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Cold marathon, warm hearts

Our community came out in a big way to support SCIO’s programs at the 2018 Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in Toronto.

2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Success!

It might have been freezing and there were rumours of snowfall, but that didn’t stop a brave group of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario supporters from hitting the streets of Toronto on Sunday, October 21, to take part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon races.

More than 40 people chose to represent Spinal Cord Injury Ontario in either the 5k, half or full marathon and in doing so they raised thousands of dollars and a great deal of awareness for the work that we do.

After the races, our athletes joined us at Black & Sutherland LLP’s offices for a well-deserved post-race party. A delicious brunch of bagels, muffins, fruit and lots of juice and caffeine was served up by our kind sponsors and attendees were enchanted by the magic courtesy of illusionist Aaron Paterson and the soulful sounds of Dan Walsh and Mark Wilson. It was also great to see so many young faces at our craft corner! We were thrilled to have had many members of our community come out to support us.

A huge congratulations to our racers, runners, and rollers including but not limited to: roller Chris Stigas and his network who raised a whopping $5,858; Team Rolling Thunder from Burlington – roller Brian Campbell and wife Claire, their family and supporters who raised $1,895; roller Beverley Davis, her sister Valarie and her family who raised $1,410; and the Black & Sutherland LLP team who raised $1,160.

Thanks also to all of the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario staff members who walked and rolled with us again this year.

We had prizes for participants and fundraisers so congratulations to our raffle winners…

  • The three $25 Cineplex gift cards door prizes for those who attended the After Party go to: Claire Campbell, Alice Yuan, Marco Petrovic.
  • The raffle prize for our fundraiser who well extended the $150 mark to receive a $75 VISA gift card was: Valerie Davis.

We want to extend a special thank you to racer Lynn Turnbull and Black Sutherland LLP for graciously hosting our inaugural Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon After Party. l

More About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

“We are thrilled with the turnout at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and thank all the runners for joining us,” said Clinton Braganza, Senior Vice President Marketing at Scotiabank. “On top of the amazing athletic accomplishment of finishing a marathon, runners have also raised funds for a variety of important charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, including organizations committed to helping young people in the community reach their infinite potential, a key priority for Scotiabank.”

An IAAF Gold Label race, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier, big-city running event, the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships, the World Masters Athletics Marathon Championships and the Grand Finale of the 8-race Canada Running Series. This year the race attracted 25,000 participants from 70 countries and raised $3.5 million for nearly 200 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple and effective way to support local causes that make a big difference in people’s lives. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees. Participants who raised $2,500 as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge will receive 1000 SCENE® Points.

Image: SCIO staff members at the start line

Marianne Chilco | Fall 2018

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