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Official Charity Kudos

  • Grandview Children's Foundation
    "'Truly inspirational, awe-inspiring and deeply touching'. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe how much it touched us seeing Our Kids determined to show that they are not limited by their personal challenges. We will remember the look of determination on Owen's face as he walked the entire 5k with only his walker as his support. Nor will we forget Hannah and Alexa who wheeled the 5k or Greg who ran the marathon in a pumpkin suit to support Grandview Kids. In general, we celebrate the accomplishments of Grandview Kids: Alexa, Cody, Connor, Hannah, Matt, Mackynzi, Mitchell, Owen, Riley, Robert and Tyler who each set their personal goals and made us all proud. Way to go Smash'n Pumpkins and a special thanks to Anh and the Charity Challenge team, Canada Running Series, and Scotiabank who allowed us this opportunity."

    — Grandview Children's Foundation, October 2012

  • Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC)
    "This was our first year as an official charity for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. STWM provided a wonderful opportunity for us to recruit 80 runners, share our vision and mission, build a very cool 'running community' and raise over $20,000 towards our LAUNCH program which invests in young leaders in our city! On behalf of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) — a big shout out to Anh and the good people at CRS, Scotiabank and Artez for helping make this great opportunity possible!"

    — Carl Nash, LAUNCH Director, Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC), October 2012

  • Giant Steps Toronto/York Region
    "A participant and frequent prize winner since 2004, Giant Steps is a school & therapy centre for children with autism — a small local charity, big in passion for our mission of enabling kids with autism, but limited in resources.
    The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is our largest annual fundraising event, critical to the funding of our kids' therapy programs. The Charity Challenge provides us with unmatched opportunities: the ability to participate in a world class event, to incur minimal administrative costs, and to bring 100% of the money we raise home to children with autism. Our pledges and prize winnings now total over $650,000!
    From our kids, families, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, our heartfelt thanks go to Scotiabank Group, Canada Running Series and the City of Toronto!"

    —Joanne Scott-Jackson, Director of Development, Giant Steps Toronto/York Region, September 2012

  • Gilda's Club Greater Toronto
    "Gilda's Club Greater Toronto is grateful to have the opportunity to participate annually in the Scotiabank Toronto Charity Challenge.
    This event has become our 2nd biggest fundraiser and 2 years ago we were fortunate to have been chosen as 1 of the 3 featured charities. Since then, we have had a high rate of returning participants each year. What a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto — a community support organization for men, women, teens and children living with cancer. From the Board, Staff and Members of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, thanks for this event! See you all on October 14th!"

    —Elana Shapiro, Development Associate, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, September 2012

  • Lymphedema Association of Ontario
    "The annual STWM — Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge has quickly become our number one fundraising event of the year. Although our organization is small, we have been able to raise a total of $85,000 over the past four years. What is truly amazing is the support that the STWM team provides for charities. Participating in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge eliminates the need for depositing sponsorship cheques, processing payments and issuing charitable receipts. The event organizers do it all while we simply wait to receive our single cheque. The administration resources it saves our organization is tremendous. It allows us to focus on our goals of raising awareness and education for Lymphedema. Thank you STWM team & Scotiabank!"

    — Anna Kennedy, Executive Director, November 2011

  • ANNE'S TEAM (The Anne Hoehn Memorial Foundation)
    "STWM provides our small, volunteer-based organization an opportunity to combine two things about which we are truly passionate — running for ourselves AND running for our cause. STWM is the perfect platform for ANNE'S TEAM — it marries the sport of endurance running, and all the physical and mental benefits that this sport offers, with our charitable mission to create awareness and raise funds for youth mental health. A very big thank you to CRS for providing the stage for ANNE'S TEAM to test our MENTAL TOUGHNESS!"

    —Mike Hoehn, Founder

Pace, stride, endurance. Register now and sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge

charity challenge

Applications for the 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge are now closed. To inquire about our 2016 event, please contact , Charity Development & Event Coordinator.

Make your Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k more meaningful by going the distance for one of our 2015 Official Charities. Run or walk in honour of a loved one or to simply give something back to your community. No matter which distance you participate in, your fundraising makes a difference!

Simply choosing a charity and raising donations brings them closer to their goal! Check out the great incentive programs unique to each charity to keep you motivated and reward you for your efforts! Incentives are listed on each charity page, and may include: Free entries, gear, prizes and great pre/post-run parties!

If you have already created a fundraising account, you can login here!


2014 STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge Awards

Every dollar you raise will help the charity of your choice come closer to winning one of nine cash prizes awarded by Scotiabank!

1. Charity with the largest number of Fundraising Runners

Rules: Charities must have a minimum of 10 Fundraising Runners registered in any running event

  1. First place is awarded $6,000
  2. Second place is awarded $3,000
  3. Third place is awarded $2,000

2. Charity with the largest total dollars fundraised

Rules: Includes all online and offline verified donations

  1. First place is awarded $6,000
  2. Second place is awarded $3,000
  3. Third place is awarded $2,000

3. Charity with the largest average amount raised per Fundraising Runner

Rules: Charities must have a minimum of 10 Fundraising Runners registered

  1. First place is awarded $6,000
  2. Second place is awarded $3,000
  3. Third place is awarded $2,000

Additional Rules

  1. Prizes for each official charity are calculated based upon funds raised by individual registrants and teams registered with a specific charity.
  2. Fundraising totals and awards will be based information entered through the Artez system and import files received by 12pm on October 31, 2014.
  3. A charity cannot win more than one award. In the event that a charity should win in more than one category, they will be awarded the prize for the category in which they win by a bigger margin.
  4. A Fundraising Runner is an online fundraising registrant who has raised more than $20.

2014 Charity Challenge Results

Largest of Amount of Pledges — 1st Place SickKids Foundation $6,000
Largest Amount of Pledges — 2nd Place Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada $3,000
Largest Amount of Pledges — 3rd Place Epilepsy Toronto $2,000
Largest Number of Fundraising Participants — 1st Place Children's Aid Foundation $6,000
Largest Number of Fundraising Participants — 2nd Place Fountain of Love and Life $3,000
Largest Number of Fundraising Participants — 3rd Place Giant Steps Toronto Inc. $2,000
Highest Average per Fundraising Participant — 1st Place Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation $6,000
Highest Average per Fundraising Participant — 2nd Place Glaucoma Research Society of Canada $3,000
Highest Average per Fundraising Participant — 3rd Place Lymphoma Canada $2,000



Follow these 3 easy steps and sign up online to raise funds as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

fundraising made easy
  1. Choose Your Charity. Click here to view our list of 2015 Official Charities and select your cause. Note: Some charities offer incentives that may require special discount codes to be entered upon registration. Before registering for your event, please follow the instructions provided by the Charity Administrator from your selected Charity.
  2. Register online for the Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5k. Be sure to fill out the Scotiabank Charity Challenge section and enter the Charity Pin Code (if applicable) provided by your Charity Administrator. You will receive an email confirming your race registration from

    Note: This step registers you for the event only. You must complete step 3 to create your fundraising profile.
    *Online registration closes midnight October 12, 2015.
  3. Get Ready to Start Fundraising! OOnce you have successfully registered, you will receive one confirmation email from, and one confirmation email from Artez. This means that your information has successfully transferred over to Artez (our fundraising platform). The email from Artez will include your username and log in information. Keep this email for easy access to your fundraising profile where you can edit your fundraising goal, upload photos and videos, update your message, and send emails to family and friends.

    Artez Interactive is entirely free to you and your Charity of choice. As a result of Scotiabank's generous sponsorship, every penny you raise goes directly to the Charity!


Scotiabank Employee Fundraising Program

As an added benefit of being employed by the title sponsor, Scotiabank will cover the registration fee for employees who register for the event and fundraise a minimum of $200 for one of the 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge Official Charities by Friday, October 2 at 9am.

Click here for more information


Best Dressed Costume Contest

Win More Money for Your Charity!

We have a 'Best Dressed Costume' contest in all three of our race events. Our professional race photographers are on course capturing all the best costumes throughout the day, so no one gets missed. All costumes are judged by 3 Celebrity / Media Judges at the Finish Line and winners are announced at our annual Charity Challenge and Neighbourhood Challenge Awards Night.

Please note that you have to finish the race in your costume to qualify! Winners of the Costume Contest must choose from one of the Scotiabank Official Charities or Neighbourhood Charities to allocate their prize money.

2014 Winners

5k Winner Amin Lalji — Captain America $500 Second Harvest TO
5k Winner Joseph Deogracias — Genie $500 Houselink Community Homes
Half-Marathon Gail McCauley — Polar Bear $1,000 Canadian Olympic Foundation
Marathon Runner Up David Gadd & Andy Miller — Batman & Robin $500 Autism Dog Services Inc. & Testicular Cancer Canada
Marathon Winner Brett Titus — Man riding an Ostrich $2,500 West Neighbourhood House
5km Half Marathon Full Marathon
5km costume
Amin Lalji — Captain America
half marathon costume
Gail McCauley — Polar Bear
Marathon costume winner
Brett Titus — Man riding an Ostrich (First Place)
5km costume
Joseph Deogracias — Genie
Marathon costume runner up
David Gadd & Andy Miller — Batman & Robin (Runner-Up)


2015 Digital Champions

2015 Champions now posted!

The STWM Digital Champions are a group of diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic athletes; each with a unique story and running history. Follow their journeys, their ups and downs, motivations and challenges, as they train for Canada's #1 Big-City Marathon! See bios here.



Community Education Services CANADA

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Donate your seconds for athletes
who only dream of their first

CES Canada provides secondary school education for youth orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS living in Kenya.

Drop off your new or slightly used running shoes at packet pick-up (on the days leading up to the race) or at baggage check on race day. CES Canada will send them to runners in Kenya who cannot afford a decent pair of training footwear.