2016-DIVAS-BRANSON-1406Location & Times

Fashionably on time

  • The races will take place on Toronto Island, just east of Avenue of the Islands on Lakeshore.
  • Half Marathon: 10:00 AM
  • 5K (wave start):
    • Wave 1- 10:15 AM
    • Wave 2 - 10:18 AM
    • Wave 3 - 10:21 AM

Entry Fees

All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Half Marathon fees:

  • $80 until 12/15/17
  • $90 from 12/16/17 to 3/15/18
  • $100 from 3/16/18 to 6/7/18
  • $125 at Health & Fitness Boutique (only if space is available)

5K fees:

  • $60 until 12/15/17
  • $70 from 12/16/17 to 3/15/18
  • $75 from 3/16/18 to 6/7/18
  • $85 at Health & Fitness Boutique (only if space is available)

All prices increase at 11:59 PM EST.


Due to the location of the race site, there is no vehicular access to the race site. All participants and spectators will need to travel to Toronto Island via ferry or water taxi. The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is located at 9 Queens Quay W. The ferry departs every 30 minutes starting at 8:00 AM and every 15 minutes as of 9:15 AM. Due to the expected participation, we recommend arriving early for the ferry. Click here for more information. 

Numerous parking lots are located along Queens Quay and within the hotels. 

Taking public transit? Take the subway to Union Station and the ferry terminal is a short 5- minute walk south.

Gear Check

All participants may check their gear at the Gear Check Area located near the start line. Gear check drop off will open at 8:00 AM.
The Diva backpack given to you at packet pick up should be used as your gear check bag. Tear the gear check tag from your bib number and attach with the supplied zip tie. To claim your bag, show your bib number to the volunteer. Both the bib number and the number attached to the bag must match.
ALL BAGS MUST BE CLAIMED BY 1:30 PM. Bags not claimed will be disposed of. Please do not leave valuables, cash or jewelry in the bags. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Overall & Age Group Awards

Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall and Top 3 in each Age Group for the Divas® Half Marathon & Divas® 5K.

  • Overall Awards will be presented at the finish line stage shortly after the Top 3 participants cross the finish line! 
  • Age group awards will be handed out at the results tent at approximately 11:15 AM for the 5K and 1:00 PM for the Half Marathon.
  • Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54,  55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

If you are not present to collect your award and you want us to send you the award by mail, please download the Awards Claim Form and send it in with the appropriate fee for shipping and handling. Awards will only be available within 4 months of the event.

*Overall awards are based on GUN time and age group awards are issued based on CHIP time. Overall winners are excluded from age groups. Although we are a female-focused event, we do allow men to participate in both the half marathon and the 5K. Male participants are not eligible for awards but still receive a finisher medal. Award times are approximate and subject to change based on course conditions and verification of results. 


On-site photos will be taken by Marathon-Photos

marathon photos logo

Half Marathon Course 

The Divas Half Marathon will follow a very picturesque course all around Toronto Island. Starting at the Avenue of the Island, all our Diva runners will head west, meander through the beauty of Toronto Island, and enjoy many kilometers of running less than a few feet from Lake Ontario. Enjoy views of Toronto’s skyline, Lake Ontario, and inner island waterways. Get ready to challenge yourself in idyllic temperatures, with an amazing backdrop and getting "hyped" by the music and the "Diva Stations" along the way. The course is flat. 


The Athletics Canada Certificate #: ON-2017-088-BDC

 AC ROAD Logo Divas Toronto Island Half Marathon Course


5K Course

This amazing 5K course was designed to bring you the best of Toronto Island.  If you are not yet ready for the 21.1 KM challenge but you are a running Diva or a Diva lover (for all the handsome casanovas), this race is is for you.  Enjoy a great run and an amazing and empowering experience or support the leading lady in your life!

Divas Toronto Island 5K Course


The Health & Fitness Boutique at Westin Harbour Castle will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, designs, and advances in running shoes and apparel. The best thing about the boutique is that it is free and open to the public!

The Health & Fitness Boutique is also the Official Packet Pick-Up Headquarters. Unless VIP Packet Pick-up is purchased, participants must pick up their race packets (race bibs, participant shirts, tutus and drawstring bags) at the Health & Fitness Boutique prior to race day.


Boutique Location:

Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON, M5J 1A6

Boutique Hours:

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Packet Pick-Up:

Unless you purchase VIP Packet Pick-Up, all race packets (race bibs, participant shirts, tutus and drawstring bags) must be picked up at the Boutique prior to race day. All participants acknowledge this policy during the registration process.

VIP Packet Pick-Up:

Purchasing VIP Packet Pick-up will allow you to pick-up your packet on race morning. If VIP Packet Pick-Up is not purchased, you must visit the Health & Fitness Boutique prior to race day to pick-up your race packet. No exceptions.

  • VIP Packet Pick-Up is an optional paid service that will allow participants to pick-up their race packet on race morning.
  • VIP Packet Pick-up must be purchased in advance during online registration; it cannot be purchased on race morning.
  • VIP Packet Pick-Up is non-refundable, non-transferable, non-deferrable and does not include race entry.
  • VIP Packet Pick-up will open on race morning at 7:30 AM and close at 9:30 AM. Early arrival on race day is recommended.
  • VIP Packet Pick-Up is located to the left of the entrance to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
  • VIP Packet Pick-Up can be added to your registration.

Pick-Up by Proxy:

If you cannot pick up your race packet yourself at the Boutique, someone else can pick it up for you. In order for them to do so, they MUST have a photo of your ID. We suggest texting a picture of your driver's license to whoever is picking up your packet. It is also helpful to provide the person with your bib number.

Exhibitor Information

Click here for exhibitor info!

Host Hotel

Westin Harbour CastleThe Westin Harbour Castle

1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

DIVAS RATE: Starting at $239 a night+ taxes & fees


The Westin Harbour Castle is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, steps away from the Downtown Core via the PATH, Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto's theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all the seasonal fun our neighbourhood has to offer.

Westin Harbour Castle 1 Westin Harbour Castle 2

Partner Hotels

Toronto Island Chelsea Hotell

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

DIVAS RATE:  $179 per night + taxes and fees (single/double rate)



The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto

Toronto Island Strathcona Hotel

60 York Street
Toronto, ON M5J 1S8

DIVAS RATE: $185 per night + taxes and fees (standard room)


Imagine all the comforts of home combined with one of the best locations in downtown Toronto and you have got The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto.Stay. Play. Work. Meet. Explore. We can handle it all. And just outside our doors is the best of our city. Our downtown Toronto hotel is across the street from the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Union Station / VIA Rail and within two blocks of Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium and in the midst of the theatre and financial districts. 

Travel Information

No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun. Discover great dining, plentiful shopping, relaxing hotels and exciting attractions along your journey. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway, fun-filled day trip or family vacation, there is so much to experience on Toronto Island beyond the expected.

Air Travel

Flying to Toronto is easy. The Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is serviced by all major carriers and many economy carriers with plenty of choice for travel times and costs. It is conveniently located within 18 miles away of the Host Hotel. Enjoy the convenience of the UP Express train to Union Station from the airport.  Alternatively, fly into Bill Bishop Airport (YTZ), which is serviced by Air Canada and Porter Airlines. It is a short 2 mile cab ride from the Host Hotel. 

Ground Travel

Getting to the race site requires you to take the Toronto Island Ferry. The ferry departs from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which is located at 9 Queens Quay W, at the base of the host hotel. 

Taking public transit? Take the subway to Union Station and the ferry terminal is a short 5-minute walk south.

Click here for more activities in Toronto.


We can’t control it; but we sure can dress for it!

  • Average high temperature: 72 degrees F
  • Average low temperature: 50 degrees F

Rethink Breast Cancer

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Rethink Breast Cancer is the young women's breast cancer movement. Rethink exists to empower young women concerned about and living with breast cancer wherever they are in the world and in the moments they need it most.

Your gift right now ensures that we improve the lives of young women by providing:

Education- So that young women will have the information they need to be breast aware and risk savvy.

Resources + Community- That support the unique issues young women living with breast cancer face.

Research- That aims to answer some of the unique questions surrounding young women with breast cancer.

Advocacy- To improve breast cancer services, treatment, education and research for young women with cancer.

Awareness- Through bold, attention-grabbing campaigns we spread our mission in a way that gets people talking.


The Top Diva Fundraiser will receive:

A pair of Boobyball tickets (Rethink Breast Cancer’s flagship fundraiser in October)
Registration for a Divas® Half Marathon & 5K event in Canada

Give now to support young women dealing with breast cancer.  To pledge a Diva or to make a donation, visit Race Roster

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