We'll be sending a post-run survey out real soon, so check your inbox, and write a Banana Review anytime you want!
Click here and post your thoughts, we'll draw FIVE winners of a free medium Panago Pizza for your thoughts:
A big THANK YOU to all the amazing volunteers and crew who made this special edition 5th anniversary memorable and well organized.
Some photos have been posted on Facebook and we'll also put more in the Gallery here, stay tuned,
thanks to both Stan Bioksic and Jeremiah Sacay for donating their Video and Photography services.
Stan was the Segway Guy who gathered some amazing shots and scenes that we are putting together into a commemorative video, watch for this later (this will take some time)!
We also have a NEW COURSE RECORD of 16:23, after Chris Balestrini drove in from London and smoked the old course record established in the first year by none other than 2012 Olympic Marathoner Reid Coolsaet.
Reid ran a 17:32 time in the first year (albeit he ate and drank before the race) and Chris pretty much ran alone with our lead cyclist Bruce and is pictured here with his winnings and in his fine racing form.
Try something different this New Year's Eve. Ring in the New Year with a 5K run on the stroke of midnight and then celebrate 2016 with a post race party!
And if you don't want to run you can also just buy a party ticket!
FIFTH YEAR! And it is going to be even better!
PLUS all participants (runners and also just partiers) receive a great swag bag, beer and champagne (one each) and Post Race Hot Food.Your 2016 running and fitness resolution just became more clear!
"Great event Peter! We had a ball. The fireworks were a nice touch! Swag, pre/post venue, food, volunteers - all awesome!" 2011 Attendee
Run or walk in the cool King Liberty Village neighbourhood with super views of the Toronto Skyline. Accurate Timing, $10 Winter Gloves or Toque with Every Registration,
POST RACE FOOD (not just bananas and bagels, something hot and steamy), on course fireworks, $30 swag bag, stylish and unique finishers' medal (choose one of two options this year).
Free glass of bubbly and Steamwhistle Beer to all finishers to celebrate your race and of course the New Year.
It's a small loop and a bigger loop, so friends, family, spectators will see all the runners passing by after the first kilometre.
We are excited to return back to the same GREAT venue as year #3 for the post run party, the former space known as Danceology, Unit 118 - and we have even more room this year. DJ Hollister has been confirmed to play our tunes!
The bar menu has also been set, Cash Only:
Champagne (by the glass, $8)
Steamwhistle Beer ($5)
Pepsi, Water and Gatorade (free)
Red or White Wine - $8/glass
Rum and Coke - $8/glass
Vodka and O.J. - $6/glass
Rye or Whiskey - $6/glass
Jaegermeister Shots - $6/shot
Gin and Tonic / Soda - $6/glass
BOXING WEEK UPDATES - IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE GOOD TIMES RUNNING EMAILS CHECK YOUR INBOX FOR THE $10 discount code we shared with everyone. It's ONLY good online.
2013 Highlights Video
2012 Highlights Video
2011 Highlights Video
Cool Gloves or Toque
and Foam Hat for Everyone!
Unique Finisher Medal
Great Post Race Food
The MyNextRace Midnite Run 2015 course will be similar to the 2014 course around Liberty Village. Some new paths are being utilized making the course have fewer turns and less confusion.
Head lamps are not mandatory but may be helpful. Depending on the weather there could be either mud or icy patches on the route which is 80% paved concrete, some of the route is through gravel parking lots.
Save your PB's for another race! Click here to view the course.
WEATHER UPDATES FOR DEC 31st - GREAT for Running! 1C
"Had a great time at the race last night! I'm going to recruit some people to do it next year. :)
" 2011 Attendee
No prize money…this is a charity fun run. But there will be gifts to top 3 male and female finishers, top male and female master, best male and female costumed runners and top fundraiser.
Post Race Party
Party away till 3 am after the run in hip, cool, Liberty Village. The post race venue is Room 118 in the Galleria (formerly Danceology) and there are also many bars and restaraunts within walking distance
if you want to meet non runners! BRING CASH if you are partaking in the Cash Bar afterwards.....beer, wine and some popular libations will be available, Pop, Water and Gatorade are free.
No formal dress code - smart, sporty, casual or costume - we will allow all. There is room to change and a secure Bag Check if you want to put on some jeans and dance shoes
(there are beautiful hardwood floors here and a large, full length mirror).
And for those with partners who don't run, they can signup just for the party and maybe for those runners without a partner you might meet one at the party!
Do we have success stories already?
Run and party ticket includes free drink, finger food, party favours and the chance to win some cool draw prizes.
"Thankfully, I laid down a "competitive" time with Mr. Coolsaet. LOL. If only I didn't eat that piece of cheesecake for dessert an hour before the race...and the huge plate of tilapia and lobster...and the bruschetta...and the wine and prosecco. Oh well, there's always next year!! Great race, everyone!
" 2011 Attendee
Schedule of Events
31st December - THURSDAY
12pm - 6pm - Race kit pickup - Room 118 - Galleria - 121 East Liberty St. - Liberty Village. (this is also called Liberty Market Building, and houses Casa Life, Raaw Sushi and Brazen Head Pub on the East End and Tim Horton's / Home Hardware on the West End.
Note - if there are still spaces available, late registration will take place here and/or on site when the doors open at 10:30 pm.
7:30pm - Volunteer and Race Crew Run get to run the course
(to be determined based on numbers interested)
10:30pm - Doors open
10:30pm - Race kit pickup
10:30pm - Cash registration desk opens for late Run and/or Party Only Registrations
11:30pm - Costume Contest
In the Galleria (outside).
12am sharp - 5K run / walk starts
In the Galleria (outside) - the OFFICIAL START LINE as always is at the far WEST end and the new FINISH LINE is in the middle
12:15am - Finishers start to come in
1am - Awards for Top Overall Finishers
2am - Special Large Prize Giveaways!
12:15am - 3am - Dance the night away!
Toronto has over 40,000 hotel rooms, so you will have no problems finding one however book early to avoid disappointment. Do not book the Palace Arms hotel which is the closest to Liberty Village, they book rooms by the hour (hint)...
What To Do In Toronto
What's not to do....of course we want everyone to support the local Liberty Village Bars and Restaurants, and if you pick up your Race Kit early, here are some suggestions:
Shopping is plentiful in Toronto, especially the eclectic and off the wall Queen Street West, which is within walking distance. Find something you won't find anywhere else, the Fashion District is at Spadina and Queen.
Liberty Village is full of many options, especially coffee shops, bars, restaurants and full service amenities, for more details visit the Liberty Village Business Improvement Association web-site, www.lvbia.com
The HOT spots include Brazen Head Pub, Williams Landing Bar and Bar Vespa all 100 yards or less from the Start / Finish Line. Raw Sushi is tremendous value for something fresh and, well, raw. Locus 144 Bar is our friend Cassius who is right beside the Start Line! Other places include The Liberty, Maro Nightclub, School Restaurant and Bar (excellent Sunday brunch btw) and for the romantically inclined my favourite spot, Cafino which is tucked away in the North-West corner (but closed through the holidays, Rose is on a beach somewhere).