Thaw-Out Thirteen

Virtual Results

Thaw out after the long Canadian winter by running both the Virtual 5K and In-Person 8K races. Limited spots are available for this exclusive event, so don’t freeze, sign up today!

Your registration includes: 

    • 8K/5K finisher medal 
    • Souvenir shirt 
    • Bib 
    • Event Branded Marsquest Sunglasses 
    • Training Plan courtesy of The Runners Shop

Start Line 

8K start time: 10:00 a.m. 

Start line location:  On Colborne Lodge Drive, beside the tennis courts and swimming pool. 

8K participants will be organized in different coloured start corrals, based on individual expected finishing time. On race morning, find your start corral by looking for the coloured flag that corresponds to the coloured stripe on your bib. 

Finish Line 

8K finish line is on Colborne Lodge Drive, just south of the Bloor Street gate. 

 Course Map 

The 8K starts south on Colborne Lodge Drive, curves around the Grenadier Café, and heads north on West Road, down the Spring Road hill, across Centre Road, north on Colborne Lodge Drive, turning west onto West Road. It then moves onto the path towards Grenadier Pond, taking a scenic route along the south end of the Park to catch up with Spring Road as you head north toward the finish. Ideal for casual walkers and joggers, as well as serious competitors.  

Course certified accurate by Athletics Canada for the IAAF. ON-2016-002-DRY 

8K Course Map

Course Restrictions 

Entry Limit 

8K: maximum 2,100 participants 

The Spring Run-Off is a beautiful run through High Park; however, the narrow roads and pathways make the course suitable for runners and walkers only. For the safety of all participants, baby backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race. 

 Participants that use Nordic Poles are welcome. 

Baby Strollers are welcome in the 5K event only. 

Time Limit 

The time limit to complete the 8K course is 1 hour and 15 minutes.  

*What happens if I don’t complete the race within the course time limit?  

Water Stations 

Water Stations will be provided in the following locations: 

Party Site: South of the Bloor Street gate on the west side of West Road 

On course: Near the 4K & 6K marks of the 8K route 

Post-race: At the Finish Line and the Party Site 


Port-o-Lets will be provided in the following locations: 

Party Site: South of the Bloor Street gate on the west side of West Road 

8K Start: South of the Bloor Street gate on the east side of Colborne Lodge Drive 

5K Start: North of the 5K start line on the west side of West Road 

To avoid lengthy lineups and stress, please give yourself ample time to use the facilities.  

Medical Services 

Odyssey Medical will provide medical services on course and at the finish line medical tent. 

A Toronto Paramedic Services ambulance will be stationed at the finish line. 

Inputting your Results 

You can input your results from April 1-30 by following these steps: 

  • Login to your Participant Dashboard. 
  • Locate the Spring Run-Off 2023 on the right side your participant dashboard. 
  • Select the [Post your result] button under your virtual race. 
  • Add the duration (HH/MM/SS) of your run and/or walk. 
  • Select ‘Submit results’ button 


Souvenir Shirt

Artist Gregory Mitchell ( created a stunning design that features a duck as a nod to the ducks in High park. The Cherry Blossoms and trees represented as well. ⁠

The duck’s wings are spread to symbolize motivation and breaking free from Winter into the blossom of spring. ⁠

Finisher Medal

Participate and earn this outstanding medal featuring the iconic Grenadier Pond that the course runs along, and the beautiful wildlife that calls High Park home.

Designed by CRS Medal Designer Inge Johnson (@photosculptor2).

Marsquest Sunglasses

This year, each Thaw-Out Thirteen participant will receive a pair of Newton polarized sunglasses, courtesy of Marsquest. These Black and Silver frames, with 100% UVA/UVB protection, are designed for active lifestyles and are adaptable to all shapes of faces.