Toronto 10-Miler & 5K
Ten miles (or 16k) is the perfect race distance for anyone doing, say, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon or Half Marathon three weeks later. It’s not too long, can be combined with a longer warm-up and cool down run and it becomes one of your most critical long training runs.
The Toronto 10-Miler takes you through Tommy Thompson Park, long known as the ‘Leslie Street Spit’, that long arm of FLAT land that stretches far out into Lake Ontario. The ‘Spit’ creates a great breakwall for Toronto Harbour, is a conservation paradise for visitors, has fantastic views of the city and is Toronto’s first line of defense in case Vikings, pirates or other marauders sail in with evil intentions.
If they do, our forces will hide along the shorelines, hidden lagoons, groves of trees and bird sanctuaries. The 10-miler route is one of the prettiest race routes in the city so might even want to bring a camera (and maybe a sword for those pirates).
Previously the Acura Ten-Miler & 5k, the race is organized by the Excel Running Series.
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Start Date/Time September 24, 2017 @ 8:20 am
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Be sure to sign up early for next year! The 5K sold out quickly and the day before the race, I heard that there were only 5 spots left for the ten miler.
This race is consistently well-organized, with knowledgeable volunteers. No bumps or hiccups at all this year.
I liked that you had a choice of free item in the race kit: hat or gloves. If you wanted extra items, you could add them for only $5 each. They were also selling tech shirts from a previous race at kit pick-up, again only $5 each - a steal for an attractive shirt that I'll wear again and again!
Lots of free parking along the roads leading to the race site, and reasonably priced $4 parking at the "Green P" city-run lot on 115 Unwin (not even half full once the race started).
Quick lines at the baggage check and porta-potties.
New and much appreciated this year: pacers! Keeping up with the pacer gave me a confidence boost for the upcoming Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront race.
Gorgeous scenery and a flat, fast route.
Lots of post-race food including chips, cookies, water, Gatorade, bananas, watermelon, and buns with a choice of 3 spreads.
I can't recommend this race enough. It's on my annual must-do list.
Great little race to do just prior to the Fall marathon season. Nice and flat, similar to the Midsummer's Night Run. Glad it's now in September.
This was my first time doing this race and I participated in the 10 mile run. The location of the race was beautiful, and we were treated to a gorgeous sunrise to start the day. The race was flat and had nice views in places of the Toronto skyline and parkland. After race food was plentiful and the medal and gloves very nice. The only problem was the toilets were delivered late, but they did delay the race 10 minutes to give people time to use them.
This was my first time running this race, and I was a bit disappointed the 5K route did not take us onto the Leslie Spit. It would be great if part, or all, of the 5K route was through Tommy Thomson park, where you have a view of the lake. All in all, a well organized race with great food, and great volunteers. Thanks very much.
Flat course, good food, nice medal. The gloves were a nice touch and will be used for my fall races!
Great course. Only complaint was a total lack of porta potties before the race (they came in just before the start).
Excellent race! Flat, fast and excellent views. Very well organised and lots of fun too! The medal is pretty and I liked the tech gloves (nice change from the usual tshirt). I especially enjoyed the watermelon at the end :)
Very well organized, good size, great volunteers! Made for a memorable day. The post race snacks were a plus - lots of variety. Will definitely be back next year.
I signed up for this race as a nice tuneup/checkpoint for the Scotia TWM in October, and also because it was so convenient (10 min bike ride away).
Fantastic race. Nice field - decent size but not overcrowded. Very well organized (apart from the portapotty delay mentioned by others), with good post race drinks/food. Route was excellent (though the unpaved section around KM11 was a bit treacherous at pace).
Would absolutely come back next year.
The gardiner closure was outside the organizers control so hopefully nobody downgrades their rating due to that.
A good race with a fast, competitive field and enjoyable course over the Leslie Spit. It takes a lot of organization to get over 500 runners onto the narrow paths, well done! I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the volunteers and course marshals. Hope to do it again next year.
I just ran this race today! The volunteers were fantastic! The only thing is I can't find my results? The race isn't posted on sportstats, does anyone know where I can view my results? Thanks :)
The race kit included tech gloves instead of a shirt which is useful and appreciated. Kit pick up was quick and organized. In fact, the whole race was well organized with knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. Baggage check and pick up was quick, race results were available immediately as were free massages. There was a nice variety in the post-race food, with rolls and a trio of spreads, bananas, apples, watermelon, power bars, trail mix, etc. The medal was a large size with a fantastic design and colourful printed ribbon. The route was, as advertised, flat and fast, perfect for a PR.
None of the issues were the fault of the race director or volunteers, but I'll mention them anyway. The porta-porties were delivered late, ready about 5 minutes before the Ten Miler start time, which meant very long lines to use the on-site washrooms. The Gardiner Expressway was closed which meant a longer commute for some (I left early enough to avoid the rush, thanks to the RD who sent out an email the day before warning of the closure). Near the end of the 10k, cars were leaving the Green P parking lot at 115 Unwin which meant that they had to cut across the race route. There was a police officer guiding traffic and ensuring that the runners were safe, so that helped immensely, but it could not have been encouraging for the approaching runners who might think that they would need to slow down or stop so close to the end of the race.
Basically, the things that were within the RD's control went well and the organizers did everything they could to make up for the shortcomings (e.g. starting the race 10 minutes later so that the porta-potties could be set up and used). For that reason, I would run this race again and recommend it to others.
Ran this in 2012 loved the distance was very hot day. I would have ran it again but they no longer put this race on and I dont know why it was a good race! Hope they bring it back!
Well organized race. Great event. (Could improve by giving out better post-race food; but other than that, a great race).
A great race for a summer's day. Ample amounts of water and had something every summer race should have: MISTING STATIONS! Definitely a huge plus! I would really recommend this race and hope to do it again next year.
This was my first time ever participating in an organized event. I'd like to thank all the organizers along with the many volunteers who made this experience one I'll remember for a very long time.
This was my first ever registered race. Thank you to all the race committee staff and all the volunteers that made this event special for me.
I appreciate it!
So, this is my third "Toronto" race and by far, the best. Women's 5k Sunnybrook and Mississauga Half Marathon. I gotta say, I'm not a Toronto fan. I'm so lucky to be able to run in the area that I do. Running in amongst the smell and atmosphere is not what I like in Toronto. That being said, this race had an awesome start/finish venue. The brick and morter of the Distillery District gave an edge to this venue. The bonus of local restaurants that didn't mind your "Amish" odour and allowed beer at 10 am.
We didn't have to park at the race, as we stayed at a B and B within walking distance. A little confusion with the baggage check area, as we were sent the 'long' way around to get to it. Some vendors on site, but I never even checked them out; too busy doing other things. Baggage check was free and safe (as my wallet and credit cards were inside)-A BIG plus for Toronto! The corrals were well organized, I had hoped for an earlier start, as August tends to be hot, and it WAS. WOWSA! HUMID. Considering we had thunderstorms all week, we lucked out and had no rain. Race started on time; plenty of port-a-potties scattered throughout the start/finish and even enroute. NO 'public' support along the way BUT we were running through a Park most of the time; and not near local housing, so I didn't anticipate more than the drummer and guitar guys and the van people who stayed for HOURS. The volunteers were plentiful though, making sure you didn't go the wrong way, assisting people who were injured. LOTS of eyes on the course. I loved the fact that they had a 5 mile split carpet because I am SURE I saw someone cheating.. A guy in a purple bib (slowest 10 mile pace) coming in just after all the lead guys.. I'm sure he didn't hit the halfway mat cause he just didn't run like a speedster. Watching the 5k'ers head back while still heading out at around 2k was awesome. Thought they should have a different start though. 5 water stations, each offering gatorade and water. The misting stations (two) were GREATLY appreciated and used. AWESOME bonus! The chip and gun time were correct. The finishing chute was great with water (although no bottles) gatorade, bagels, bananas, yogurt and completely thawed freezes (BOO YAH on the idea though! Just too bad they were all melted). The medal was the perfect touch, and excellent medal too! Would I do it again? In a heart beat. Although nothing really to 'look at' along the way, and no real crowd support, BUT... It was well organized, flat and FAST and to finish off at the Distillery and sit down and have a beer with your friends (and a late brunch) was the topping on the cake. I don't like Toronto races (I'm from Cottage Country) but if I had to pick a City race, I think this was excellent. Race T-shirts too small (again) and the packet pickup was absolute CRAP (Running Room off of Wellington St- CAN NOT FIND, CAN NOT PARK, IS INCORRECT IN GOOGLE YELLOW PAGES- ABSOLUTE CRAP).. but other than that? AWESOME lol
I really enjoyed this event. The volunteers were very upbeat, and I found the course to be fun. Running underneath the Gardiner for a km or two was interesting, and the big loop through Tommy Thompson Park was really nice. Distance markers were big and easy to see so thanks for that; and there were plenty of water stations along the route. Also, around 12 km there was a misting station to run through. Never saw that on a course before - it was really refreshing and gave a bit of a boost to finish the last half of the run.
August 12/12 10 miler
Similar course to Midsummer's 15 km. Road conditions vary so be sharp. Always vunerable to weather conditions on the spit....today was fine. Kit-pick-up difficult for parking. Short-sleeve shirt okay but sizes fit a bit small. Well organized event and great venue. Water/gatorade stations plentiful and well spaced. Volunteers encouraging. Some entertainment. Great that walkers and nordic walkers are welcomed but there should be some recognition for those in this category....at least to see how they placed against similar participants. Great tune-up event for fall races.
Very nice course, great scenery. I found the road rough at certain parts, but that is part of the challenge. There was people motivating runners at every corner and the water/gatorade stations were spread out nicely.
This race was fantastic! Its 9:10am and I've already finished a 5K. Fantastic route, cool, well spaced water stations, great "cheerers" to keep you going, great treats and last but not least a medal at the end!! Thanks for a great race!
love the km markers, scotia bank didnt for the 5k
It was an amazing experience, my second 5k and my best time...for the moment!
A race in the middle of August?! Not cool (literally!). Last year it was hot and humid and the course itself is pretty dull and dreary (Commissioners...come on!). I liked the location in the Distillery, but it was so crowded with people that it was exhausting and annoying. The baggage check was a bit of a problem too (in a narrow alleyway) and the post race food left something to be desired (every single banana was rotten and brown). It was the first and last time I would ever do this event (and that's a fact since CRS is changing the event to be 15k instead of 10m. I love the 10m distance but not a fan of this race. On a positive note, I love that CRS was able to get so many elite runners as it's always great to see the best perform.
Flat and fast race but not much in terms of crowd support. Great post-race venue at the Distillery District makes for a fun ending. Great tune up race for fall marathons.
If you are looking for a flat fast course this is it. The distance is perfect and is a great tune up for fall marathons.
It has always been hot when ihave run it so drink lots of water and wear a hat. There are not many shaded areas
I really like this race. I have done the 5k two years in a row, and the course is flat and fast. I have actually set 2 best times on this course. The only thing I didn't really like is that the route is a little boring, other than the start in the Distillery. However, the organization was superb, and it was not too crowded.
Was that really 10 miles? This race is top-notch for a number of reasons...1) the venue is fun, 2) it's perfectly organized, 3) the course is speedy and flat (ok...a bit drab other than the start/finish and the "spit"), 4) the post run excitement. All in all, it makes the morning go by in a fun way...you almost don't even feel like you've run 10 miles! Whether it's the 10 miles or the 5k, you'll want to do this run again and again...so go for it!
Toronto premier 10 miler in the city. Have ran it 2 or 3 times and is a good test of your fitness going into a potential fall marathon. Course is nice and flat and I actually find it a good course but to some they find it quite boring. Well organized which is typical of CRS events.
I finally did this race, even though it was the day after a triathlon I slogged through the 5km. Everyone knows the course is not exactly picturesque but it's flat, fast and lots of entertainment before, during and after the run. They should replace the tshirts with a bootleg bottle of alcohol in lieu of the start and finish area....