TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Announces Exciting Addition to Event Weekend: 5K Race Now on Saturday 

By April 15, 2024Announcement

TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2024 – The TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon is thrilled to announce that they have been granted a permit to host the 5K race on Saturday, October 19th, in conjunction with the Marathon and Half Marathon taking place on Sunday, October 20th. This news extends the excitement of race day, bringing a true Event Weekend to Toronto this fall as the race celebrates its 35th anniversary! 

Registration for the 5K opens today, April 16th, at 12 noon Eastern Time with a cap of 8,000 participants. Participants now can enter multiple events, combining the Saturday 5K with the Sunday Marathon or Half Marathon. Those already registered for the Marathon or Half Marathon will receive an email with a $10 discount code to register for the 5K. 

Canada Running Series’ National Event Director Charlotte Brookes expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled with this development and believe it will take the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon to the next level. It signals the next era of running in Toronto now with a complete weekend of races as seen at other world marathons in NYC, Boston, London, and Chicago, and here in Canada in Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, and Regina. It will create a full weekend of energy and excitement; it will bring more people into the city, enhance the economic impact, and will provide an opportunity for anyone supporting a loved one doing the Marathon and Half on Sunday to also participate in the 5K on Saturday. It will also have an enormous positive impact on our TCS Charity Challenge and our Marathon Jr’s Kids programs with it being in a more accessible location and at a more accessible start time of 9 a.m. No longer will the several thousand participants raising funds for one of our 150 charities in the 5K have to get out to the Exhibition grounds at 7 a.m. before the sun is up; now they will start at 9 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday with the TTC opening at 6 am. It will be a complete game-changer!” 

Canada Running Series extends heartfelt gratitude to their partners at the City of Toronto, their staff, and agencies who have made this important milestone possible. We are excited to move forward together. 

The new Saturday 5K will run on a downtown course using the same Start and Finish lines as the Marathon and Half Marathon just beside Nathan Phillips Square. 

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About Canada Running Series 

Canada Running Series is Canada’s premier road race series, offering seven annual events nationwide. Since 2017, CRS’s flagship event, the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon, has served as the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. In 2023, CRS raised over $3.5 million for over 200 local charities through the Charity Challenge. 

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process.