Toronto Bids for 2020 World Masters Athletics Championship

The 2015 Pan Am Games were quite the spectacle last summer with some huge podiums coming from our Canadian Track & Field team.  The legacy of the games includes the new stadium and facilities at the Toronto Track & Field Centre on York University's campus.  Building on the success of these games a group of passionate individuals have put together a bid for Toronto to host the 2020 World Masters Athletics Championships.  This is a great opportunity for all of our Masters athletes to compete with some of the best in the world.   

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Opportunities like these don't come around very often but if Toronto is selected I encourage all of our Masters Athletes to seriously think about this as a LONG TERM GOAL. [SETTING ATHLETIC GOALS...] 

Events like these are, exciting,  unique and can take your racing to the next level by competing at this international level. It also promotes inclusion in sport and the Sport for Life values we share at Lions Valley Athletics.

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More details about Toronto's bid for the 2020 World Masters Athletics Championships


Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers with a long list of experience a bid was created that showcases the sport of Athletics, Toronto, the events History and the World Class Athletes.  The Toronto Local Organizing Committee has submitted the bid to the World Masters Athletics for hosting the 2020 World Masters Athletics Championships making it a candidate city but the other candidate cities are still unknown. Should the bid win, Toronto will host the event for the 2nd time, 45 years after Toronto held the very first one in 1975.


The event will take place over 11 days from July 21 - August 2 2020 with 8000 athletes ages 35 and older expected to participate.  Events in track, field, road racing, and cross country will highlight the 11 days along with opening and closing ceremonies, and an athletes party in the iconic John Street Roundhouse at the base of the CN Tower.  The CN Tower will also have a special lighting display at the opening ceremonies and athletes party!


The event would use 4 distinct venues for events and competition:

  • Varsity Centre is the primary venue including Varsity Stadium and Varsity Area as the Technical Information Centre (TIC)
  • York Lions Stadium and Toronto Track & Field Centre as a secondary hub with both outdoor and indoor facilities.
  • Toronto Islands will host the road races including the Half Marathon, 10K and 20K Racewalks 
  • Centennial Park in Etobicoke will host the 8K cross country events using the same course as the 2015 AO XC Championships, check out our Lions Valley Athletics detailed [COURSE PREVIEW...]
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Here is a tentative schedule for the 11 days of competition including venues: TENTATIVE SCHEDULE


Selection of the 2020 Host City will be made at the WMA General Assembly in Perth on November 3, 2016.