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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Course Update

We are headed back to our traditional route. During the "off season" we had productive discussions with the local City Councillor. All parties concerned understand how important our "traditional" route is to the future success of our race. There is still construction in the area, but a key access route (the Cherry Street Bridge) reopened late last year. A future meeting with City staff will determine what modifications (if any) are necessary to the Midsummer routes in 2014.

30K Race starts at 5:30PM

15K Walk starts at 6:00PM

15K Run starts at 6:45PM

5K Race starts at 6:30PM

Finish lines for all events are Logan Ave.


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..."


Click here for the 30K Map – event starts at 5:30PM (Note that there is a route change from 2009). Runners will proceed south on Cherry Street to Cherry Beach, east along the Martin Goodman Trail and u-turn past the Unwin Bridge and return to Cherry Street north to Commissioners. Also, in Tommy Thompson Park 30K runners will follow the 15K route and cross the foot bridge before rounding the lighthouse. The boardwalk and beaches park have been eliminated from the route although participant's will still run through Ashbridge's Bay park.)

Click here for the 15K Map – 15K Walk starts at 6:00PM  - and 15K Run starts at 6:45PM. There are no course changes this year.

Click here for the 5K Map - Route  - Start line is at Sherbourne Common at Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne Street. The route heads east merging on to the Martin Goodman Trail before Lakeshore. Follow trail until it links up with Cherry Street and head south to Cherry Beach turning at the traffic circle to head back along the Martin Goodman Trail following our 30K course. Turn east along Commissioners St. until Logan Ave. and the finish line. It is a flat point to point course.

Washroom Facilities

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

Porta-potties are also available at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park (@ 2K for the 15K and @ 11k for the 30K)

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

30k Runners pass additional washroom facilities just past water-station #1 in Cherry Beach Park at about 4 K and will also pass washrooms in Ashbridges Bay park at about 24.5k and 26.5 K.

Aid Stations

Water and Gatorade are served on the course at aid stations located approximately every 3K. You pass all but one water station 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).


Canada Post - 969 Eastern Ave

Shuttle bus 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.,-79.4348&sspn=0.025006,0.030427&ie=UTF8&z=16&om=1

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 after 2:00pm on the day of the race. Cars parked on the course route will be towed. No exceptions!

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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 will begin at 2pm and we suggest arriving early.

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

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

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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!




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.

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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

or by calling 416-367-8900

You must register by July 14th, 2014 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 running continuously until everyone is back to the Hotel!

  • The Novotel Toronto Centre is located at:
  • 45 The Esplanade
  • M5E 1W2
  • Tel (+1)416/3678900
  • Fax (+1)416/3608285
  • E-mail

    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!



    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.



    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, blinker 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 22.5 km and 24.5 km marks by 8:30PM and 8:46PM. (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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