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The top 10 running events in Toronto for fall 2016

The top fall running events in Toronto offer runners of all strides the perfect temperatures to conquer more distance than ever with vibrant colours rewarding you with every step. Bust out of your comfort zone and tackle a new race; there's literally no better time to run than fall.

Here are my picks for the top running events in Toronto this fall.

Oakville Half - Sunday, September 25
This race maxes out at the half marathon length, weaving through Oakville's waterfront and the historic houses that surround it.

Toronto Beer Run - Sunday, September 25
Staying hydrated during this race is a cinch, with six brewery stops along the 11.3K route. Sticking to the downtown core, this race caps off at 500 runners so hop to it or you'll miss out.

Run for the Cure - Sunday, October 2
Pink clad do-gooders congregate nationally for this 5K race benefiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Sunday, October 16
With distances from 5K up to a full marathon, downtown becomes a fan zone when this run rolls through. The Boston qualifying race will see almost 20,000 runners collecting medals at the Bay Street finish line.

TO Women's Run - Saturday, October 22
The final chapter of the TO Women's race finishes strong with 8k or 5k option through the fall foliage of Sunnybrook park, with Roxy medals and chocolates for finishers.

Monster Dash - Sunday, October 30
This chip-timed 5 and 10K encourages you to wear your costume with prizes for running and best dressed. A one mile race for kids kicks off the race in Leaside.

Niagara Falls International Run - Sunday, October 30
Pack your passport for this Peace Bridge run, with the full marathon starting in Buffalo. All distances (half, 10 & 5K) routes finish at the Falls.

Maddog Scramble - Sunday, October 30
This 8K race is part of XSNRG - a running club devoted to blowing off some steam in the form of km's. Sunnybrook Park provides a hilly terrain for this trail run.

Downsview Airport 8 &5K - Sunday, November 13
Downsivew Airport is home to this runway race, and while no planes will be taking off or landing during the run, your feet will be flying on this flat and fast route.

Holly Jolly Fun Run-November 20
Running this 5K warms the crowd up for the big man in the red suit, with the parade kicking off as soon as the race wraps up.

Writing by Libby Roach.

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