Toronto, Ontario: Marathons with Culture!
Many cities pride themselves as being places of sport and recreation. It is no wonder that Toronto, one of the cities with highest living standard in the world, has numerous sport events and competitions. Naturally, first thing that everyone thinks of is ice hockey. In reality, Toronto is much more popular for its marathons. These competitions brought worldwide popularity to Toronto making it one of the most sport-friendly cities in the world.
Here’s Toronto’s 2015 marathon lineup:
- Around the Bay (March 29)
- Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon (May 3)
- Mississauga Marathon (May 3)
- Toronto Women’s Half Marathon (May 24)
- MEC Toronto Marathon (September 13)
- Island Girl Half Marathon (September 20)
- Oakville Half Marathon (September 27)
- Collingwood Half Marathon (October 3)
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 18)
- Hamilton Marathon (November 1)
As usual, the city of Toronto will do its best to prepare great events and to present itself in best way. Like any year, Toronto Marathons will attract large number of foreign competitors, including the US.
As with most Canadian cities, Toronto has great medical care and it is ready to provide any assistance to any competitor that may have medical issues during the race. If that isn’t enough, you can find relief in one of the cities many spas and massage parlors. By enjoying a treatment or massage, you can make sure that your muscles will be prepared for the race. A place with great sports and deep tissue massage offerings is the Uptown Spa Toronto located at 801 York Mills Road, Suite 311, North York.
For marathoners, Uptown Spa offers two types of sports massage. The first is for general relaxation and is meant to relieve the stress put on body after a hard training or race. After race massages are performed one or two hours after the event and lasts between fifteen and twenty minutes. The second variation of sports massage is used to prepare the body and is recommended just before the event.
While competing in a marathon is a great reason to visiting Toronto, athletes can also experience the city’s history and culture. With early beginnings as a trading outpost, Toronto has come a long way, developing as an industrial city and evolving as a modern metropolis dominated by Victorian buildings (Cabbagetown is a prime example). And as the city grew, so did the architecture—it is hard to talk Toronto without mentioning the CN Tower; a massive skyscraper owned by the Canadian National Railway Company and, until recently, the tallest building in the world.
However, like in any other Canadian city, hockey is very popular. If you wish, you can visit Hockey Hall of Fame. Art and culture seekers must visit the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ontario Science Center are also fabulous places to visit. Whatever your interest, Toronto has something for everyone. Good luck on your race!
This post was sponsored by the Uptown Spa Toronto. We love Ontario’s largest city and, marathon or not, think it’s a fabulous place for a girlfriends getaway!