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Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto

Beat the heat with a boardwalk run

Urban

Beginner-friendly

< 2 hours

Summertime running in Toronto repeatedly offers the same two foes: heat and humidity. Avoid both on a run at Toronto’s Sunnyside Boardwalk. The flat terrain and cool breeze off the water make this 5km road run a great way to fight the heat, warm up your muscles and get you pumped for the season.

Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto

Sunnyside Boardwalk, Toronto, ON, Canada

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A cool run in a hot city

Set out on this breezy run along the lake shore

Where to start

This 5K run route has great access from the public transit system, which means you won’t have to ruin your runner’s high on the way home fighting Toronto’s heavy traffic flows. If you do need to drive here though, just start your run at the west side of the route, instead of the east. There’s a Green P parking lot accessible from Lakeshore Boulevard West.

Be sure to warm up

After crossing over the Gardiner on the pedestrian bridge, head to the beach for a sweet spot to do some dynamic warm ups. Follow the Martin Goodman Trail and enjoy any breeze coming off the water. You can easily catch your zen on this run with trees lining one side and the lake on the other. If you’re a dog lover, be sure to swing by Sir Casimir Gzowski Dog Park to watch the pups.

Squeeze in some cross-training

When you reach the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, you’re at your turnaround point. Head left along the path to loop back along the parallel Sunnyside Boardwalk. A neat plus to this route is the option to add in a little calisthenics. The Sir Casimir Gzowski Park (not to be confused with the dog park of the same name) has an outdoor training area. With the loop passing by this spot twice, you get two changes to check in on your energy levels. Or, if you’re feeling particularly peppy, twice the amount of times you can work on your core strength.

Cool down, meet more runners

Organic, cold-pressed and always plant-based, a juice from the Village Juicery at 99 Roncevalles Avenue is a great way to rehydrate when you’re finished. Highly recommended for your post-run rejuvenation is the “Hydrate & Heal” – who knew grapefruit and celery could make such a delicious pairing?

 

If you set out on this route solo and are looking for company on your next Toronto run, look into some of the local run crews that head out regularly, such as the Parkdale Road Runners or the MEC Toronto run crew.

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