After a nearly two-year absence, the Toronto Women’s Run Series is back with its first in-person race since 2019. On Saturday, Oct. 23, Toronto-area women have the opportunity to participate in the in-person 5K in Sunnybrook Park, and for those who don’t live nearby or who aren’t quite ready for the crowds, they have the option to compete in the virtual 5K or 8K from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6.
Those who wish to run the in-person event should sign up fast, as the race is capped at 300 participants. From there, runners will be put into corrals of 100, which will then be broken down further into groups of 25. There will be a separate start and finish line and, unfortunately, no post-race party. As per Athletics Canada’s mandate, anyone who wishes to attend (either to race or watch) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a doctor’s note for a medical exemption. There will also be no race-day kit pick-up and no on-course water station, so runners should come prepared with what they need. The race kit will include:
- Exclusive Toronto Women’s 8k/5k running toque
- Exclusive 8k/5k finisher medal
- $25 Asics e-card – minimum spend of $100
- 25% off Road iD promo code
- Timed race and results provided by Sportstats
- Option to have your race kit mailed to you for an additional cost of $12.00 (if entered by October 10th)
- Post Race Snacks provided by event sponsors
“We are excited to be able to give those who want to come to an in-person race the option to do an in-person race,” says race director Cory Freedman, “and those who aren’t just ready yet to still set the pace in their virtual race.”
Participants in both the in-person and virtual events also have the opportunity to raise funds for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) to help children and their families who are living with childhood cancer.
The race is set to start at 9 a.m. in Sunnybrook Park on Saturday, Oct. 23. For more information or to sign up for either the in-person or virtual event, click here.