Marathon and Half Marathon Directions

Marathon and Half Marathon Start Line Location: University Ave between Dundas St & Queen St

Marathon and Half Marathon Start Time: 8:45 a.m.

At 8:00am Bay St will close to east/west pedestrian traffic from Lake Shore Blvd to Dundas St. The 5k race will be running up Bay St to the finish line. Marathon and Half-marathon participants and spectators can cross Bay St at Dundas. We strongly recommend that you take public transit to the race.

Public Transit

Please note, subway service starts at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Visit the TTC Trip Planner at to find your transit route to the event.

For the most up-to-date public transit information, please visit

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UP Express connects Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto in just 25 stress-free minutes—less than half the time it often takes by car.  Trains leave every 15 minutes with the first train departing Pearson Station at 05:27 and the last train departing at 00:57. There’s no easier or more convenient way to get to or from Toronto Pearson.

Marathon and Half Marathon Parking

For easier access before and after the race, we encourage you to park north of Dundas St.

For parking information throughout the City of Toronto, visit

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Toronto Waterfront Marathon Parking Panda Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Driving Directions

Driving From the West

Gardiner Expressway east
Take Spadina Ave exit and travel north
East on Dundas St — access east of Simcoe will close at 8:15 a.m.
East on Queen St — access east of Simcoe will close at 6:00 a.m.
East on Adelaide St — access east of Simcoe will close at 6:00 a.m.

Driving From the East

Don Valley Parkway south
Take Richmond St exit and travel west
Park east of Yonge St.

5k Directions

5k Start Line Location: Lakeshore Blvd., west of Ontario Dr.

5k Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Please give yourself lots of travel time on race morning.

We strongly recommend everyone use Shuttle Buses or Go Transit to get to the start of the 5k race and then they can leave directly from Nathan Phillips Square after they have completed their 5k race.

GO Train — Lakeshore West Train

Please note that due to track upgrades at Mimico Station, the GO Train will be bypassing both Mimico and Exhibition Stations on Sunday October 21st. Passengers wishing to travel to Exhibition will have to switch trains at Union Station to board a special “Exhibition Only” shuttle train operating between those two stations. If you choose this option, please expect to add an additional 45 minutes or longer to your commute.

Shuttle Buses — Before the Start of the 5k Race

Depart from University Ave. & Queen St. between 6:00 am-7: 00 am.

Please ensure that you have checked any bags before heading to the 5k shuttle, as there is no baggage check at the 5k start.  Find out all the details about Baggage Check here.

There are no shuttles after the race.

5k Parking

Parking is available at Exhibition Place. Please note that you will be responsible for finding your own way back to your vehicle — there will not be a shuttle service available after the race.

Our suggestion for getting back to Exhibition Place after the race would be to take a GO train from Union Station to Exhibition. Calculate your fare using the GoTrain Fare Calculator.

Driving Directions

Lake Shore Blvd will be closed from Windermere Ave to Parliament St from 5:00am–12:30pm on race day. Please use the following driving directions to access Exhibition Place.

If you would like to get back to Exhibition Place after the race, there are Go Trains leaving Union Station to Exhibition that only take 7 minutes.

Access Eastbound on Gardiner Expressway

  • Exit at Lake Shore Blvd
  • North on Windermere Ave
  • East on Queensway and continue onto King St
  • South on Strachan Ave
  • West onto Manitoba and continue on Canada Blvd

Access Westbound on Gardiner Expressway

  • Exit at Dunn Ave and continue north
  • East on King St
  • South on Strachan Ave
  • West onto Manitoba and continue on Canada Blvd

Access from downtown core — west of Bay

  • South on Bathurst St — please note Bathurst will be closed from 8am–10:45am between Bloor St & Lake Shore Blvd
  • West on Fort York Blvd
  • West on Fleet St
  • Cross Strachan intersection and continue onto Manitoba Dr

Access from east of Bay 6am–10am

  • Travel south on Jarvis — Front St will be closed at 8:00am–3:00pm so there may be delays while police allow traffic through
  • Take the westbound Gardiner Expressway
  • Exit at Dunn Ave and continue north
  • East on King St
  • South on Strachan Ave
  • West onto Manitoba and continue on Canada Blvd

Bike Parking

If you wish to travel to the race by bicycle, there are a number of FREE bicycle parking locations around Nathan Phillips Square. The locations and number of spots are as follows:

  • On the West side of City Hall beside the Playground (20 spots)
  • On the corner of Elizabeth St. and Hagerman St. behind City Hall (58 spots)
  • On Temperance St. just east of Bay St (50 spots)
  • On the Southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square along Osgoode Lane (28 spots)

Please note that these are public bicycle parking spots and are on a first come, first served basis. Any bikes that are parked in these locations will not be monitored by Canada Running Series staff or volunteers. Canada Running Series will not be responsible for any damage to bicycles while parked in these locations during the event.