Every year, hundreds of marathons, half marathons, and other races take place in the Greater Toronto Area, just waiting for participants to sign up and run. They’re lots of fun, bring people together and help motivate many to get in shape. And, you’ll find most of these marathons and races partner up with charities, so you end up running for a good cause too.

For most, it’s your choice whether to walk or run, and it’s up to you how seriously you want to take it. Participants of every age, athletic background, and competitive level are welcome, as the ultimate goal of all is to have fun and come together as a community!

If you’re planning on running in one or multiple of these races, you’ll want to make sure you’re in the best shape you can be. The key to being in the best shape you can is a combination of exercise, and nutrition, with your nutrition being the major factor. However, managing your food habits while maintaining an active professional, social and athletic life can be incredibly difficult. But, that’s where ActivEats comes in.

For those in the Greater Toronto Area, ActivEats provides access to healthy, nutritious and delicious meals that are cooked fresh and delivered to your door. ActivEats offers gluten-free and vegan options, making it easy to stay on track with your nutritional needs without it taking up huge amounts of time. ActivEats makes meal prep easy, letting you stay on track and get in the best shape you can for races, marathons and your everyday life!

 

January

MEC Toronto Road Race ONE

MEC Toronto Road Race is a collection of 6 races (priced at $120 for all 6) spread out across the year with 5K and 10K races held in January, April,. June, July, August and October. Each race is spread over road and trail, and offers unlimited bananas!

Robbie Burns Road Race

The Robbie Burns 8K race has been held for 40 years, and aims to raise money for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program, combining a fun race and a great cause. While as of this writing the event just passed, it’s held yearly and is something to keep an eye on each year!

 

February

Snowshoe Kawartha Winter Festival

Snowshoe Kawartha offers the opportunity for one to compete in, or learn the joy of snowshoe racing, taking on a 5K or 10K race that is sanctioned by Snowshoe Canada, the official governing body for Canadian Snowshoe racing. Racers of all levels are welcome!

Re-Fridgee-Eighter

Re-Fridgee-Eighter is an early year, 8K race that kicks off the beginning of the Run Waterloo annual race calendar. While a little out of the way of Torontonians, it provides a great opportunity to begin training for the Spring and Summer races and has been staple for Waterloo racing since 1998.

Grimsby Half-Marathon and Family Day 10k and 3k

Olde Girdled Grit 50k Marathon//Half Marathon

The Olde Girdled Grit 50K marathon covers 3 parks and features a 2-mile trail loop, a 9 mile trail loop and an out and back on 1.75 miles. There are aid stations, restrooms and water stops spread across the course, helping to keep you going on a long trail for the marathon or half marathon.

41st Annual YMCA Winter Run

Now re-named the Peter Adams Winter Run (named after one of the original directors), for over 40 years this YMCA led race has raised money each year for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in the Greater Toronto Area.

 

March

Polar Paws 5k and 10k

Polar Paws offers a 5k and 10k winter trail race through Durham Regional Forest. Your biggest hurdle is the elements, as possibly snowy and icy conditions will affect how you prepare and how you perform. They’re partnered with Rescue Foodie, a charity dedicated to helping animal rescue shelters and foster organizations.

Hypothermic Half Marathon

The Hypothermic Half Marathon is a half marathon held in winter cities around Canada and Minnesota, that emphasis running in the cold to test your limits and push you beyond them! It’s fun, active and a community feel!

Polar Rush

For those looking for a little twist on their race, the Polar Rush features 12 obstacles and a lot of snow spread across 5 kms. After you finish, you can enjoy BBQ, bonfires and more, as a group of like-minded people party and celebrate a fun day of athletic challenges!

New Balance Chilly Half Marathon

The New Balance Chilly Half Marathon in Burlington, not too far out from Toronto, offers three races including a 21.1K half marathon, a 5K race and a new Frigid 10k race. In addition to three varying races, they’ve partnered with the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, raising money for a great cause. They offer free entries into races if one can secure $250 in pledges for the Frosty 5K and $500 in pledges for the Chilly Half Marathon.

Secret Marathon

The Secret Marathon is a race inspired by a young woman who secretly trained for the marathon of Afghanistan. It’s a 3K running or walking marathon that emphasizes and looks to build towards equality and is partnered up with “Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan”.

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Run

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Run is a race in Downtown Toronto that offers a 5km and 10km race. They’ve held the race since 2000 and allows teams to come together in teams to raise money for their favourite charities.

Laurier Loop

The Laurier Loop is a 2.5k relay race held In Waterloo and organized by students at Wilfrid Laurier University. This race is about fun, community and raising money for the Sun Life Centre for Physically Active Communities.

Good Friday Road Race

The Good Friday Road Race is an annual event held by the Burlington Runners for over 45 years. If features a 1km Bunny Hop Kids Race, along with a 5km and 10km race. It’s all about bringing together a fun sense of community before families get together for Easter dinner.

Around the Bay

In 2019 the 125th annual Around the Bay Road Race will be held by Running Room and is a 30K marathon that dates back three years before the famous Boston Marathon. It’s a staple of the Hamilton community and brings Olympic gold medalists, Boston Marathon winners and athletes from around the world to Hamilton’s natural harbour. Test yourself against the best in one of the original marathons!

 

April

Beaches Easter Day 5K

Pancake Prediction Run

The Pancake Prediction Run is a fun and unique 8km race that takes place on gravel road. It puts a unique twist on the marathon/race concept by having each participant predict their finish time ahead of the race. The winner is not who finishes the fastest, but rather finishes closest to their predicted finishing time. And when you’re done, you can indulge in a post-race buffet featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and lots of Mad Trapper Maple Syrup!

These are just examples of some of the races taking part in the Greater Toronto Area during the first few months of the year, but there are so many more spread out through the rest of the year including:

 

Beaches Spring Sprint

Pancake Mile

Race Roster Spring Run Off

Angus Glen Ten Miler

ENDURrace Doubleheader

Green Run Iroquis

Uxbridge Half Marathon

Sports 4 Emilie’s Run

Run4Hope Brampton

Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k

Spring Fling – Brampton

Pick Your Poison Trail Run

Merrickville Heritage Classic

Cadillac Fairview Run

Spring Fling Running Thing

BRC Bum Run

Shopper’s Love You Run for Women

Alive to Strive

Mandarin MS Walk and Run

Waterloo Marathon and Ed Whitlock Half Marathon

The Run or Walk for Southlake, presented by Nature’s Emporium

 

May

Wakefield Covered Bridge Run

5 Peaks Ontario Race 1 – Kelso

Mississa Marathon

Diefenbooker Classic

River Road Runner

Lynn’s Legacy Run

Fort Town Night Run

Toronto Marathon

Wings for Life App Run

Mudcat Marathon Weekend

The Seaton Soaker

The Chocolate Race

Seven Bridges Run

Sporting Life 10k

Mon Sheong Fun Run and Walk

BIO Run UCC

Baden Road Races

Whitby International North Marathon

Sulphur Springs Trail Race

In Running Colour

Walk of Life

Buffalo Marathon

Toronto Women’s Half Marathon 10k/5k

Push for Your Tush

Shalom Village Hustle for Health

Run with Israel

Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals 10k

Lynnsie’s Run for SAC Brant

Ragnar Niagara

 

June

Strides for Change

Funky 5k

Manulife Ride and Walk for Heart

Walk for Arthritis

Stroll for Liver Toronto

Chuck’s Run, Walk and Wheel for Dystonia

Divas Half Marathon and 5k Toronto Island

The UNBREAKABLE Spring 5k

Toronto Challenge

Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way

Relay for Life Toronto

Toronto Waterfront 10k

Journey to Conquer Cancer Toronto

Do it for Dads

Unbreakable Father’s Day 5K Run/Walk

-Pride and Remembrance Run

Cogeco Peer 1 Run for the Lions

Run for Huntington Disease

 

July

Night Nation Run Toronto

Angus Glen Five Miler

Toronto Carnival Run

Toronto Beaches Jazz Run

 

August

Sunset Shuffle 6k

The Color Run Toronto

Run for Palestine

Shakespeare Runs The Night 15K/30K

SuperPower 5K

 

September

Toronto 5k

ULTRA Night Run Toronto

Don Doan Dask 5K and 10K

Parkinson SuperWalk SuperHero 5K

Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope

Toronto Island Run

B&O Yorkville 5K

Famous Canadian Beer Run

Wanderlust 108 Toronto

RBC Race for the Kids Toronto

Run for the Bees

Recovery Run

Terry Fox Run

Oasis ZooRun

Runway Run

TIKIM Filipino Food Fun Run

The Global Energy Race by Dempster’s

The Canada Beer Run

Toronto Corporate Run

Brave T.O.

Earth Run in the Rouge

The Smiles Run

BIST Hero 5km Run, Walk and Roll

Oakville Half

CIBC Run for the Cure Toronto

 

October

Ron Moeser Memorial Fun Run

Art in Motion 10K

Toronto Run and Roll Against Violence

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Trek or Treat

Mad Dog Scramble

Toronto Monster Dash

 

November

Angus Glen Fall Race Weekend

Holly Jolly Fun Run

 

December

Santa Shuffle

The Tannenbaum 10k

Resolution Run Toronto

Toronto Midnite Run

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