SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORDS

  •  More than $4.3 million raised for 181 charities
  • VIDEO: “What a Feeling” captures some of the energy and achievements of STWM ’12. 
  • Photo Gallery from Monday evening’s Awards Ceremonies       

Stephane Hetherington as FLASH captured the "Best Dressed in the Marathon" Award, as well as a Guinness World Record for fastest marathon in a SuperHero costume (2:33:58)

TORONTO, December 11, 2012 – The 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon raised a record-breaking $4,379,092.67 in support of 181 local charities and neighbourhood groups, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the Neighbourhood Challenge. Prizing of $52,000 was presented to 20 of the 181 charities last night at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Awards ceremony in Toronto. 

“Through the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, we have been able to build something special for Toronto – a unique Charity Challenge and Neighbourhood challenge that has become a big part of our community,” said Race Director Alan Brookes. “Congratulations to all of our winners, who did such a fantastic job of energizing their neighbourhoods, and showed great support for runners from around the world. You are the heart of our marathon!” 

Hannah & Owen were real "stars" on the Grandview Children's Foundation team this year!

In addition to a record breaking fundraising year, this year’s successful STWM on October 14 saw a record number of runners participate in the marathon, half-marathon and 5K races. Of the 24,907 registered runners, 6,527 (26%) were registered to support an official charity. The race was full of surprising finishes as Ethiopia’s Betona Warga placed first with a time of 2:10:35, while Kenyan runners Kiplimo Kimutai and John Kiprotich followed closely with times of 2:11:20 and 2:11:29, respectively. In the women’s category, New Zealand’s Mary Davies placed first with a time of 2:28:56, followed by Kenya’s Agnes Kiprop and Ethiopia’s Radiya Adilo. 

“What’s so special about this marathon is that it brings the world to our waterfront, and provides a wonderful opportunity for runners, spectators and communities to come together – not simply for the pure enjoyment of running, but to support the well-being of the greater community,” said Jacqueline Ryan, Scotiabank’s Vice-President of Sponsorships and Partnership Programs. “Scotiabank would like to thank all of the participants and supporters who together raised a remarkable $4.3 million, benefitting 181 charities through the Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program. We look forward to another successful Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2013.” 

The winners of the 2012 Scotiabank Charity Challenge are: 

Highest fundraising dollars raised: 

1. Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation – $664,493 

2. SickKids Foundation – $253,914 

3. Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation – Fountain of love and Life – $119,333 

Most participants: 

1. Engineers Without Borders – Run to End Poverty – 268 runners 

2. A Run to Remember (supported by Armenian Community Centre) – 202 runners 

3. Epilepsy Toronto – 200 runners 

Highest fundraising dollars per fundraiser: 

1. Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation – $3,345 

2. Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada – $3,103 

3. Sheena’s Place – $2,966 

Greek Town had lots to cheer about at 2012 Neighbourhood Challenge winners

The Neighbourhood Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a festival, celebration and fundraiser of Toronto’s Waterfront neighbourhoods. In this friendly competition, 12 neighbourhoods organize Cheering & Entertainment Centres with professional stages and amazing performers – in competition for cash awards for their official charities, as well as bragging rights. Scotiabank is donating $14,000 in prize money to the winners to an official Charity Challenge charity or Neighbourhood charity of each winner’s choice. 

The winners of the 2012 Neighbourhood Challenge are: 

1. Greek Town – a collaborative effort amongst: 

• Greek Community of Toronto 

• Greek Orthodox Community of Markham 

• Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga 

• Hellenic Home 

St. Christopher House celebrated their 100th Anniversary with a stron 3rd place finisg on behalf of Liberty Village/King West

2. St. Lawrence Market (hosts St.Lawrence Neighbourhood Association) 

3. Liberty Village/King West (hosts St.Christopher House) 

Honourable mentions went to The Beach, Church-Wellesley & Cabbagetown. 

This was also the third year of the Best Dressed Costume Contest at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Scotiabank is donating $5,000 in prize money to the costume winners to an official Charity Challenge charity or Neighbourhood charity of each winner’s choice. 

The winners of the 2012 Costume Challenge are: 

1. Marathon Winner – Stephane Hetherington as FLASH 

2. Marathon Runner Up – Greg Dunn as Grandview SMASH’N PUMPKIN 

3. Half-Marathon – Cody Alltrogge as CAPTAIN ST. CHRIS 

4. 5K Winner – Lyric Morris as BATMAN 

5. 5K Winner – Grace Hamza, Sarah Hamza, Tom Hamza, Sophie Hamza as BUMBLEBEE FAMILY 

About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon: 

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is the signature event of the Canada Running Series and the country’s premier international running event, annually attracting 25,000 participants from over 50 countries and raising more than $4 million for over 180 charities. 

This fast, flat, scenic course holds the record for the fastest men’s and women’s marathons run in Canada (2:07:58, Kenneth Mungara in 2010; and 2:22:43, Koren Yal, in 2011) and for the fifth consecutive year, the STWM has been awarded the prestigious Silver Label by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The race vision is to continue to build Toronto in the same league as other world-class city marathon destinations such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. 

About Scotiabank: 

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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