TORONTO. April 25th. This past Sunday, many of the 7,000 participants in the annual Toronto Yonge Street 10K, part of the Canada Running Series, were able to wear special commemorative bibs to mark their run in support of the Boston Marathon and the tragic events that took place on Monday 15th. The bibs were handed out at the Mini-Expo and Packet Pick Up before the Toronto race, and are now available online as FREE downloads for participants to wear in other events. http://tinyurl.com/d8fm399
The “Runners United in Support of Boston” bibs were part of a very special and emotional morning in Canada’s largest city. Race Director Alan Brookes spoke before the start and directed 30 seconds of silence. He said that “just as President Obama has said ‘the US spirit is undiminished’, so the events of the last few days have shown that the spirit of the entire marathon and running world is undiminished.” Four of Toronto’s City Councillors were on hand, and Boston 2012 Champion (5th place finisher this year), Wesley Korir, assisted Canadian Olympic Marathoner Reid Coolsaet in the awards ceremony. Fellow Canadian Olympic Marathoner, Eric Gillis, was 2nd in the race in 29:01, behind Alberta’s Kip Kangogo (28:57). Moscow World Championships-bound marathoner Lanni Marchant took the Toronto Yonge Street 10K women’s title in 31:58.
Canada Running Series invite all runners to download the Boston-commemorative bibs, and hope to see more of them at other 2013 CRS races – - especially at this Sunday’s Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal (the Canadian Half marathon Championships) and at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20th.
For further info on CRS: http://www.canadarunningseries.com/crs/index.htm