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STWM freezes registration due to COVID-19 uncertainty

The City of Toronto has not confirmed whether restrictions will be relaxed by September, so the Canada Running Series has put registration on hold

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Photo by: Canadian Running Magazine

Wednesday was a bad day for fall marathons. First, the New York City Marathon, set for November 1, was cancelled. Less than an hour after that announcement, the plug was officially pulled on the Berlin Marathon. Following that news, the Canada Running Series  (CRS) announced that, while not yet cancelled, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) will be pausing its registration for the next few weeks. 

STWM 2020

STWM is scheduled for October 18, but CRS officials are unsure whether the City of Toronto will allow such a large gathering to be held by that time in the fall (more than 20,000 athletes are expected, plus spectators along the course). In Wednesday’s press release, organizers said they have been communicating with the city and public health officials to figure out what will be permitted by October. 

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“At this time,” wrote CRS organizers, “the City of Toronto has not been able to confirm if the ban on mass events of over 25,000 will be extended beyond August 31st.” Because of this ambiguity, race registration will be frozen until the city, public health officials and CRS team can determine definitive answers regarding the fall race. 

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Philemon Rono runs 2:08:54 to win the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Although it’s unclear if the event will go ahead as planned this year, fundraising for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge is still open, and CRS officials have said the race’s charity partners “need our help now more than ever.” In 2019, $8.5 million was raised for more than 500 charities across the country, and since the challenge was created in 2003, almost $80 million has been raised. 

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