TOP 10 MARATHONS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Marathons The marathon event scene in Canada has been growing for the past few decades and now showcases more than 60 marathons of merit.

These highly respected marathon events include everything from tiny, no-frills races to luxurious, well respected boutique events, many of which lead to the much respected Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The wide selection of opportunities include the Vancouver Marathon, one of Canada’s largest marathons, and the Ottawa Marathon - Canada’s largest multi-day running event.










 

BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon
early May
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Ranked a top-10 destination marathon by Forbes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Canada’s largest marathons and half-marathons and has been a popular event for over forty years attracting athletes from over 40 different countries ever since it began in 1972. With the actual race starting in downtown Vancouver and carrying on through Chinatown and the famous Stanley Park, the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon is noted for the size and speed with which it can be completed.

For more information about the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon visit:
http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/





Mississauga Marathon

early May
Mississauga, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons This annual marathon event held every year since 2004 includes everything from a full marathon and half marathon to a team relay challenges, a 10K race and 10K student relay, as well as"The Hazel" 5K and the 2K Family Fun Run/Walk. A popular part of the event is the exciting Mississauga Marathon Runner's Expo jam packed with great exhibitors, live entertainment at Lakefront Promenade Park, and much more.

For more information about the Mississauga Marathon visit:
http://www.mississaugamarathon.com/default.shtml





GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon
early May
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Attracting more that 15,000 runners from over 50 countries, and offering a different event for all tastes and abilities, the Toronto Goodlife Marathon and Half-Marathon are famed for their size and the speed with which they can be completed. This premier race weekend offers an event to cater to all tastes and abilities, from the full marathon, to the half marathon, to the 5k marathon. The Toronto Goodlife Marathon is also AIMS, IAAF and Athletics Canada certified and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon.

For more information about the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon visit:
http://www.torontomarathon.com/






Ottawa Marathon
late May
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons A popular marathon for 40 years, Canada’s largest multi-day running event, the Ottawa Marathon, showcases six major events and attracts more than 44,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic supporters every year. Noted for both its size and the speed with which is can be completed, the Ottawa Marathon passes by a wide range of national landmarks and reputedly transforms Ottawa into something like a festival for the whole weekend.

For more information about the Ottawa Marathon visit:
http://www.runottawa.ca/






Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
late May
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Marathons On August 10, 1963 nineteen men lined up at Glenmore Stadium to run the first Calgary Marathon, and what was also the first marathon ever to be run in Western Canada. More recently voted the 2009 2010 2012 2013 and 2014 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level. There is a 50k Ultra, 42.2km, 21,1km, 10 km, 5 km family walk or run and kids' marathon where the half will play host to the 21.1km National Championships until 2018.

For more information about the Calgary Marathon visit:
http://www.calgarymarathon.com/





Woody’s RV World Marathon - Half Marathon
late May
Red Deer, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Taking place on the Victoria Day long weekend, Woody’s RV World Half-Marathon has been a popular event for over 15 years, the marathon and half-marathon of which have been voted Alberta’s top road races by Athletics Alberta in 2010.  Awards presented each year include those for top finishers.

For more information about Woody’s RV World Marathon - Half Marathon visit:
http://www.reddeermarathon.org





Northwest Passage Marathon
end July to beginning August
Somerset Island, Nunavut

Top Events Canada – Marathons Recognized as one of the world’s toughest marathons, and North America’s northernmost marathon, the Northwest Passage Marathon is a rough, wilderness trail for only the really experienced and capable marathon runner. Held under the lure of the 24-hour arctic sun, the 50 kilometer ultra marathon and half marathon events take place in the breathtaking scenery of the Northwest Passage on Somerset Island. With no registered roads, the hazards of the marathon include everything from the very demanding trail made difficult with rocks, rivers and knee-deep creek crossings with a wealth of wonders such as beluga whales, seals, muskox and polar bears en route. This is a marathon event unlike any other.

For more information about the Northwest Passage Marathon visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Nunavut-Northwest-Passage-Marathon.html
or take a look at the Nunavut Tourism web site at :
http://www.nunavuttourism.com/





GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon
mid October
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Marathons The Victoria GoodLife Marathon, as is the case with the Toronto GoodLife Marathon, is an AIMS, IAAF and Athletics Canada certified race and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The actual races at which contestants may earn medals include the full marathon, half marathon, 8k road race and the kids run and all attract in general over 10,000 runners from all of Canada, the USA and other parts of the world.

For more information about the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon visit:
http://runvictoriamarathon.com/





Niagara Falls International Marathon
late October
Niagara Falls, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Voted one of the most scenic marathons in Canada and the #1 such event in Ontario, the Niagara Falls International Marathon that has already been a successful event and is now in its 18th year. It features one of the most unique marathons in the world in that in addition to being a Boston qualifier, it begins in one country and ends in another. Other features include a Schools Marathon Challenge, a 5K race, a 10K race and a half marathon. All events attract over 6,000 registered participants and all finish at one of the most famous finish lines in the world, Niagara Falls.

For more about the Niagara Falls International Marathon visit:
http://www.niagarafallsmarathon.com





Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
late October
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Famous for both its its size and the speed with which is can be completed, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is an ideal starting point for runners wanting to head eventually for the expanse of events such as the Boston Marathon. Promoting a truly festive atmosphere, the Toronto Marathon features a wealth of entertainment right through the city with music and live bands, singers and cheer leaders concluding with the very popular post-race Victory party in Nathan Phillips Square from 10am to 3:30pm on Sunday.

For more information about the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon visit:
http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/index.htm





Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon
early November
Hamilton, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Ranked as the #1 Boston Marathon qualifier in Canada, attracting a world wide number of marathon enthusiasts, including hardy NYC marathoners, and noted for its size and the speed with which is can be completed, the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon offers a unique event that offers attractively cool temperatures, rural roads, and waterfront trails. Highlights include the full and half marathons, a 1K marathon for kids, as well as 5K and 10 K events all ending with the awards presentations on the third morning.

For more information about the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon visit:
http://hamiltonmarathon.ca/








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