ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2017

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2017

A spinal cord injury happens in an instant.

What comes next is a blur...of paramedics, doctors, nurses… the worried faces of family and friends.
From that instant on, you are in training – preparing for the rest of your life.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is beside you offering experience, resources and understanding.
It’s a race against time because soon you will be out of hospital and back in the community.

A race to independence.

You want to go home. You want to get back to work. You want to contribute.

So you focus. You sweat. You buckle down.

And you wake up the next day and do it all again.

Sign up today to participate in the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k!

Use one of the following charity codes:

  • 5k: 17SCION5K
  • 5k with stroller: 17SCION5ST
  • Full and ½ marathon: 17SCION42K

Go the distance to support Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the irrepressible people we serve every day!

Marathon Mondays with Erol Mehmeti
Marathon Mondays

Join Erol Mehmeti as he trains for his second half-marathon. Erol has been a Peer Support Volunteer for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario for 9 years, using his personal experience to help others. This October, he’s taking on the Scotiabank Half-Marathon to raise funds and awareness for us. Go Erol!
Wednesday Wisdom with Joanne Smith
Wednesday Wisdom

Need inspiration for healthy dishes that can supplement your training for the Scotiabank Marathon? Joanne Smith sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a car crash when she was 19 years old. She now uses her personal experience to provide specialist nutrition advice for people with spinal cord injuries . Check out some of her recipes to get you Marathon ready.
From Sofa to Stardom by Susana Andres Mignosa
From Sofa to Stardom

Certified health coach, Susana Andres Mignosa, will be keeping you motivated while you train for the Scotiabank 5k. As a blogger, fitness & wellness motivational speaker, published author and fitness model, Susana only started jogging during her 30s and ran her first half marathon at the age of 42. She’s got lots of great tips to keep you going!

Try to Find a Training Partner

If you feel that you can’t train on your own and will need a partner to support you. Preparing for a 5k alone is good in terms of focus and it’s a wonderful form of solitude and peace if you are the fan of  that sort of alone-time.  But, finding a partner to support each other is something entirely different and can keep the two of you motivated and encouraged to not call it quits. I personally like to run alone but I do hear that the commitment (when running with a partner) is ten times stronger. 

Fuel for Training

What to eat or how to eat before a 5k run.

Keep it light and eat at the latest 45 minutes before you train. I usually have a slice of toast with peanut butter, or a cup of oatmeal with almond milk and a handful of peanuts. Just make sure you feel energized. I usually take few sips of orange juice before my run or nibble on a bit of an aero chocolate bar too. It’s all about what works for you. You will have just over a month to experiment with food.

Loaded Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are so delicious and good for you. This recipe is as good as it is easy!

One Month to Go!

Let's look at the essential gear you will need for a 5k run...

Super Food Protein Bars

Mmmm mmmm. Protein and goodness in this simple to follow recipe!

Focusing on What I'm Eating

As the Scotiabank Half-Marathon gets closer, I’ve got to be really focused on what I’m eating. Currently I’m having six meals a day, each worth about 500 – 600 calories. It’s tough and I’ve got to be really organized but it’ll be worth it. I’m doing this to raise money for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Donate to my challenge here.

Where to Start?

What does 5k stand for? Simply put (or broken down) five kilometers is five thousand meters or a little over three miles, a perhaps a little over 30 minutes of running. 5k can also stand for your GOAL. That is how I look at my running targets – they are my goals, be it a quick 3 k, 5k, 10k, or a half marathon (no full marathon in my bucket of goals just yet).

Spinach Mushroom Egg Cups

These yummy egg cups can be refrigerated and then heated up in the microwave for a quick snack later in the day.

Believe You Can and You’re Half Way There

Congratulations!  You are half way there! You signed up to run in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (or you are thinking about it) and it will be your first 5k run. You have a nice little adventure in front of you and it will be unforgettable! 

Quinoa Avocado Power Salad

A quick, nutritious meal featuring quinoa that will get you on the go!

Gym Training

"I spend a lot of time in the gym training for the Scotiabank Half-Marathon. My focus right now is strength in cardio. Not so much the very heavy weights but high levels of repetition to get my heart and muscles going. This training will help me a lot when it comes to race day. Here I am, pictured with my workout buddy Eduard Dychkovski. You can join me on the day or donate to my challenge by visiting":

No Bake Energy Bites

A super easy recipe for energy bites and leftovers can be frozen for later!

Why Am I Doing This?

“Why am I doing this?” A question people often ask themselves when training for or talking part in a half-marathon.

In 2006, I sustained a spinal cord injury. In that moment, my life changed forever.

Compression on my spine had caused fragments of bone to break off which created a blood clot. I had been experiencing back pain, but didn’t think anything of it and continued to work hard until one day I had a stroke.