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June 15, 2010
Race results are in for the Toronto Challenge presented by
The 19th annual Toronto Challenge, held at Metro Hall on Sunday, June 13, was a great success. The event continues to be the premier fundraising event of the year for City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, and more than 50 community agencies that enhance the quality of life for seniors through the " 5k run," the "Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk," and a one-kilometre fun walk.

Organizers hope the amount raised from this year's event will exceed last year’s total of $400,000. Aphasia Institute, one of the supporting community agencies, has already vastly exceeded its previous fundraising total of $38,000 by raising $62,000 for the 2010 event. The overall figure for yesterday's event is not yet known.

The overall winners of the 5k were (male category) Adrian Lehmann, with a time of 14:38, and (female category) Donna Verge, with a time of 19:14. There were awards for the fastest male and female runners in nine different age categories,

The Students Supporting Seniors award was handed out to Bishop Allen Academy cheerleaders as the group with the largest number of youth participants. Dixon Hall was honoured as the agency with the most participants overall.

The oldest runner in the 5k run was Gary Waller at 76 years. The oldest walker in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Grace Lawrence, 95. The oldest one-kilometre walker was Chuen Szeto, also age 95.

The youngest runner in the 5k run was Bella Stock, age 2. The youngest participant in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Julianna Lawrence, 5 months; and the youngest one-kilometre walk participant was Noah Shelkh, also just 5 months old.

Next year, the Toronto Challenge will celebrate its 20th year. That event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Held annually in June - Seniors Month in Ontario - the Toronto Challenge, presented by, raises funds that go directly to non-profit organizations in support of seniors, including the City's own long-term care homes and community based programs. The funds go a long way in enhancing seniors’ quality of life by supporting community outings for residents of long-term care homes, recreation and entertainment activities, large print books and much more.

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Media contact:
James Buttivant, Communications and Marketing Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-5301,



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