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June 17, 2011
Thousands participate in the Toronto Challenge presented by
Thousands of runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the recent 20th annual Toronto Challenge. Organizers expect that the event will raise more than half a million dollars.

This annual fundraising event supports Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services and more than 50 community agencies providing support to seniors that participate.

On the day of the June 12 event, Nick Ametrano, Vice President of, thanked the event's many volunteers and encouraged participants to again hit the start line next year. He added, "As presenting sponsors, has supported this event for the last seven years and it gets better every year! This year, entered a team of 56 participants including brokers, family and clients, and we are committed to sharing our support again next year."

The overall winners of the 5k run were (male category) Laurent Schaller, with a time of 15:38, and (female category) Erin Ready, with a time of 17:44. A special award was given to Richard Graves, who has completed the Toronto Challenge 5k run every year since its inception 20 years ago. Richard finished this year's event in second place in his age category (70 plus) with a time of 26 minutes, 35 seconds. Full race results are available at

The oldest and youngest participants were recognized with medals for their inspiring contributions. Nona Ardiel (79 years old) was the oldest participant in the "5k" run. The oldest walker in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Buta Randhawa (age 101). The oldest one-kilometre walker - for the second year in a row - was Chuen Szeto (96).

The youngest finisher in the 5k run was Emmy Lou Buttigieg. The youngest participant in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Alyssa Bernardo, and the youngest one-kilometre walk participant was Alexia Moreno Barahona. All three of those participants are only one year old.

Additionally, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club received the Students Supporting Seniors Award 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 2.6 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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