Welcome to Longboat Roadrunners
Longboat Roadrunners is among the top running clubs in the Greater Toronto Area. Whether your goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, set a personal best at the Toronto Island Run 10km, or just to enjoy running with people who are excited to talking about kilometers, splits, and energy gels – Longboat is the club for you! Our coaches are some of the best in the GTA and will help you achieve your goals and stay injury free.
We care about results, but it’s more than that: it’s the camaraderie of running together and celebrating milestones (our club was started with a case of beer after all…).
Longboat hosts many events throughout the year, from the “flat” cross-country race and the grueling one-hour on the track to our awards evening and new members’ brunch. We are also proud hosts of the annual Toronto Island Run, held each September on Toronto Island. This 5km and 10km race is one of the most highly anticipated in the GTA, with sold out races the past two years. And then of course there is our best kept secret, the Sunset Shuffle!
As Longboat Roadrunners, we run to honour the spirit of Onondaga runner Tom Longboat; a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Canadian soldier, and Boston Marathon champion.
The land we are standing on today is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Run with us!
Wednesday at 18:00 at University Settlement
Wednesday workouts start at the University Settlement House (map). We then head down to the Martin Goodman Trail (MGT) where we generally do a tempo workout. The workouts are posted on Facebook at the start of the week. We usually all do the same workout (with coaches tweaking workouts for individual needs). This is where you get to experience the group training effect – running in the pack will make everything better!
Expected total distance: 12 km – 16 km (although there are a few members who run 8 – 10 km)
Pace: Once we get to the MGT we break out into smaller pace groups, ranging from sub-3 hour marathoners to 6:00/km+ runners.
Note: For $25/year, you can set up a University Settlement Longboat membership and have access the change rooms with lockers to store belonging and showers to use after the run (you must bring your own lock, towel, shampoo, etc.).
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in High Park
We meet at the Grenadier Café (map) 15 minutes prior to the start for a more casual, recreational run on the trails in High Park. The distance is generally between 6 km (one loop of the park) or 10 km (two loops). After the run, members have breakfast together. Attending this run is a great way to get to know fellow members and enjoy one of Toronto’s largest parks before it gets busy.
Sunday at 09:00 a.m. at West End YMCA (departs 08:00 a.m. in summer)
Sundays are for longer runs. We meet at the YMCA (map) and will follow one of the several running routes that wind through our wonderful city. Routes and distance options are posted on Facebook.
Expected total distance: 15 km – 32 km (with various turnaround options – your coach will help you pick a pace and distance)
Pace: There are multiple groups, but you should be comfortable at 5:30/km.
Note: Runners have free access to the change rooms (you must bring your own lock, towel, shampoo, etc.) on Sunday provided you bring some photo ID.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at University Settlement
This is our oldest weekly long run and is performed at a more leisurely pace than the run at the West End Y. We try to ensure that no one is left behind when we run. We meet at the University Settlement (Map) about 10 minutes prior to the start, when the route and distance groups are determined, before we set off. There is an optional 8:00am start for the early birds, which will loop back to the Settlement House to join up with the rest of the group for the usual 9:30am start.
Friday fun day: Either track or hill repeats (depending on where we are in the season). This isn’t always regular, but we’ll post on Facebook when it happens.
Sounds good? Well, what are you waiting for then, come join us for a run!
Ready to commit to join Longboat? Time to sign up and put on the famous flying feather!