Barrie wrote: “You know that I am an eternal optimist. I need your help. I am trying desperately to bring 1000 kids together to set a national record. You can't imagine how difficult it can be to try to give away 1000 FREE race entries.
“Free race t-shirt. Free finishers medal. Free souvenir poster, as well as a great goody bag and a chance to meet some of top elite and international athletes like Lisa Bentley (11x Ironman Champion), Sean Bechtel (Pan American Games triathlete), Reid Coolsaet (our top marathoner at 2hrs 16 minutes), Cameron Sylvester (Olympic rower) and Jade Scognamillo (the 15 year old who recently swam Lake Ontario and became the youngest woman ever (in 19hrs and 59 minutes).”
Sounds like a heckuva good deal. There’s also a 5k and 10 miler as part of the festival, which aims to create a family/supportive environment.
Barrie says the one-mile run is short and easily attainable for all ages. There will be 3-year-olds walking and older kids jogging or running. There is a climbing wall, a live band and some great draw prizes for the entire family.
The races start at 12:30pm (10-miler), 5km at 1pm and the One Miler at 2:10pm, giving people a chance to sleep in on Sunday morning and still enjoy the afternoon run/festivities.
There’s a significant chartitable aspect as well as both the Ontario Lung Association and the local food bank will benefit from the event.
They need people pre-registered in advance to properly provide food and shirts for all. “I guarantee you that this will be a memorable afternoon for all involved,” wrote Barrie.
Lastly, they’re also looking for volunteers at the event. Anyone interested can email Luisa Ruby, the volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register and get more info at http://www.c3online.ca/index.shtml.
Waterfront Marathon: Also checking in on the running front is another tireless running advocate, Alan Brookes, who’s staging the 20th Anniversary Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, September 27th.
Brookes said Singh will be joined in the Waterfront 5K by Amjit Singh and Amrik Singh, both British Sikhs over 80 years old and a large group of kids from the Guru Gubind Singh Children’s Foundation.
Mayor David Miller will join Ed Whitlock and Joan Benoit Samuelson in the Half marathon.
It’s anticipated more than $1.5 million will be raise for 99 local charities on the day. Online entry and pledging, plus further information on the best locations to watch, is at http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.