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10K, 5K, Kids 1 Mile, & Kids Fun Run

September 10, 2023

The race that has it all!

Join us on the Island for the perfect family day race.

Both the 5 km and the 10 km distances follow a scenic route on Centre Island and are flat all the way – great for your next PB, or for first timers!

The race is a true family-friendly event, with races for the kids, followed by a picnic, and best of all: lunch is on us! So bring the family and come enjoy a wonderful day on the Island.

Race Details

All races are held on Centre Island.

Please note: we strongly recommend purchasing your ferry ticket(s) ahead of time. They can be purchased online here.

All participants (kids races and 5K/10K) will receive a medal and a shirt. Also…

Join us for a picnic! Each participant will receive a BBQ ticket for a beef/veggie burger (or hot dog), cookies, fruit, and a drink.

Additional BBQ tickets will be available for spectators for $10 + HST each.

Photo Booth services for the Longboat Toronto Island Run are being provided by Imagica – Events Reimagined.

Male/Female – top 3 finishers
Under 20, 20-24, 25-29, 30–34, 35-39, 40–44, 45-49, 50–54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Athena/Clydesdale – top finisher 40+ and under 40 for both categories

Back for 2023 – Athena & Clydesdale Categories

North American triathlon and running organizations, particularly in the US, began offering weight divisions in the late 80s, in addition to the traditional gender, age and elite categories.

These weight divisions are called Athena for women and Clydesdale for men. Athena class typically welcomes women over 150 pounds, while Clydesdale is for men over 200 pounds. This is simply another way to compare results among similar athletes.

The Longboat Toronto Island Run is one of the first road races in Canada to incorporate these divisions.

We aim to increase accessibility to participants of all backgrounds, and challenge the stigma associated with weight, which can have little correlation with fitness levels.

Registering under these new categories is completely optional and self-identifying – it’s up to each participant to determine whether you will race under gender/age, or gender/weight.

(However, you will not be able to compete in both age and weight categories.)

Under these new divisions, we will be offering 2 broad age categories – under 40 and 40 and over for both Athena and Clydesdale.

Starting at $45 + HST (or $25+ HST for kids races)

Bib Pick Up

Once again bib pick up will be hosted by The Runners Shop – located at 374 Bloor St West.

Pick up hours:

Friday, September 8th 10:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, September 9th 10:00am – 5:00pm


Longboat Roadrunners, through our signature event, the Toronto Island Race, is proud to partner once again with SchoolBOX North, an organization whose mission is ‘Making Education Possible’. 

SchoolBOX North partners with First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth leaders to ‘make education possible’ for kids in Indigenous communities across Canada. Current projects involve developing libraries, classrooms, and lunch programs for First Nations kids in Treaty #3 Ontario.

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is a membership-based, charitable organization located in the heart of downtown Toronto. NCCT offers a wide range of programs and services based on Indigenous cultural traditions and teachings. Their mission statement is to empower the Indigenous community in Toronto by providing programs that support their spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well-being. The NCCT is Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization and one of the original Friendship Centres in Canada.


I already registered but won’t be able to make it on race day. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to issue cancellations or refunds for the 2023 Island Race.

You may defer your entry to next year’s race or transfer your entry to another participant for 5K/10K only. We are unable to offer deferrals or transfers for kids races.

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Is there a time limit?

This year we will be implementing a 90 minute time limit. If you anticipate you will need more time to complete the 10 km distance, we recommend that you consider dropping down to the 5 km, as you will not be guaranteed to receive an official finishing time once our volunteers and the timing crew start to tear down the course/equipment. (Please plan to be at the starting line on time!)

Is same-day race kit pickup available?

We ask that you pick up your kit from The Runners Shop if possible. Same-day race kit pickup will be available on an extremely limited basis, as we will have a limited number of volunteers on the Island on race day to assist you. Please come early so you’re not rushed – we recommend that you plan accordingly and take the earliest possible ferry. The registration desk is located roughly a 10 minute walk from the Centre Island ferry dock.

Can I pick up someone else’s bib?

Yes, but please come prepared with their confirmation e-mail & bib number!

Do you allow strollers?

Yes, we do permit strollers, however we ask that you start from the back for safety reasons. 

Do you allow dogs?

Your dog is welcome to run with you, however we ask that you start from the back for safety reasons. Dogs must remain leashed at all times.

Can I walk the 5K (or 10K)?

Absolutely! We recommend you choose the most appropriate distance based on the 90 minute cutoff. There is no designated walker category, nor awards for walkers.

Can I wear my earbuds/headphones during the run?

Yes. You can wear earbuds or headphones, but please keep the volume low so that you are aware of runners around you and that you can hear any instructions given by our course marshals.

How do I get an extra BBQ ticket for friends or family members who are not running?

New for 2023, extra BBQ tickets for spectators/non-participants will be available online for $10 + HST each at the time of registration. If you know you will be coming to the Island with family members, we recommend that you purchase the extra tickets in advance. Extra BBQ tickets are non refundable and cannot be transferred or applied to next year’s event.

Will there be somewhere to store my personal items on the Island?

Yes! We do have bag check available (located at the Centre Island pavilion). All you need to do is simply pin the detachable tag (from your bib) onto your bag before drop off.  Please leave any valuables at home.

Check out our amazing partners:

The Longboat Toronto Island Run is an Athletics Ontario sanctioned race.

Athletics Ontario is Ontario’s governing body for the sport of Athletics which includes: Track & Field, Cross Country, Racewalking, in addition to Road and Mountain/Ultra/Trail running.  They offer a large variety of programming and resources from grassroot youth track & field, cross country, coach & official training, clubs, training groups, and running race organization membership, with the ultimate vision and mission of supporting and fostering a continued growth in participation in our sport of Athletics. 

If you would like to be included in the Trillium Running Series as an Athletics Ontario member (which is also an Athletics Canada membership), please register here for a Road & Trail membership. 

Want to train for the race?

Then head on over to the Longboat Roadrunners page and come run with us!

We now offer a family membership for 2 adults & up to 2 children/youth living in the same household for a discounted price.

Contact Longboat Roadrunners

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