running toronto

Toronto wants to become a running destination

Toronto's home to plenty of marathons, road races and other fun runs that take participants through parks, ravines, the zoo and even the tarmac at Pearson International Airport.

Since we're flush with these types of events, some city councillors want to start promoting the city as a bona fide running destination to tourists from around the world.

Next week, the city's Economic Development Committee will review a motion from Councillor Mary Fragedakis that aims to create a working group that'll "develop a strategy to strengthen running tourism in Toronto." This has yet to go before council.

According to the motion, running tourism could be beneficial for Toronto's economy. The Boston Marathon, for instance, generates approximately $192 million for the local economy there.

As CBC News writes, along with the various races that happen throughout the year, Toronto's also home to running tours that show visitors the city via 10 kilometre trots.

Of course, many also complain when various runs shut down parts of the city - like next weekend, when the Gardiner will be out of service for the Heart and Stroke 5 and 10K races and bike ride.

Lead photo by

PLTam


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

People can't believe the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Raptors are winning on the same nights

Justin Bieber says this is the year the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup

The top 25 outdoor skating rinks in Toronto by neighbourhood

Toronto running group made up of city's top chefs cook for each other after their workout

Justin and Hailey Bieber celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs' first win of the season

Here's the Toronto Maple Leafs broadcast schedule for the 2021 NHL season

Toronto real estate company is replacing office spaces with a fitness centre

Toronto badminton club that burned down reopening after $17 million reconstruction