Toronto Area Beer Run Growing by Hops and Bounds

Registrations up 90% over last year

The Famous Canadian Beer Run is a relatively new event on the Toronto running calendar. First run in 2016, the fun run-meets-craft beer festival is barreling its way toward top billing among Toronto runners - more than 3,000 are expected at this year's event and early registration is up 90% over this time last year. 

The event is not a beer mile, but a casual 5K followed by a craft beer festival at the finish line. Runners and walkers of all abilities and speeds make their way through Ontario Place on a closed-to-traffic course, taking in stunning views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline. Many runners don beer-themed costumes - such as lederhosen and dirndls - a nod to the Oktoberfest time of year. At the finish line runners are bestowed with their own beer stein and four beer tokens attached to runners' bibs can be exchanged for two full beers or four samples from on-site vendors. Additional tokens can be purchased on-site or ahead of time online. Non-runners can purchase a festival-only pass, allowing them to partake in all the afterparty fun.

At the post-run festival, beer isn't the only thing on offer. Some of the city's top food trucks are on hand dishing up gourmet eats, in addition to regular post-run fare like bagels and fruit. Vendor booths offer beer and running themed items for sale. Other activities like beer yoga are free to all participants. 

This year's event has added more beer and food vendors and is expanding it's finish line festival footprint at Ontario Place. Participants can recover after the race with live music in the heart of the festival area, or step away from the action and grab a cold beer while looking over the lake on a Muskoka chair. 

Runners are divided up into 5 wave times starting at 10:30 a.m. and running to 12:30 p.m. Early waves fill up the fastest - with the 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. waves almost sold out already. 

Registration for the event is open online and their next price bump is set for June 30th. You can learn more about the event at Take a look at our reviews from the last two years. 




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