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June 11, 2006
Toronto Challenge runners, walkers go to South Pole five times
  
More than 2,000 participants celebrated some major milestones this morning at the 15th annual Toronto Challenge. This family event, presented by Toronto Homes for the Aged and MonsterMortgage.ca, featured 1k and 5k walks, and the MonsterMortgage.ca 5k run. Families, friends, pets and even a pair of police horses stepped out in support of residents in Toronto Homes for the Aged and organizations serving seniors across Toronto.

Joining the event were more than 60 community groups, who used the celebration to raise funds for their own services, making the Challenge a true celebration of the community’s support for seniors.

This event began with 400 participants in 1992 and raised an estimated $50,000. Over the years, it has grown to include more and more community partners, and more and more sponsoring partners. This year, the Challenge will raise over half a million dollars.

Challenge organizers made special presentations to one walker who was 98 years old, and one “stroller” who had reached the old age of two, showing that this event is truly one for people of all ages. Another participant received an award for being the 25,000th person to support seniors through the Challenge, and a runner received a prize for running the 75,000th kilometre in the history of the event. That distance is equal to five times the distance between Toronto and the South Pole.

Toronto Homes for the Aged is committed to providing services that respect, support and enable residents and clients to be the best they can be. Events like the 15th annual Toronto Challenge are an exciting opportunity to share this commitment with partners and communities across Toronto.


Media contact:

Debbie Muldoon
Communication Supervisor
Toronto Social Development
Finance & Administration
416-392-5349
416-528-1800 (cell on event day)


 

 

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