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Train With Us!


The Tune-Up Run program is designed to give you opportunities to hook up with other runners (and walkers) to train for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half or 5k.


Schedule for each run:


8:00-8:30am - Running Room staff open store - runners & walkers welcome


8:20am - Intro & brief talk ...with a brief welcome by the Waterfront staff and introduction to any Pace Bunnies on hand that day


8:30am - Group Runs & Walks


After run & walk - come back into the Running Room for water & Gatorade


Tune-Up Run #2

Date: Sunday, July 7

Location: Yonge Street Running Room

Distances: Marathon-13k, Half-7k


Tune-Up Run # 3

Date: Sunday, July 28

Location: Beaches Running Room

*This Tune-up Run has a $30 entry fee with $20 going to Toronto East General Hospital Foundation


Tune-Up Run #4

Date: Sunday, August 18

Location: Whitby Running Room

Distances: Marathon-19k, Half-12k


Tune-Up Run #5

Date: Sunday, September 15

Location: Liberty Village Running Room

Distances: Marathon-23k, Half-12k


The Banana Boom
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Some of us like using gels for additional carbs on the run, some of us don't. Sport drink does it for many, not for everyone. Sport beans and jelly beans work for some. Energy bars work for some. Everything works for some, not for everyone. Except the banana.

The banana is the perfect 'fuel' for runners. Full of carbs (39g!) and natural sugars, easy to ingest, easy to digest to get the carbs working for you, and it even comes in its own yellow carrying case to prevent it from getting sunburned.


High in potassium and magnesium, the banana replaces electrolytes vital to muscle movement. The only thing missing is sodium, also needed to keep muscles moving. So maybe you pop a few sodium tablets or sport drink to go with the banana. Mix it up!


Bananas are cheaper than gels, they're natural, you know you can stomach them, they even taste good! Yes sir, your running is really going to improve when you start carrying bananas with you on long runs.


They're becoming so popular as a 'fuel' that Fuel Belt is adapting its belts to hold 6 bananas. Water belts are getting banana holders so you can attach a bunch of them!

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Races are adding 'banana stations'. Dole and Chiquita are vying for race sponsorships. Even the little pocket inside runners' shorts is being lengthened to accommodate a banana. Such a simple food, who would have thought it would become the little fruit that COULD!

Volunteers Appreciated
Do you know somebody who can't run STWM this year? There are plenty of VOLUNTEER opportunities available - join the race from the other side!


Positions to fill (adults preferred):
- Course marshals
- Kit pick-up
- Finish Line


Positions to fill (high school students welcome as a school group or individually):
- Water stations
- Race Expo
- Kit Stuffing


Visit our 'Volunteer Page' for details and to sign up.
Our fantastic sponsors!
Tips from a 60-marathon plus veteran!
Marathon Training  


While training for a marathon you discover how to go the distance through a balance of stress and rest. Running bestows a special satisfaction and sense of achievement. Discover how simple and small changes can ultimately have a huge impact on your health, fitness and quality of life.


As you progress though the training, you become fitter, have more energy and feel more balanced. Running is both social and personal, providing you clarity of thinking and calmness. Training is not a test but rather a magical journey that will empower you mentally, physically and provide an "I can do it" attitude.


The distance and intensity of each day's run or walk are defined in the charts. The Half marathon is a challenging, yet enjoyable distance. The training is somewhat less than a full marathon but still requires time and commitment - yet the celebration of the finish line is well worth the effort. The training is great for burning fat and awakening you mentally and physically.


Training schedules I have outlined for the marathon and half marathon will prepare you for your chosen event. Choose the schedule that best reflects your targeted finish time and distance. The marathon and half marathon are serious distances so you must take your training seriously - stick to the programs. More is not necessarily better.


Over the next 18 weeks I will provide you plenty of practical advice in the areas of running form, motivation, nutrition, avoiding aches and pains and lots more. I will supply the plan, the motivation and inspiration, it's up to you to supply the perspiration.


My program is gentle enough to keep you highly motivated and injury free, but is progressive in design to provide continual improvement in strength and speed. You can do it!


john s - run 02 smOne of the more experienced runners around, Running Room founder and owner, John Stanton provides weekly tips for getting through the marathon and half marathon.  


You can also take advantage of marathon, half marathon and 5k training clinics offered by the Running Room at all their locations and even online. 



Latest Updates


"Toronto's No. 1 running event in my opinion. Have run the half and the full. Incredibly well organized. Marathon has a great route and fantastic finishing area. Hope this event continues to grow and grow and raise even more money for all the charities it supports."

- David H  


STWM Digital Champions Update

Be sure to check out the latest "Road to #STWM" blogs online. Lori Christopher and Christa Davidson are both training to complete their first marathons at STWM so check out their recent blogs for some extra inspiration! Lori reflects on why she chooses to be a distance runner and Christa discusses her support of the Asperger's Society of OntarioConnect with Lori, Christa and other Digital Champions on Twitter and visit the STWM blog for all the latest updates!


Walt's Running Room Tour

STWM Ambassador Walt will soon be kicking off a tour of Running Room locations across Ontario! Keep an eye out for dates and locations as they become available. He'll be stopping by to give away some official STWM gear provided by Brooks and hundreds of "In Training" shirts! He'll also be taking some pictures of his travels so don't forget to follow along on our Canada Running Series and STWM Facebook pages as well

Scotiabank Charity Challenge 2013

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Last year over $4.3 million for 181 local charities! Go the distance for one of over 180 charities in this year's Scotiabank Charity Challenge!


Run or walk to support a great cause, or to simply give something back to your community.


All charity runners will receive a discounted entry fee and charities offer different incentives in appreciation for your support - from refunds for meeting a fundraising target, to fundraising prizes, to team t-shirts. What a win, win, win... you run in a world class race, you run at a discounted rate, and you help your favourite charity!



Check out these amazing Official Charities:




Across U-hub has been working with youths in the community for over 10 years developing leadership programs and volunteer initiated activities to help young people reach their potentials, build up their confidence, and pursue their dreams. We recognize the importance of fostering in youth a clear sense of identity and leadership qualities as we inspire them to become contributing citizens to our society and to the world.

We need YOUR help to ensure that we reach our target of $12,000! This will go a long way towards helping us to continue our work with children and youth both here in Canada and in Tanzania. Through our programmes, we aim to create sustainable solutions to build, strengthen and support community resources in response to the various issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.


The Assaulted Women's Helpline offers a toll-free and TTY (Teletypewriter) telephone crisis line helping women in the province of Ontario that have experienced any form of abuse. Your support is critical in helping us achieve our mandate to provide crisis counselling & intervention, information and referrals, and safety planning to our callers each year.





Take a moment to choose from one of the above or the 180+ others... select yours by clicking on their logo and start fundraising and training today for YOUR marathon win, win, win!













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The Team at Canada Running Series