2023 toronto marathon

People are slamming the Toronto Marathon for being disorganized this year

The 46th annual Toronto Marathon finally took place on Sunday, and while some participants were ecstatic to finally see months of preparation pay off, others were dissatisfied with the event's level of organization.

Dozens of participants took to social media to air out their frustrations regarding the event, with most calling out the race's medal-retrieving process, inadequate water stations, and road safety. 

The race stretches from Yonge and Sheppard to Exhibition Place each year and results in over 50 road closures from North York all the way through downtown Toronto. 

"Toronto is a world class city and events like the Toronto Marathon draw tourists to visit the city. The level of disorganization by this event (I'm referring to the May 7, 2023 event not the Waterfront Marathon in the Fall) is beneath the standard for a city of our size," a recent Reddit thread reads

"Participants this year saw events start late, cars trying to enter the course throughout the race, water stations being unable to keep up with runners and absolute confusion receiving medals and food at the finish line." 

The Reddit thread picked up lots of similar reactions from runners and supporters who admitted that they also noticed the lack of organization during this year's event. 

"I was cheering near Wellington and Yonge and cops were letting cars through the intersection in very small gaps between runners, with some runners almost getting hit by cars. It was really scary," another person wrote. 

"The post race was chaos. Bag retrieval was self-service without any security, there were multiple lines for food and drinks, again without any security, and people were grabbing goods by the boxes. Getting medals was a journey in itself," one response reads. 

"I felt it was the most disorganized race I had ever been to. The water stations ran out of water and/or had people stopping and waiting to get a cup. The finish line was a confused mess. I had no idea where to get a medal or even a bottle of water," a participant said. 

"Can't believe no one has mentioned how chaotic the start was! Barely any bathrooms, the lineup was horrendous with tons of people cutting in and then the starting corrals were not properly separated so that people had no chance of getting into their proper position - which is supposed to lead to a less stressful start," one comment reads. 

blogTO reached out to the Toronto Marathon organizers but did not receive a comment back in time for this article. 

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