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June 12, 2013
Tremendous support shown for seniors in the 2013 Toronto Challenge
Thousands of runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the 22nd annual Toronto Challenge, which was held on Sunday, June 9 in the downtown area and is expected to raise approximately half a million dollars to support seniors living in Toronto.

This annual fundraising event supports more than 50 community agencies providing support to seniors and is co-ordinated by Long-Term Care Homes and Services, who are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to care.

Nick Ametrano, Vice President of the event sponsor, thanked the many volunteers and encouraged everyone to come back next year: "As presenting sponsors, has supported this event for eight years and it gets better every year!"

Michelle Dubé, Anchor with CTV News Toronto and this year's Honourary Chair and emcee, participated in her fourth consecutive Toronto Challenge and was at the finish line cheering on runners and walkers. "The Toronto Challenge is a great event in our city. There is something for everyone and so many inspiring people were out on Sunday," said Dubé.

The overall winner of the 5k run in the male category was Josephat Ongeri, with a time of 15:23, and the fastest in the female category was Jennifer Drynan clocking in at 18:01.

Medals to the first, second and third place male and female runners in nine age categories were also presented; a full list of finishers and times is posted on the event website

The oldest and youngest participants were also recognized with medals:

• Richard Graves, 80, was the oldest participant in the 5k run.
• The oldest walker in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Buota Singh Randwaha, 103 years.
• For the fourth year in a row, Chuen Szeto, aged 98, was the oldest in the Medical Pharmacies 1k walk.
• The youngest entrant in the 5k run was Matteo Cristino, aged 7 years.
• The youngest participant in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Adam Robertson, 6 months old.
• The youngest Medical Pharmacies 1k walk participant was Nathan Ng, 1 year.

The Supporting Seniors Award for the community agency with the most participants was presented to The Aphasia Institute, with 90 runners and walkers. This new feature of the Toronto Challenge was sponsored by Nissan Canada Foundation.

And the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club received the Students Supporting Seniors Award , sponsored by CTV, as the group with the largest number of youth participants.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Ross Bryant
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