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Thousands participate in the Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca

June 17, 2011

Thousands of runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the 20th annual Toronto Challenge on Sunday June 12, and organizers expect that the event will raise more than half a million dollars.

This annual fundraising event supports Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services and more than 50 community agencies providing support to seniors that participate in the annual event.

On the day of the event Nick Ametrano, Vice President of MonsterMortgage.ca, thanked the event’s many volunteers and encouraged participants to again hit the start line next year. He added, “As presenting sponsors, MonsterMortgage.ca has supported this event for the last seven years and it gets better every year! This year, MonsterMortgage.ca has entered a team of 56 participants including brokers, family and clients, and we are committed to sharing our support again next year.”

The overall winners of the MonsterMortgage.ca 5k run were (male category) Laurent Schaller, with a time of 15:38, and (female category) Erin Ready, with a time of 17:44. A special award was given to Richard Graves, who has completed the Toronto Challenge 5k run every year since its inception 20 years ago. Richard finished this year’s event in second place in his age category (70 plus) with a time of 26 minutes and thirty-five seconds.
The oldest and youngest participants were recognized with medals for their inspiring contributions. Nona Ardiel (79 years old) was the oldest participant in the MonsterMortgage.ca 5k run. The oldest walker in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Buta Randhawa (101 years old). The oldest one kilometer walker, for the second year in a row, was Chuen Szeto (96 years old).

The youngest finisher in the MonsterMortgage.ca 5k run was Emmy Lou Buttigieg. The youngest participant in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Alyssa Bernardo, and the youngest one kilometre walk participant was Alexia Moreno Barahona. All of these participants are only one year old!

Additionally, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club received the Student Supporting Seniors Award as the group with the largest number of youth participants.

Thank you to all everyone that attended this year’s event and special thanks to the City of Toronto, all of the sponsors of this years event, all of the participating organizations and to all of the volunteers who helped make this event possible!

Check out our Facebook and Flickr page for photos from this is year’s event!

See you again next year for the 21st Annual Toronto Challenge!