The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is doing race shirts a bit differently this year.
Rather than a traditional shirt with purely the race logo, Toronto employed the services of local designer and artist known as Mango Peeler. Known by his pseudonym, Mango Peeler has a pop-up shop set up at the race expo at the Enercare Centre in Toronto where he is customizing the race shirts.
The unique design features 42 waves in honour of the marathon distance. Mango Peeler says that his inspiration was running along Toronto’s Martin Goodman Trail and having the waves crash against the shore where he does a lot of his training. (He ran the Chicago Marathon last weekend). The back of the shirt is reserved space for customizing.
You may have seen some of Mango Peeler’s previous work including his custom T-shirt he made for Eric Gillis. See photos of that unique shirt here.
Canadian Running caught up with Mango Peeler at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon race expo on Friday where he gave us a tour of his setup and showed us how shirts are customized for $20. His shop accepts cash or credit card and he and his team will be at the expo until Saturday.
There are also screen prints signed by Mango Peeler available for purchase with the same design as the race shirt.
Canadian Running will be live from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon all weekend so make sure to follow along for breaking news and live updates.