Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Waterfront Marathon 2008.jpg
2008 Toronto Waterfront Marathon
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Event typeRoad
Primary sponsorScotiabank
Course recordsMen:
Kenya Philemon Rono 2:06:52
Bahrain Mimi Belete 2:22:28
Official siteToronto Waterfront Marathon
Participants3,537 (2018)

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is an annual marathon held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October. The race day also includes a half marathon and 5 km race.

The race has quickly become an elite level marathon and is one of just five IAAF Gold Label marathons in North America.[1][2] At the 2013 edition of the race, race winner Deressa Chimsa broke the men's course record with the fastest marathon ever recorded on Canadian soil.[3] In the 2011 edition of the race, race winner Koren Jelela Yal broke the women's course record with the fastest marathon ever recorded on Canada soil. Canadian runner Ed Whitlock set multiple age group world records at the Waterfront Marathon, including a record in the 75 to 79 age group with a time of 3:08:35 in 2006,[4] and a record in the 85 to 89 age group with a time of 3:56:33 in 2016.[5]

In the 2018 race, Cam Levins broke Jerome Drayton's 43-year-old Canadian men's national record for the marathon, finishing fourth in 2:09:25, a 44 second improvement on the previous mark set by Drayton in 1975.[6]

The Waterfront Marathon is not the only Toronto Marathon. The smaller GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, which used to be held three weeks later in October, is held on the first Sunday in May.

Past winners[edit]

Russia's Lyubov Morgunova was the women's winner in 2003.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2000  Joseph Nderitu (KEN) 2:19:41.4  Sue Grise (CAN) 3:08:38.2
2nd 2001  Daniel Howat (CAN) 2:45:20.8  Leslie Gold (USA) 3:07:10.1
3rd 2002  Stephane Gamache (CAN) 2:25:24.5  Nicole Stevenson (CAN) 2:37:56.4
4th 2003  Joseph Nderitu (KEN) 2:17:50.0  Lyubov Morgunova (RUS) 2:36:19.5
5th 2004  Danny Kassap (COD) 2:14:50.0  Lioudmila Kortchaguina (RUS) 2:36:31.9
6th 2005  Simon Kipruto (KEN) 2:11:56.5  Anastasia Ndereba (KEN) 2:36:30.8
7th 2006  Daniel Rono (KEN) 2:10:14.6  Małgorzata Sobańska (POL) 2:34:31.7
8th 2007  John Kelai (KEN) 2:09:30.0  Asha Gigi (ETH) 2:33:15.7
9th 2008  Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 2:11:00.9  Mulu Seboka (ETH) 2:29:05.9
10th 2009  Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 2:08:31.9  Amane Gobena (ETH) 2:28:30.4
11th 2010  Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 2:07:57.1  Sharon Cherop (KEN) 2:22:42.8
12th 2011[7]  Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 2:09:49.0  Koren Jelela (ETH) 2:22:42.5
13th 2012  Sahle Warga (ETH) 2:10:35.8  Mary Davies (NZL) 2:28:55.4
14th 2013[8]  Deressa Chimsa (ETH) 2:07:04.8  Flomena Cheyech (KEN) 2:25:13.0
15th 2014  Laban Korir (KEN) 2:08:15  Mulu Seboka (ETH) 2:23:15
16th 2015  Ishhimael Chemtan (KEN) 2:09:00  Shure Demise (ETH) 2:23:37
17th 2016[9]  Philemon Rono (KEN) 2:08:26  Shure Demise (ETH) 2:25:16
18th 2017  Philemon Rono (KEN) 2:06:52  Marta Megra (ETH) 2:28:20
19th 2018  Benson Kipruto (KEN) 2:07:24  Mimi Belete (BHR) 2:22:28


The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has successfully raised millions of dollars for charity since its inception. The largest charity attending the marathon for the past three years has been the Engineers Without Borders organization, which uses donations from the marathon for its Run to End Poverty initiative.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon awarded prestigious IAAF Gold standard" (Press release). Ottawa, Ontario: Run Ottawa. October 22, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2016./
  3. ^ Gains, Paul (2013-10-20). Records galore at Toronto Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
  4. ^ "DANIEL RONO STORMS TO NEW RACE RECORD IN SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON". September 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  5. ^ "Record-busting marathoner Ed Whitlock sets new mark at age 85". The Globe and Mail. October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ Harrison, Doug (21 October 2018). "Cam Levins obliterates Canadian men's record in marathon debut". CBC Sports. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  7. ^ Gains, Paul (2011-10-16). Mungara claims fourth Toronto Marathon title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  8. ^ Gains, Paul (2013-10-20). Records galore at Toronto Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
  9. ^ "RONO OVERCOMES ACCIDENT TO WIN TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON". IAAF. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^
List of winners

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