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May 11, 2006
Gilmour vs. Graves - A battle of the ages at the 15th anniversary Toronto Challenge
At a launch at Nathan Phillips Square today, Mayor Miller donned his referee shirt and maintained order while hockey legend Doug Gilmour issued a formal race challenge to Richard Graves for this year’s 15th anniversary Toronto Challenge. At last year’s Challenge, Graves, a 73-year-old running whiz, beat Gilmour handily. Gilmour is vowing this will not happen two years in a row.

The Toronto Challenge, presented by and Toronto Homes for the Aged, will take place on Sunday, June 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The 15th anniversary event features 5k and 1k walks, and Gilmour vs. Graves, Round Two in the 5k run. Over 2,000 participants will lace up their runners and their walking shoes to raise over half a million dollars. Funds are used to make life more enjoyable for residents of Toronto Homes for the Aged. As well, over 55 community agencies serving seniors across Toronto will be using the Challenge to raise funds for their own organizations.

“Playing referee is not part of my usual job description,” said Mayor Miller, who declined to state which runner he would be rooting for, “but I am pleased to do what I can to help this important event. The Challenge offers good family fun for people of all ages, and a chance for communities across Toronto to work together to say thank you to the seniors who have made this city the exciting place it is today.”

The 15th anniversary Toronto Challenge event will also feature some milestones. Event organizers are getting ready to celebrate the 25,000th participant, and to reach a total distance travelled of over 75,000 km.

Runners of all ages, families and singles, men and women, casual walkers, and even pets are welcome to join the party and contribute to their community. Event day will feature an array of costumes, colours and customs that only Toronto can offer. And this year, it will also feature an old-fashioned road race between a not-so-old hockey star and a serious senior runner.

Toronto Homes for the Aged is pleased to welcome as its presenting sponsor. “At, we specialize in helping people put down roots in the community,” said Diane Alvernaz, Director of Operations for “We are also committed to helping those communities prosper and grow, and our partnership with the Toronto Challenge is a good way to support and celebrate Toronto seniors, who are the original community-builders.”

Challenge date: Sunday, June 11
Key times: Aerobics warm-up at 9 a.m.
Race starts at 9:30 a.m. sharp
Award presentations at 10:30 a.m. (approximate)
Location: 55 John St., Metro Hall and surrounding areas (corner of King and John Streets)

For more information, call the Challenge Hotline at 416-392-8911.

Media contacts:

Rosemary Bennett
Manager, Communication
Toronto Social Development, Finance & Administration
416-328-4402 (pager)

Don Wanagas
Communications Director
Office of the Mayor

Diane Alvernaz
Director of Operations
416-480-0234 ext. 254



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