Looking back over 25 years of great memories and unforgettable moments of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
1990 STWM begins as the Coors Light Toronto Half-Marathon - the grande finale of a "six-pack" of races in downtown Toronto called the Coors Light Running Series - what we now call Canada Running Series. The YMCA Community Fund is the first charity of this event.
1990 Funky design by the late Kevin Hayes of the Longboat Roadrunners.
1990 The mission for Race Director Alan Brookes is to create an international-class race that values "competers" and "completers" equally. For him it's a natural outcome of living and running in the community where he works. Some 1,500 participants take off from College Park.
1990 US Legend Joan Benoit Samuelson (winner of the 1st Olympic Marathon for women in 1984) is victorious in 72:37.
1990 She is seen here with Race Director Alan Brookes at the Awards (note Coors Light beer can trophies in background) ; Steve Taylor of Virginia takes Men's title in 62:29.
1990 Peter Fonseca, who later represents Canada in the Marathon at the 1996 Olympics and becomes Ontario Minister of Tourism then Labour , comes in 4th in 63:49.
1990 Long-time Series supporter Mike Dyon on a panel at the 1990 inaugural event.
1990 Joanie in Runners' Choice store signing autographs.
1991 The course is modified to start southbound on Yonge St. and does a loop around Carlton, Parliament, Gerrard, and heads back up Yonge.
1991 Peter Boross of Toronto Olympic Club at the Start Line.
1991 Brother Jake, the top man at presenting sponsor Q107 Rock Radio also in the lineup.
1991 Race Start on Yonge St. at Wellesley, heading south.
1991 Jim Rawling of Longboat Roadrunners (red shirt) pushes up Yonge St.
1991 US Olympian Ed Eyestone is the Men's Champion in 1:03:06. Returning champion Joan Benoit Samuelson secures another win in 1:13:29.
1991 Cincinnatti's Julie Isphording shows off her style in fashion as well as on the roads!
1992 Ed Eyestone (left) is the Men's Champion. John Halvorsen (right), the current Ottawa Marathon Race Director, places 2nd in 63:15. Nancy Tinari nabs the win in 1:12:51. (Photo from 1994 shown).
1993 American Bob Kampainen wins the Coors Light Toronto Half-Marathon in 1:04:13 beating Toronto’s Dave Reid (now a CRS Foundation board member), who finishes second in 1:05:23.
1993 Toronto’s Danuta Bartoszek wins the women’s race in 1:14:43, ahead of Lorraine Hochella of the US (1:15:01) and Toronto’s Lucmila Alexeeff (1:15:24). (1994 photo shown)
1993 The men’s and women’s champions each win $1,500. 3,000 participants.
1994 Becomes GMC Toronto Half-Marathon & 5k Jimmy Jog for Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. 4,500 participants. Photo shows race start at Yonge and Wellesley.
1994 Mexico's Alejandro Cruz wins in 63:42.
1994 Toronto's May Allison wins in 72:45. May goes on to run for Canada in the 1996 Olympic Marathon in Atlanta.
1995 Danuta Bartoszek runs 72:27 to eclipse Joanie's 1990 time, and sets a new course and Canadian Half-Marathon record. Danuta's mark still stands as the STW Half record. (1994 photo shown)
1996 The Start and Finish Line moves to Adelaide St in front of Scotia Plaza.
1996 1996 marks the last year of the GMC Truck title sponsorship.
1997 Race name changes to Scotiabank Toronto Half-Marathon & 5k for Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre. Kingston's Steve Boyd breaks the tape in a time of 65:18.
1997 Danuta Bartoszek breaks the tape to claim the women's title in 72.31.
1997 Warren Jestin, SVP and Chief Economist (and sub-4-hr marathoner) initiates Scotiabank's 18 years of sponsorship. Seen on right, he presents cheque to the new Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.
1998 The Kenyans are coming! While New York-based Kenyan Paul Mbugua won the race in 1996, ’98 marks the real arrival of the great East Africans at our event.
1998 The Men’s race is won by James Bungei (63:11) who out-kicks the returning Mbugua by two seconds, with Godfrey Kiprotich another one second back.
1998 The women’s champion is the great Hellen Kimaiyo who triumphs over countrywoman Jane Omoro.
1999 Owing to continued strong growth, the City asks the event to move from the traditional course that runs up Yonge St. and across Eglinton, to down to Lakeshore Boulevard.
1999 "Flat, fast and traffic-free" is the new slogan as Toronto runners get a course completely closed to traffic for the first time, along Lakeshore Boulevard.
1999 They scream for more and want a full marathon on the flat, scenic, traffic-free Lakeshore route.
1999 1999 is also the year that Toronto Half-Marathon brings Championchip electronic timing to Canada in partnership with Sportstats.
1999 Marvelle Koffler, her husband Murray and nine other family members run the event, which raises over $180,000 - the most ever for Mount Sinai Hospital's Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre.
2000 Scotiabank Toronto Half-Marathon & 5k and NEW WATERFRONT MARATHON is born.
2000 Just 473 finish the 1st Waterfront Marathon, which runs to the East end first.
2000 It starts and finishes by the Flatiron Building in St. Lawrence Market. Joseph Ndiritu wins in 2:19:42 and Sue Grise in 3:08:39.
2002 The Start and Finish move to Metro Hall on Wellington St.
2002 Ottawa’s Stefane Gamache and Toronto’s Nicole Stevenson win on a hot day in mid-September – the only time scheduling causes the event to be run in mid-September instead of late September or October.
2003 Canadian Ed Whitlock becomes the first person on the planet over 70 years to run under the magic 3-hour mark (2:59:10).
2003 92-year old British Sikh Fauja Singh runs 5:40:04 for a new 90+ Age-Group WR.
2003 "The Marathon's Greatest Day: New World Records in Berlin and Toronto," screams the front-page headlines of Runner's World.
2003 The magic of Waterfront's fast course is born and the rush is on.
2003 Also in 2003, after a small pilot project the year before, the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge is now fully established, and raises $198,000 for 20 local charities.
2004 "Ed & Fauja Fever" takes Toronto Waterfront Marathon from 935 entries in '03 to 1,983. The whole event, including the Half-Marathon and 5k, grows from 5,863 to 9,001.
2004 Ed astounds the world by taking his record down to 2:54:49.
2004 Fauja sets a 90+ Half-Marathon World Record of 2:30:02.
2004 New Canadians - Danny Kassap, a new refugee to Canada, wins Marathon in new course record of 2:14:50.
2004 New Canadians - Lioudmila Kortchaguina, a recent landed immigrant, is the Women's winner (2:36:32).
2004 The Neighbourhood Challenge is created to make STWM "Flat, fast and FESTIVE!". 10 Neighbourhood Cheering and Entertainment Centres bring Waterfront course alive.
2004 Our partnership with Guinness World Records begins, highlighted by Beaches resident Michal Kapral and Annika who runs a GWR for “Fastest marathon pushing a pram”.
2005 Michal Kapral returns to STWM to race while juggling three balls and set a new GWR for “Fastest marathon while juggling three objects”. He becomes internationally famous as “The Joggler”.
2007 Kenya's John Kelai breaks the 31-year-old record for the fastest marathon ever run on Canadian soil (2:09:30) — the first sub-2:10 marathon run in Canada outside a Championship.
2007 The old record of 2:09:55 had stood since East Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski won the 1976 Montreal Olympic Marathon with that time.
2007 2007 also marks the first time that this marathon is broadcast live on television. Total participants 12,311. Charity Challenge raises $925,000.
2007 Also in 2007, the Neighbourhood Cheering Centres grow bigger and more festive, showcasing Toronto's cultural diversity.
2007 Michal "The Joggler" Kapral of East York claims the Guinness World Record for running the fastest "joggling" marathon, running every step of the way while juggling three beanbags – AND chewing gum! After his 2:50:09 finish, Michal says "My legs ache, my arms are sore and my jaw hurts, but it was all worth it."
2008 STWM awarded prestigious IAAF Silver Label - a recognition of global excellence from the Sport's governing body. Awarded every year since. One of just three Gold and two Silver label marathons in all of the Americas!
2008 Mayor David Miller invites the event to move the Start and Finish to Nathan Phillips Square.
2008 This new location is captured on the first STWM Landmark Collectors’ Series finishers’ medal.
2008 Ethiopia's Mulu Seboka sets a new Women's course record of 2:29:06.
2008 Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara records his first STWM victory.
2008 Records for participation (15,118) and Charity Challenge ($1.42 million) are set this year.
2009 Our 20th Anniversary year celebrations for the event, and a terrific 10th year for the full marathon. Legends Joan Benoit Samuelson, Ed Whitlock and Fauja Singh are all on hand.
2009 Joanie and Ed run the Half where Ed set a 78-year olds Single-Age World Record (1:37:38).
2009 And at a spritely 98 years, Fauja cruises around the 5K.
2009 Waterfront Marathon sees stunning new records for both men and women.
2009 Kenneth Mungara surprises even himself as he runs 2:08:32 to not only defend his title,
2009 but take another minute off the All-comers record for the fastest marathon ever run on Canadian soil.
2009 Amane Gobena then follows him home in style, lowering our STWM Women's Course Record to 2:28:31.
2009 Finishers receive their Landmark Collectors' Series medals showcasing Toronto's historic Flatiron building in St. Lawrence Market.
2009 Scotiabank Charity Challenge takes a big surge forward to $2,36 million raised!
2010 2010 marks the first time the Marathon Flame is brought to Toronto from Greece, bringing "The Spirit of the Marathon" to Canada. A symbol of what ordinary people can achieve through great dedication, determination and courage.
2010 The Start Line moves to University Avenue to accomodate growing participation.
2010 It is arguably STWMs finest year – certainly in the Women’s marathon race.
2010 Sharon Cherop launches her fine career with a thrilling, one-second victory over Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene in 2:22:43 [42.8 seconds to be exact!] to defeat the finest women’s marathon field ever in Canada. Firehiwot Dado, who goes on to win the New York City Marathon in 2011 places 5th in 2:26:40.
2010 Sharon’s time sets a new Canadian All-comers record for women as well as a new race record.
2010 Not to be outdone, Kenneth Mungara notches his 3rd victory and takes the Men’s Canadian soil record down to 2:07:58 - -the first time under 2:08!
2010 And an era of major “Canadian content” begins with Reid Coolsaet running a big PB of 2:11:22 for 10th, and Eric Gillis 11th in 2:11:08.
2011 Field of Dreams! In 2011, our Canadian stars become truly competitive with top international competition as Reid Coolsaet races with Mungara and Shami Dawit to 37k, before slipping back to 3rd place in 2:10:55 - -so close to Jerome Drayton’s 2:10:09, 1976 National Record.
2011 Eric Gillis right behind Reid in 2:11:28, for 4th, qualifying for London 2012 Olympic Marathon by ONE second!
2011 Reid and Eric become the first Canadians to qualify for an Olympic Marathon since 2000.
2011 Indefatigable, ageless Ed Whitlock sets 80-84 years Age-Group World Record of 3:15:54.
2011 Koren Jelala Yal shaves a fraction off the Women’s Canadian All-comers and Course Record with 2:22:43 (42.5 seconds, or .03 of a second faster than Sharon Cherop’s 2010 time!) In a titanic battle with Mare Dibaba, they set a new African Record for 30k of 1:38:33.
2011 Fauja Singh returns to become the first person 100 years of age to complete a marathon… to tumultuous crowds and worldwide acclaim, in 8:25:17.
2012 In 2012, Canadian women charge into the marathon limelight as Krista DuChene runs a strong 2:32:16, good for 4th place overall.
2012 New Zealand’s Mary Davies breaks the African domination, winning the Women’s race in 2:28:47.
2012 Ed Whitlock continues to re-write the record books with a 3:30:29, and a new Single Age World Record at 81 years.
2012 "Only in Canada, eh?" Paul Statchuk claims the Guinness WR for the "fastest marathon dressed in an ice hockey kit (male)" in 4:08:43, raising money for the Brain and Tumour Foundation of Canada.
2012 A fabulous $4.35 million raised in the Charity Challenge & Neighbourhood Challenge.
2013 Another banner year as Lanni Marchant (2:28:00) (left), and Krista DuChene (2:28:32) (right), both smash the 28-year –old Canadian Women’s National Record set by Silvia Ruegger (centre) in 1985 (2:28:35). Lanni finishes 3rd overall and Krista 4th.
2013 Women’s Champion, Flomena Cheyech Daniel goes onto win Commonwealth Games Marathon at Glasgow 2014, with Lanni 4th.
2013 Deressa Chimsa sets yet another Canadian All-comers Record with a 2:07:05 performance.
2013 Ed Whitlock does it again, with a 3:41:58, Single-Age World Record for 82 year olds.
2013 Costumes take centre stage! Real-life Brantford Ontario fireman, Kevin Bibby runs the full 42k wearing a full set of gear, including his compressed air tank, to raise awareness of the importance of air to every firefighter. Behind him, JP Hernandez as Batman, raises funds for the Sick Kids Foundation.
2013 Virginia Lee and Rick Rayman complete their 14th STWM, having run the full 42k distance every year since it was added in 2000.
2013 Event passes 25,000 for the first time, with record 25,501 total participants.
2013 The Charity & Neighbourhood Challenges raise $3.86 million. This takes the total raised since the inception of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in 2003 to a remarkable $20,974,884!
2014 In 2014, Toronto will celebrate 25 years of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon event leading up to the race on October 19th. Be a part of it!