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Toronto Marathon set to return to the city for in-person event after two years

Runners are clamouring for spots in the popular spring race

The Toronto Marathon is one of the most unique and popular running races in the country, and it is finally set to return to an in-person event on May 1, 2022.

“It’s wonderful to be back, and we remain optimistic that we’ll be able to safely hold an event in early May,” says Jay Glassman, the founder of the event and race director.

The Toronto marathon draws thousands of participants and features a downhill course that begins in North York at Yonge and Sheppard and finishes at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place overlooking Lake Ontario. It’s a fast course and a fantastic opportunity for those looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

In addition to a full marathon, there are also options for a half-marathon, 10K, and 5K races.

The last two events were cancelled due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, and Glassman says he can’t wait to see the participants back on the start line for another edition of the Toronto Marathon. From what he’s hearing, people are excited to return to racing in the city.

“Because the last two were cancelled with a virtual event offered in 2020 there is added excitement in the running community for the return of live events. So many new people have come to the sport in the last two years and they have never participated in something like the Toronto Marathon before,” Glassman says. “They are looking forward to, as we all are, running through the city, down Yonge Street, and reconnecting with the greater running community.”

Since 1977, this legendary race has made it a mission to take runners through the many amazing neighborhoods and sights that make up this great destination.

“The course takes advantage of the city’s topography and truly provides a city-wide tour of Toronto on foot,” Glassman says. “With 17 AID stations, enthusiastic volunteers and crowds, and lots of on-course support to help everyone achieve their goals.”

 It’s also the first race to develop its psyching team founded by the late Dr. Kate Hayes. “We have a world-renowned Psyching Team that literally wrote the book on psyching teams and we attract professionals from all over the world to come to our event to learn from us,” Glassman adds.

It’s a race for the runners. And, it’s what keeps them coming back year after year.

As always, runners receive a shirt and bib in their race kits in addition to an awesome finishing medal at the end of the day. Runners will be provided with Nuun, water, pitas, bananas, and oranges inside the Queen Elizabeth Building.

Collingwood’s Nick Brindisi ran his first Toronto Marathon in 1988.

“What I like about the race itself is the fact that it’s the one that truly gives the participant a tour of the city. You get everything from North York to Casa Loma, the Rosedale Valley, St. Lawrence Market, the downtown, the waterfront, and CNE to mention a few,” Brindisi told Get Out There in 2020. “Couple the sightseeing with a course that has more downhill than up and you have the potential for a fast time.”

The event has its history in fundraising and to this date has raised more than $16 million for all the race’s affiliated charities

As the focus is on the runners, there is always a team of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and physiotherapists available to all marathon, and half-marathon participants as well as other medical personnel.

When asked what his message is to participants looking forward to a large road race this spring, Glassman is succinct.

“We have the responsibility to our volunteers and participants to make sure that we are as safe as possible. As per the requirements of Athletics Canada, Athletics Ontario, Toronto Public Health, and our team, we require everyone to be fully vaccinated to participate,” Glassman says. “Be patient as some things might take a little longer than usual, and be prepared with proper proof of ID and vaccination when you pick up your race kit. The situation remains very fluid and we know that things will continue to evolve, and we will have to be flexible.”

To register please visit the Toronto Marathon website

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