With the 2017 triathlon season in our collective rear-view and the fall marathon training in full swing, we reached out to the X3 team for their picks on the best run routes in Toronto. Here are the five that received the most votes:

 

5. Moore Ravine and Don Valley Trails

This ever-expanding system of mountain bike and run trails in the Don Valley as well as the climb up Moore Ravine are perfect to for taking your feet off the pavement in searchof variety and shade.

4. Tommy Thompson Park – aka Leslie Street Spit

A perennial favourite: flat, (mostly) shaded, and with unbeatable city views.

3. High Park

Our city’s largest park (at least as far as parks entirely within city limits go) offers a great variety of road and trail running. There’s something for everyone here, from gentle rollers to excellent hill repeat routes

2. Rosedale Valley Road

One of Toronto’s most scenic drives is also a great run. Not only does the Rosedale Valley allow access to the Don Trail system, it also serves as an excellent, uninterrupted, and well-shaded 2k of gently climbing road for those long repeats.

1. Martin Goodman Trail Woodbine to Colonel Sam Smith Park

Stretching more-or-less unbroken from Woodbine Beach in the east to Long Branch Park in Etobicoke, this Toronto runners’ favourite is flat and fast. Cool breezes off the lake and great views of the skyline serve as perfect companions for your long efforts.

Happy running!

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