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June 15, 2009
Race results from the Toronto Challenge
The 18th annual Toronto Challenge was a great success and continues to be the most important fundraising event of the year for the City of Toronto’s Long-Term Care Homes and Services and the 50-plus community agencies that provide services for seniors. The event raised more than $400,000 that will go toward enhancing the lives of seniors with fitness classes, barbecues, large print books and therapeutic gardens

The overall winners of the “ 5k” were (males) Nick Crocker, Warren Ringler and Christopher Graham and (females) Julia Kuternina, Hilary Kilbreath and Amy Farr.

In addition to the fastest male and female runners in nine age categories, the Students Supporting Seniors award was handed out to the Kipling Acres Youth Council as the group with the most youth participants. As well, Dixon Hall was honoured as the agency with the most participants.

The oldest participant in the 5-km run was Tom Tritschler at 76 years. The oldest walker in the 5-km event was 94-year-old Grace Ada Lawrence, and the oldest 1-km walker was Donalda Jardine, at 100 years of age.

The youngest 5-km runner was 3-year-old Agape Sheikh; the youngest 5-km walkers were 2-year-old twins Emma and Justine Fontaine; and the youngest 1-km walker was 4-month-old William Negus.

More than 180 volunteers helped with registration and the barbecue. Cheerleaders were stationed at the finish line and the half-way point on the 5-km route to encourage runners and walkers.

Next year’s Toronto Challenge is already scheduled - for June 13, 2010.

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.

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



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