Canadian Marathon Championships

Date: October 18, 2020

Time: 8:45am

Location: Toronto – University Ave. & Queen St.


This event is open to everyone. Only those registrants who are Canadian citizens and members of Athletics Canada will be eligible for Championship medals and prize money.

Athletics Canada Members

To become an Athletics Canada member and have the right to be awarded the title of Canadian Champion and receive prize money, please contact your provincial branch. See a list of branches at: or directly with Athletics Canada at (613) 260-5580.

Athlete Citizenship Eligibility

The following athletes are eligible to compete in Canadian Marathon Championships:

  • Canadian Citizens who are Athletics Canada members;
  • Only Canadian Citizens are eligible to be declared Canadian Champions and receive a medal, award, or financial recognition.
  • Non-Canadian citizens are not eligible to be declared Canadian Champions and receive a medal, award, or financial recognition.

Elite Applications

Elite athlete applications will open in March 2020.

Elite standards

2020 elite standards will be posted by March 15 2020

Athletics Canada’s Marathon Trials

The 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will serve as Athletics Canada’s Marathon Trials for the 2020 Olympic Games.

This year the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) introduced a new qualification system for Tokyo 2020. The system allows athletes to qualify for the Games by achieving an IAAF standard – 2:11:30 for men and 2:29:30 for  women in the marathon – or based on their position in the new World Rankings points system.

Athletics Canada will nominate six athletes, three men and three women, who have met Olympic standard or are in contention on the IAAF World Rankings list on June 3, 2020. The 2019 Canadian Marathon Champions will have priority and will automatically be nominated if they are on the IAAF lists and are eligible for nomination as outlined in Athletics Canada’s Olympic Selection Criteria.

Visit Athletics Canada for more information, important dates, and Olympic Selection Criteria.

Awards & Prizing – TBC for 2020

2020 Prizing will be updated by March 15 2020.

Presentation of awards will be at 12pm on the stage in Nathan Phillips Square to top 3 overall males and females, and top Canadians, in the marathon.

Top Canadians (Male/Female) – Based on Gun Time

  • 1st Place – C$8,000
  • 2nd Place – $3,750
  • 3rd Place – $1,750
  • 4th Place – $1,000
  • 5th Place – $500

* minus 50% for slower than 2:15:00 & 2:35:00 (Men & Women); minus 75% for slower than 2:18:00 & 2:40:00 (Men & Women)

Canadian National Record Bonus

Men: C$30,000 for new record [Cameron Levins, 2:09:25, STWM 2018].

Women: C$30,000 for new record. [Rachel Cliff, 2:26:56, Nagoya Women’s Marathon 2019].

Time bonuses for “Road To Tokyo” support (non-cumulative)

  • Tokyo 2020 Standard.  2:11:30/ 2:29:30 or faster = $5,000
  • Sub 2:13:00/sub 2:31:00 = $3,000
  • Sub 2:14:00/sub 2:32:00 = $2,000
  • Sub 2:15:00/sub 2:33:00 = $1,000

Technical Meeting

A mandatory technical meeting will be hosted on Saturday, October 18th at the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel (45 The Esplanade, Toronto). Elite athlete race packages will be available here for pick-up.

Athletes must present their race day kit for compliance to IAAF Uniform Standards.

Time: TBC

Doping Control

Doping Control will be carried out at these Championships in accordance with Athletics Canada / CCES Policies. Click here for Athletics Canada’s Anti-Doping Policy.

Hotel Information

Course Map

Course Amenities & Medical Facilities

Championship Inquiries

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