Race Day Information

Start Times

Marathon 7:30 AM Mel Lastman Square
Half-Marathon 8:30 AM Mel Lastman Square
10K Run 7:30 AM Aylmer Road and Park Road
5K Run 8:00 AM Ontario Place
5K walk 12:00 PM Ontario Place
Relay 7:50 AM Mel Lastman Square


Participants are responsible for arriving at the start line at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start.

Public Transit

Please be advised that TTC subway service begins at 8:00 AM on Sundays. TTC surface routes operate on regular Sunday hours. The 320 Yonge route operates every 3-4 minutes to the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K start lines. The 300 Bloor-Danforth route is a 5-10 minute walk to the 10K start line via Park Rd.


If driving to the Start Line, please be advised that road closures are in effect starting at 7:00 AM. Parking is available near the start lines for all events. Check map below for parking lots near Marathon and Half Marathon start line.


For parking near the 10K start line, the closest Green P lots are located at 1010 Yonge Street, 37 Yorkville Avenue, and 74 Yorkville Avenue.

Parking is available near the 5K Start Line, and Finish Line for all events, at Exhibition Place.

Buses to Start

Transportation to the Start line will be available for paid participants only. Buses depart from the following locations from 6:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.:

1. Hilton Hotel: 145 Richmond St. at University Ave. (Marathon & Half Marathon Only)

2. CNE: In front of Hotel X and Starbucks on Princes’ Blvd at Newfoundland Rd.  (Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.) You can park in the Enercare Centre or on surface lots at the Exhibition grounds.

Bus to 10K start line departs at 6:15 a.m. sharp!

You MUST show your bib and proof of purchase to board (stamped on bib) Please don’t wait until the last minute. Look for the Yellow School Buses.

Tickets will not available at the Expo and must be purchased by April 15th.  There are no shuttles for the 5K.

Transportation After the Race (Begins at 9:30 AM)

Shuttle buses will be available after the race to take participants to the Hilton and subway (Osgoode Station). Take the pedestrian bridge just west of the finish area across Lake Shore Blvd. to the parking lot in front of Hotel X and Starbucks at Exhibition Place to board the shuttle buses. There is no shuttle service back to the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K start lines..

Public transit is available near the finish line. Streetcars take passengers to Bathurst Station (Route 511) and Union Station (Route 509) from the Exhibition Loop. The 29 Dufferin bus operates between Exhibition Place and Dufferin Station.

Bag Check

Marathon and Half Marathon

Located: North York Blvd. on the South side.

Marathon: Truck departs at 7:00 AM Sharp!

Half Marathon: Truck departs at 7:45 AM Sharp!

Bags will NOT be transported to finish area after these times.


Located: Aylmer Ave. & Severn St. Bags MUST be checked by 6:50 AM.


Bag check for 5K Run and Walk will be located at the west end of the finish area.

Please bring your own bag if you wish to check items before the race. Attach the tag provided on the bottom of your bib to your bag for proper identification. Do not pack valuables. Your bag will be waiting for you at the west end of the finish area. We strongly suggest that you pay attention to the weather, and pack clothes accordingly. It’s a good idea to pack your change of clothes in a plastic bag and then insert it into your bag, just in case it’s raining. Be vigilant! Should you notice anything suspicious, notify a race official or police immediately.

Tip – Attach the tag to your bag prior to leaving your home/hotel

Bag check is available for all participants. Marathon and Half Marathon participants may check their bags at the trucks located just south of Mel Lastman Square on the south side of North York Blvd. Marathon participants MUST check their bag by 7:00 AM. Half Marathon participants MUST check their bag by 7:45 AM. If you miss these times, your bag will NOT be transported to our finish area.

Important Safety Note

For the safety of all participants, we strongly recommend against wearing iPods or similar audio devices that inhibit your ability to hear surrounding sounds. This is a danger to fellow participants and yourself if you cannot hear direction from a race official, event participant, or emergency vehicles.

Canadian Diabetes Association Clothing Donations

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) will be accepting clothing donations at the Toronto Marathon. Participants can donate their gently used clothing. A Clothesline truck will be on-site at the start line on race day to accept donations. Clothes that are shed during the race will also be donated. Items being accepted for donation include: clothing, purses, hats, footwear, accessories, curtains, blankets, pillows, towels, sheets, linens, and draperies. We ask that you please pack items in regular-sized garbage bags.

Each bag of clothing collected will support the Canadian Diabetes Association and raise vital funds for diabetes research, education, services and programs such as D-Camps. The CDA is the only national organization to operate camps for children living with type 1 diabetes in the country. D-Camps provide children with an authentic and exciting camp experience where they also take steps to becoming independent in managing their diabetes. Parents also have peace of mind knowing that their children are monitored by a dedicated team of trained medical professionals who are available around the clock.


Tracking is available – please see the SportStats team at our Expo (located in Heritage Court near shirt pick up) for information on live results on Facebook.

Start Corrals

Marathon Half-Marathon
Elite (Red) Sub 2:30 Elite (Red) Sub 1:15
Sub Elite (Yellow) Sub 3:10 Sub Elite (Yellow) Sub 1:35
Competitive (Blue) Sub 3:35 Competitive (Blue) Sub 1:47
Preferred (Green) Sub 4:00 Preferred (Green) Sub 2:00
Open (Orange) 4:00+ Open (Orange) 2:00+

Aid Stations

Aid stations supplying water, Gatorade and toilets will be on course approximately every 2.5 km and Start and Finish Lines.  If you are in distress, please inform a race official immediately.

Number Km  Water Gatorade Gels Group
1 Start Water Gatorade B’nai Brith
2 3k Water North York Rotary
3 5k Water Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
4 7k Water Gatorade B’nai Brith
5 10k Water Gatorade Mount Sinai Health Foundation
6 12.5k Bananas Bishop Strachan School
7 13k Water Bishop Strachan School
8 10k(Half) Water Clif Gels Heart & Stroke Foundation
9 15k Water Gatorade Clif Gels Front Runners
10 17k Water Gatorade Team Diabetes
11 20k Water Leaside Wildcats
12 23k Water Gatorade Running Room
13 25k Water SickKids Foundation
14 26k Water Race Crew
15 28k/41k Water Gatorade Clif Gels
16 30k/40k Water Gatorade Athletics Ontario
17 33k Water Gatorade St. Mike’s Catholic Secondary School
18 Finish Water Gatorade Race Crew

The Course

The 1st mile, every 5th mile, and each km are marked. Clocks will be located at the Start, halfway point of the Marathon, and Ontario Place. The Marathon markers are blue and the Half Marathon markers are orange. All participants on the course after 6 hours may be asked to move onto the sidewalk and obey normal traffic laws. Race marshals will pull any person running without a bib off the course. We urge paying participants to discourage anyone from participating unofficially.



As well as the entertainment at each Aid Station, additional “Entertainment Stations” featuring a variety of music or cheering will be located along the course to help keep you motivated and get you to the finish line. If you know of a band, or entertainer who may be interested in supporting a great cause, please email info@torontomarathon.com

Finish Area

Remember to smile and keep your hands away from your bib number as you cross the finish line for your official picture by MarathonFoto! Bib numbers need to be clearly visible so that you can be identified.  After you cross the finish line, proceed to the end of the chute as quickly as possible. Medals, food, massages, and medical assistance are all available. The Family Reunion area will be located just outside the chute.

Please do not carry or run with your infant child on the course or prior to crossing the finish line. This presents a hazard to your child, yourself and all participants. Participant safety is paramount and doing this will result in disqualification.

Post Race

Runners will be provided with Gatorade, water, pitas, bananas, and oranges in the Food Tent. All leftover food will be donated to Second Harvest. A team of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and physiotherapists will be available to all Marathon, Half Marathoner and 10K participants to help work out some of the aches and pains you may be feeling. A very experienced medical team, including chiropodists, will be on hand to assist any participant in need at the medical tent located at the base of the finish chute.

Join us in the Moosehead Recovery Area! All finishers of age will receive one tall can upon finishing. (must be consumed within the designated area)


Final Instructions

Click Here to download Final Race Day Instructions (PDF).