Athletes are taking part in the 20th running of the Waterloo Marathon and the Ed Whitlock Half Marathon.
The Half Marathon race which was renamed the Ed Whitlock Half Marathon last year after the passing of the British runner who called Toronto home.
Race Director Tony Lea says Whitlock was a “delightful human being and a humble man.”
Whitlock holds 36 world records despite the fact he didn’t start running until his middle ages.
Lea expects close to 500 participants this year and says this event wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers.
“It’s a team and group effort. We also rely a great deal on the [Waterloo] community providing further volunteers than we already have.”
He urges members of the community who are thinking about getting into running to do so because it’s a “truly rewarding experience.”
The race is affiliated with St. John’s Ambulance with proceeds helping out their efforts which benefit the community.