Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The flat and fast features of this event (includes the marathon, half and 5k) have consistently been the reason for so many people reaching a personal best, qualifying for Boston, having a memorable but good first marathon or an outstanding one. Even power walkers or slower runners love this course because of its 6 hour 30 minute time limit.
The events start and finish in the same spot in the heart of downtown, at City Hall, at Bay & Queen Streets, hosted by Mayor David Miller. They head out and back along the lakeshore on a flat course that Boston hopefuls and first-timers love. With Kenneth Mungara's 2:08:32, Toronto Waterfront was the 4th fastest marathon in North America in 2009, behind only Chicago, Houston and LA — 10 seconds faster than Boston and 43 seconds quicker than New York, the only other sub 2:10 marathons on the continent. It has been warded a prestigious IAAF Silver Label for 2008, 2009 and again for 2010. There are only 14 Gold and 15 Silver Label marathons in the world this year.