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 run in 5 Ultra/Adventure Marathons, 5 Marathons, 5 Half-Marathons and many 5-10 km races. I have previously competed in two Guinness World Records for a "Fastest Marathon Dressed As…" category. I will be running this race dressed as a zookeeper to fund raise for the High Park Zoo.

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


Neighbourhood Champion: Charles Jewell

Charles Jewell

Charles is a life-long High Park area resident. High Park, and specifically the High Park Zoo, have been an integral part of all of Charles's life — from feeding the deer as a young lad to many walks through the zoo alongside his wife, Anetta and children, Holly and Max. “We are truly lucky to have such an amazing park and a fully functioning FREE zoo in our own neighbourhood. Where else can you see colourful peacocks, energetic Mouflon sheep or stately yaks a couple blocks from your house?”

When Charles was given the opportunity to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half marathon in support of the High Park Zoo he jumped at the chance — and brought along his brother-in-law Sean as well (also a Swansea resident with Charles's sister Marilyn and family).

Please donate generously to support the High Park Zoo — and to help it continue to be open and free for families to enjoy for many more years.

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


Neighbourhood Champion: Sean Russell

Sean Russell

Sean is looking forward to running the half marathon for the Friends of High Park Zoo. He lives near High Park and has been taking his kids there since before they could walk (his oldest is now 15 — and still loving the zoo). Sean started running 4 years ago to get in better shape for hockey, but now it's more about the running than the hockey. This will be Sean's 4th time running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half marathon. He still plays hockey — but we don't tell the Llamas!

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


Neighbourhood Champion: Mike Hassan

Mike Hassan

Mike Hassan lives and works in the city's downtown core but has been visiting High Park and High Park Zoo since before he could walk.

Mike picked up running 5 years ago and hasn't looked back, most recently completing his third marathon in Ottawa earlier this year.

2014 will be his second year running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half marathon and he can't wait to pass the cheer station at Ellis Drive.

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


Neighbourhood Champion: Amanda Tayles

Amanda Tayles

Amanda is a classic High Park resident — a mom with a double stroller! Taking her two little ones (a 2 year old and a 9 month old) through the zoo has been a weekend highlight since they were born.

This is Amanda's first race — ever. She's excited to make the first one really count by racing for 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

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 121st 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, 121 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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