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Scotiabank

October 14, 2014 08:30 ET

Official Lighting Ceremony and Torch Relay: Torch Flame Lighting Marks Beginning of 25th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 14, 2014) - The 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon race weekend officially begins October 16 with City Councillor Mary Fragedakis joining members of the Greek-Canadian community and 8 Toronto running clubs to light the torch for the Marathon Flame Relay. The Flame originates from the Warriors' Tomb at the Battlefield of Marathon, Greece. The Flame represents the Spirit of the Marathon -- of what ordinary people can achieve with dedication, determination and great courage. It promotes participation and fair competition in sport and world peace.

The torch relay will travel along Danforth Avenue between Chester and Pape Avenues, starting and finishing at Alexander the Great Parkette on Logan Avenue. The media and public are invited to join in this free celebration on Thursday, October 16.

More than 26,000 runners from over 50 countries will lace up for the 25th Anniversary edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 19. The 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will also be the number one opportunity for Canadian Marathoners to qualify for the Pan Am Games marathons next July.

Canadians can keep up with the #STWM dialogue on Twitter and Instagram by following @runCRS.

WHAT:
Marathon Flame lighting ceremony and torch relay

WHO:
Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth
Constantine Viodonicolas, Chair of GreekTown on the Danforth BIA
Alan Brookes, Race Director of Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Kyle McNamara, Senior Vice President of Global Risk Management at Scotiabank

WHEN:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Opening remarks 6:30 p.m.
Lighting of the torch 6:45 p.m.
Torch relay begins 6:50 p.m.
Torch relay concludes 7:15 p.m.
Marathon song 7:20 p.m.

WHERE:
Main stage, Alexander the Great Parkette
Northeast corner of Danforth and Logan Aves.

About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada's premier, national running event, attracting more than 26,000 participants from over 50 countries and aiming to raise over $4 million for 173 local and national charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through Bright Future, our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education, social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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