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Have a question about the Famous Canadian Beer Run & Festival? Our Brewmaster has put together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. Don’t see your question here? Email us and we’ll do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.


Our 2020 event was postponed as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. If you are a registered participant (who did not elect to receive a partial refund) your registration has been deferred to our next event (TBA). No further action is required.

In the absence of a current outlook for the return of mass-participation events, we do not have a set date for our next event. Our next steps will be determined in consultation with the provincial government, health officials, management at Ontario Place and our event stakeholders. We will keep our participants informed through our social media pages, website and email communications.

Thank you to all of our friends, fans and amazing beer runners for your continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times!

When and where does the Famous Canadian Beer Run & Festival take place?

The Toronto Edition of the Famous Canadian Beer Run will be held at Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West) in Toronto on September 12, 2020.

We strongly encourage all participants to make plans for safe transportation home, ahead of time.

Please consider carpooling with a designated driver, taking an Uber or a taxibike share or walking via the Martin Goodman Trail if you live nearby, or using public transit. TheExhibition GO Station is an 8-minute walk to Ontario Place. TTC routes require a 15-minute walk from various drop off points. Ontario Place operates two pay parking lots on-site. Additional pay parking is available across the street at the CNE grounds.

Enter Ontario Place via the West Island entrance at Remembrance Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard West. The entrance you’ll be walking to is the farthest west entrance for Ontario Place…west of the Budweiser Stage main entrance. It is a 3 to 5-minute walk from the entrance to the Festival area and start line. Signs and volunteers will direct you from the entrance, across the pedestrian bridge and to the Festival/start line area. We recommend that you arrive at Ontario Place at least 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to your start wave to allow time to pick up your bib/shirt, check your bag and get to the start line.

For out of town guests, the new Hotel X on the CNE grounds is the closest hotel to the run. It is within walking distance (5-10 minutes).

What time does the run start?

The event is run in waves of 500 participants every 30 minutes starting at 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. When a wave is sold out it will be removed from the registration page as an option. Register early to secure your preferred wave start time.

What time does the Craft Beer and Food Festival start?

The Festival opens at 10:30 a.m. for runners and festival goers. Last call is at 4 p.m. and the Festival closes at 5 p.m.

When and where is bib/shirt pick up?

Save time on run day! Early pick-up times to be announced.

On run day pick up is from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

How do I register? How much does it cost? Can I register on race day?

Register online through our partner RaceRoster.com.

We have an early bird pricing structure – the earlier you register the better the price!

There is race day registration and you will be able to purchase additional beverage chips on-site on event day.

What does my entry fee include?

Your run entry fee includes:

  • entry into post-run Craft Beer & Food Festival
  • 4 beer/beverage chips (good for two beers, or four beer samples)
  • commemorative beer stein
  • run t-shirt
  • customized race bib

Festival Goers pass (non runners) includes:

  • entry into post-run Craft Beer & Food Festival
  • 4 beer/beverage chips (good for two beers, or four beer samples)
  • commemorative beer stein

I’ve already registered but want to purchase additional beer/beverage chips. How can I do that?

Once registered, you can purchase additional beer tokens online.

What facilities are available to me at the run site?

Washrooms, refillable water access, food trucks, beverage vendors and pay parking at the Ontario Place lot are available. Free bag check is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Bag check is secure and indoors. You can access your personal belongings anytime throughout the day. Your bag tag is on your run bib, so make sure you have your bib before heading over to check your bag. Please note that no bags are provided when you pick up your bib/shirt, so make sure to bring your own bag. We recommend bringing an extra set of weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and other festival essentials!

Can my non-running spouse/friend/partner come to the Festival? What about my kids?

Yes! We offer a Festival Goer pass for $25 (available for purchase on our registration page). This includes a commemorative beer stein and 4 beer chips each (good for two beers, or four beer samples) to get you started. Additional beverage chips may be purchased online when registering or on-site on event day.

During the Festival members of the public are able to visit and pass through the Festival area. There is no charge to simply visit, but you’ll need to purchase a Festival Goer pass to consume beer or other beverages, as only Famous Canadian Beer Run tokens are accepted by vendors.

I don’t drink beer. Can I still enter?

Absolutely! We love non-beer drinkers too! Use your chips for gluten free cider or vodka at one of our non-beer vendor booths.

What is the course like?

The 5KM closed-to-traffic course is run mostly on wide, paved paths. The route winds its way through Ontario Place, alongside the lake and through the east and west island grounds. The course is mostly flat, with some short grades – including a crossing of a pedestrian bridge. This is not a PB course! The course is not chip timed.

Is there beer on course?

No. At the Famous Canadian Beer Run the tasting comes after the race at the Festival.

Is this a pet/stroller friendly event?

Unfortunately, this event is not suitable for pets or strollers.

What if it rains?

We’ve put in our order for a hot sunny day, but just in case… Our event runs rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, we reserve the right to cancel, postpone or otherwise adjust the event.

I want to volunteer. Can you hook me up?

Yes! We’d love to have you! Volunteer registration is available here!

Can I get a refund if I’m sick or if the event is cancelled (insert your situation here):

Please note that we do not issue refunds for any reason. However, we are happy to honour a transfer to another participant for REQUESTS RECEIVED ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE OF RUN DAY (SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 AT MIDNIGHT). There is a $1.95 transfer fee.

Please note that absolutely no transfers can be made after September 5, 2020 at midnight. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

We reserve the right to cancel the event due to unforseen weather or safety concerns or force majeure. If this unusual circumstance were to occur, unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.