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June 12, 2017
Thousands of runners and walkers showed support for seniors at the Toronto Challenge
Thousands turned out yesterday to the 26th annual Toronto Challenge, presented by, in support of Toronto's seniors. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities took part to raise funds for non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for seniors across the city.

"Torontonians have raised more than $10 million for seniors since the Toronto Challenge first started," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee. "This is one of the most important fundraising events of the year for the residents in our long-term care homes, as well as for agencies providing essential services in our communities."

"It's great to see so many come out to support some of the city's most vulnerable people," said Reg Paul, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes & Services. "The funds raised at this event really make a difference in people's lives."

" supports this incredible event because it touches the lives of so many people, especially seniors," said Nick Ametrano, Vice-President, "Through this event, the participants honour Toronto's seniors and say thanks for helping make Toronto the city it is today."

The annual event included the 5k run, the Medical Pharmacies 5k walk and the 1k fun walk.

Funds are used by community agencies to provide home support and independent living, renovation of seniors' facilities, transportation services, wellness programs, home library services and more.

The fastest male and female runners in nine different age categories and the youngest and oldest participants in each event were honoured at an awards ceremony at Nathan Philips Square. Results from the event are posted on the Toronto Challenge website at

Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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