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NEWS Nov 14 2005

STWM05 Neighbourhood Challenge Winners announced: York Lions Steelband/TABIA performing in Ward 30 (Paula Fletcher territory) claim $5000 award as champions!

York Lions Steelband

Photos by STWM Staff

From 74 year-old Ed Whitlock's victory over Joop Ruter in the Battle of the Ageless Titans, to Simon Bor's 2:11 winning time that made the event the 6th fastest marathon in North America this year, to The Joggler's Guinness World Record, there was SO much to cheer about at the 2005 edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on September 25th.

There is now even more to celebrate with the announcement this week of the awards for the Neighbourhood Challenge, supported by TABIA—the Toronto Area Business Improvement Associations. Besides TABIA, Get Out There magazine helped considerably by providing great expertise (as well as fun promotion) in the judging.

Cheques have now gone out to the charities of the first ($5,000), second ($2,500) and third ($1,000) place finishers.

Here is the final JUDGE'S REPORT from Head Judge, Marissa Shroder, Publisher & Editor. It speaks for itself!

Neighbourhood Challenge

The Neighbourhood Challenge was a great experience! I enlisted the services of Dan Rishworth (owner, Enduro Sport) as the 2nd judge and we teamed up with two amazing drivers from Yamaha. The cheering stations were awesome—it was particularly great to see all the young people out. There was an incredible amount of enthusiasm and you could see how the runners were encouraged and buoyed as they made their way past the stations.

In terms of judging, I created a score card based on four "cheer" criteria — 1) Attendance/participation, 2) Energy level, 3) Vibrancy/costumes/decorations and 4) Volume of cheering/music. Dan and I both had independent score cards and every station was visited at least three times during the event (some four times). Scores were averaged out over each of the visits.

The clear winner was NC#9, YORK LIONS STEELBAND (Ward 30/Paula Fletcher — 500 Commissioners Road, opposite Toronto Hydro). "Outstanding!! Best costumes by far. Big group. Kept up cheering even when they weren't playing."

Second place went to NC11 THE BEACHES BIA (Ward 32/Sandra Bussin/The Beaches — SE corner of Lakeshore and Coxwell). "Awesome Team in Training Theme. TONS of people (most fans on the course). Good decorations with balloons, &c."

Third place went to NC#5 ALLSTARS STEELBAND/LIBERTY VILLAGE BIA (Ward 14/Sylvia Watson — Lakeshore at Palais Royale (west of Boulevard Club). "Excellent energy. Kids were totally pumped!"

We also extended honourable mentions to the South Asian Bazaar at Leslie & Commissioners. "Lots of spectators. Volume of music good," AND to "the favourite of SO many of the runners", SAMBA SQUAD, at Lakeshore & Parliament, Councillor McConnell, Ward 28.

We also wanted to make mention of a couple of water stations that really went all out. The cub scouts and crew on Lakeshore just west of Ontario Place were great. The Canada Fit water stations folks dressed up and really cheered runners on as they went by — they kept up the energy all day. It was also fun to see the U of T School cheerleading squad that came out to the corner of Woodbine and Queen — making up their own cheers for the runners!

Congratulations and THANKS to all who came out to participate in this year's "NC". Community and neighbourhood "activation" is one of the key pillars of our programme to build an international-class marathon in Toronto. We sincerely thank Scotiabank for the NC Awards sponsorship that has now gone back into our neighbourhoods. These are small steps that go together, like a marathon, to make our City a better and more vibrant place to live.

Third place Allstars/Liberty Village BIA
Third place Allstars/Liberty Village BIA
Hon. Mention runners' favourites, SAMBA SQUAD, Ward 28
Hon. Mention runners' favourites, SAMBA SQUAD, Ward 28
CanadaFit water station
CanadaFit water station
Boy Scouts Water Station at Ontario Place
Boy Scouts Water Station at Ontario Place
UTSC cheerleaders
UTSC cheerleaders

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