Thanks so much for supporting us in year three of our unique event, the biggest one yet! You should all be very proud of yourselves for lacing up on a very cold and windy night. You should also pat yourselves on the back for your commitment to starting off the New Year in the spirit of health AND good times.
As with every new event, there are growing pains and we appreciate so much the support and enthusiasm you have shown for the Midnite Run. Both those who run it every year and those who take a chance on something new are necessary to fulfilling our vision of a run that will one day grow from hundreds to thousands in the great international tradition of New Year's Eve runs across the globe.
Your support is what will make that happen. This third year was not without its challenges, but it also brought some great success, beginning with increased numbers and more money raised for the Fort York Food Bank. We had great media coverage (including CP24 live at the start line!) and a party that went until 3 in the morning. We were especially excited to welcome runners from places far and wide as well as those from across the GTA. What a great way to put Toronto on the map. Thank you!
We do know there are areas that need improvement and we welcome your feedback unequivocally. Please email me with any concerns or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or write a banana review on www.mynextrace.com, giving your honest feedback of the event.
We look forward to many more Midnite Runs and wish you and your friends and families a truly great year.
I want to THANK the more than 30 Crew and Volunteers who worked tirelessly all week and for some like myself, Estee and Mathew we had 22 hour shifts that started at 6am Tuesday. Special consideration to Race Course Crew member Mark Henderson who spent 3 hours personally sanding and salting the tricky sections of the route starting at 7pm. The entire city of Toronto was SOLD OUT of salt due to the massive ice storm but we fortunately found some at the last moment and tried our best to make the route less slippery (don't ask where we got it)!
Founder - Midnite Run Toronto
Run & PARTY in the New Year or just Party!
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 2013 with a post race party!
And if you don't want to run you can also just buy a party ticket!
Schedule of Events
31st December 1pm - 6pm - Race kit pickup - Market Bistro, 171 E. Liberty St. Unit 127A, Liberty Village. 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
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
12am sharp - 5K run / walk starts
12:15am - Finishers start to come in
1am - Awards for Top Overall Finishers
2 am - Special Large Prize Giveaways!
12:15am - 3am - Dance the night away!
The course is READY! Yes some snow but still okay to run in, we'll be cleaning the corners and icy sections if necessary and salting any spots that might be tricky. The course is traffic-free except for the one small section of Hannah Avenue where you enter and exit the parking lot(s), there is a new Condo here, the driveway to the Traffic Services Police Station and if you can believe it a new famous coffee shop just opened their first location in Liberty Village right here at the end of the laneway (open 24hrs, but just use their washrooms)!
Remember it's a small loop and a bigger loop, so friends, family, spectators will see all the runners passing by after the first kilometre, you can even watch from inside warm and comfy Danceology with a drink in your hand!
THIRD YEAR! And it is going to be even better! Post Run Party hosted by Danceology, Toronto's Premier Fitness and Dance Studio 100 yards from the Start-Finish Line!
PLUS all participants (runners and also just partiers) receive a great swag bag, beer and champagne (one each), hot food from Market Bistro AND a $145 Gift Certificate good for either a dance lesson, zumba class, yoga, etc.Your 2014 running and fitness resolution just became more clear!
Run or walk in the cool King Liberty Village neighbourhood with super views of the Toronto Skyline. Chip timing, $10 Winter Gloves, POST RACE FOOD (not just bananas and bagels, something hot and steamy), on course fireworks, $30 swag bag, stylish and unique finishers' medal. Free glass of bubbly to all finishers to celebrate your race and of course the New Year.
"Great event Peter! We had a ball. The fireworks were a nice touch! Swag, pre/post venue, food, volunteers - all awesome!" 2011 Attendee
Beat the Banana!
Beat the MyNextRace Half Marathon Guinness World record holder and win an award
The MyNextRace Midnite Run 2013 course is EXACTLY the same as the 2012 course. Head lamps 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.
"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 after the run in hip, cool, Liberty Village. The post race venue is Danceology and there are also many bars and restaraunts within walking distance. Unfortunately no showers are available at Danceology.
No formal dress code - smart, sporty, casual or costume - we will allow all.
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!
Run and party ticket includes free drink, finger food, party favours and the chance to win some cool draw prizes. Beer, wine and a limited selection of spirits available for purchase.
"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
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. Lot 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).