Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Chosen as Host Hotel for 9th Annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre will welcome guests from around the world as Official 2008 Race Headquarters. Only 50 metres from the start line at Nathan Phillips Square, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel has been named the Official 2008 Race headquarters for the 9th-annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, to be run on the weekend of September 26th- 28th.

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

As one of the World's top marathons (an IAAF Silver Label event) we figured our participants would be keenly interested in the many healthy options that are unique to the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre.

Only 50 metres from the start line at Nathan Phillips Square, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel has been named the Official 2008 Race Headquarters for the 9th-annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, to be run on the weekend of September 26th- 28th.

Centrally-located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the 4-star Toronto hotel recently underwent extensive renovations to provide guests with the newest customer innovations, including a fully-renovated fitness facility. The indoor fitness centre doubled in size and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a renovated pool area and new, modern equipment.

"As an avid runner myself, I'm thrilled that we've been named the Official Race Headquarters for such a prestigious race as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon," says Jennifer Worden, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel. "With marathon season in full swing now, our Toronto hotel offers our guests the opportunity to maintain their training regimens in our newly-renovated fitness facilities. And our location is especially attractive to travellers as a central starting point to explore all that downtown Toronto has to offer." To that end, the downtown Toronto hotel provides 5, 10, and 15k downtown running routes, available at the concierge desk, for a great urban workout and a fun way to explore the city.

In addition to new fitness facilities, the hotel's new lobby area provides a welcoming, sociable space that reflects Marriott's "Reinvented Lobby" concept; revitalized guestrooms that feature high-tech amenities; and the new, popular Trios Bistro. Trios Bistro features dining options for all kinds of guests "on the run", including the 5, 10, 20 minute menus; the weekly Fresh menu that offers a taste of local seasonal fare; and the "Fit For You" menu that provides options for health-conscious guests.

"The new features of the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, in addition to its proximity to the race, made our decision to name the hotel as Official Race Headquarters an easy one," says Alan Brookes, Race Director. "As one of the World's top marathons (an IAAF Silver Label event) we figured our participants would be keenly interested in the many healthy options that are unique to the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre."

The internationally-renowned Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be held on September 28, 2008, and will start and finish across from the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre at Nathan Phillips Square. Additional information about the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is available at www,torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.

To reserve a guestroom or to learn more about the new features at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, please visit http://www.marriotteatoncentre.com.

About Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel:
The Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre hotel is an upscale downtown Toronto hotel offering hi tech business meeting rooms for the business traveler, with free Wi-Fi in public areas and an array of family vacation packages to suit any guest. Visiting Toronto for business or pleasure? Need a Toronto meeting room or banquet room? The team at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre hotel will help make your visit to Toronto a success. Having a wedding in downtown Toronto? The on-site wedding planners can create custom wedding packages for you. Our downtown Toronto hotel features luxury accommodations within an easy walk of the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, Ryerson University and the world famous shopping at Eaton Centre. Enjoy fresh, tasty and exciting Trios Bistro. Workout in our newly renovated on site fitness gym or hotel pool located on the 18th floor overlooking Toronto. Count on Marriott dependability in a world-class location.

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