Kew Gardens, “Alex Christie Bandshell” Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 finisher’s medal unveiled at Beaches Running Room

 Wednesday evening, August 31st. The BUZZ is building! We had a GREAT evening in The Beach tonight, doing the public unveiling of the STWM 2011 Finishers’ Medals. What a super neighbourhood The Beach is! It was a packed house at the Running Room, including Councillor, former Councillor, Community Centre 55 folks and mascot, Beach “Champions” running on October 16th, and LOTS of runners training with RR for the BIG day….  Here’s the release 

Kew Gardens, “Alex Christie Bandshell” Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 finisher’s medal unveiled at Beaches Running Room 

Will be presented to runners at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, October 16 

 TORONTO. 31 August.  A large crowd of almost 100 runners gathered at the Beaches Running Room store this evening, along with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, former Councillor Paul Christie, Debbie Visconti, Executive Director of Community Centre 55, and three “Beach Champions, for the public unveiling of the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Finishers’ medals. 

For the past three years, the event has produced a “Collectors’ Series” of medals that feature famous landmarks the runners pass en route to their lifetime achievement. In 2008 it was City Hall; in 2009 it was the Flatiron Building in St.Lawrence Market; and last year it was the Princes’ Gates at the Exhibition. 

On Sunday, October 16ththis year,  some 22,000 runners from every Canadian province, more than 40 American states and 50 countries will be taking home a priceless piece of The Beach  –  a finisher’s medal from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, half-marathon or 5km that features the Alex Christie, Kew Gardens Bandshell. 

The Finisher’s Medal is arguably the most valuable souvenir a runner takes away to mark his or her accomplishment; it is cherished and saved. Competitormagazine columnist and running guru, John “the Penguin” Bingham, frequently advises his followers to proudly wear their hardware going through airport security on the way home, and when the alarms ring, say “Oh, sorry. That must be my MARATHON FINISHER’S MEDAL!” 

The Alex Christie, Kew Gardens Bandshell will be especially memorable this year, as runners will pass it at the 31 km and 34 km marks on Queen Street East, deep into the marathon challenge on Sunday morning, October 16. 

Beaches Champions Sari Lundvall, Dave Emilio, and Duff McLaren, Race Director Alan Brookes (in front) Paul Christie with medal, Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, Debbie Visconti Exec Director of Community Centre 55 & "Hamper" Reindeer

According to Race Director, Alan Brookes who introduced the evening’s proceedings, “We are extremely proud of the Collector’s Series of finisher’s medals and we feel that the quality of artwork on this medal makes it our best one yet! The Beach is one of Toronto’s most popular, most vibrant running communities and one of our most important neighbourhood partners. It’s highly appropriate that we are featuring the Kew Gardens Bandshell this year.” 

Former Councillor Paul Christie "delighted and moved" by STWM 2011 Finishers' Medal

Paul Christie said he was very moved with the medal, featuring the “Alex Christie Bandshell” in Kew Gardens, named after his father. “My father was a great sportsman. He would have approved and would have been out cheering on Race Day, helping The Beach win the Neighbourhood Challenge!” Councillor McMcMahon – who has a personal wager going with Councillor Doucette from Swansea-High Park, wuinners of last year’s Challenge – added, “Swansea’s going down! I can say that right now – The Beach is Toronto’s #1 neighbourhood!” 

Brookes then reminded those who haven’t yet signed up for the marathon, half-marathon or 5 km run, they still have a chance to register for the race and then claim their gold [marathon], antique silver [half-marathon] or antique bronze [5 km] medals.  (

The Beach Champions are a made-in-the-Beach group who will be running the full 42 km Waterfront Marathon to raise funds for Hamper’s “Share a Christmas Program” at Community Centre 55.  Debbie Visconti, Executive Director, Community Centre 55, said, “When you support the runners with your pledges, you’ll  be raising money for our programs including Share a Christmas where we bring Christmas to over 700 needy families in our community.” 

RD Alan Brookes "Pumps it UP" with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon and Beach Champions. October 16th, finishers' medals here we come!

The five Beach Champions and their affiliations are: 

1.       Sari Lindvall – Toronto Beaches Runners Club 

2.       Duff McLaren – Toronto Beaches Runners Club 

3.       Anita Emilio – Toronto Beaches Runners Club 

4.       Dave Emilio – Toronto Beaches Runners Club 

5.       Keith Begley – Beaches Lions Club 

The community can support the Beach Champions by putting a pledge on them at at various locations to be announced and by coming out on Marathon Day to a Neighbourhood Cheering & Entertainment Centre (NCE).  Beach NCEs will be at Kew Gardens and Woodbine Park, with entertainment and games for the entire family at both sites. 

The two Beach-based NCEs will compete with 10 others NCEs for the best cheering section.  The three winning Neighbourhoods will take home $6,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively in cash prizes from Scotiabank for their designated charities. In The Beach the charity is Community Centre 55.  

This will be third year that the marathon will wind its way through The Beach along Queen Street E.  Runners were thrilled when the route changed from the Leslie Street Spit to the beautiful Beach neighbourhood. The marathon will start at 9 a.m. at City Hall and arrive in The Beach around 10:30 a.m.  Detailed information about road closures will be available soon on Follow STWM in The Beach on Facebook, 

 and Twitter,!/stwm_beachcheer 

FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE EVENING SEE!/media/set/?set=a.205642239498582.53077.100001584237500 

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