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April 7, 2005
Two runners to represent Toronto in Milan Half Marathon
  
Two Toronto athletes will represent the city in the Stramilano Half Marathon in
Milan, Italy as part of an ongoing partnership between the City of Toronto and
the City of Milan.

The City of Toronto, in consultation with the Toronto Marathon and Canada
Running Series has selected Toronto residents Bruce Raymer and Seanna Robinson,
to be its champions. Both athletes met the high standards set by the race
organizers. Raymer and Robinson will leave Toronto today, and run for their
hometown on Sunday, April 10. The Milan event organizers extended the
invitation and will host the runners.

The 34th annual Stramilano Half Marathon is one of the most important half
marathons in the world. The 21.097-km long route is certified by the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and crosses the town
centre of Milan. Each year this event attracts hundreds of athletes from all
around Italy and the world.

Both runners are thrilled to represent Toronto and plan to unfurl the Toronto
flag as they take their victory laps. Robinson enthusiastically called the
opportunity ‘a huge deal.’ "Although I haven’t traveled that much
internationally I am ready to run a fast half marathon."

Raymer was quick to point out that "It is a world-record course and a
world-class field will be competing. I’ve already run a good half marathon this
year and I’m ready to pop another one!" Paul Tergat set the world record in
this discipline in 1998.

Toronto and Milan, Italy entered into a collaborative partnership in 2003 to
promote friendship, business and cultural opportunities. Toronto’s
participation in the Stramilano is one of several initiatives that are part of
this ongoing relationship.


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Peter Finestone
Director, Investment Marketing
Economic Development
416-392-3376

Economic Development
Culture and Tourism media hotline
416-560-8726



 

 

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