Race Profile: Mississauga Marathon
The Greater Toronto Spring Marathon
May 6-7, 2017
Distances: 42.2K, 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 2K, Relays
Start: Celebration Square at Square One, Mississauga
Finish: Lakefront Promenade Park, Mississauga
Expected Number of Event Weekend Participants: 10,000
Canada’s sixth largest city comes alive at Mississauga Marathon time! Since 2004 the Mississauga Marathon has quickly risen to the ranks of one of the big GTA races, and one of the best in Canada, attracting upwards of 10,000 participants on race weekend (and you don’t do that without a pretty dialed in operation).
Offering one of the most comprehensive group of race distances, this truly is an event with a run for everyone. Let’s break it down: Full Marathon, Sal Guzzo, LL.B. Relay Challenge, Half Marathon run/walk, MNP 10KM run/walk, 10KM student relay, Novo Nordisk ® “Hazel” 5KM and 2KM run/walk. In other words, bring the whole family! For those looking for an extra challenge, the Race Weekend Warrior Challenge pits racers against themselves with a race on Saturday (the 5K or 10K) followed by the half or full marathon on Sunday (phew).
With a net downhill course, this race appeals to aspiring Boston qualifiers, as well as those going after a personal best. Beginners and first time marathoners will also love this course – which takes runners on a scenic tour of the city, including the Port Credit lighthouse, Mississaugua Golf and Country Club and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. This year the race has a new start line at Celebration Square, right next to Mississauga City Hall, and finishes in Lakefront Promenade Park.
The Mississauga Marathon is a first-class event. There is nothing you’ll be looking for on race weekend: free shuttles and parking for both racers and spectators, and free bag check, medals, and race shirts for participants – the list goes on. On Friday and Saturday there is a Runner’s Expo at the Port Credit Memorial Arena.
It’s no wonder 95% (wow!) of participants say they’ll be back.