The annual Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Races will take part through the heart of downtown Toronto. In 2019, the run/walk events will take place on Sunday, March 17th beginning and ending at Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, just south of the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre on Bremner Boulevard.

In 2019, we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Become a part of our tradition by enjoying the first spring Sunday morning run followed by a wee bit of Irish merriment, a hot bowl of Irish chilli, and an ice-cold Steam Whistle pilsner. Come decked out in your St. Patrick’s Day best or your running gear. Either way, you can’t help but have fun at this unique event.

New for 2019, we have added a new 1K Kids Run and a 10K Run as well to go along with our traditional 5K Run.

Register early to avoid disappointment— we’ve sold out almost every year!

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Races Benefits Achilles Canada

The Achilles St. Patrick’s Day Events sponsored by Steam Whistle BrewingHomeEquity Bank and CNIB Phone It Forward benefits Achilles Canada – a non-profit organization that provides people with various disabilities an opportunity to receive the physical, psychological, and communal benefits of running. The club offers training and support by able-bodied members to its Achilles athletes of all ability levels.

Visit the Achilles Canada web site to learn more about the important work we do.

Raise Funds For Your Charity

While the monies raised through the event fund the activities of Achilles Canada, it also offers other charities across the city the opportunity to raise funds for their programs. If you form a team, your team pays to enter the race, but 100% of the monies raised through pledges goes to your organization. It’s as easy as that! Last year, more than $230,000 was raised by other charities who partnered with the event.

Who Is Achilles Canada?

Achilles Canada is a member of an international non-profit organization, Achilles International, whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers. Established in New York City in 1983, Achilles currently has over 140 chapters worldwide.

Achilles athletes participate in weekly Achilles Run Clinics, where coaches help novice and experienced runners alike reach their own personal training goals.

Achilles volunteers provide encouragement and support to Achilles athletes during workouts and at races as a running guide. Depending on the needs of the Achilles athlete, the volunteer member essentially runs the race next to the athlete. For example, a runner who is blind may require the use of a tether or just to have the running guide to run side by side with him or her. On the other hand, wheelchair athletes require running guides or cyclists who can stay with them at differing speeds and is adaptable to the erratic pace of a wheelchair.

Able-bodied members are vital in making a run possible for the Achilles athlete. Not only do they provide training to the athletes, they provide both physical and emotional support to the athletes during a race.

Sharing the same goal of crossing the finish line at the end of the race, barriers between the disabled and the able-bodied are broken down by the sheer joy and sense of achievement that participants share together.

Our volunteers also help with fundraising, publicity, and other organizational activities.

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 1K Kids, 5K & 10K Races

What a Success!

Thank You To OurWonderful Partners

Achilles Canada appreciates the generosity and commitment of its partners. Please support them!

Program Sponsors

Homequity Bank logo
Steam Whistle Logo
CNIB Phone is Forward logo
cfpdp logo

Corporate Team Sponsors

LHON Canada logo
Lumency logo
Blacktoe Running logo
Accessible Media Inc. logo
West Park Healthcare logo
Community Head Injury Resources Services logo
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre logo
Event Simple logo
Wynford logo
Hearing Life logo
Easter Seals logo
Ontario Blind Sports Association logo
Variety logo
Holland Bloorview logo
Book Jane logo
Saucony logo
geneva centre for autism logo


The Fastest Male and Female Winner in the 5km and 10km Race will receive their Weight in Beer!

– Courtesy of Steam Whistle Brewing

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