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My name is Jennifer Neziol — I'm the Director of Communications for Sportsnet and a running junkie! I have a great passion for health, sports and fitness — so much so that it's spilled over into my various career paths. I have a Master of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Miami University (OH), and I worked for five years as a NCAA Division I Strength and Conditioning Coach. Following my coaching career, I entered into the field of PR and Communications, where I've had the wonderful fortune of working with some of the greatest health and sports brands. I've lived in a variety of cities in Canada and the US, but there's no place like my home city — Toronto. I've run four marathons, three 30K's, more than ten half-marathons, and a variety of 5K and 10K races. This marks my second time running Scotiabank. I'm so proud to be representing ANNE'S TEAM — we are running to support mental health in young people, an important cause I'm also very passionate about, and my goal is to raise $1,000. Look forward to seeing you on the course!
"Someday you cannot do this. That day is NOT today." I saw this sign at last year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon race while I was running the half marathon. The encouragement that I got from our ANNE'S TEAM coach, along with the amazing atmosphere from last year's race inspired me to push myself to run the full marathon.
This is my 2nd year running for ANNE'S TEAM, and aside from training with an encouraging and hardworking team, I also believe in the cause to help fund programs for youth mental health. Additionally, this year, along with fellow teammates, I'm blogging to share my experience with others regarding my training and the journey to STWM. The blog can be found on our Anne's Team Training Journal: click here.
I believe that running as a sport is a great metaphor for all the good things worth having in life — you need a good game plan, patience and discipline to get through the road ahead, the tenacity to push when you think you can't, and of course a great group of people that will help you achieve your goals.
Hi everyone, my name is Dan Johnson and I'm a Community Health Coordinator with the University of Toronto. This is my second year running with Anne's Team and my fourth marathon. This photo of me is from the finish line of my first marathon back in May of 2011.
I've worked in health education and promotion since I was a university student, and I know all about the physical and mental health benefits to running. Running calms me down, gives me time to think, and has helped me develop new friendships and opportunities. Being involved with Anne's Team give me another reason to decrease stigma and talk about the importance of mental health in all of our lives.
My goal for this marathon is to enjoy it: to feel grattitude to the volunteers at the water stations, to celebrate the accomplishments of all of the runners, to be mindful of the reasons I run, and to be inspired to continue to change the world.
Evanka Osmak, anchor of the weekday prime time slot of Connected — Sportsnet's nightly sports news program — joined the Sportsnet team on April Fool's Day 2007.
Evanka initially pursued a career in civil engineering after earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Degree from Queens University. While working as a civil engineer, she realized her true passion rested with broadcasting. Returning to school, Evanka attended Seneca College at York University where she earned a Radio and Television Broadcasting diploma and later landed a position with JACK-FM in Orillia, ON as a news announcer. Moving onto KYMA-TV (NBC) in Yuma, Arizona a year later, Evanka worked for two years as a Morning Show host before returning to Ontario in 2007 when she stepped in front of the sports television camera and signed on with Sportsnet.
Evanka's career highlights with Sportsnet include covering the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and the 2011 Rogers Cup. When not covering the latest sports stories on-air, she is a member on the Special Olympics Ontario board, acts as an ambassador for Golf Fore the Cure alongside Golf Canada and is a committee member of the Sports Media Canada Luncheon.
Evanka resides in Toronto with her husband, Adam. Not only does she love watching sports, but enjoys being active. She keeps herself busy by running, golfing, playing tennis and practicing pilates. It's been a long time since Evanka laced up for a race, but she has completed one full marathon in Arizona and three half-marathons in Toronto. This marks her second Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, which she is running on behalf of ANNE'S TEAM in support of youth mental health.
Widely regarded as one of the top personalities in sports media today with close to 60,000 Twitter followers, Jeff Marek joined Sportsnet in 2011 as a host of HOCKEY CENTRAL. Marek also hosts Sportsnet's Friday Night Hockey broadcasts, and co-hosts "Marek vs. Wyshynski", a daily podcast on Sportsnet.ca.
Prior to joining Sportsnet, Marek worked at CBC for four years, hosting Hockey Night in Canada Radio and co-hosting the I-Desk for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. His storied career also includes hosting the Jeff Marek Show and co-hosting Leafs Lunch, both on AM 640. Marek also served as a play-by-play commentator for Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at The London 2012 Olympic Games and for CBC at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Marek is a proud Toronto native, and is an avid runner. He currently resides in Stouffville, ON with his partner Claire, and two sons TJ (3 years old) and Brody (18 months). This marks Marek's first Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, which he is running on behalf of ANNE'S TEAM, in support of youth mental health.
ANNE'S TEAM is a group of people who love to run! Some of us run very fast, some of us not so fast; some of us are novices, some of us veterans. But every one of us takes great pride running both for ourselves and for a cause that matters! What brings us together as a TEAM is our conviction to both the sport of endurance running and the spirit of charity.
Every year, we lead a comprehensive 20-week Team Training program to prepare Half and Full Marathoners for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) in October. We have a complete range of experience and ability levels on our team and offer training programs to suit all. Learn much more about our Ramp and Veteran team training programs at www.annesteam.com.
In our three years of participation at STWM, ANNE'S TEAM has raised $163,000 for our partner programs in youth mental health. In 2012, our team consisted of roughly 50 half and full marathoners and raised $73,000 in runner pledges. We aim to grow our 2013 team even larger, with 100% of participants crossing the finish line with personal bests.
Complete one of three race distances at STWM — Half Marathon (21.1K), Marathon (42.2K), or 5K — and raise the minimum pledge amount — see Benefits and Expectations for details.
We welcome you to join us for a two-week trial period. If you like what you see and wish to continue, we ask that you review our complete our online application.
To learn more about ANNE'S TEAM, please visit our website (www.annesteam.com), LIKE us on Facebook to receive our updates (www.facebook.com/annesteam), and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/annesteam).
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