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Lower and Upper Beltline 15 km run / Mount Pleasant 6 km walk

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Dec 02 9:00AM - 10:00AM

This is our last Beltline / Mount Pleasant event of the year (we pause this run Jan-Mar and resume in April).


MOUNT PLEASANT 6 KM:

Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened in 1876 featuring miles of walking paths, interspersed with fountains, statues, botanical gardens, and rare and distinct trees.


The Mount Pleasant 6 km is a serene loop around the Cemetery grounds:

This is a a gentle, quiet route, the closest our group comes to offering a 'zen path' ideal for walking and restorative running.You might find yourself sharing the path with wildlife.

UPPER AND LOWER BELTLINE 15 KM:

The 15 km Upper and Lower Beltline route offers a fascinating historical cross-section of Toronto at the end of the 19th century.


The Toronto Belt Line Railway opened in 1892. It was constructed as a commuter railway line to service and promote new suburban neighbourhoods north of the then city limits. The railway consisted of two loops both starting and ending at Union Station. The east loop, which we will run a section of, came north through the Don River, passing the Don Valley Brick Works, up through Moore Park Ravine and along the northern edge of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Crossing over Yonge St., the loop continued northwest to Spadina and Eglinton Avenues before connecting with the Grand Trunk Railroad. Trains ran along this line until the expropriation of a right-of-way for the Allen Expressway in the 1960's.


I'll break this course description into three core parts the Lower, the Cemetery, and the Upper plus a fourth, final km return back through the Cemetery.


0 TO 5 KM LOWER BELTLINE


We'll start out on the Lower Beltline Trail south from St. Clair into David Balfour Park.


Enjoy the beautiful, tree-covered trail alongside Yellow Creek, crossing over Mount Pleasant Rd and continuing south past Milkman's Lane into the Don Valley, bending north as we begin to climb, past Brickworks Park, along rhw old, abandoned railroad bed. The ascent our first challenge is greatest at the 4 km point before leveling as we approach Moore Ave.


5 TO 7 KM CEMETERY


Rising out of the valley upon reaching Moore Ave. you have two options. You can simply go west to Mt. Pleasant Rd. then north to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail access on the west side of the street.

Or you can navigate through Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Keep the above map handy to get you to the underpass (under Mt Pleasant Rd) and follow the northern-most perimeter road within the cemetery until you see the northwest gate that links you back onto the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail.

7 TO 14 KM UPPER BELTLINE

A footbridge that gets us across Yonge St. and from there, it is a simple matter of staying on the trail to it's end at the Allen Expressway and returning. This section is a relatively straight and flat out-and-back. Enjoy its serenity!


FINAL KM (14 TO 15 KM) RETURN THROUGH WEST SIDE OF CEMETERY


Returning back into the cemetery, follow the route on this map to the exit point at its southwest corner. That is the 'headwater' of the trail just above St. Clair. Within 20 metres you will see the stairs climbing back up to Heath St.


You have now finished your 15 km, enjoy a 'cool down' 1/2 km walk south on Yonge St. back to Sunny Morning Breakfast and Lunch where we can enjoy our post-run holiday brunch together.

What you need: good running shoes, dress for the weather. Unless the weather is unseasonably warm, you will probably want to include a wind-breaking shell, long sleeve running shirt, and long running pants, gloves, and a hat or toque. If you don't have running gear yet, consider going to the Black Toe (Bathurst and King) or Running Room (multiple locations across the city) and asking for their advice. It is also recommend you carry water along with you if you have a running pack or can run with a water bottle (alternatively, hydrate well before we begin).

Bonus! All members who attend any of our events will be entered into a monthly draw for a free pass generously donated by MiBody Health and Fitness. You can use it for any two classes, such as boot camp or yoga, or alternatively for a free 30-min. massage (with Allison). My personal experience is that these classes are great cross training, beneficial for maintaining overall body strength, and Allison's massage technique is a perfect balance for stress release and recovery.

Here's the full route map:

How to find us:We will meet at 9:00 am outside Sunny Morning (1 1/2 blocks south of St. Clair Ave. on the west side), setting out at 9:10 am.

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