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Sporting Life 10K: route changes in store for 2019

This year runners will start at Yonge and Davisville, with the lost distance being made up on the flats downtown

Toronto’s much-loved Sporting Life 10K, which takes place on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m., has some route changes planned that will make this year’s race a little different. It still gives more than 22,000 runners the chance to run several kilometres down Canada’s longest and most iconic street (Toronto’s Yonge Street), but there are a few adjustments to this year’s event that runners will want to note.

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Sporting Life 10K 2018. Photo: Zoom Photo

First, the race’s start line has shifted about 1.2K south of its usual location near the Sporting Life store. The race will begin on Yonge St. just north of Davisville Ave. (1950 Yonge St.), and proceed south on Yonge all the way to Richmond St.(as in previous years), but this year you’ll make a left instead of a right, onto Richmond St. East.

Photo: Zoom Photo

After two blocks on Richmond you’ll turn right (south) onto Jarvis St., then right onto Adelaide St. East, running through the financial district to York Street.

From there it’s a right turn (north) onto York, then left onto Richmond St. W. to Peter St., where you’ll hang a left. Peter St. becomes Blue Jays Way, which takes you to Front St. W., where you make a right, just like in previous years. And from here the route is the same as usual, turning left onto Bathurst St., then right onto Fort York boulevard and down to the finish line. The post-party celebration, as in years past, is at Coronation Park, south of Lakeshore. 


The route changes were required by the City of Toronto, but the reason for the changes is not clear. (We speculate it may have something to do with construction of the Eglinton relief subway line.)

Sporting Life 10K. Photo: Zoom Photo

The Sporting Life 10K is one of the spring’s top races and is the year’s #1 fundraiser for Camp Ooch, for kids living with cancer. Since the year 2000, 300,000 participants have raised more than $19 million to operate the camp. The race is capped at 23,000 runners, and is expected to sell out.

To register, or for more information, go to the race website.