Simon From Toronto

Running Through Toronto at the Sporting Life 10K

Crossfit Colossem Team at the Sporting Life 10K

The Sporting Life 10K is a nice run through the streets of Toronto, starting from North Toronto and running down towards the lake and Exhibition stadium. Mostly downhill and flat as well it was a nice run to finish up a few weekends in a row of races (including the 5 Peaks run the day before).

A nice cause too, money raised goes to Campfire Circle and kids affected by childhood cancer.


We had a great turnout for this race from the Crossfit Colosseum running group, with at least 10 folks taking part in the race.

It was an early start. Rather than corrals this year they did timed start times – ours was at 7:40, so we were piling into the car at 6:30 to make our way first to drop the car near the finish line, and then Uber up to the start line. I was up at about 5:00 to have a coffee, something to eat and take care of business in the can.

The morning was a little cool – it was early – but thankfully we weren’t waiting too long to start, with our race actually beginning at 7:40 (no police actions on the course this week!)

I got distracted taking a video running through the start line and forgot to start my watch – I strapped my phone to my arm and thought – what am I forgetting? Which is a shame actually, as I actually PR’d my 10K race on this race, but Garmin & Strava only have it recorded at 9.6 something.

It’s a pretty straight run: down Yonge St to Queen, then down York and wiggle our way down to Lake Shore, where the finish line was around the Exhibition.

It was a good turnout for the race, and there crowds cheering all along the way.

My official chip time for the race is 55:45, with an average pace of 5:34, which I’m pretty happy with.  Better than my previous 10Ks, granted the course was a bit easier, being mostly downhilll, but I was pretty tired too.  It was a nice finale to the first series of races I’ve done this year.  Nothing booked now for about a month, so some time to relax, evaluate, and get back into the swing.

Carmen did amazing: running her first 10K ever – not just race, but 10K!  Each week she goes a little further, and gets a little faster.

Early morning Uber to the 2022 Sporting Life 10K
Paul and Simon at the finish of the 2022 Sporting Life 10K
Carmen tearing towards the finish line of her first ever 10K run


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