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Become and Athletics Ontario Road and Trail Member!
Join now! Not only do you become a member of Athletics Canada, all Athletics Ontario members also receive access to our weekly newsletter where we provide many promo codes for upcoming Sanctioned road and trail running races.
Members may also be invited to share tales from the road and trails in an interview on our New Trillium Running Podcast!
*The Athletics Ontario Road and Trail membership does not qualify for record performances nor permit access to compete for your clubs at our sanctioned track and Cross Country events or for rankings. However you are always welcome to upgrade your membership anytime should you wish to dip your toes into the track or cross country field, or aim to set an official record!
Sanctioned Running Events
Look for this Logo when selecting your next event!
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. All AO Sanctioned races will display this logo and are also listed on our Road/Trail Race Calendar. These races have agreed to abide by Athletics Ontario sanction criteria which helps you to determine which races offer the enhanced attention to detail for your safety. Should you participate in a race where you feel the conditions breached your safety please contact [email protected]
Note, that Sanctioning differs from Course Certification. A sanctioned event can be run on an uncertified course; and certified courses may be associated with unsanctioned events.
Sanctioning is concerned with risk management and the safety of the event. Course certification acknowledges that the course has been accurately measured in accordance with international standards. Sanctioning is valid for one year and is subject to yearly review and re-application. A course certification is valid for 10 years (5 years for IAAF/AIMS certifications), or until the course changes.
For course accuracy, Athletics Canada course certification will ensure the race is measured accurately. For a list of those races, check out the Athletics Canada Certified Courses List.
Looking to Qualify for Boston Marathon at a Race in Ontario?
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Here are the steps on how to qualify for Boston Marathon, direct from the Boston Athletics Association website
Making strides towards a thriving and inclusive running community in Ontario ~ All people, all speeds, all terrains, all abilities are welcome.
This weekly podcast will be aired each Thursday where we will be interviewing Athletics Ontario Athletes, Race Organizations, and key influencers in the running community to share tips tricks and trails from the road and trails here in Ontario.
Trillium Running Festival
Athletics Ontario invites you ALL to the Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area in Ayr, Ontario, for our second annual Trillium Running Festival on Sunday, October 29th, 2023. Last year, we hosted 100 runners and walkers for a great day and this year, we are looking to have even more shoes and even more smiles! This is a thank you to athletes, volunteers, race directors, meet directors, coaches, officials and all supporters of the Athletics Ontario community. This will be an inclusive, fun, non-competitive, and low-cost event!
In an effort to make strides towards a thriving and inclusive running community in Ontario, we have set out a 6.5-ish km course (it is a trail run after all!) and come join us for one loop or see how many loops you can do in 2 hours or 4 hours. Run, jog, walk, or dance your way around the beautiful trails at Pinehurst Lake Conservation area!
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!
Virtual Time Trial Series
During the pandemic we were pleased to offer a variety of virtual time trial options for our membership.
We were very excited to offer a Bi-Weekly VIRTUAL Time Trial Series from June 1-September 17, 2021. Each two-week segment offered you the option of running/walking a short course (400m-3000m) or long course (800m – 10,000m). In addition to ranked results on Race Roster, we provided Age-Graded% results via our website.
Thank you to our Sponsors WealthSense, Runners Edge, and The Runners Shop for providing a variety of prizes to our Athletics Ontario members who participated in the Virtual Time Trial Series Participants.
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