For more information on the race visit STWM.ca or our social accounts @TOwaterfront42k.