Inner City Outreach participated in the 2016 Toronto Waterfront Marathon as an official charity. After the success of last year’s run, we were excited to be a part of this great event again that provides an opportunity for charities to bring awareness and fundraise for their cause. In addition, it is a positive event that builds comradery between the runners, is well-organized, and a lot of fun.
On October 16, a group of 23 runners for Inner City Outreach, joined in with over 26000 athletes from all over the world. It was a beautiful day to run and the agreeable weather helped to make it a great experience.
The 5K run began at 8 am, with participants starting at Exhibition Place and running down Front Street, turning up Bay Street and then emptying into Nathan Phillips Square, where they were met with well-wishers and a celebration. We also had four runners complete the half-marathon that started at University and Dundas, ran down to Lakeshore, running along the lake until Ellis where they looped back to run back towards downtown and finish at Nathan Phillips Square. Our one full-marathon participant, Angela Gillard, ran the same route as the half-marathoners, but added an additional loop to the east end of the downtown, completing the entire 42 kilometers in an impressive 4 hour and 14 minutes!
Not only did our runners manage to complete great physical goals in crossing the finish line, they were super fundraisers, collecting over $8000 in support of Inner City Outreach. All the funds collected through fundraising go directly to support youth programs in the Jane and Finch area. Congrats to all those runners who are running for a change!