Toronto Waterfront Marathon attracts all types of runners
Sunday morning, 25,000 runners from 60 countries will lace up their sneakers to race in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
That will include people looking for a personal best, professionals hoping to shatter a world record or those hoping to complete their first marathon.
Among the runners will be 82-year-old Ed Whitlock, who is kind of a celebrity in the running world and the Town of Milton, where he lives.
"I've been at it off and on for 40-odd years," he says.
Sunday, he's hoping to complete in three hours and 30 minutes, a time which would set a new age 82 record, set by USA's Ed Benham in 1989.
But a day before the race, Whitlock isn't feeling that optimistic.
"I have a cold, which I haven't recovered from yet so it's going to be a bit of a sad-sack effort I'm afraid," he says.
33-year-old Eric Gillis will be running the same race. He wants to set the Canadian record, which right now stands at 2:10:09. He's come close before. In 2011's waterfront race, he clocked in at 2:11:28.
He's cautiously optimistic this year. "Everything will have to go just perfect," he says.
Runners will close some city streets this weekend.
• Bay Street from Queen Street to Dundas Street will be closed from Saturday, October 19 at noon to Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m. to accommodate the start/finish line activities for the race.
• A series of full road closures will take place on Sunday, October 20 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the race. These closures will occur in the area bounded by Queen Street in the north, Victoria Park in the east, Lake Ontario in the south and Windermere Avenue in the west. Other roads in this area will be closed periodically to accommodate the event.
Anyone attending events at Exhibition Place arriving from the west end of the city will need to use the Spadina off-ramp and follow the detour signs. At 11 a.m., the Jameson off-ramp will be opened to allow for direct access into the Exhibition Place grounds.