MEC Toronto Race THREE 2019

  • Date
    Sunday, 23 June, 2019
  • Time
    From 08:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Toronto
  • Price
  • Address
    Tommy Thompson Park
    1 Leslie Street
    Toronto, ON


Due to flooding  in Tommy Thompson Park, the 2019 MEC Toronto Race Three on June 23 has been postponed.


As race organizers, our primary concern is the safety of participants and volunteers, and we have a responsibility to provide a safe, well-marshaled course. High water levels have made the pedestrian bridge impassable and impacted the accessibility of much of the course.  The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has a Shoreline Hazard Warning in effect.  Permiting restrictions prevent us from re-routing or re-locating the race at present time.   

We appreciate all the effort that goes into this race every year, from the dedicated volunteers, to our runners, to the City of Toronto who allow us to put on this great event. Instead of canceling this race, we have decided to reschedule for September 22, 2019. This will ensure you have the great race experience you have come to expect from MEC.


As per our refund policy we are unable to offer a refund or transfer for this event.


As race organizers, our primary concern is the safety of participants and volunteers, and we have a responsibility to provide safe, well-marshalled courses. High water levels have made the pedestrian bridge impassable, so the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a Shoreline Hazard Warning and has closed the bridge. This impacts the planned race course and accessibility along the route.

We are currently looking into all options including re-routing the course where possible and looking at alternative dates. We will provide an update as soon as possible. Please continue to check back here for further communications. Please note: all registered racers will receive email communications on next steps once a decision has been made. Due to the number of participants registered, we are unable to respond to individual emails about the race.

MEC Toronto Race THREE: 5K/10K/21.1K

Annual MEC Half Marathon & Runner's Expo 2019

Forget the movie ticket or the over-the-top burger – for about the same price you get chip-timed results, coffee and bananas, finish-line massages, plus unlimited high-fives from stoked MEC members and staff. 

Chip-timed and Fully Supported!

Permits pending. Course subject to change.


Register online or in-store before Thursday June 21st, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon) when online and in-store registration close.



Race Day










Distance changes will be accepted via email until online registration closes on June 20th at 12:00pm (noon).

Note: Race day registration is cash only, and is available from 8:00–8:45am on Sunday June 23rd at the registration tent.


In store

  • Where: MEC Toronto (300 Queen St. West)
  • Friday, June 21st from 10am to 9pm
  • Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 5pm

Race day

  • Sunday, June 23rd from 8:00am–8:45am at event site


Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Start times

  • 21.1K Race starts promptly at 9:00am
  • 10K Race starts promptly at 9:10am
  • 5K Race starts promptly at 9:20am
  • NOTE: Strollers are only permitted on the 5K course


Tommy Thompson Park

1 Leslie Street

Toronto, ON 

Directions here

Event Parking:

Parking for this event will be along Leslie Street, Unwin Drive and Commisioners Street. For over flow parking there is parking at by the Canadian Tire at Leslie and Lake Shore Blvd. Be prepared to walk a short while to the start of the race. Please drive with caution as there will be runners, family and friends in the area.

Bag Storage:

We do NOT have a secure bag store process.

  • MEC staff and volunteers are NOT responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen items
  • MEC staff and volunteers will NOT be available to hold any of your personal items

Safety Considerations:

The route is marshalled by MEC staff and volunteers, so please follow their instructions.

This path is open to the public, so keep to your right on the trail to allow cyclists and other path users to pass you. Check before overtaking another runner.




Help us keep our races green by bringing your own water bottle. (Compostable cups and on-site recycling and composting will also be provided.)

Click on the image to find out more.



All races start at the entrance of Tommy Thompson Park/Leslie Spit. Each distance will begin at the same location, head out before looping back towards the finish line. The Half Marathoners will complete TWO laps of the course. 

5K = run 2.5km to the "5K Turn"; head back to the Start/Finish

10K = run 5km to the "10K Turn"; head back to the Start/Finish

21.2K = run 5.3km to the "21.1K Turn"; head back to the Start/Finish.  Just before the finish arch you will turn around and loop back out and complete the course a second time.  Note:  The course is open for three hours.  If you have not completed the first loop of the 21.1K course 90 minutes into the run you will be diverted to the finish.

Park visitors have reported finding ticks at Tommy Thompson Park.  This reinforces the importance of staying on the main path (race course) and performing a tick check following a visit to the park.  

2019 Sponsors include:


Nuun at MEC Races 


Nuun's flagship hydration product, Active, is packed full of four key electrolytes meant to dial in on optimal hydration yet is low in sugar. When your body needs it the most, Nuun Active is the best way to re-hydrate or pre-hydrate! All water stations will be equipped with MEC’s electrolyte partner Nuun Hydration. train with Nuun Hydration products







Know someone who wants to come cheer you on and give out high-fives? Volunteering with the MEC events team is a blast. For more information, please click on the image.




We’ll have live unofficial race results within one hour of runners crossing the finish line at the results station. Official standings will be posted on the Speed River Timing site as well as this page within two business days of the event. Be sure to check back!

We’ll be giving out medals to the top three male and female finishers in each distance category (no age categories awards).

Want to see last year’s results to scope out how fast the course is? They’re on Speed River Timing.



Walk to 5K:

Learn to run a fun and safe 5K over 10 weeks. You will learn techniques and skills necessary to confidently complete a 5K run.  A very knowledgeable MEC Staffer will lead this run providing guidance and encouragement throughout each week.

Run A Faster 10K:

This 10 week program is designed for the runner already comfortable with 5K, and are looking to push their 10K runs up a notch. Take an hour out of one of your nights and join us for an engaging workout with an experienced clinic leader. 

Meet-up Road and Trail Runs:

These free meet-up runs takes place take at both stores. Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday's - 6pm (MEC North York)

Saturday - 8am (MEC Toronto at Evergreen Brickworks)

Saturday - 8:30am (MEC North York)

Training Plans

Click on the picture below for some 5K and 10K training plans





Please contact the Regional Community Events Team via e-mail at