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RACE AND COURSE INFORMATION

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Course Update

Final Course Maps have just been posted!!! There are modifications from previous year's events. Please review the maps carefully.

We are headed back to our traditional route. During the "off season" we had productive discussions with the local City Councillor, Paula Fletcher. We thank her for recognizing the importance of Midsummer not only to the running and walking community, but to SickKids Foundation and the Department of Rheumatology.

There is still construction in the area, but a key access route (the Cherry Street Bridge) reopened late last year. The maps posted online identify the final routes including all modifications for this year! Thank you and welcome home to the Port Lands Midsummer!

30K Race starts at 5:30PM

15K Run starts at 6:00PM

15K Walk starts at 6:15PM

5K Race starts at 6:30PM

Start lines for all events are on Bouchette Street

Finish lines for all events are on Logan Ave.

Route

A Midsummer Night's Run is a magical evening of running staged on Toronto's East end trails and Lake Ontario.   The run will start before the sun sets and will be finished by the light of the moon.  Shakespeare's own words well describe this night as being "...swift as a shadow, short as any dream..."

Maps

Click here for the 30K Map – event starts at 5:30PM. Runners will proceed from the start line on Bouchette Street to Commissioners Street turning right and proceeding to Munition Street. Turning right on Munition to Villiers turning right to Don Roadway and then u-turning  to Cherry Street. At Cherry, participants will turn left and head south on Cherry Street to Cherry Beach, east along the Martin Goodman Trail. Runners will continue to the entrance of Tommy Thompson Park (the Leslie Street Spit) via Unwin Avenue entering the park and proceeding south to the Lighthouse via the foot bridge. Upon exiting Tommy Thompson Park, runners will proceed northbound on the Martin Goodman Trail to Ashbridges Bay Park via Lakeshore. Looping through Ashbridges runners will return on the same path to Unwin Ave. turning westbound to the finish via Cherry Street and Commissioners.

Click here for the 15K Map – 15K Run starts at 6:00PM  - and 15K Walk starts at 6:15PM. Runners and Walkers will proceed from the start line on Bouchette Street to Commissioners Street turning right and proceeding directly to Cherry Street. At Cherry, participants will turn left and head south on Cherry Street to Cherry Beach (also known as Clarke Beach), east along the Martin Goodman Trail. Runners will continue to the entrance of Tommy Thompson Park (the Leslie Street Spit) via Unwin Avenue entering the park and proceeding southbound. Participants will U-turn just past the fork and well before the footbridge returning to the finish line via Unwin Ave, Cherry Street and Commissioners.

Click here for the 5K Map - Route  - Runners and Walkers will proceed from the start line on Bouchette Street to Commissioners Street turning right and proceeding directly to Cherry Street. At Cherry, participants will turn left and head south on Cherry Street to Cherry Beach where they will u-turn at the 2.5k mark and return to the finish line via Cherry Street and Commissioners.

Washroom Facilities

Porta-potties will be available at the Start/Finish line.

Porta-potties are also available at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park (@ 5K for the 15K and @ 6k for the 30K)

The loop through Tommy Thompson Park is a little more than 10K and you will pass the same porta-potties again.

All participants pass additional washroom facilities just past water-station #1 in Cherry Beach Park (also known as Clarke Beach). 30K participants also pass washrooms in Ashbridges Bay park at about 20k and 22 K.

Aid Stations

Water and Gatorade are served on the course at aid stations located approximately every 3K. You pass all water stations twice. There are no gel stations on the course.

We encourage walkers and runners to carry there own water bottles. Our volunteers would be pleased to replenish your vessels as required.

We are fortunate to run through a beautiful conservation area and we ask those taking gels and using cups to be mindful of where they throw their garbage. Our volunteers will gladly clean up the ground around them, so please leave your litter at the aid stations.

Start / Finish area 

Start/Finish area is located on Bouchette Street between Lakeshore Road East and Commissioners Streets (right beside McLeary Park).

Parking

Canada Post - 969 Eastern Ave

Shuttle busses will be provided from the lot to the Start line at McLeary Park @ Bouchette St. Shuttle will begin at 2pm (subject to change) and we suggest arriving early. The shuttle buses will run continuously until 11:30

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Spaces are limited in the area due to road closures because of the race.

Parking passes for the lot will be sold at Race Kit Pick up or for those picking up race kits on Saturday at the parking lot starting at 2:00PM for $10.00 each.

For the safety of all participants there will be absolutely no parking anywhere on Bouchette Street or Logan Avenue after 2:00pm on the day of the race. Cars parked on the course route will be towed. No exceptions!

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TTC

To get to the Parking Lot Shuttle from the Greenwood subway take the #31 bus to Queen Street

Walk to Eastern Ave via Knox Street to the Canada Post parking lot (map above) and take the Midsummer shuttle provided.  Shuttle busses will begin at 2pm and we suggest arriving early. Shuttle busses will run continuously until 11:30PM.

For other TTC options please check with the Toronto Transit Commission and take into consideration weekend service schedules.

http://www.toronto.ca/ttc/schedules/index.htm

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Race Kit Pick-Up 

 

Thursday August 14th (Noon until 8:00PM) and Friday August 15th (10:00AM until 6:00PM) 


The location is the Ted Rogers School of Management, 8th Floor, 55 Dundas Street West
Conveniently, attached to the Eaton Centre, it's just three short escalators or a quick ride up in the elevator.

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Saturday August 16th from 10:00am until 4:00PM


McCleary Park (the Start/Finish line)

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Those coming from a distance will be accommodated for a late pick-up. 
 

If you are planning to pick-up your race kit on Saturday please arrive early to avoid line-ups!

 

NO RACES WILL BE DELAYED BECAUSE RACE KITS ARE STILL BEING PICKED UP!

 

You may pick-up a race kit for a friend. Please ensure you have a note or an email from them with their name, race and shirt sizing.  You may pick up as many kits as you like, but if the line is busy you will be limited to four and asked to line up again. We appreciate your understanding.

Friday Au

Host Hotel

A Midsummer Night's Run would like to thank

Novotel Toronto Centre

for being our Host Hotel for 2014

A preferred room rate has been negotiated.

Check back soon for reservation information.

A preferred room rate has been negotiated.

Midsummer participants can reserve online by CLICKING HERE

alternatively cut and paste the following link into your browser

https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10991650&utm_source=9162&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=28164201

or by calling 416-367-8900

You must register by July 21st, 2014 (extended) to guarantee rate and room availability

Free shuttle service to and from the race start/finish area will be provided from the Novotel starting at 2:00PM on race day and will run continuously until everyone is back to the Hotel!

  • The Novotel Toronto Centre is located at:
  • 45 The Esplanade
  • TORONTO, ON
  • M5E 1W2
  • CANADA
  • Tel (+1)416/3678900
  • Fax (+1)416/3608285
  • E-mail novotel.torontocentre@accor.com
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    Time Chips

     

    Time chips will be handed out at RACE KIT PICK-UP and are part of your BIB. Please do not remove the chip from your bib.

    If you are picking up your race kit on Saturday please plan to arrive early to avoid line-ups!

    NO RACES WILL BE DELAYED BECAUSE RACE KITS ARE STILL BEING PICKED UP!

     

    If you pick up your race kit, but DO NOT RACE, you DO NOT need to return your chip to either Sportstats or A Midsummer Night's Run

     

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    Race Day Instructions

     

    Bag Check

     

    Complimentary bag check will be available at the Start/Finish area. Remember a knapsack or gym bag to check your belongings in (no plastic bags will be handed out) Please use the tear-off tag from your race bib to mark and identify your bag.

     

    Time Chips, Blinkers and Safety

    Timing Chips – Sportstats will be the official timer for A Midsummer Night’s Run.

     

    Time chips will be handed out at RACE KIT PICK-UP with your Bib.

     

     

    Blinkers – The City of Toronto is no longer is requiring all participants to where personal blinkers or lights. Therefore, blinkers will NOT be handed out this year.  We want you to be safe. The race starts in the light, but can quickly turn dark. The wearing of blinkers or headlamps is encouraged, but not required.

     

    Remember

    No Bib – No Race: No Chip – No Time

    The City of Toronto is enforcing a strict cut-off time on City Streets of 9:30 PM for ALL Participants. Please follow the direction of all Race Marshals and Toronto Police Officials while on the course. Failure to wear a race bib, or follow an officials instructions will result in disqualification from the event. The City of Toronto is also enforcing turn around points for 30K runners who have not reached the 19.5 km mark by 8:02PM. (It may seem like the Bard woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but we’re keenly interested in keeping you safe and running and walking for years to come!)

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