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Race Dates

2018: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 66°F (18°C)
Average Low: 50° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.60
Course Score: 99.60

Race Size

2017: 1,186 Finishers
2016: 1,494 Finishers
2015: 1,359 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 17.3%
2016: 15.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Toronto GoodLife Marathon is a fast, net downhill course from Mel Lastman Square to Ontario Place. It one of the fastest courses in Canada and is a very good course for PRs and Boston Qualifiers.

The course drops about 105m (350 feet) from the start to finish. However, there are some rolling hills in the first 7+ miles of the race. After the long descent from just past mile 7, the second half of the course is almost completely flat.

Marathon Rankings

The Toronto Goodlife Marathon was the 4th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 5th largest in 2016.

Last year 17.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Toronto Goodlife Marathon the 15th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 22nd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.60 ranks it as the 9th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 3rd fastest course in Ontario.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Toronto Goodlife Marathon a PR Score of 99.60. This PR Score ranks it as the 8th fastest marathon in Canada and the 3rd fastest in Ontario.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 597 feet (182m)
Min Elevation: 246 feet (75m)


Recent Toronto Goodlife Marathon Reviews

4.1 Stars from 7 Reviews
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review of 2017 Toronto Goodlife Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Organization. Example .. no clocks. No where on the course will you find the time. When Garmin fails in the city core you are schnoorked. That said lovely scenery, fast downhill to flat.

Race Tips

Don't be fooled by the hills in the first 21k. The balance is flat and if you don't pace you may be in for a walk.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 Toronto Goodlife Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The route is fast and scenic through the city then the waterfront trail. The trail is open to other users during the race. The organization needs a lot of improvement.

Race Tips

Bank some time on the first half which is downhill. Be prepared for lack of water in the later aid stations and at the finish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There's parking at the start and finish. There's indoor shelter at the start. It's a small race so no need to arrive too early. Lots of places to eat in Toronto.

review of 2016 Toronto Goodlife Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Fast course. Nice finishing medal.

Race Tips

You run past the finishing line at mile 19. You have to be very mentally strong to be running away from the finish line that late into a race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I parked right at the finishing area. It was perfect for leaving after the race. Arrive at least two hours before race start because it takes a while to get shuttled to the start line.

review of 2016 Toronto Goodlife Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Flat, fast. Only 1500 people completed so it was empty and you didn't have to weave in and out of people. Course towards the end of the race by the lake was not easy, not really sure where I was going as there weren't many marshalls.

Weather was perfect. 46F on may 1. That's why I picked it. Definitely would recommend it for BQ.

Race Tips

You can keep a constant pace the whole way as it's completely flat.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It's not easy to get to the expo or get back to your hotel without a car. Transport was poor at the finish. Definitely rent a car!

review of 2016 Toronto Goodlife Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Course is excellent. Flat and uncrowded. Very relaxed at start.

Weather in Toronto early May is cool. I BQed there.

What i didn't like was after I finished. The transportation back to my hotel was awful. A bus was provided as part of my hotel package, but they kept us waiting on the bus for 45 mins. A lot of people were standing up having just run a marathon!! And we were soaked to the skin as it was raining heavily during the race. Terrible way to finish the day. They need better transportation.

Race Tips

You can run an even pace throughout the entire marathon as it is completely flat. It is a great course.

Order an Uber when you finish to take you back to your hotel (about 15 min car ride away).

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Rent a car because the expo is not easy to get to and any public transportation to get you back is very infrequent.

Also, don't expect too much from the bus that is supposed to take you back to the hotel after the race. There was one bus and we had to wait for 45 mins on the bus for it to leave.

Finish Time Equivalent

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