October 6th, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – In a "3-peat" performance, Little Asia has been judged the grand prize winner once again in the Neighbourhood Challenge at the recent Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday September 28, 2008. The cheering site organized by NAAAP Toronto and in support Mon Sheong Foundation will be presented with first prize along with a $6,000.00 award cheque, courtesy of Scotiabank.
Second prize ($3,000.00) went to the Beaches Lions Club, raising funds for 12 year old Justin Murphy, to enable him to regain his hearing; third place ($2,000.00) went to Toronto Aerial Dance, representing Downtown. In addition, 2 honourable mentions of $1,000.00 will be awarded to Bloor West/High Park for the SWANSEA Neighbourhood Association, and to Harbourfront, for the Brandon Street Community Foundation.
Cheque presentations will take place at the end of November, at an Awards Gala Evening at Scotiabank's head offices.
Judges for this year's Challenge included Dayl Marks, Sponsorship Manager for Scotiabank, Gino Latini, Board of Directors for Festival & Events Ontario, and Ron Morrish, Marketing Manager for Lassonde/OASIS Fruit Juice. The Judges all agreed it was an incredible experience. "All the different cultural themes brought colour, enthusiasm, and a high-energy level of support for all the runners. Every cheering station was like its own mini festival!"
Race Director Alan Brookes offered, "Congratulations to ALL of our winners, and to all 11 neighbourhoods and charities who did such a marvelous job of energizing their neighbourhoods, and showing runners from around the world what a fabulous, vibrant and culturally rich city we have—one that embraces health and fitness, and one that cares and gives back to our neighbourhoods and families. This year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon raised more than $1.3 million dollars for local charities. Now that's something to cheer about!"