NCE4: Swansea/Bloor West/High Park

NCE 4 location


Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd., at 13k


Friends of High Park Zoo will have a DJ, live entertainment and refreshments. It's a great place for families and friends to celebrate a Toronto tradition and cheer on the Scotiabank Waterfront runners!

Cheer runners from:



Neighbourhood Champion: Bridget Burns

Bridget Burns

I have been running since 2009. Running has given me an opportunity to visit some great cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia. I enjoy running marathons and half-marathons. I live in west Toronto with my daughter, who enjoys a trip to High Park Zoo to visit the donkeys, peacocks, bisons and emus. The trip usually includes a visit to the Jamie Bell Park, known to local kids as "castle park". It is a wonderful place to visit and this is why I am fundraising for the Friends of High Park Zoo charity. I attempting my 3rd Guinness World Record to bring them recognition for their efforts to fund raise and maintain the Zoo.

Please put a pledge on Bridget, TODAY, for High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Champion: Charles Jewell

Charles Jewell

The High Park Zoo has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Hearing that the zoo was near closure really struck a chord. I was happy to hear that the charity organization Friends of High Park Zoo was started to keep the High Park Zoo a fixture in our community for years to come.

Please support me in my first full marathon to ensure the zoo in the park lives on.

Please put a pledge on Charles, TODAY, for High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Champion: Sean Russell

Sean Russell

I am looking forward to running the marathon for the Friends of High Park Zoo. This will be the first time I have run the full marathon and I now realize how much of a commitment it is to run this distance. I live near the zoo and have been taking my kids there since before they could walk (my oldest is now 16). It is a great place for kids and families and I thank everyone who is supporting this cause.

Please put a pledge on Sean, TODAY, for High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Champion: Amanda Tayles

Amanda Tayles

Amanda and Jeff frequent the High Park zoo with their two little ones in tow, learning about animals and meeting the babies — especially "Santa's reindeers".

Running their second half marathons, Amanda and Jeff could not imagine pounding the pavement for 2 hours to raise money for anything better than the zoo, which brings so much joy to the neighbourhood for families, friends and visitors to the city.

Please put a pledge on Amanda, TODAY, for High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group:
"Friends of High Park Zoo Welcome You"

Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world. When you reach our cheering station you will be at the Western most point on the route and we will be cheering you on like the party 'animals' that we are!

Friends of High Park Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the Zoo's 122nd year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Waterfront marathon. We're proud to participate — join us on race day!

Friends of High Park Zoo

Friends of High Park Zoo

Established in 1893 for deer, the Zoo's animal paddocks have always been a popular Toronto attraction. Today, 122 years later, the Zoo's nine paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus and sheep. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm until the end of October.


Friends of High Park Zoo was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts. The Zoo costs only $228,000 for 2013, or 9 cents per Toronto resident to operate for an entire year. To date, the Friends of High Park Zoo have kept the Toronto tradition alive for families and the community. Sustainable funding is needed from individuals, corporations and local businesses to keep the Zoo going.

Friends of High Park Zoo is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support the for High Park Zoo. Funds raised by our Marathon Champions will be used in support of the Zoo.

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made online:

About the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation —

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

Founded in 2002, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation promotes philanthropy, corporate support and community involvement to achieve a range of enhancements to the parks system that can no longer be achieved through City funding alone.

Visit us at and to learn more.


Make a donation and in recognition of your contribution, you or your company will be publicly recognized before, during, and after the event. Email or phone 416-795-7454 if you would like to become a sponsor.


NCE4 Sponsors

Emu Sponsors

Dicemark Lynett Funeral Home

Wallaby Sponsors

High Park Grenadier Fund


2014 Entertainment features:

DJ Woods

DJ Woods DJ Woods

The Withnells

Withnell Family

Meet The Withnells: Brian Withnell, Jaccee Dallyn and their daughters, Lauryn and Renče. Together, they make up a dynamic quartet whose repertoire includes their own arrangements of Coldplay, Marianas Trench, old R&B, and today's hits. Their performing credits include 'Work for the Cure', Sick Kids' Foundation, the Ratanak Foundation, Bayview Wildwood Resort, as well as school and community performances.

Jaccee's favourite credits include opening for David Foster, Colin James, Prairie Oyster, singing back-up for Rita MacNeil, as well as musical theatre roles including "Anne of Green Gables" opposite Shirley Douglas. She has been a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony on CTV and has been featured on CBC radio with the swing trio Alley Scatz and as a solo original artist. These past few years have been spent passing the torch to her daughters, accompanying the primary choir at Runnymede school and teaching vocal workshops.

Brian has a high-tech day job but his impersonations of Elton John and Billy Joel for the corporate world have taken him to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Calgary, Montreal, Jasper and Banff. He and Jaccee also had a successful band for 25 years, performing everything from Top 40 to jazz, country, and concerts of original music. Brian accompanies the Glee choir at Runnymede school.

Renče, age 13, plays piano, guitar and viola. She's also a peer mediator at school, helping kids to resolve conflict. Lauryn, age 15, plays piano and violin and is in the Music Theatre program at ESA. They are both competitive dancers in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, acro, and lyrical.



City Parking lot west of the Sunnyside Pavilion, enter off Lakeshore Boulevard, east of Ellis Avenue.

Cheering station location just east of Ellis, on Lakeshore Boulevard grassy median.

NCE4 is supported by Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13

Ward 13 profile (City of Toronto)


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