Race organizers announced on Monday that the 2020 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has been cancelled. The event, which served as the Canadian Olympic Marathon Trials in 2019, will be going virtual for this year.
“Sadly, we have reached a point where it is clear we will not be able to bring a mass event of 25,000 people from more than 75 countries safely to downtown Toronto this October, and have officially canceled the 2020 in-person event,” said Race Director Alan Brookes. “We have shared so many unforgettable moments over 30 years at this race and are enormously disappointed. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the community and are pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to a virtual event this year, to continue to offer the best possible running and fundraising goals in these challenging times.”
The virtual event
The virtual event will be run from October 1 to 31, and it will include two new distance options: a 10K and four-person marathon relay. The virtual event will still be supported by a training program from Running Room and New Balance will still release their official merchandise to participants as well.
As always, STWM remains committed to fundraising and will still include the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2019, STWM participants raised over $3.5 million for 190 community charities and the organization encourages runners to participate in 2020 as well, as many people in our Canadian communities could use a little extra support.
To register for the 2020 virtual race of your choice, see here.