Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Loop, Road
Difficulty: 5 / 10
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Address: Toronto Marathon, 450 Walmer Rd. #412, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5P 2X8
Filed Under: Running
The 11th annual Toronto Marathon will run through the streets of Toronto on Sunday, October 16, 2005 with 33 + countries represented, 50,000 + spectators, 12,000 participants and 1,200 volunteers. The Toronto Marathon began in 1995 as a grass roots event with approximately 1,400 participants. Race Director, Jay Glassman, has been organizing it since the beginning. Canada?s largest marathon generates more than $15 million in revenue for the city. Runners can participate in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k Run, or the Honda Relay (a relay with teams of up to eight runners.)
The Toronto Marathon is an ideal race for those wanting the experience of running through the downtown metro area in Canada?s largest city. This year?s October 16th Toronto Marathon will offer a prize purse in excess of $100,000. Top male and female elite athletes from around the globe will compete for the largest purse in Canada.
There is also a half marathon and 5K race.
Marathon ? Start 9:00 a.m.
The race starts on Yonge Street, the longest street in the world. It follows an 18 km loop at the top before heading south on Yonge through commercial and residential areas. The route takes in Upper Canada College (private boys school), Forest Hill (residential neighbourhood), Casa Loma (largest Home in Canada), before heading through the wooded Rosedale Valley ravine and into the downtown area. Participants will pass the distillery district and Air Canada Centre before turning north on University Avenue towards the finish line at Queens Park (home of the Ontario Legislature).