Longboat Toronto Island Run

2014 edition was a success with a great weather, a joyous and relaxed atmosphere. It was possible to run the Toronto’s oldest 10 k or the 5 k on September 8th 2014 . You could also bring the kids and participate in the 1 k kids run.

Whatever event suits you best, they are all run on the beautiful course of Toronto Island and followed up by a great barbecue, the award ceremony and some funny activities with lots of gifts.

The Longboat Toronto Island Run is committed to making a difference in kids lives. Let’s work together to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at risk children through out their school years.

All finishers receive a medal!

Free ferry ticket to everyone who picks up their race kit at the Runners Shop. Tickets are also sold at race kit pick up for additional friends and family who will be joining you on race day.

Longboat Toronto Island Run

Event Details

Location Centre Island
Toronto Island


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Start Date/Time September 10, 2017 @ 10:15 am
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Address Toronto Island
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Kristina Hogan-Stefanovic
September 25th, 2016 6:33 pm

This is my second time running the Island Race. I ran the 10k race in 2014, and had a better experience than running the 5k this year in 2016. First the pros...This is a great race for families. My kids ran in the kids run and they loved receiving a medal and the juice box reward afterwards! The warm up at the beginning of the race was fun and the BBQ after the race was great. In terms of value, this is definitely the most you get for your racing dollars! The course is scenic and flat.
The biggest con was that the 5k race was VERY crowded and it was definitely not a course to try for a PB. People were not divided into corrals, and since I was towards the back of the group since I was waiting so long for the washroom, I spent the whole 1st km weaving through people, many who were walking the 5k run. Perhaps at least they could have separate start times for the 5k runners and 5 k walkers, since many of the walkers walked as a group and took up the whole width of the road.

Overall, this is a great fun run, and we enjoyed our time as a family, but I wouldn't have this race as a goal race or expect a PB.

September 12th, 2016 9:34 pm

Fantastic race.

Only downside I can think of is the bathroom setup. 10-12 Portable washrooms would have been very helpful. Felt bad for the women waiting in that long line to the one women's washroom.

Other than that, amazing organization....one of the best races of the year.

Jacquie Jacobs
September 12th, 2016 12:54 am

It was a wonderful scene! lots of families and community the 10k route was beautiful great venue for picnic and the food was all fresh and good ( veggie burger)! Had a massage and bought some gear from the runner's shop as well with my winnings and otherwise!
I would say that a few more WCs would have been useful (less stressful...)
and I also would suggest 2 podiums with alternate people calling up the winners to keep it all moving perhaps one 5k podium and one 10k podium... just a thought I'll let the pros work out the logistics lol
I actually missed the last call for the 10k race , started late , but that was all good as it was a chip timed run!

Kevin Cheung
September 11th, 2016 9:48 pm

This is the first 5K I ran. The island is very scenic and I like the boardwalk the best (right by the water). The veggie burger was delicious. I'll treasure the nice medal awarded. I'll definitely run again next year.

Sally Webb
September 11th, 2016 9:25 pm

My husband and I have been in the Longboat run for over five years and are always impressed with how well this race is organized. Very much appreciated as this does affect the overall experience.
Good job
Thank you!

September 18th, 2015 10:40 am

I have been running on/off for the last 10 yrs & done a few of the different charity runs (rate race, Scotia waterfront, Beaches Jazz run, MidSummer night’s run, Sporting Life 10 km) & by far the Longboat Island Run is one of the BEST! I’m very impressed with the Longboat run, one of the more fun, scenic & under-rated runs in Toronto. Love the T’s, the medals, the post-race BBQ & snacks, the included ferry run & the included digital photos, the warm up & event prizes, the kids run & option for family run, the customer service with regards to registration/changes – everything was great, no complaints!

The Leasider
September 13th, 2015 5:47 pm

Ran this race for the first time, and was among the winners. It is also my second win of the race with The Runners Shop' participation.

The gift certificate that I was awarded allowed me to purchase any of the New Balance product in their store for $40 until November 30, 2015. The Shop apparently has only one store at Bloor and Avenue Rd, and I probably would not even visit this store if not for the race registration or a prize. The assortment does not seem to be the greatest, and unfortunately the prices are also not very competitive ((.

It is understandable that The Runners Shop may want to get rid of some stock. At the same time, it would be better if they were less restrictive and more flexible with the prizes. How about a gift certificate for just anything in the store, as they have done for another race? I searched through the website, and there is nothing of the NB that I could really use ((.

Of course we don't run for a prize, I hope, but it would just have been nice to get a useful award for all our hard training!

Mother Runner
September 16th, 2014 7:21 pm

I ran the 10 km and loved it. It was my first 10km (usually do 5kms) and it was great. The course was nice and flat and had great views of the city. There was a small grassy part and towards the end a part on the boardwalk but neither was too bad. I was super satisfied with my first 10km and even managed to win an age category prize :) This was by far one of the best organized races I've ever been to! The volunteers were great, as was the bbq. I look forward to next year!

September 9th, 2014 5:24 pm

This was my first run ever. 5k with my co workers. It's was beautiful. Well organized and I finished the race coming in 3 place in my age group. Yeah! I discover I look at the ground while I run and running over the board walk made my stomach do a few flip flops. However, I'll still be back in 2015.

The Island is a great place for a 10k
September 9th, 2014 4:05 pm

This year's 10k was my first since starting to run in February. The course on the Island is nice and flat with beautiful scenery to keep you distracted. The race was very well organized and the post run BBQ a lot of fun. Will be bringing more people over next year for it.

Highly recommend it both for seasoned runners and those new to 10k as well. 5k and 1k Family runs make it a great event for the whole family as well.

September 8th, 2014 2:52 pm

First time running this race, and first time visiting the Toronto Islands. Well organized, fun post-race BBQ, and decent medal. The 10km race has a stretch of running on uneven grass, which was a pain. Other than that, all positive, and would run again next year!

March 19th, 2014 11:26 am

Ran this race 2013 for the first time. I love running on the islands and it wasn't so busy early in the morning so I wasn't dodging people. Race kit was ok, medals were ok. I would do this race again.

September 22nd, 2013 5:36 pm

Great place to run and very well organized. This is the memorable for me got to run with my 2 daughters for the first time.

New Runner
September 12th, 2013 9:55 am

First 10k race. Great weather and nice and flat. Boardwalk gets hot at the end. Will do it again!!

September 10th, 2013 10:00 pm

My second time running this 10k. It's fun, flat, well marked and well marshalled. If you're running this to PR, be ready for the stretch on grass in the first half, and most of the last two km on a gnarly boardwalk. (Boardwalk survival tip: run where the nails are, because that's where the boards won't bounce.)

This race is kept small enough to work well on the paved trails of Toronto Island, and that also means that you won't find some of the big-race stuff like pacers or start corrals. Take a look at past years' race results to get an idea of how far back in the crowd you should seed yourself at the starting line. I've made the mistake, both years I ran this, of starting too far back and having to run on the grass alongside the trail to fight my way up past slower runners.

Longboat does a good job organizing this, bringing out good vendors, managing the bag check and holding a fun 1k for the kids. The barbecue looks like fun too, but as someone who doesn't eat meat or wheat, I don't partake. At least there are bananas and other treats.

Another tip: when you arrive on the island, go to the first washroom you see, BEFORE you cross the bridge to where the fountain is. The washroom closer to the bag check/start area almost always has a lineup (especially if you're a woman), so you need to budget at least ten minutes for a pee break, and five minutes to walk from there to the starting line, before your race. Cut it closer than that, and you'll be stressing.

If you had a bad experience with Midsummer on the island in 2013, don't let that put you off Longboat. It's small enough that the ferry lines aren't crazy, short enough that no one runs out of food or daylight, and the organizers have good volunteers who know their jobs. (And don't let the boardwalk scare you. Remember what I said about running on the nails. Both times I ran this race, I laid down my fastest km split on the boardwalk.)

September 9th, 2013 2:46 pm

An amazing run! Love the route and the spirit. Kids run is a really nice bonus!

New runner
September 9th, 2013 12:59 pm

1st time doing it this year. Were lucky with excellent weather. Well organised and nice course.
Some hiccups with the chip time as some people who did the 5 K time came out with the 10K times!

Hope they can avoid this from happening again.
will be there next year

Sara Bettencourt
September 9th, 2013 11:27 am

The race was extremely organized and you really can't beat the scenery! The race sells out often, and it's not surprising. The post-race BBQ was also a nice touch. :)

David Nimmo
September 9th, 2013 10:15 am

First time running the Longboat race. Great day, great course except for the boardwalk area many planks old and worn tripped over one sticking up causing pain in my leg and noticed nails sticking out from others. Tried to get ice pack from First Aid folks at finish line but they did not have any. Volunteers were amazing and event was very well organized for those reasons I would probably do this race again.

September 8th, 2013 12:28 pm

Just finished my first 10k race, Toronto Island Run, with my sister. Had a great time. It was beautiful running by the water. Nothing really to compare it to as this was our first race, but everything seemed well organized. The only thing I can say that it was lacking was music, but I guess not everyone likes to run with music. Will definitely do this again!

September 8th, 2013 12:29 pm

very organized, water stations were frequent.

Phoenix Footloose at 70
October 16th, 2012 4:24 pm

I really got to running after heart surgery and cardiac rehab and it was this event which I can credit with helping keep my exercise focused, year in and year out.I have run it with enthusiasm eight times, mostly in the 10k.This is an event for the whole family. Everyone can feel comfortable and included with the activities and the friendly informality of the Longboat volunteers and all other sponsors who make it all happen.The run is flat, scenic and with changing surfaces to deal with, and there is always sunshine and maybe a breeze, and conditions were perfect this year. The fun, the food and the pleasant prizes just cap a long day along with good chatter on the ferry ride home.Yes, the picnic condiments have run short after the early comers, and there should be a solution. All in all,a special experience to enjoy again.

October 12th, 2012 11:11 am

I loved this race! It was well organized, and the venue was amazing! I will be attending next year :D

Rebel Runner
September 16th, 2012 9:20 pm

I loved this race and everything about it. Very well organized and so beautiful. I will definitely be back next year and I will be bringing more of my running friends.

September 15th, 2012 10:54 am

Fantastic race and great for families, too! Beautiful 10k course. Terrific volunteers. Great BBQ afterwards, even brought cookies to us starving runners in the lunch line-up to tide us over 'til we got our grub. Free 1K kids run that nets them a cool medal and a lunch. And of course, who doesn't love a ferry ride?

Laura Watson
September 14th, 2012 3:40 pm

I loved it! Have run this once before, years ago, always remembered it for the beautiful course and festive atmosphere. I wasn't disappointed this year as I enjoyed it at least as much. Not my best time, but I was just enjoying the day, looking around and having fun. Hoping to bring my 4-yr-old for the 1k kids race in a couple of years. The volunteers were awesome, it was all quite well organized.

September 14th, 2012 6:34 am

The race was so fun! I especially liked the family atmosphere. Well Done!

September 13th, 2012 8:22 pm

This was a great race. I have done at least 15 of this Longboat race. This was the best yet. Great food Great prizes a total family atmosphere. what opportunity for parents to show their children what exercise can do for them and what fun they can have.

September 13th, 2012 12:27 pm

It was my first time to join the Longboat Toronto Island run and I really enjoyed it. My two kids also ran the 1k fun run and it was really a good experience for them to start learning about the benefits of running. I am looking forward for next year's race and I might go one level up to 10k.

Long distance runner in training!
September 13th, 2012 11:58 am

I would just like to thank those who organize the Longboat Toronto Island Run. I have been training all summer to complete my first half marathon coming up in a few weeks and used to the Island 10km to get me geared up for what a race day will feel like. The atmosphere and spirit surrounding the run was fantastic and really put me at ease - loved the Zumba warm-up, and had a personal best time! I just hope my upcoming race goes just as well! Thanks again!

September 13th, 2012 10:05 am

This was my first time running this race and I'm definitely coming back for more next year! The island is a beautiful place to run and the organizers did a fantastic job. Even the participants seemed to have a better attitude than in other races around Toronto. All in all, it was a fun day and an excellent race experience.

September 13th, 2012 7:04 am

As always, excellent race which improves every year. The organization is great from the start even before one boards the ferry. The course is well marked and marshalled - WELL DONE, LONGBOAT!

September 13th, 2012 5:44 am

Great event well organized lots of prices for different age groups.I did the 5 km run the course is great will be back next year.

September 12th, 2012 2:28 pm

The venue for this race was beautiful, and the race was well run. The only changes I would make would be to re-assess the BBQ afterwards. People that finish the 10k towards the end have to wait a long time/don't always get food/fruit/gatorade. It would be good to look into this and stagger supplies so that there's enough to feed the people at the end.

September 12th, 2012 11:25 am

Great race, very well organized! The course is beautiful and flat, easy to navigate. The 10km run is not overcrowded and the finish chute wasn't too crowded. Definitely doing this next year!

September 12th, 2012 9:47 am

We love this race! This year I ran the 5K with my 8 year old daughter and my 10 year old son. Our 5 year old did the 1K! We also ran with my brother and his family. It is a great flat course and the island is so beautiful. We all enjoy the BBQ and hope for prizes at the end of the day's events. Looking forward to next year!!
Perhaps they could add a prize for 10 and under for the 5 K as I saw a few other younger kids who did well but would never win against a 14 year old. I know my son is hoping to win a medal one day. It is such a nice family event.

September 12th, 2012 9:44 am

First time I did this one...thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Highly recommended.

September 12th, 2012 8:25 am

great race 3rd time I ve been there, always fun, always great weather, I ll be back next year.

Improving Beginner
September 12th, 2012 7:00 am

I ran this race this year and year before, both events were 5K. On both occasions I was introducing my family members to racing. This is family friendly race and it is good for teaching racing to your kids (or spouse :-). Race is very well organized. Course is flat and scenic. Weather is usually warm and there is enough shade on a hotter day. Post race barbecue is excellent - you are getting a quite decent meal versus just cookies and bananas with other races ;-) One of the other advantages for me is that it is not overcrowded. Course is wide and there is enough room to not to stumble on other people. Another benefit of this is that you will get decent number of good quality pictures of you from the course :-) Also, there is plenty of room for warming up and "chillaxing" after the race ;-) I also like the fact that medals are given for an actual achievement, so that they have a meaning. A good conversation starter on a ferry back home also :-) I will most definitely do it again next year.

Lynn Bourque Race Director
September 10th, 2012 7:28 pm

Thank you for your comments. Most runners only take a sip of water when they are running so large cups just produce larger waste. Toronto Island has a ban on plastic water bottles so those are out too. Maybe multiple cups?

First 5K outside of US
September 10th, 2012 9:27 am

My husband and I love visiting Toronto and plan trips at least twice a year to the city. We reside in New York. We enjoy running a few 5Ks during the summer and decided to find one in Toronto to make it a nice weekend get-away. During our last trip in May we visited the Island and loved the views. My husband found this race and we signed up right away. It is the easiest course that we have ran. It was a little tough in the beginning (it usually is for most races) but once we hit the road it was smooth sailing. The boardwalk was a little tricky but I found that it wasn't too bad near the wall. You couldn't ask for more amazing views! That in itself was totally worth it! I especially enjoyed how family-friendly the event is and loved watching the whole process of the kids 1K race . . . from the warm-up to the walk to the race course to the games right before. It was fun! The staff made it an enjoyable event! We are most definitely putting this race on our calendar for next year!

cousin runner
September 9th, 2012 12:17 pm

loved the race. Decent weather, good food & music.

September 9th, 2012 12:09 pm

Great Race - love the course - nice and flat. Love the atmosphere, love the BBQ afterwards. So much fun!

September 9th, 2012 12:45 pm

It was my first year running the race and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was nice, the view was lovely and the volunteers were very encouraging. My only complaint would be the little water cups you get while running. It's really hard to get any water into you while running. I know it may be a cost factor, but maybe small bottles would be a better solution. Overall, it was a nice experience and I look forward to next year!

David Hiddleston
April 27th, 2012 1:16 pm

I done this race quite a few year's ago. It was when there was also a big concert going on on the island later in the day - as a result was difficult to get off the island.

Cool course on the island - flat and with a few different surfaces.

Great post race food and all in all a very well organized race.

sarah llewlellin
April 27th, 2012 1:14 pm

It was my first Longboat and 2nd 10k. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. I could ask for a faster time but anyway… Beautiful route and great way to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of toronto island. I’ve been to a few other races this year and have never seen them run out of food after. That was the only disappointment – no fruit, ketchup for burger water. Well organized race kits, bag check, signage etc. 4 out of 5 bananas!

April 19th, 2012 9:21 am

Full Disclosure: I'm a member of Longboat Roadrunners.

This is our club's annual 10K race, which we've organized for many, many years now. It's a very well run event, with a great bbq after the race and a decent awards ceremony (that isn't too long!). It has been a really successful event for families (as there is a kid's 1k event as well, and I believe some sort of a family relay component), but there are also some quality, competitive runners that participate in the 10k every year. It's held in August, so the weather is often quite nice, which makes for a great atmosphere post-race on the island. We also try to do something a little different for the race kit, either by doing a nicely designed long-sleeve or a hoodie or something like that, as every runner already no doubt has too many ugly short-sleeve technical tees kicking around in the drawer.

The course itself for the 10k is fairly fast, although some of it is ran on grass, boardwalks and trails. The upside is that, because it takes place on the island, there are no cars and the course is of course pancake flat.

I personally feel like the Island 10K is my annual signal that the fall marathon is right around the corner. It'd be an ideal race to test out your training and see what may come in that fall goal race.

Peter Donato
March 9th, 2012 11:33 am

I did this race a few times and enjoy watching, lots of fun, very family friendly, cool venue on the island. Post run bbq is a bonus too, maybe ensure no food runs out as this happened to me last year....):

Nadia Campbell
September 11th, 2011 2:17 pm

I have done the Longboat Race several times - both the 10K and 5K events. I go back every year because it's well organized, they incude a BBQ, and the weather is always great. The course is nice and flat too. Lots of fun.

David Hiddleston
September 11th, 2011 1:52 pm

I ran this race in I think 2009, the 10K I believe. Great venue for a race, well organized and good post race atmosphere. Hassle getting of the island that year because there was a concert going on later that day but that was just unfortunate.

I will have to get back and do this event soon - it doesn't sell out for no reason.

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