- 2,500th Anniversary of the Birth of the Marathon to be celebrated in Canada, September 24th–26th weekend.
- Pheidippides and the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC. Who ran? Who won? Who died? And what it means for every runner at STWM2010.
- Flame to ignite “marathon spirit and ideals” in T.O. — of world peace, fair competition, and sport as a way of life.
- Mayor Miller to run final leg of Marathon Flame Relay from City Hall to Exhibition Place, Friday morning, September 24th; proclaims “Marathon Week in Toronto”.
- Six Special Laurel Wreaths made from olive branches from the trees at the Battlefield of Marathon, Greece, to be presented to STWM2010 Champions by the Mayor of Marathon.
- Specially-commissioned “Oath to the Marathon” by Greek-Canadian poet Lydia Soldevila-Tombros
- Be a part of it! Run, Pledge, Cheer, Volunteer. The Weekend Schedule.
The Marathon Flame and 6 Laurel Wreaths made of olive branches from trees at the Battlefield of Marathon site will be coming from Greece to mark the 2,500th Anniversary of the first marathon run by Pheidippides in 490 BC, to be staged at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon weekend, September 24th-26th. The flame and wreaths will highlight the Canadian segment of global celebrations that began in Mumbai in January, and will conclude in Athens on October 31st. Along the way, it has passed through other world-cities and their marathons such as Vienna and Prague. This will be the only stop in Canada for the Flame.
The Flame and victory laurels will be the key elements of a weekend of festivities that includes a Torch Relay run from Nathan Phillips Square to the Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place with Mayor Miller confirmed to carry the torch over the final 500 metres; the Flame Lighting Ceremony on Friday morning the 24th in front of the Direct Energy Building, where the 2-day Waterfront Marathon Expo will take place; athlete and raconteur Roger Robinson (who will also be a keynote speaker in Athens) will speak at the Expo on Friday and Saturday and at the pre-race Pasta Dinner at the Marriott Eaton Centre on Saturday evening on “The 2,500th Anniversary of Marathon: Who ran? Who won? Who died? And what it means for every runner at this Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon”.
There will also be Greek music and dancing on the stage at the Expo on Friday, following the Lighting Ceremony; the Flame will burn at the Expo until Saturday night when it will be moved to Nathan Phillips Square for the actual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon footrace on Sunday morning; the Laurel Wreaths will be presented to the race Champions at the Awards Ceremony at 12 noon; and a final Flame Extinguishing Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 2pm.
All events throughout the weekend are free and open to the public. The Celebrations in Canada of the 2,500th Anniversary of the Marathon are being held under the joint auspices of the offices of Mayor David Miller — who will himself be running the Half-marathon on the Sunday morning — Consul General of Greece in Toronto, Dimitris Azemopoulos, and Hon. Peter Fonseca, Ontario Minister of Labour and the only Olympic Marathoner [Atlanta 1996] to hold public office in Canada.