The Toronto Women’s Run Series half-marathon, 10K and 5K are happening this Sunday in Toronto. The sold-out event is celebrating ten years, and added a 10K to their line-up in celebration of a decade of running.
A goal of the series is to provide an environment where women can set the pace. The event begins at Wilket Creek Park, just north of Eglinton Ave. The half-marathon runs two loops, one 11.1K loop and a second 10K loop. The route runs along the Don River down to the Lower Don Parklands, where it turns around to head north again.
The 10K route runs past the Ontario Science Centre and turns just before the Leaside Bridge. There is a chocolate station provided at the 8K mark for some mid-race fuel. The 5K route runs the same direction as the 10K, but turns earlier at the entrance to the Lower Don Trail.
The event has fundraised for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) since 2009, and raised $375,000 to date. This year the race series is looking to raise over $40,000 for the kids’ cancer charity.
If you couldn’t make the race this weekend but are interested in another women’s only event, there are two more opportunities to run this summer. Saturday August 25th is the 10K/5K event, and Saturday October 18th is the 8K/5K event. Registration for those events is available here.
The runs get underway Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (21.1K), 8:20 a.m. (10K), and 8:30 a.m. (5K).