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Athletics Ontario promotes road and trail running, and provides runners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to achieve personal excellence through programs and services founded on the principles of safety and fair play.
View the Road/Trail Race Calendar.
Some events have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trillium Running Series
The Trillium Running Series is a combination of road and trail events that celebrate the diversity of the participation of running as a sport. By using age-graded percent results for Athletics Ontario members, athletes performances are measured on the same playing field, allowing members of all ages to feel unified.
Details regarding the 2021 Trillium Running Series are currently delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to inquire about joining the series please register as an Athletics Ontario member or contact sherylpreston@
AO Strava Running Club
Athletics Ontario is on Strava! Our Strava group is an open club for any road runners and/or walkers in Ontario, you do not have to be an Athletics Ontario member to join!
Compare and track your training or time trials against other members of the road and trail community across the province using the weekly leaderboard. Join our Strava club and connect with thousands of other Ontario athletes through the sport we all love!
Time Trial Saturdays
In May of 2020, Athletics Ontario introduced weekly Time Trial Saturdays as a way to gradually re-introduce athletes to post-isolation baseline training, and give them a race-like opportunity each week to prove their training progress.
Each week, new distance was outlined for athletes to complete as a solo time trial, respecting all covid-19 guidelines at the time. Results were submitted through Race Roster, and a “top 5” from each gender was pulled from the leaderboard and announced in AO’s newsletter.
We are currently looking at re-introducing this program in 2021. Details TBA.
Road & Trail Risk Assessment and Safety Recommendations
The following guidelines have been created by Athletics Ontario, in order to provide a guideline for Ontario Race Directors to follow while developing Operational Plans for their events to maximize the opportunity for a safe event for participants during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These guidelines were developed following the Center of Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Event Safety Alliance (Appendix E) published recommendations with the help of a Provincial Task force of and by cross-referencing existing Operational Plans from 3 running events in Canada.
These recommendations are not meant to replace any Federal and/or National Public Health, CDC, or WHO guidelines, but rather to address risks specifically relevant to COVID-19 and running races.
Please review and understand the Athletics Ontario’s Road & Trail Return to Competitions Guidelines before hosting or participating in any upcoming road/trail race.
Virtual Race Safety Recommendations
- Follow the advice of your local public health authority, to help stop the spread of coronavirus
- Complete your race solo. Do not run with anyone else, unless they live in your household
- If you are running with someone from your household, run single file, allowing others to pass you easily and safely
- Pre-plan your route with safety in mind. Websites like https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ can help you source the correct distance and allow you to pick routes with the least amount of busy street intersections
- Avoid high traffic pedestrian and vehicle areas. Run or walk close to home in your neighbourhood during a quieter time of day
- Adhere to social distancing practices while you are out running or walking. Can you safely pass someone? Can you run safely on the road? Make sure you always have a safe way to move around people to maintain 6 feet of distance.
- Complete your run on a treadmill, if this is an option that is available to you and that you would prefer
- Wear appropriate clothing. Be visible and dress for the weather
- Bring fuel, hydration and hand sanitizer, avoid public water fountains
- Carry a cell phone with you during your virtual race and tell someone the route you are running in case of an emergency