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Where to go
For this 6km running route, start at the MEC Toronto store on King Street and head west towards Liberty Village. At about the halfway point, Liberty Street will end. Turn north up Dufferin then make your way east down Queen Street towards your final destination. The route ends at feelgoodguru, a great vegan smoothie bar and restaurant just off Queen Street where you can grab a healthy boost after your run.
Start out early
Running in the downtown core can be a challenge with all the traffic. If you can manage it, head out early to avoid the pedestrians and shoppers on the sidewalks. Plus, getting started early in the morning has the added benefit of being cooler; Torontonians know that it can get pretty toasty in the summer.
Grab the right gear
This run is entirely on concrete or asphalt. Make sure you’re choosing shoes and socks accordingly. If you do happen to head out midday, make sure to sunscreen up as as the shade along this route is pretty minimal.
Snap a selfie
About 2km into this run you’ll pass by Liberty Village Park. The art piece in the park was inspired by a washing machine, one of the things that Liberty Village factories used to produce, and pays tribute to the area’s industrial roots. Another piece of TO history? You can also head across the park to the old Toronto City Prison site where one of the walls is still standing. Liberty Village Park has a water fountain too, so you can fill up for the rest of the run while you’re there.
Stretch it out
This route ends at feelgoodguru, about a block down Tecumseth Street. This is the perfect place to grab a smoothie to help you refuel after your run. They’re all about plant power and hyper local eating. After your snack, get in some stretching with free outdoor yoga about a 20-minute walk away at Liberty Village Park (summer Sundays at 10:30am, BYO mat, water and sunscreen). Any other time, head to one of the yoga studios in the neighbourhood; Downward Dog Yoga and Mula Yoga are both close by.