A camel, a pig and a Pathfinder lead the Nissan Toronto Challenge|
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On Sunday, June 11, Homer the official pace camel and Petulia the official pace
pig (yes, they are real live animals) will team up with a Nissan Pathfinder to
lead over 2,000 runners and walkers in the ninth annual Nissan Toronto
Challenge. This event features a 5k run/walk, a 1k walk, an aerobics warm-up,
and a variety of activities that make this a fun family event.
Toronto Councillor Brad Duguid, Chair of the Community Services Committee, has
been named "official camel jockey" and will ride Homer along the 1k route,
while Petulia will stroll alongside. Walkers and runners, who range in age from
infants to 90+ will follow these leaders, while the Nissan Pathfinder leads the
runners along the 5k route.
Funds raised will benefit seniors in Toronto's Homes for the Aged, and over 55
community groups from across Toronto are using the event to raise their own
The Nissan Toronto Challenge, hosted by Toronto Homes for the Aged and the
Nissan Canada Foundation, attracted over 2,400 runners and raised over $400,000
last year. This year, the fundraising target is $450,000.
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2000
Key Times: Aerobics warm-up, pace critter warm-up: 9:00 a.m.
Race start: 9:30 a.m.
Award presentations: 10:30 a.m. (approximate)
Location: Metro Hall and surrounding areas
(corner of King and John Streets)