September 23, 2005 13:14 ET

The 'Penguin' shows that marathoners can be a dime a dozen

Attention: Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 23, 2005) - The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) weekend kicked off today with a launch and Runners' Expo featuring elite runners and colourful characters. This landmark event is one of North America's newest and most exciting marathons.

"We strive to maintain a balance between 'competers' and 'completers' - with this year's race featuring the best-ever field of elite athletes, as well as number of other inspiring runners," said Alan Brookes, Race Director. "The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is growing rapidly into a well-recognized, international-class marathon, and a fabulous community fundraising festival. This promises to be a year of records and many great stories as the event continues its exciting dash towards international status!"

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge, part of the STWM, helps over 40 recognized charities raise money by collecting pledges from marathon, half-marathon and 5K participants without the cost of organizing their own event. Last year, the Charity Challenge raised over $400,000.

"This is a great race for a great city, because it brings so much back into the community," said Scotiabank President and CEO Rick Waugh. "This year's race promises excitement from the front runners but you will also see a lot of conviction, emotion, and sheer determination from everyday runners who will be raising thousands of dollars for charity."

Renowned running coach, John 'The Penguin' Bingham was on site to advocate slow running as a lifestyle anyone can achieve. As part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, the Penguin has offered to donate a dime to the to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training charity program for every person that beats his slow pace in the half marathon.

Michal 'The Joggler' Kapral was also at the launch to demonstrate his running while juggling skills. Kapral will be attempting the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon joggling with three objects and will be raising funds for Run for Liane at Sick Children's Hospital.

The Runners' Expo - taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hall "C" - is a two-day exhibition of running gear, clothes, and an opportunity for last-minute runners and pre-registered runners to pick up their kits. A free concert, featuring Lighthouse and David Rudder, will take place Friday evening at Harbourfront Centre to celebrate marathon weekend and the rich cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer. All of the 2005 official charities will be on hand to encourage last-minute donations to the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Once again, the seven wards along the STWM route will compete in a Neighbourhood Challenge, providing entertainment for spectators along the course while raising money for local charities.

Returning favourites, Danny Kassap and Ed Whitlock will be participating again in this year's race. Kassap, last year's STWM winner will try to defend his title and 74 year-old Whitlock will face off against 72 year-old Joop Ruter for the fastest marathoner over 70.

The September 25 marathon is expected to exceed last year's numbers and bring out more than 10,000 runners of all levels, including many visitors to the City, and elite level athletes. As Canada's fastest, flattest waterfront course, it boasts spectacular views of Lake Ontario.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a great opportunity for Torontonians to get out and be active for a good cause while promoting a healthy and active city. Toronto's premier running event and charity challenge is expected to exceed last year's numbers and bring out more than 10,000 runners of all levels and elite athletes from over 30 countries and 40 American states. Whether you walk the 5K route or are attempting your first marathon or half-marathon on Canada's flattest, fastest waterfront course, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Run/Walk gives everyone a reason to participate.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2004 the Bank provided more than $33 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at

Details about the course, fundraising, registration and training can be found at

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Scotiabank Public Affairs
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Contact Information

  • Alan Brookes, Race Director, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
    Primary Phone: 416-464-7437