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Toronto Waterfront Marathon

A lot of people enjoy a stroll along the shore of Lake Ontario and during October of each year the pace goes up a level as runners take part in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The course starts in the city centre, and after a few turns the runners are heading west along Lakeshore Boulevard. After a distance of around 12km the course reaches Windermere Road and turns around to head back towards downtown Toronto. The runners pass Ontario Place and Coronation Park and continue east past Toronto Harbour and then run along Queen Street. At Neville Park Boulevard, around 33km into the race, the runners turn around and go west along Queen Street. The race then finishes close to where it started in the downtown area, at the Toronto City Hall.

There are many drink stations around the course, for water and energy drinks. Energy gels and other items are also available. Entrants receive a shirt and those who finish get a medal.

The weather in Toronto in October is usually in the range of 7 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius. Snow is very unlikely while it can rain on the day of the race. Sometimes a strong breeze off the lake will make the run harder for the participants.

The record for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon was set by Kenneth Mungara of Kenya in 2010 with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 57 seconds. Mungara has won the race four times. Other winners include Canadians Stephane Gamache and Daniel Howat as well as Daniel Rono, John Kelai and Danny Tshidind. Koren Jelela Yal ran the fastest time for a woman, with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 43 seconds in 2011.

Tourist attractions around Toronto to visit include the CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Centre and Toronto Zoo. Sports fans can visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the city is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. Baseball and football is played in the famous SkyDome stadium.

Runners that fly in for the event will land at Toronto Pearson International Airport. To get to the start line for the race, take the subway or the GO Train.

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