It’s less than a week away from the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon and as runners say about training, “The hay is in the barn.” What can participants expect on course on race day and post-race? The run community answered with their ideal race day rundown.
Mike and Maya Anderson, founders of BlackToe Running, ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“We will definitely start the day cheering with the BlackToe Running Fun Squad at our King West store, so we can see friends and all the runners as they cruise down Bathurst. Then we will head over to a spot just south of the finish line to help give everyone a little extra encouragement as they fight through those last few hundred metres. Post-race, the party has to continue, likely with a trip to Belgian Moon in Stackt Market where tons of runners gather to rehydrate and celebrate!”
Sarah Jane Deas and Nick Fick, founders of Culture Athletics ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
Our ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like: We’d start our day dropping our daughter off at dance lessons then swinging by Plant Lyfe Cafe to get a chocosplit smoothie and enjoy a vegan Buddha Bowl. We’d then pick up our little dancer (Lily) and join the East End Cheer Station at Boothe and Logan — joining up with so many run crews and local businesses (Culture Athletics, EBRC, Lower-Eastsiders, Run it Run it, Hill Run Club, Leslieville Spin Co and more). We’ll be seeing people twice (28km and 39km), so we’re looking to forward to seeing familiar faces run by a few times. Especially at that 39km mark — it’s so rewarding being an important part of someone’s important day. After that, we all make our way to Eastbound for a well deserved cheeseburger and beer (or chocolate milk)! There’s always so many runners celebrating there afterward, we’ve got to make an appearance and congratulate all our friends that ran (and strangers too haha).
Dave Watson, managing partner, Eastbound Brewing Co. ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“It’s a huge day for me! I’ll be running the marathon in this race, so my day really starts the night before. I’d carb load with my favourite rice dish from Tabule Middle Eastern cuisine, followed by a trip to Culture Athletics to grab some of my specialty gels and running nutrition for the race. Then I’d post a shot of my race outfit and bib laid out. You have to show off a bit, so people know what to look for when cheering — then it’s bedtime. I’d wake up early, run the race with a personal best (it’s my first marathon, so it’s automatically a PB!), and join the Eastbound Run Crew along with many other crews from across the city that afternoon at Eastbound Brewing. Brunch until 2pm, it’s one of the best around (I’m biassed), and celebratory beers await! Cheers!”
Dan Grant, co-founder of Bossonova, ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“I would start my morning off at Cherry Bomb Coffee on Roncesvalles with a delicious oat milk flat white, followed by a vegan scone and walk over to Lake Shore and the Legion Hill and join RunTOBeer to cheer on 25,000 runners with some fun race day beverages handed out! Then I’d make my way back to Bossonova for a post-race bevi (sic) to celebrate with all my friends that ran that day.”
Lynn Bourque, owner of The Runners Shop, ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“My ideal race day starts at The Runners Shop at Bloor and Walmer. It’s the perfect spot to cheer on all the racers! Aromas from the delicious scones and cinnamon buns at Cobs bakery fill the air, the church bells chime from Trinity St. Paul Church and coffee from Slanted Door will give us all the fuel we’ll need to make lots of noise. By The Way Cafe is going to make a great spot for post cheering brunch and later in the afternoon we’ll meet up at The Victory Cafe for a well deserved celebration!!”
Heather Gardner, Founder of Kardia, ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“I would start my race weekend with a pre-race adjustment at Harbourfront Chiropractic and then stop by Sculpture Nails for the perfect photo finished manicure. On race morning I join the hyped cheer crews of Kardia, Chix Run the 6ix, and Black Runners of the GTA on the corner of Dan Leckie and Lakeshore! On Monday I’d make my way to Kardia for our foam rolling class — Roll Out — the perfect post-race, post cheer recovery.”
Lauren Roberts, founder of The Running Physio, ideal #ChooseTOCelebrate race day would look like:
“I would wake up extra early to roll out my yoga mat and do some stretches given to me by The Running Physio. I’d slowly enjoy my coffee and get energised for the day. Then I would throw on my favourite sporty sweater from House of Vintage and hop on my bike to cruise through Trinity Bellwoods on my way down to the Lakeshore where I’d meet up with the Parkdale Road Runners to cheer on all the runners and throw some high fives! After the race, I’d stop at Fix Coffee + Bikes for a fresh juice and sandwich and a bottle of race day celebration bubbly!”
Here is a list of cheer stations for the marathon course.
Cheer Site #1 – UofT Cheerleaders. Participants will go by between 8:45am-9:45am.
Cheer Site #2 – Runners Shop x ASICS. Participants will go by between 8:50-9:50am.
Cheer Site #3 – Frontrunners x Queer East Run Crew x Queer Run Crew. Participants will go by here between 8:55am-10:10am.
Cheer Station #4 – Dylan Hennessey. Participants will go by between 8:55am-10:35am.
Cheer Site #5 – Blacktoe x ASICS. Participants will go by between 8:55am-10:30am.
Cheer Site #6 – The Harriers. Participants will go by here from 8:00am-12:20pm.
Cheer Site #7- Stridewise x Runners Academy! Participants will be going by here from 9:00am-12:15pm.
Cheer Site #8 – RunTOBeer! Participants will be going by this cheer station between 9:05-12:00pm
Cheer Site #9 – Marathon Dynamics. Participants will go by between 9:05am-11:50am.
Cheer Site #10 Brampton Benders!
Cheer Site #11 Rogue Runners. Participants will go by between 9:05am-11:35am.
Cheer Site #12 – ME VERSUS ME. Participants will go by between 8:00am-12:35pm.
Cheer Site #14 – Kardia x BRGTA x ChixRunthe6ix. Participants will go by between 8:05am-12:50pm
Cheer Site #13 – York Mills Runners. Participants will go by between 8:00am-12:35pm.
Cheer Site #15 – TCS Cheer Site – Cheer Card Screen! Participants will go by here between 8:10am-12:55pm.
Cheer Site #17 – Mexico. Participants will go by here between 8:05am-1:05pm
Cheer Site #18 – Hill Run Club! Participants will go by this location between 8:10am-1:10pm.
Cheer Site #19 – Jamii Esplanade. Participants will go by here between 9:30am-4pm
Cheer Site #20 – Kickback x Raeden Run Club. Participants will go by here between 9:30am-1:30pm.
Cheer Site #21 – BMW Cheer Site! Participants will go by between 9:40am-3:45pm
Cheer Site #22 – Culture x Eastbound x Lower Eastsiders x ASICS. Participants will go by between 9:40am-3:45pm.
Cheer Site #23 – What is your inspiration?
Cheer Site #24 – Rhythm Works x ChixRunThe6ix! Participants will go by here between 9:45-3:30pm.
Cheer Site #25 – Green Schools Green Future. Participants will go by this location between 9:45am-3:30pm.
Cheer Site #26 – Malvern C.I Brass Band. Participants will go by this location between 9:45am-3:15pm.
Cheer Site #27 – Shout the Band Cheer Site Participants will go by here between 9:50am-3:15pm.
Cheer Site #28 – We Run North York. Participants will go by here between 9:30am-4:00pm.
Click here for an interactive map of the course.