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The Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Bigger and better than ever, it’s free and open to the public.


Location: Exhibit Hall D, Direct Energy Centre (DEC), Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place (immediately inside Princes’ Gates)

Hours: Friday, September 24: 11am until 8pm Saturday, September 25: 10am until 6pm

Getting There: 1. TTC – the 509 and 511 streetcars and the #29 Dufferin bus all take you directly to The DEC.

2. The DEC is located 4km west of downtown Toronto and is accessible via the Gardiner Expressway or Lakeshore Boulevard.

3. Shuttle bus available primarily for the out-of-town runners staying at our hotels (shuttle location on Armoury St. east of University Ave. – see for details)


Come join us at Toronto Waterfront, where we join in the global celebrations of the world’s first Marathon run, by Pheidippides in 490BC.

Pheidippides was an heroic Greek soldier. In 490BC, he ran 40 kilometres from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens, to deliver the message “Nenikèkamen” (“We are victorious”). After delivering the message, he reportedly collapsed and died from exhaustion.

The victory at Marathon was one of the most-famous Greek victories in history, and of vital importance for Western civilization. The victory endowed them with a faith in their destiny which was to endure for three centuries, during which time Western culture was born.

Almost 24 centuries later, in 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens. The legend of Pheidippides was honoured with a 40km (24.85 mile) run from the Marathon bridge to the Marble Olympic Stadium of Athens – staged on April 10th, 1896. The host nation was ecstatic when Greek water carrier, Spyridon Louis, won the final, climactic race of the first modern Olympics in 2:58:50.

A 40-kilometre (24.85 mile) race called ‘The Marathon’ was born.

On October 31st, 2010, the world has been invited to the Athens Classic Marathon to celebrate the 2,500th Anniversary of Pheidippides and his first “Marathon run”. For those unable to go to Athens, runners around the world are encouraged to celebrate at their own marathons, in their own countries.

In Canada, Consul General Mr. Dimitris Azemopoulos and the Greek Community of the GTA, invite everyone to join them at STWM2010. “I believe that especially in our days the word MARATHON, apart from a major sport event, symbolizes all the efforts we make in life. Our purpose at the end of our personal journeys should be, just like Pheidippides, to say the word “

-We have won”. The arrival of “Pheidippides” at the EXPO on Friday for opening ceremonies will kick off the weekend, which will be rounded out with an Expo display with

commemorative medals, Greek music and dancing at the Expo and in Nathan Phillips Square on race day, plus a Greek-Canadian “Anniversary” cheering & entertainment site on the course near Eastern & Broadview at 38km.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the Athens Classic Marathon and AIMS, The Association of International Marathons, for making available the above information.

ORDER your own 2,500th Anniversary of the MARATHON Commemorative Medal today!

visit for details. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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