Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Toronto, ON – April 30th, 2013 – On your mark, get set…Go! Don’t miss the annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. On Sunday May 5th, over 12,000 participants from 50+ countries will hit the streets of Toronto as they conquer the concrete in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and a host of other charities. Join us along the route and support our participants running for a great cause.

The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon is the oldest marathon in Toronto, generating over $15 million to the local economy each year.  Over 12,000 participants from 50+ countries are expected to participate in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Relay.  

Since 1995, the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon has generated over $12 million for its various charitable partners including the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Hemophilia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes and many more.

Course Information:

The marathon begins at Mel Lastman Square and is a fast, downhill course, where you will enjoy some of the most unique and scenic landscapes Toronto has to offer. This is one of the fastest courses you will find anywhere, and is a great qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Relay all begin on Beecroft Rd, behind Mel Lastman Square and finish at Ontario Place.

Marathon begins at 7:30AM

Relay begins at 7:50AM

Half-Marathon begins at 8:30AM

The 5k begins and ends at Ontario Place.

5K begins at 12:00PM

Course Maps 

Course maps can be found by clicking on the following events:   

Marathon– Half-Marathon– 5K

Psyching Team:

We provide a unique service with our “Psyching Team.” They are there before, during and after the race to support the runners and talk them through any anxieties. More information about our Psyching Team can be found online: Here.


The excitement of the Annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon begins at our Expo.  Runners pick up their race kits and shop for the latest in running apparel and more, while gathering information on the most exciting marathon destinations.  This two day expo is open to the public for free, and it promises to have something for everyone.  For more information on the expo click Here.

Where:  Direct Energy Centre – Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Hall “D” Toronto

When:  Friday May 3rd, 10AM-7PM and Saturday May 4th, 9AM – 5PM

Road Closures:

We will be working closely with city officials to minimize disruptions and reopen roads as quickly as possible.  For a detailed list of road closures see below:

Hwy. 401 – Ramps at Yonge St. S/B will be open by 10:00 am.

Bloor St. – Open for uninterrupted East/West traffic.

Police will be at major intersections to ensure public safety. Expect some delays.

Detailed road closure information is available at www.TorontoMarathon.com

or call 416-920-3466.  

Road Closures – Sunday May 5th 

Race Starts at 7:30 AM

RoadClose TimeOpen Time
Beecroft Rd. Elmhurst to Horsham. N/B lane open for condo access5:30 AM9:00 AM
Beecroft Rd./Ellerslie from North York Blvd. to Yonge St.7:00 AM9:00 AM
North York Blvd. Beecroft Rd. to Yonge St.5:30 AM9:00 AM
Park Home Ave. Beecroft Rd. to Yonge St.7:00 AM9:00 AM
Yonge St. Churchill to Hwy 401 – S/B only7:00 AM9:00 AM
Hwy 401/Yonge St. – S/B ramps7:00 AM9:00 AM
Yonge St. Hwy 401 to York Mills Rd. S/B only7:00 AM9:00 AM
Yonge St. York Mills Rd. to Eglinton Ave. S/B only7:00 AM10:00 AM
Yonge St. Eglinton Ave. to Chaplin Crescent. S/B only7:30 AM10:30 AM
Yonge St. Eglinton Ave. to Chaplin Crescent. S/B only7:30 AM10:30 AM
Yonge St. Chaplin Crescent to Aylmer Rd. (1/2 Marathon Only)8:30 AM10:30 AM
Chaplin Cres. Yonge St, to Oriole Pkwy. W/B only7:30 AM10:00 AM
Oriole Pkwy. Chaplin to Lonsdale Rd. S/B only7:30 AM10:00 AM
Lonsdale Rd. Avenue Rd. to Spadina Rd. W/B only8:00 AM10:00 AM
Spadina Rd. Lonsdale Rd. to St. Clair Ave W. S/B only8:00 AM10:00 AM
Spadina Rd. St. Clair Ave. W to Walmer Rd.8:00 AM10:00 AM
Walmer Rd. Dupont to MacPherson.8:00 AM10:00 AM
MacPherson Rd. Walmer Rd. to Davenport Rd.8:00 AM10:00 AM
Davenport Rd. Dupont to Belmont St.8:00 AM10:00 AM
Belmont St. Davenport Rd. to Yonge St.8:00 AM10:00 AM
Aylmer Rd. to Rosedale Valley Rd.8:00 AM10:00 AM
Rosedale Valley Rd. Aylmer to Bayview Ave.8:00 AM11:00 AM
Bayview Ave. Rosedale Valley Rd. to King St.8:00 AM11:00 AM
King St. River to Sumach St. S/S only8:00 AM11:00 AM
Sumach St. King St. to Eastern Ave.8:00 AM11:30 AM
Eastern Ave. to Wellington St. to Front St.8:00 AM11:30 AM
Front St. to John St.8:00 AM11:30 AM
Front St./John St. to Bathurst St.8:00 AM12:00 PM
Bathurst St. Front St. to Fort York Blvd.to Lakeshore Blvd.8:00 AM12:30 PM

Statement regarding the Boston Marathon:

The team at Running First Ltd., and everyone involved in the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon express their deepest sympathies for everyone involved in Boston Marathon on April 15th. In the wake of the tragic events, we will be working diligently with city officials, Police, and EMS to ensure the safety and security of all our participants and supporters. Full statement can be found Here.

We ask everyone participating at this year’s event to be extra vigilant at all times. Be alert to your surroundings and if you notice anything suspicious please notify a race official or police immediately.

About Running First

Running First Ltd. organizes the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, Toronto 5K, the Holly Jolly Fun Run, and Collingwood Half Marathon as well as consults to a variety of events spanning the globe. Running First continues to organize Toronto’s premier race events with the philosophy that the runner comes first. We are driven by the thousands of inspiring stories that our participants have provided to us over the years.


Jay Glassman,
Race Director
Running First Ltd.



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