Toronto Waterfront 10k

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Location Yonge St, downtown Toronto

  • 2017 100%

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Start Date/Time June 16, -2017 @ 8:00 am
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May 5th, 2015 11:24 am

Very fast down hill run
high energy
the sun was out!

April 27th, 2015 4:38 pm

First time running this event. Had a great time and enjoyed everything. Very well organized, nice loot bag, no problem parking, great and supportive volunteers and the bands were really good! Almost wanted to stop to listen. Like others, I PB'd!! WOOT WOOT!! Or at least I think I did. According to my Garmin the distance was only 9.30 - huh?! Did this happen to anyone else??

The Leasider
April 26th, 2015 11:51 am

That was my first 10k and I love it! Very pretty big-city styled t-shirt that I'll likely keep in my closet.
It was very helpful to see a big time clock at the 5k mark. I also find the goodie bag useful as I found two sunscreen lotions (SPF 30) in my bag, one of which is applicable to wet skin. Very handy for those who run in summer!
The time check was high-tech - as I approached the Results desk, they put a remote control towards my bib, and I immediately saw my result on the screen!
They also put a video of you doing the half distance, and crossing the finish line! It appears on their website a few days after the race.
What I personally don't like was that after the finish, the runners were not allowed to re-enter the caged food and water area.

Ashley R
April 21st, 2015 7:09 pm

This was my first time running the TYS10K and a great experience.

- great swag bag including sunscreen that I will actually use!
- friendly expo and on site volunteers
- clear and concise directions to parking, shuttle and start line
- ample outhouses
- great and fast course (despite the rain)
- pace bunnies! (Thanks!!)
- good on course entertainment
- wicked medals

- I know you can't please everyone but a Thursday evening race kit pick up would have really helped
- I opted to run without a fuel belt and really would have liked a bottle of water after the race. We were handed cups which were hard to juggle with our food and other miscellaneous stuff and didn't hold much liquid

April 21st, 2015 5:37 pm

I did this race in 2014(my 1st 10k ever), and couldn't wait to do it again this year. So well organized! Great swag! Great medal! The staggered starts are great because not only do you not feel like you're a speed bump (if you're not fast like moi!) but you come over the crest at Eglinton and get the incredible view of thousands of people running down Yonge St. ahead of you. The bands and cheering stations, awesome! The only problem this year was people randomly crossing the street. I don't remember as much of that in 2014.
Even with the crazy gusty winds this year, I obliterated my time from last year, and even bested my 10K PB by almost 3 minutes! Can't wait to do it again!

April 21st, 2015 3:22 pm

What a great experience for my first ever race! Very well organized event. Running through downtown Toronto is a big thrill, and the long finisher's chute at the end was a great way to cool down and avoid bottle-necking at the finish. Nice race kit with some useful things in it - including a great-looking tech shirt - and I loved the medal. I'd definitely recommend this race to friends and consider doing it again next year!

April 20th, 2015 9:46 pm

This is a great start-off race to the season if you've missed the Harry's Spring Run-Off. Fast, downhill and relatively easy and well organized. Certainly a race to establish a PB on.

My only gripe (if I could name one) would've been some cars serving as obstacles in some of the two-lane streets. I wouldn't fault the organizers of the race for that though.

April 20th, 2015 1:34 pm

I ran this race last year also and I did find there were definitely more pedestrians cutting into the racers. I literally ran right into a group of guys (one pulling a suitcase!) walking across Yonge at Eglinton through a mass of runners. They didn't even bother to stop. I think the cops there were more focused on directing the vehicle traffic than the pedestrians. Maybe some signage for pedestrians in the future? Otherwise, it was a great race, well organized, I easily found a place to park and plenty of time for washroom at the beginning of the race. Lots of enthusiastic people cheering on the runners and a nice lady gave me a high five at the end. Great experience.

April 20th, 2015 12:06 pm

The Yonge Street 10k, The Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Monster Dash are my trifecta of 'Must do' runs every year in the GTA. If you enjoy distance running. These three are a must. This year, the Yonge Street 10k did not disappoint in the slightest.

What really sets this race apart from almost all others is the route. Starting just North of Yonge and Eglington and seeing the downtown core in front of you, seeing the CN tower off in the distance and visualizing 'There is my goal. When I get there, I'm home free'.

The starting gun goes off and you begin your run down the road many of us have walked countless times in our lives. The starts are staggered and the road is entirely open to the runners making bottlenecking non-existent. You can run at your own pace, ignoring everything else, you can take in the sites of the city at a leisurely pace or you can shadow a faster runner and try to crack that PB time.

Water stations are perfectly placed along the course, volunteers are cheerful and very supportive and there is lots of room for friends and family to view their favourite runners. Throw in a few fantastic live bands and you have an event for the ages.

After the race, there is a nice 500m cool down area to get to the post race party. The medals are fantastic and there was lots of food and drink post race for hungry and thirsty runners to recharge.

If you are in to distance running, do this race. It should be on every distance runners bucket list.

April 20th, 2015 8:46 am

This was a brilliantly well organised and fun race. The course was great (I'm sure there were a ton of PBs, including mine!) and the volunteers were excellent, finish line food and drink was a big bonus too. Great job all around and I would love to run this event again!

The only thing that could improve, is that clearer directions are given in regard to TTC buses up to the start line! It was unclear where the Yonge St bus was diverting to.

April 19th, 2015 9:39 pm

First time doing this race and absolutely loved it!! Starting from the awesome kit - great shirt and some actual products in the kit. Excellent organization & great volunteers - water stations along the route and bag check were very well staffed with enthusiastic volunteers. Corrals were effective in making sure there was enough space for the runners. Very nice medal!! Overall another awesome event by the CRS team - great job! Would highly recommend!

Steph L.
April 19th, 2015 8:33 pm

Well organized race with great volunteers and support throughout the race. Will definitely do this race again next year.

Tight Laces
April 19th, 2015 4:22 pm

This was my second time running this one, first time was last year. I set a PB last year for a 10km and smashed it today. I still enjoy the course and I actually managed to pass most people in the final 2km, when I picked up my speed.
Like a few people here mentioned there were allot of pedestrians crossing the road nearly getting trampled. The police could have done a better job with crowd control, which was a NEGATIVE
I still love the staggered starts because it prevents the bottle neck effect that takes place at so many events. There seemed to be more on course entertainment this year than last. This was a PLUS
One of the highlights was the finishing chute this year. There was plenty of room to cool down from the run before you reached the “party” area. Compared to last year where you finished the run and then bang you were getting your medal and once again put into that bottle neck. So that was a big PLUS
Unless you went to the Sport Stats tent you could not find your time if you finished the run in any corral but the red this is a NEGATIVE.
Over all had a great day and this race is slowly becoming one of my favorites that is why I gave it what I did.

Tight Laces

April 19th, 2015 4:37 pm

Great race, wonderful atmosphere. The organization of race kits and baggage are well done.

Mac Attack
April 19th, 2015 3:13 pm

I absolutely love love love this race! This year I set a new PB despite the crazy strong winds - so I really couldn't be happier!

That being said - there were a couple of things that could be improved. I've run this race several times and never noticed this before, and maybe it was just me- but there were a LOT of people (pedestrians) cutting into the path of runners. I'm talking about big groups of families meandering into the runners. I nearly took out about 6 people - and it didn't seem like the cops were doing anything about it, they mostly just watch them go and shrugged.
Also - I'm pretty new to the world of Garmin but it seemed that the course was off a bit? My final race distance was 10.34 km... did anyone else notice this?

Anyways, I still love the race which is clearly superior in its organization, promotion, and especially it's volunteers so it get 5 bananas from me. See you again next year!

April 19th, 2015 3:47 pm

-very well organized, the volunteers doing the bag checks were fast and so friendly as well as everyone who handed out drinks during and after the race!

Killarney camper
May 16th, 2014 10:23 am

Toronto Younge Street 10K was the most fun we have had at a race. It was exceptionally well organized. Parking at Ontario Place was nice and easy. The wait for a shuttle bus was not very long . We got dropped right off at the start. Since we are from far far away, we got to pick up the race kits at the start and that went quickly and easily. We liked that we could do that because some races make you come the day before. And that is a deterrent for us. The corrals were big and well organized. And they were sent off in waves which helped congestion on the course. The announcer was on his game and was able to keep the crowd energized and ready to go. It was so neat to come over the first rise and see all of Younge Street full of runners .... like a running river of people. You could hear the runners around you go “Wow!” when they caught sight of it. The aid stations were on both sides of the street and staffed by wonderful volunteers. And there were porta potties at each stop .... much appreciated! The police were out in full force and very encouraging as you ran by them. There was some music on the course. Our favorite was the didgeridoos guys .... They were amazing. Each K was clearly marked. Just one little thing .... the 9K marker was way off according to my Garmin. I thought I only had .5 K to go when I saw the 9K marker. That was a bit of a shock at the time. Running down Younge Street was fun ... any other time you would get smoked by a car! It is such an iconic street to be doing! With the exception of a small hill right by Mount Pleasant, the course is downhill and that makes it fast. We set PRs for the both of us! The finish line was well organized and the announcer called you by name which was fun. Everything was close by and you did not have to walk far for anything. The medal was really nice. Lots of food and lots of variety too. All in all ... one of the best races we have done and we will be back next year with lots of friends in tow! IT is easily our favorite. Canadian Running Series puts on great races ... and we would recommend all of them

May 13th, 2014 8:08 pm

Did this run for the first year this year and was very impressed! The atmosphere was awesome, live bands along the route. The end of the race was well organized. The run kit was good, The only con I would say was the shirts fit very small and we were told we couldn't exchange the shirts unless we brought them to race day.

Overall well organized.

Sara Bettencourt
April 27th, 2014 5:48 pm

This was an amazing race!

Great race kit and it was nice to be able to get an extra gift (choice between a 2nd shirt, hat, or sunglasses).

The course is a great one for a PB and I smashed mine by 13 minutes.

Great crowd and location.

I'll be back next year!

April 25th, 2014 1:25 pm

This was my first time running the Yonge St 10km. I really enjoyed this race - it was a fast, invigorating run, which finally allowed me to achieve a 10km under 60 minutes. Fluids were plentiful at all the stations and the post-race food also plentiful, but limited in variety. It was great running towards the tall skyscrapers of downtown Toronto and finishing up near the lake. The medal was very nice, too.

Road Runner
April 22nd, 2014 8:07 am

Race Kit: Great

Race venue: Great

Weather: Nice

After Party: Great

....I would like to mention maybe getting more porta potties.....I was waiting in line for 30 min and still didnt get to use the washroom cause the race was about to begin Having 20 or 30 Porta Potties for over 5K people is not enough when we all drink water!!!!!

April 20th, 2014 12:16 am

Excellent race yet again. Well organized, well supported, room to run fast and great social connections.

April 16th, 2014 7:56 pm

This race was fantastic.

The staggered start times were brilliant to prevent bottlenecking, the run was scenic and fantastic. It was great running by shops as they opened up getting the smells of baked goods through downtown Toronto. The course was ultra fast, I smashed my PB by 3 and a half minutes (and I'm going to try to smash it again next year) The volunteers were in high spirits and had a great sense of humor.

All in all a great run. I'll be back next year.

April 16th, 2014 4:53 pm

My first time at an event this big. Very well organized at the front end, the back end and all the way through!!

Tight Laces
April 14th, 2014 6:00 pm

First time running the event, great course, It set a new PB for me for a 10km run.

Liked the Water/Gatorade stations being on both sides of the course.

Loved the staggered start times, it help prevent the bottle neck effect that happens at most other runs.

Finishing area was well laid out and did not seem crowded as it has seemed that way for other runs

April 14th, 2014 10:37 am

Great race kit and great post-race swag. Well-organized.

April 14th, 2014 7:21 am

Great race and organized well so all goes smoothly. Love it and will do it again and again! Great stuff and recommend to anyone who can do a 10K!

April 14th, 2014 12:55 am

My first 10k and it was great! Race was well organized, loved our pacer and our sideline motivators. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Gurmontek Chandhoke
April 13th, 2014 8:00 pm

this course is very flat,if not downhill, making it effortless to PB! lots of people on the side with the notorious cow bell and encouraging you to push that bit extra. Medals have an intricate design and fit comfortably around your neck and are a respectable size! The end race refreshments were perfectly pleasing, as the tended to ones needs appropriately! Other participants and staff were very affable. However,the only draw back was that there were not enough washrooms at the start of the race causing chaotic lines. Otherwise the race was a blast! You should consider it next year!

April 13th, 2014 8:54 pm

My first time running in this race. Top notch! Excellent organization all around. Same great route down Yonge Street as Sporting Life only more manageable crowds. And Mother Nature decided to cooperate too.

April 13th, 2014 8:37 pm

Well organized race. Not an easy course to run. More than enough food, water and gatorade to eat and drink after you finish running 10km.

April 13th, 2014 6:31 pm

Well organized race! Fun & fast race with all the downhill. Enough water stations, path was well indicated and the music, every few kilometers, motivates you to keep going.

Well organized! Bravo to the organizing team

April 13th, 2014 4:00 pm

The race was very well organized. Great atmosphere and a huge crowd. Great to see people cheering us along the route. This was my first 10K but will definitely be back next year.

Chilled to the bone but super happy!
April 13th, 2014 3:09 pm

A great race, great medal and who wouldn't want to run down the middle of Yonge st? My biggest complaint would be there should be more port a potties at the start line. I also didn't see any bottled water at the finish line???? And coffee would be a real bonus ~ start and finish, given the chilly time of year...but that might be asking for too much?

April 13th, 2014 3:01 pm

Great race!

Well organized and the all the race marshals and volunteers were awesome!

Very happy runner!
April 13th, 2014 1:10 pm

Very well organized race. Every year this race is a treat to run. Thanks to all the volunteers!

April 13th, 2014 1:54 pm

This is just an awesome race. Well organized, decent swag bag, amazing volunteers and the best food of any race bar none. Seriously, this 10km puts marathons to shame. There is everything at the finish line and a bunch of sponsors giving out samples. I have to remind myself "I only ran 10km" because I could just eat and eat! Running down Yonge St. is a blast. The finish line is organized. I love this race. This should be Toronto's premier race. The fans and volunteers are great. The overall atmosphere is very positive and friendly. And the course is a real deal city run. Forget the Goodlife or Scotiabank runs, the Toronto Yonge St. 10km is Toronto.

July 22nd, 2013 2:22 pm

I loved this race. It was well organized and it showed. This course has a slight decline so expect a possible PB! :)
I parked my car at the finish line and took the shuttle to the starting line. No concerns and very simple to navigate.
The shirts were nice. I agree that it is nice to get a technical shirt made by one of the major companies but the design was good.
The support for the racers at the beginning of the line from LuluLemon and Running Room was also awesome. Both stores opened their doors to runners while they waited for the race to begin. No doubt they made some serious cash, but it was nice anyways.
I would recommend this race to anyone who is looking for a good 1st 10k race.

June 27th, 2013 12:52 am

Awesome f'n race!
I love this course, so fast.
Organization is spot on. Worth the brutal fee.
Everything about this race is good.
Parking sucks balls and the $45 cab ride hurts but smoking good times eases the pain.
One complaint - less gay shirts c'mon for $80 and 20,000 people give something decent or drop the price. The china $2 crap is china $2 crap..if you want to market yourself year round toss a decent new balance, nike or saucony jersey that we will actually wear. More yonge st. 10k shirts in the landfill does no one justice.

May 13th, 2013 10:04 pm

Great race...well organized start, lots of volunteers to ensure everyone was safe on route. Organized finish line, plenty of food. Canada Running Series host amazing events!

May 8th, 2013 12:54 am

Third time running this race. Just as good as prior years.
- took the 8am shuttle, no issues with my driver;
- great staggered start again with the corral set-up - someone actually checked my bib this year before letting me in my corral - wow, that's a first!;
- all km markers in place and accurate;
- great bands and atmosphere on the route, very lively;
- water stations were well supplied when I passed;
- line up for food was incredibly long (think Scotia 2011 baggage check)...I ended up skipping the line and left.

In all, recommend the race - strong organizers. Didn't hurt that they kept the entry price steady this year, but didn't get the extra hat I was promised for signing up early. I would give 4.5/5 bannans if I could, due to the food line-up, otherwise the race was great.

May 7th, 2013 12:36 pm

This was my first race and luckily it was a great experience! From the organization, email updates, website info., to the race day entertainment, medals and food tents I give it an A+. Volunteers were helpful and racers seemed to enjoy the race. Also the expo day was nice in that volunteers were helpful, informative and welcoming - along with the race kit. There was lots of space to run and ample water stations etc. I will definitely do this race again next year! This was a way better experience than my second race which was with Goodlife!

April 26th, 2013 6:08 pm

This was my third race and first 10K. The race was well-organized arrd staffed. Personally, it was challenging because its almost entirely downhill and I do better in uphill races. Go figure! LOL! Nevertheless I enjoyed it & will repeat.

April 25th, 2013 6:08 pm

Fun Festive & a fast run --if you're aiming for under the 1 hour mark. Also the run is VERY organized! & has a lot of volunteers who are very helpful and excited for the run. Awesome!

April 24th, 2013 2:43 pm

One suggestion i would do, is at the starting line due to the large number of people they need more speakers to hear the announcer

April 24th, 2013 11:03 am

Thoroughly enjoyed the race. Reuniting family with finishers was a little confusing, and I ended up needing to come around and cross the race route near the finish line to meet back up with my partner.

Damien Bib#5087
April 23rd, 2013 9:23 pm

This was my first ever running event and I had a great time! Well organized and who doesn't love a good run down Yonge Street? I can't think of one bad thing to say about it. Cheers to everyone involved including the organizers, runners and fans! See you at TYS10K 2014! :)

April 23rd, 2013 8:49 pm

This was my first YS10K and it was so much fun! I liked how we started in waves so we had lots of space to run and there weren't any bottle necks. I wish I there were distance markers in the last kilometer so I could have better judged when to start my last push to the finish line. Bag check was easy and convenient. Overall it was a great experience! I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.

April 23rd, 2013 8:05 pm

My first ever race (I started training to run in January of 2013) and I loved it! I'm now addicted to the energy that comes from the people at a race.

I found the volunteers were up beat and encouraging, even after an hour of cheering!

Since not running a race before I can't say any improvements... just that it was fun!

Thank you My Next Race team for suggesting this race to start with!

April 23rd, 2013 6:32 pm

Terrific race. Great course. Well organized from start to finish. Nice swag this year too!

April 22nd, 2013 5:42 pm

I'm now entering my 2nd full season of running and until now I've been only running 5K events. The TYS10K was my first 10K of my running career. I was very impressed with the organization of the race kit pickup and the structured pre-race planning of the corrals. The pre-race commentary was also very well done, though I don't think everybody in the starting grid could hear the speakers.

The race itself was very exciting. It's definitely not everyday that you get to run down the middle of Yonge Street. Though a little bit crowded at times, I was glad the turns weren't congested and the water stations weren't at all busy as I was passing. I also found there was a great degree of runner etiquette, which isn't always apparent. It was also a good feeling to have people on the streets cheering us on as we ran towards the finish. The only real negative I could say about the race itself was the mid-point clock that wasn't working.

As for the post-race, I found the food to be standard (bananas, bagels, apples, juices)...nothing spectacular or bad about it. I heard others grumbling a bit about the food, but I'm not there for breakfast...I'm there for the run. The supply of water and gatorade again was plentiful. The post-race area was definitely large enough to not feel cramped and allowed ample room to perform post race stretching.

My 1st 10K experience was a great one and I look forward to running this race again next time. I would definitely recommend this race to others.

Happy (fast) runner
April 22nd, 2013 2:41 pm

I have run this race many times, under the former Title Sponsor name and now the "new" Yonge Street name with the same organization. Another stellar performance by the organizers, top notch and first class, BUT I think we're getting bored with the post run (myself and some other active runners). Some of us just did the spring run off in High Park and it seems like a cookie cutter approach after the run....same bananas, stale bagels, cookies and apples. Not to be mean but why not some variety, like hot soup or at least like many races jam or peanut butter with the bagels? what about a vendor who sells something that might keep us hanging around?

On a technical note, since there are a million ads and distractions along Yonge Street, why not include a line of chalk across the road at each KM marker, the ones you have seem to get zoned out with everything else.....the water stations were excellent as was the post finish line walk up to the party area.

Still a 5 banana race though! Brilliant idea too (bananas).

April 22nd, 2013 1:46 pm

First time to run the yonge street 10k and it was a great race. great organization, volunteers, start area, baggage drop off and claim, and finish area (though I always wish there was some different food). I will race next year.

Tal L
April 22nd, 2013 10:25 am

Just finished April 21, 2013. Great course, super well organized, finishing area was better this year with more space, much less of a bottleneck. My fastest 10k ever! Race numbers at about 7000 which is a nice size, keeps you motivated but no problems with having too many people in your way. Great post-race food (bananas, cookies, bagels, juice, water, gatorade). Can't wait for next year.

The Frenchie Ben
April 22nd, 2013 9:53 am

It was my first race and it is a success ! A pleasure running downtown Toronto, with people on the road.
Good organization, good mood. People are really nice.

I would love run it again if I could one day.

A successful event !

Tracy M
April 22nd, 2013 7:25 am

This was my first TYS10K, and I have to say I really loved the route. Lots of folks have talked about the fast, downhill grade. That's true. I just really loved the idea of running down the middle of Yonge Street, among fellow runners, and finishing up on York Street.

As a Torontonian, there was just something extra special about running along major roads where I'm normally on the sidewalk.

So, road nostalgia aside - everything I saw was well organized. Kit pick-up at the Expo was straight forward. I expected a teeny tiny expo, and while it wasn't huge, there was more there than I expected. Nice! Really appreciate the nice touch of the commemorative Boston bibs too - thank you. Having just left Boston after watching the Marathon, it felt comforting to be among a community of people who continue to show the love and support.

Volunteers were great to let folks know when to get in corrals, and also good to ensure that you were in the right corral. I thought the corral designations were better at this race than they were at the Rosen. I was in the yellow corral this time (was in red at the Rosen), and quite frankly, I belong in the yellow corral. I'm getting faster, but I'm not that fast.

Volunteers were clear to advise of upcoming water/Gatorade stations.

Saw very few marshals along the route (doesn't mean they weren't there) but certainly saw officers at major intersections dealing with keeping the traffic back.

Despite the number of runners, it didn't seem like the route was too crowded. Probably a combination of a good corral set-up and staggered start times, and a really wide road to run on.

Great energy to hear the crowds as you near the finish-line. Beautiful medal, and extra swag this year. Lots of treats for runners in the post-race area.

Thanks for another great race. Appreciate the new PB too! I trust I'll do this race again another year.

April 21st, 2013 10:40 pm

I loved the race. Great bands along the way as promised.

Mac Attack
April 21st, 2013 8:46 pm

Thought the race was well-organized and thoroughly enjoyed the course. I live downtown and head to drive north to get to the starting line but that was ok as I had a friend drive me really early (8:15) and even at that point it was difficult to get anywhere near Yonge street.
Course was wonderful- fast and mostly downhill with great volunteers and spectators. Set a new pr for 10k which was really exciting and am very happy they chose to offer runners bibs in support of Boston.

Will definetly register again next year!

April 21st, 2013 6:52 pm

The shuttle pick up area was not very organized. For those of us that arrived early- there was no one in the ticket booth (until just a few minutes before the first bus left)- resulting in my paying $12 for parking rather than the $5 advertised. The volunteers at the shuttle had no idea what was going on when they were questioned. The bus driver for the first bus to the starting line had no idea where he was going, and he got lost. He had to be directed by several people on the bus that knew where the starting line was.

Once at the race, there were plenty of porta-potties, and the corrals were clearly marked. The water and Gatorade stations (two of them) along the race route were plentiful. The finishers metals were very nice, and there was plenty of food at the end of the race.

Once I got to the starting line, this race went smoothly. Volunteers and bus drivers that were briefed and knew what was going on at the shuttle site, would make this race a five banana race.

April 21st, 2013 5:19 pm

This was only my third organized run and my first ten K. Full disclosure - I'm one of those people who didn't train and decided to run the day before. I had heard what a nice run (and easy course it is), so I decided to go with it. I enjoyed the run tremendously! Beautiful day running down Yonge St on an early Sunday morn. Not a ton of crowds cheering you on until later in the race but lots of local support and just good vibes all round. Friendly faces everywhere that carried me to the finish line. Love my medal! So silly but fun to have nonetheless. Could be more dynamic displays in the after tent area (more creative food choices, entertainment). For $75 (late fee)and a race that has been up and running for ten years, I do expect a little bit more in terms of offering something above the norm. So a little complacent. All in all a good course that could use a little finesse.

April 21st, 2013 2:02 pm

Loved the Toronto Yonge St. 10K 2013! Well organized, easy to get to parking, shuttles, and start line. Great atmosphere, and a great route for running! Will definitely do this run again - loved it!

April 21st, 2013 2:30 pm

Fabulous race - mostly downhill - they snuck in a couple of slightly uphills. Perfectly organized - yeah to the CRS team - especially Charlotte :)

April 21st, 2013 2:39 pm

AWESOME !! Well organized BIG SHOUT OUT To all involved for making this a great event!!
This was my second time running this event and will continue to run in it and recommend it!!

April 21st, 2013 2:00 pm

First time for this race, Awesome!! Was coming in from Calgary for business , so decided to come a day early and run this event, so glad I did.

Steph L
April 21st, 2013 1:01 pm

This was my first time participating in this race and I truly enjoyed it and found it very well organized. The only small issue I experienced was our bus driver got a little lost driving up to the the start line, but that was minor as there was plenty of time before the beginning of the race. There were losts of volunteers who were excellent. The bag check was well organized and quick, liked having the water station at the beginning.

There were lots of people cheering all the way along the route and I thought the water stations were well spaced out. Appreciated the entertainment along the wayas well.

Finish line was spacious and well organized. Picking up my bag was a very easy process. There were plenty of food stations so no crowds or long lines.

I like the medal and appreciated that they had bibs available in support of the Boston Marathon which alot of the runners wore.

April 21st, 2013 11:38 am

This is an easy downhill course - I set a PR here. Decent crowd support and some great urban scenery to keep things interesting.

Scenery: Tall buildings, bridge overpasses full of fans, streetcars stopped to pass. Nice urban setting, never dull.

Volunteers: Awesome!

Water stations: Could use another one for panters like me. Stations are at 4k, 7k and the end.

Tshirt: So-so. I'm not a fan of the two-tone style that CRS seems to like. Blue back and side panels, white front.

Food: So-so. Plain bagel with nothing to put on it, cookies, banana, apple. Juice promo from Oasis was appreciated.

Medal: The iconic Yonge St street sign logo plus a Trekkie joke (the runners are wearing bibs that read "Live Long" "& Prosper") almost make up for the fact that the medal is otherwise a picture of runners on a generic circular shaped medal that CRS (and many Canadian races) seem to be stuck on. Good weight and decent ribbon. I would display among my favourites, unlike some other Toronto medals.

End party: Great site at Garrison Park. The end gauntlet was spread out so there was no bunching at the finish. Only issue was that you have to walk a bit to get water.

Bathrooms: Decent number at the start, finish, and along the course.

Transportation: This is an area where I think CRS could build on. They already have some great options, including a shuttle between start and end. Unfortunately you have to sign up for this at least a week before the race, which isn't great for last minute planners. Also, given that TTC still in this day and age doesn't run subway service before 9 am on Sundays, it would be nice for CRS to provide a little info - a page on their website, a map at the expo and/or a handout in the race kit - about transit options, especially since the Yonge St bus is diverted over to Bay St/Davenport/Avenue due to the race closures. I was coming from downtown, and even the streetcar driver on Dundas did not know that the Yonge bus would be diverted. There was an alert about the diversion on the TTC website but I could not find information about where it would be diverted to or when. Since the diversion is BECAUSE of the race, CRS should make this information available to runners coming from downtown in particular. Just post a map on your website!

Recommendation: Worth running at least once for the iconic Toronto setting and opportunity to PR.

Alexandre Massiot
May 24th, 2012 3:21 am

My last race before I went back to France. A great race in the busiest street of Toronto where you will never see so few cars in there while you are running.
And a great tee-shirt to win!!!

May 21st, 2012 7:24 pm

I ran both races. If your interested in a well organized race, this is the one! The food,course, waterstations,signage,weather and entertainment was fantastic! I cannot say the same about the SL race.

william pogue
May 18th, 2012 8:57 am

This was the first year for this race although identical to the Sporting life 10k there were not nearly as many participants.This was probably due to the fact that it is not yet an established race and less money goes to charity than the Sporting life race.The fan support was lacking probably due to the cold weather.Race kit pickup was in good location at Sheraton Hotel but goodie bag contained no goodies.Race is always good for PB.Was billed as mini Scotiabank race but needs considerable work to reach that status.It seemed as though it was put together at last minute.Race medal was really nice which is why I chose this race over Sl race.However I believe that I will run Sporting Life 10k instead next year.

Everton White
May 13th, 2012 1:54 pm

This was my first 10k and I really enjoyed it...the weather was great, there were so many people which gave it a great feel...I would do this again for sure!

Barbara Goss
May 12th, 2012 10:15 pm

Even though it's not an out-and-back, the organization for this race was great. I didn't take advantage of the racer-shuttle, but I did throw my run bag on the bus to retrieve it promptly after finishing, efficiently tossed to me by smiling high school volunteers.
I loved the live bands, especially the guys with the didgeridoo at Bloor!
Aid stations were well-organized so you could get at what you needed.
It's true what they say about the speed on this course: I ran on an injury (bad Barbara!) and still blew away my PB.

Jon Gray
May 9th, 2012 2:15 pm

If you're looking for a race to run a PR - this is it! 1000s of people but not too crowded through the streets. Lots of live music and cheering on the way down to keep you energized! don't forget your ID though - free beer at the finish this year topped things off rather nicely:)

One negative was the lack of distance markers. Either they were missing or I couldn't see them. Well organized finish area and post-race activities.

see you next year!

May 7th, 2012 2:03 pm

I loved this race. It was well organized, the course was great, the volunteers were great and I'll be back again next year! Who doesn't like a downhill course?!

Brenna Thompson
May 5th, 2012 10:33 pm

Fantastic Race, especially for a new runner! The atmosphere was great and it was really cool to run down Yonge Street. All in all, great!!!!!

May 3rd, 2012 9:50 am

Always a great race! If only they could arrange to have the subways open earlier on a Sunday!

May 2nd, 2012 3:08 pm

awesome race - did my PB, I would recommend anyone who loves running to attend this event and I will attend next year for sure! Thanks! :)

cathy kearns
April 30th, 2012 10:26 pm

Note - this refers to the 2011 running of this race when it was called the Sporting Life 10K.
Loved the post-race festivities and the convenience of the shuttle. Lots of photo ops at the end of the race and the coffee and treats hit the spot before it rained. great t-shirts.Course was comfortable for all levels of runners! Great Energy! Yay Camp Ooch!!

cathy kearns
April 30th, 2012 2:04 pm

hmmmm.....not too fond of shirt colour, nice medal and design, loved the course..route clear and easy to follow (woohoo! downhill!!), great post-race goodies and great entertainment. Enthusiastic support from volunteers and cheering sections (lululemon around 7K to name one). Disappointed we were unable to buy shuttle tickets at racekit was mentioned in the emails but there were so many emails didn't have a chance to read them all prior to race.

April 29th, 2012 2:48 am

Great run that wasn't crowded and it was fast.

April 26th, 2012 9:14 pm

Loved this race! Great course for a beginner!

Shamita Singh
April 25th, 2012 3:01 pm

Enjoyed running on a traffic-free Yonge Street despite the wind and the cold start.

Shaun Shienfield
April 25th, 2012 1:40 pm

Great fast net downhill course. Great energy. Highly organize and set a PB 40 Minutes 20 Seconds.

Dan Rodzynek
April 24th, 2012 12:28 pm

This was the first race for both my wife and I. We've been working hard at getting on board with a healthier lifestyle since the fall of last year, and the Yonge St. 10K was the first test to our commitment. Thankfully we both had such a great experience it will hardly be our last! We are already looking to see what we can do next! Thank you to everyone who participated for making this experience such a positive one!

Joe Allen
April 24th, 2012 3:25 am

This was my first race and I loved it! It was faster than I thought it would be which was fun. The energy from the crowd motivated me to run as fast as I could. I loved the live music. I'll be back next year. Good job folks!

Steve Harding
April 23rd, 2012 10:25 pm

Great well organized event. It would have been nice to have the end of run party on the lakeshore park rather than a gravel car park. The shuttle bus drop off on the way to the start was a bit of a hike & there was a lady who was really struggling to walk after the race. However, that's being picky. A great day and a great race

Lynn Bourque
April 23rd, 2012 7:49 pm

The Yonge St 10k was fantastic. I liked the smaller crowd. Mre elbow room on the course! The corral system seemed to work well and the important details like baggage check were very well handled. There was great energy at the finish from all the volunteers and I particularily liked the stilt walking, dancing clown!! Well done CRS.

Dan Way
April 23rd, 2012 4:03 pm

It's a super fast downhill course but a great one for seeing the city and with good fan support in sections (others are more like a ghost town). Sure, you can't actually count it as a PB but it's nice to see a super fast time (~30-60sec faster than an honest 10k course). The start/corral system seems to work well and the baggage check was spot on. Only about 7500 runners this year so the CRS/Sporting Life split seems to have had an effect. Still a great 'big' race experience. Volunteers are great. Post-race awards/food/festivities are good too. Cool to see Shawn Brady perform. Really like that CRS makes a point of attracting elite (Canadian) athletes and supports them well. Always great to see fast times from guys like Reid, Gillis and others. Was looking forward to the team challenge as well and despite some immediate problems with results, CRS quickly made the appropriate changes. Was looking forward to a beer but didn't have ID so wasn't served; not cool. In general, very impressed with this running event and it's organization.

April 23rd, 2012 3:18 pm

Nicely organized race and packet pickup was very quick.

April 23rd, 2012 3:07 pm

This my 6th year doing this race and I always have a good time. The course is very enjoyable (as it's mostly downhill!)and I always set a PB for my 10k. There's always lots of food and drinks after too, and this year there was beer! This is defintely a good race and a good first 10k for beginners too.

Andy Donovan
April 23rd, 2012 12:16 pm

As a proud member of the "9 Drunks and a Runner" Team going on three years now this was the best experience yet. I felt the event was well organized and the route was well planned and easy to run. Definitely looking to participate next year with the team which gets ready to celebrate 10 years of running as a team!

April 23rd, 2012 12:12 pm

Had a blast! Awsome course and the event was well organized.
The food service at the end was excellent. Thanks to all the great volunteers who made this race very special. See you next year!!

Sharon Bernard
April 23rd, 2012 12:26 pm

This was the first time I have done this race and it was such a great experience. It was well-organized and entertaining. I will definitely be doing it again:)

David Hiddleston
April 23rd, 2012 11:30 am

It has been a few years since I last run this race but again the CRS organizational skills are to the fore. Great post race setup.

Nice touch getting the Boston Marathon winner to present the prizes.

Would be good if for next year the team event is in fact just that as opposed to 'Running Club Teams' - what defines a Running Club?

If you have a group of friends that fancy running the race together, shouldn't they be allowed to run as a team. Is a group of friends who train every now again together a running club? Or does a a running club have to be an official entity with presidents, committee, accounts, etc.?

Yes, would save on any confusion if it was just simply a team.

Patrizia Pogacar
April 23rd, 2012 11:10 am

The Yonge Street 10K was my first 10km race and I really enjoyed it. It is especially great for beginners, because most of the time you are running downhill. I would definitely recommend the Toronto Yonge Street 10K to people who try to run a 10K for the first time, but also to runners with more experience, because it is a really fast race.

Eugene Scanlan
April 23rd, 2012 10:04 am

Panic at 6:30 as I slept in for Apr.22 Toronto 10K run.Ran to Dundas W subway for a streetcar. Got to Yonge with 50 folk waiting for TTC bus. 5 anxious runners jumped into a taxi for Yonge & Erskine. Great compact bag was easily put on well marked bus.Time for coffee was great.Corrals thwarted overcrowding at start.Lively bands and volunteer cheerleaders encouraged racers. Well organized water/gatorade stops. Lots of refreshments and snacks at finish.Yery easy to fing baggage bus.Cooperation of Running Room and Canada Running Series was splendid.This old guy even won his age group and I met up with several Longboat Roadrunners for the party.

April 23rd, 2012 10:58 am

hey guys what a is my 1st official run in a few years and I had a blast - it was so well organized and everyone was a great support especially for 1st timers. The food service at the end was excellent and the runners were all taken good care off. Thanks to all the great volunteers who made this race very special for us.

Liisa jaremko
April 22nd, 2012 10:52 pm

It was very well organized every step of the way. No glitches! Everyone we encountered was very helpful and accommodating.

April 22nd, 2012 9:13 pm

Great race. Well organized and loved the bands. Everything was easy from the corrals, potties to shuttles. Next year we are going to bring some more friends and make it an out of town weekend. Thanks!

April 22nd, 2012 9:23 pm

Super downdill course. Great advance communication, plenty of potties at start, good communication & wave start is good for everyone.
Pleanty of goodies at the end - especially the beer!!

Jo MacDonald
April 22nd, 2012 6:12 pm

Great race! Well organized and plenty of info prior to race day to keep everyone in the loop. Music along the way would have been more motivational if it was a little more upbeat. Musicians, rock on! Well done organizers and volunteers! I'll be back!

Frank Contardo
April 22nd, 2012 5:25 pm

Great time all around,see you next year!

Melanie Hendren
April 22nd, 2012 1:28 pm

absolutely loved this run, will definately sign up again next year.

Pat McManus
April 22nd, 2012 1:07 pm

great run,tho a little to many e.mails prior to event,found i erased them before reading them,therefore missing the whole shuttle.volunteers were awsome and inspiring.

Kevin Hanson
April 22nd, 2012 1:33 pm

Good event, well organized. Love the course - great opportunity to run through the heart of the city. Only complaint I have is with lack of distance markers. I wasn't watching for them all that intently, but I don't think I saw any. All in all, worth coming out for though, even in today's chilly temperature.

Mike Shearer
April 22nd, 2012 12:33 pm

Great race, well organized. No waiting for bags at the end which was awesome.

April 19th, 2012 10:16 pm

Probably among the fastest 10K’s in Canada, be prepared to be surprised by your time! I ran this race in 2010 and found myself with a finishing time that was about one minute faster than what I should have been able to do at that time. The much of the race is downhill, but when it flattens out you’re going to feel like you are running uphill. If you are training for this race specifically, it would perhaps be a good idea to do downhill repeats, followed by a nice cruise on some flat land in order to get accustomed to the drastic shift.
One thing to note is that, although everyone talks about how much net downhill running there is with this course, there are still a series of rollers in the first few kilometres that will require you to keep things in check and be comfortable. If you get too carried away and find yourself leaving a comfortable cadence and heart rate, when you hit one of the ups of these rollers it’s going to take a serious bite out of you and make your race increasingly more difficult, especially when things flatten out later on.
All in all, it’s a great spring 10K, and could work as a nice confidence booster going into one of the end of May Marathons.

April 18th, 2012 10:49 pm

I have ran this race every year since 2008 & am signed up again this year. The sporting Life 10k is a great race to get a PB since its very fast on a mostly downhill course.

Andy Donovan
April 18th, 2012 8:24 pm

Looking forward to joining the rest of the "9 Drunks and a Runner" Team this year on April 22nd. Great and easy down-hill route.

David Levy
April 18th, 2012 8:22 pm

Such a fast course and the only time you'll run on Yonge street without stopping at the light.
Great crowd, volunteers.
Highly recommend it.

January 12th, 2012 9:38 pm

I loved this race. The course was probably the fastest I had ever raced on. At the end, I remembered thinking to myself: "Was that really 10k?" Although I had been training for a 50-minute 10k, and even that didn't go perfectly, I surprised myself with a 46-minute 10k. I was so much faster than I expected that I thought the gun time was my actual time! Some people find that this race is too crowded, but I like having lots of people to pace me or to protect me from the wind. The only thing is that it is hard to meet up with friends/ family at the end because there are simply so many people. It would be helpful if they had a family and friends meeting area like at Scotiabank.

Peter Donato
June 24th, 2011 8:40 pm

This unique run experience is an annual spring classic I won't miss, the energy at the start line is palpable. Yonge Street seems to come alive with over 30,000 feet trampling southwards in unison…

Marcus Grosche
June 24th, 2011 8:40 pm

Very fast course gives you the possibility to run your fastest 10k ever. Nice Finish Area, but a bit too small for all the thousands of runners.

Anthony Davey
May 2nd, 2011 4:27 pm

This event gets bigger and bigger. Great fast downhill course and was just a shame about the head wind (well that’s my excuse!). Great post race food.

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