Toronto Carnival Run set to return with festive fun-filled event this summer
The ever-popular and festive Toronto Carnival Run is back with an in-person event on July 23, 2022.
“The Toronto Carnival Run is Canada's only Caribbean inspired fully sanctioned running event. It is not only a well-organized event but brings together a family fun experience with an island vibe,” says Dione Mason, race director for the event.
“We are so delighted to welcome back our participants in person this year. Community and connection is such an integral part of the Toronto Carnival Run experience.”
The race, with distances of 1K (kid’s race), 5K, and 10K, takes place in downtown Toronto along the Martin Goodman Trail one week before North America's largest cultural parade, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly known as Caribana). This year, Mason says there is a new and beautiful carnival-inspired running T-shirt design and finisher's medal for each entrant.
Running is freedom, says Dione Mason, and that’s why she wanted to create a race to celebrate her cultural roots that aligns with Carnival in the Caribbean which celebrates freedom and emancipation. She did just that when she founded the Toronto Carnival Run in 2016.
“Running is much like that — freedom,” she says. “The freedom to move at your own pace and level of accessibility without judgment. Running/walking is also the most accessible form of exercise. Therefore, it made sense to marry these two concepts together.”
The Toronto Carnival Run is Canada's only accredited Caribbean-inspired run that was founded and directed by Mason — Canada's only Black female race director.