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May 14, 2009
Cheering on participants getting ready for annual Toronto Challenge
Participants in the upcoming Toronto Challenge presented by received an extra jolt of energy today, courtesy of the Bishop Allen Academy cheerleaders. Encouraging participants to get out and raise more money and more registrations, the cheerleaders led residents and community agency members through several cheers and routines that pumped them up for the Toronto Challenge, taking place on Sunday, June 14.

"We have done great work with the Toronto Challenge and raised a lot of money in the past,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's West). “The excitement around this year's event tells me that 2009 can be one the best Toronto Challenges yet. We will harness people's energy this year and raise even more money, encourage more volunteers and get more people registered."

As the premier fundraising event for seniors, the Toronto Challenge presented by will feature the 5-km run, Nissan Canada Foundation 5-km walk and a 1-km fun walk. Aerobic warm-up, prizes, celebration barbecue and a ribbon for every participant as they cross the finish line help make this a family event that is suitable for all ages. Thanks to the funds raised at the event, the City of Toronto’s long-term care homes and the more than 50 community agencies that provide services to seniors are able to enhance the lives of residents and clients with fitness classes, barbecues, large print books and therapeutic gardens.

Registration to participate in the event is open up to and including race day. Visit
for more information. Join us on Sunday, June 14 and take the Toronto Challenge!

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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