Whether you’re a novice runner or a seasoned athlete, Toronto’s top running races are (finally) back this spring. After years of on-again-off-again false starts, we’re ready to sweat shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow runners.

Maybe you’re a first-timer just excited to participate, or a semi-pro sponsored running machine, we have some routes and races for every BODY!

(And if you need some shoe-shopping suggestions, we have that too).

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Okay, it’s not technically spring, but the February 25th Zoo Run is a great cause. Run 5K or 1K and Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause! Registration includes complimentary parking and admission for the day, and participants score a super cute medal upon finishing. 5K starts at just $45.

Sunday, March 12th is the annual Achilles Canada run. Lace ’em up for a great cause, with 10K, 5K or easy 1K options. This downtown race begins and ends at Steamwhistle Brewing The Roundhouse, adjacent to the CN Tower. Wear your best green gear and support runners across Canada, benefiting training programs and events for runners with a variety of disabilities.

The scenery of High Park is a solid reason to sign up for the 8K Spring Run Off. No foolin’ this April 1st run also includes a shorter 5K route. A souvenir shirt and medal are included in your registration.

A robust race with distances for every strength, the Toronto Marathon is the city’s biggest spring race. Starting in North York by Mel Lastman Square, you’ll want to train to tackle those first hills by York Mills. Trust me. From full marathons down to 5k’s, get training now for this May 7th race.

Uptown runners embrace the feel-good Sporting Life 10K as a neighbourhood favourite. The race takes place on Mother’s Day, May 14th, so grab your flock and share in one of Toronto’s top routes, which finishes at Ontario Place.

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The waterfront is a favourite route for many local runners, so of course the Under Armour Toronto 10K will prove to be a popular race. On June 17th you’re almost guaranteed great weather, so you can don your favourite singlet without sweating about snow.

Lead photo by Jess Baumung c/o Nike Toronto.

All other images by Libby Roach.