The sweet smell of spring is like a drug going straight to the brains of runners across the city.
Now that the ground has finally thawed, Toronto’s runners will find no shortage of pavement to pound at one of this spring’s many organized runs.
Here are 9 of the best to choose from.
Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8K. Official Time: 33:36. 97/2031 and 10th in my age group. I went out fast (sub 4:00/km) then eased up to conserve energy for the hills. As promised, I had a fun race and it was awesome to see so many friends before the start! . . . @runcrs @raceroster #springrunoff #springrunoff2016 #running #run #marathontraining #marathoner #findyourstrong #strava #stravarun #runto #4run6 #8km #roadrace #cieleathletics #KillTheHill #RedCapRacing #ntrc #highpark
What: The Race Roster Spring Run-Off takes participants through the scenic and winding landscape of High Park in all of its early spring glory, with both a 5K and 8K race option.
When: Saturday, April 8, 10 am (8K); 11:15 am (5K)
Where: On Colborne Lodge Drive, beside the tennis courts and swimming pools (8K); On West Road, north of the Grenadier Restaurant (5K)
>>> Who’s running this 5k? Who wants to run this 5k? 1st race of the year. Join Me 😊 $35 > Bling, Buff, Beach & BRC buddies 🏃🐰🐣 BRC Beaches Easter 5k ✔ SUNDAY APRIL 16, 2017 – 9am Only 300 spots! Brought to you by The Toronto Beaches Runners Club. Come and enjoy a fun Easter Day run in the Beach with a beautiful run on the Beaches Boardwalk. 🐰🐣🐇🐤 All Proceeds will go to The Beaches Lions Club so that they can continue to host and organize the great Beaches Easter parade, a Beaches tradition since 1967! #Running #Race #5k #BeachesRunnersClub #BRCEaster5k #RunTO #runnersofinstagram #RunFun
What: You can swap the Easter egg hunt for a view-filled run down the boardwalk on Easter Sunday for the Beaches Running Club’s Easter 5K.
When: Sunday, April 16, 9 am
Where: Stars at Kew Gardens, The Beach
What: MEC Toronto takes runners along the Martin Goodman Trail, as they hit the ground running for a 15K, 10K or 5K journey that’s complete with views of the lake. This race won’t break the bank, costing just $15 to register online.
When: Sunday, April 9, 9 am (15K); 9:05 am (10K); 9:10 am (5K)
Where: Coronation Park, 711 Lakeshore Blvd. West
What: Featuring a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and relay, the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon is one of the city’s biggest running events, attracting participants from all around the world. A race for all runners, the event ends on the lake at Ontario Place.
When: Sunday, May 7
Where: Find race maps for all options here.
What: Designed for those runners who don’t take themselves too seriously and aren’t afraid to get dirty in the most colourful way possible (making for quality Instagram material), Colour Me Rad’s 5K runs includes the pelting of corn starch colour bombs from the sidelines.
When: Saturday, May 13, 10 am
Where: Downsview Park
Meet Michelle, mom to Lauren and captain of the CI Tumour Ninjas for the SL10K. She runs in the #SL10K every year to help bring the Magic of Ooch to kids affected by childhood #cancer. “If each Sporting Life Camp Ooch 10k runner raises 100 dollars, roughly 2.6 million will be raised for Ooch programs. If each runner raises 200 dollars, that means 5.2 million! Your donations matter and make a difference in the lives of Camp Ooch campers!” On May 14, we run for kickass tumour ninjas like Lauren! Sign up for the Sporting Life 10k today: www.sportinglife10k.ca/toronto/ #repost @campoochigeas
What: Not only does the annual Sporting Life 10K let you dash (or casually jog) down iconic Yonge Street while helping to send a kid with cancer to camp, it’s marketed as Canada’s easiest and fastest 10Ks anywhere (incentive?).
When: Sunday, May 14 at 7:30 am
Where: The starting line is four blocks south of Sporting Life, 2400 Yonge Street
What: Offering both a half marathon or 5K option, the estrogen-filled TO Women’s Run takes runners through the breezy, tree-lined paths of Sunnybrook Park.
When: Sunday, May 28, 8 am (half marathon); 8:20 am (5K)
Where: Sunnybrook Park
What: The well known Becel Heart and Stroke Ride For Heart isn’t just for cyclists anymore. For the second year in a row, the event now invites runners on a 5K or 10K journey down a traffic-free Gardiner Expressway.
When: Sunday, June 4, 10 am
Where: Starts and ends at Exhibition Place
What: If you have a thing for speed, the Toronto Waterfront 10 unites elite runners from around the world (but is fine for the novices, we promise) in a spirited, live band-filled 10K downtown dash.
When: Saturday, June 17, 7:30 am
Where: The race starts on University Ave., north of Queen St., south of Dundas
*In the meantime, if you’re not a runner, you may want to make note of these dates so that you can avoid the headache/absolute nightmare of driving though the downtown core during a major run. You can thank us later.