If you live in Toronto you know that the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of the most popular sporting events in the city each year. I’m excited to announce that after 7 years in Toronto, I will finally have the opportunity to be in the city and run this amazing race. The race course showcases some of Toronto’s best scenery during a beautiful time of year, so I couldn’t be more thrilled.
What I like about this race is that participants can personalize their race by choosing any participating charity in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and 100% of the funds raised go directly to charity. Scotiabank has raised over $50 million nationally for Canadian charities through its marathons across the country since 2003.
For the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, everyone who has registered for the race, including myself has the opportunity to pick one charity to fundraise for and support. Though it was hard to pick just one charity out of the close to 200 listed on their website, I decided to pick the Toronto Humane Society. This independent non-profit organization is a no-kill shelter does great work bringing awareness about adoption and educating people on how to best take care of their animals. They also rely completely on donations to take care of the animals in the shelter and do the great work they do.
Those taking part in the race have the option to run either a 5k, half-marathon or full marathon. Unfortunately, due to my recent back injury I can only run the 5k this year but am excited to be a part of this great day of running! A lot of my friends ran the race last year and had a wonderful time so I can’t wait to experience it for myself this year.
Just days after the race I will be leaving the city for a few months so I can’t imagine a better goodbye to the city I love so much. The reason why I run today is because of Toronto. Before moving here 7 years ago, I had never ran or participated in any races. Over the last 2 years, running has become an instrumental part of my life. I’m so grateful to the city for having had such a positive impact on my health, fitness and overall well-being. I’m therefore excited to celebrate my love for running in the city and support a great charity at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16th 2016.
To sign up for the race and the Scotiabank Charity Challenge visit http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/.
Photos by: Offner
This post was written in collaboration with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon but all opinions are my own.