Monday, March 16, 2020

To our dedicated participants,

Under recommendation of the Province of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath and in an effort to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we deeply regret that the 2020 Toronto Marathon which was scheduled for Sunday May 3rd will be cancelled.

All of the actions we are undertaking are being guided and informed by the advice of The World Health Organization (WHO) and Canadian public health authorities.

This decision is disappointing, we’re sure. It is essential, though, to protect the health and wellbeing of our participants, volunteers and spectators who have supported our race for more than 40 years. This unprecedented cancellation has challenged our leadership team with implementing special considerations and processes which we will continue to complete to improve safety that will influence athletes in future years.

We understand the commitment that each of you have made to come and participate in the Toronto Marathon. We further thank your extended families for their support to you as you work at becoming a better athlete. We are sensitive to the fact that preparation for racing extends beyond race day itself. As such, the Toronto Marathon wants to give each of you the opportunity to race with us in the future and we are working on options for you.

We appreciate your understanding in this very challenging time as we all navigate this rapidly evolving situation. At present we are able to commit to an opportunity to join us for a virtual run this spring, or the option of deferral. More details will be forthcoming.

All future updates will be communicated via email, social media channels, and posted on our website.


Jay Glassman


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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