• Toronto's premier middle
    distance track and
    cross country
    running club
    Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
  • We specialize in
    400, 800, 1500, 3000
    and 5000
    track events
    Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
  • A History of Success
    Cross Country
    Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
  • Integrated Support Team (IST)
    Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
  • CTAC Development Group
    Building for the Future!
    Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
  • Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC)
    CTAC Intro Group
    Head Start on the Future!

Development Group

Nurturing the Next Generation of Distance Runner

Our competitive training programs are designed with significant input from the Athletics Canada Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model. All of the methods used to train our young athletes are age appropriate; their safety and long-term participation in sport is one of our main goals. Our program aims to provide these young athletes with a sense of achievement leading to a positive relationship with sport and physical activity.

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High School & Post Collegiate Group

Training for high performance.

As an athlete progresses through our programs, their training frequency and loads are increased, and emphasis broadens to include a more comprehensive training structure. At this stage they are provided with a more unique, individualized, innovative program that is designed and implemented by a Level 4 coach with international coaching experience. 

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News

CTAC - June 1-7

I’d like to thank Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, Canadian record holder over 1500m, Mile and 5000m (both Indoor & Outdoor) and World Championship 6th place, for sharing her time with our crew this past Thursday. Her honestly, frankness and love for our sport was quite obvious.  I know the athletes appreciated hearing that from someone of her prominence.  Thanks also to Sandra Iczkovitz for helping to arrange Gabriela's visit with us!  
 
Thought for the Week:  Struggling to transition from high school running/racing to university is often discussed in terms of training.  But the biggest factor is the change in motivation. To succeed in university you need to be more driven from within.  I would say, COVID19 has done the same.  It’s tested our WHY?  Be strong and enjoy, if not love, the process.
 
Here's an interesting article comparing what we are being forced to endure during this pandemic to distance running.  Basically it says there is a lot we can learn from distance runners, cyclists and triathletes about how to move through these extended periods of discomfort. There are four principles that guide successful endurance athletes, Patience, Pacing, Process (over Outcome) and Purpose.  It’s a good read.  Here’s the link, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/well/mind/coronavirus-athletes-marathons-triathlons-sports-cycling.html?utm_source=The+Growth+Equation&utm_campaign=7485b3ad1b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_14_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ca7b0a0e16-7485b3ad1b-65261221

Introduction

Welcome to the Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC), Toronto's premier middle-distance track and cross-country running club.  We specialize in 400, 800, 1500, 3000 and 5000m track events.

CTAC offers age appropriate training programs for athletes aged 11 and up who are passionate about running. 

We train at facilities in the central Toronto area, including Sunnybrook Park, Monarch Park Stadium, Leaside High School and Central Tech School.

Who we are

CTAC is a competitive running club for youths aged 11 (grade 6) and up. We are located in central Toronto and draw most of our athletes from the North York, East York, North Toronto and Beaches area of the city. CTAC is a non-profit corporation with a parent volunteer board of directors.

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What we do

We offer age appropriate training for athletes in the sport of middle distance running (800,1500, 3000, Steeple Chase, and 5000) on both the indoor and outdoor track, as well as cross country running. CTAC’s programs focus on introducing young athletes to the sport of competitive middle distance and cross-country racing in a team based, fun atmosphere.

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Why choose us

Coaches are our club’s greatest resource, and they play a large role in the success of our athletes and our programs. Our coaches want to see each of our athletes reach their full potential, and their programs are designed to develop the athlete over the long term...

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What People Say About Us

CTAC is a competitive running club for youths aged 11 (grade 6) and up. We are located in central Toronto and most of our athletes come from the North York, East York and Beaches area of the city.