Canadian Running attended the Sporting Life 10K launch in Toronto on Friday afternoon at Billy Bishop Airport and this year’s event is expected to be the largest in its 13-year history.
The race, which will be held on Mother’s Day, May 8, doubles as a fundraiser for Camp Oochigeas. Short formed to Camp Ooch, the organization provides camp experiences to children with cancer in Muskoka and year-round programs at regional cancer centres across Ontario including in Toronto.
A returning runner, five-year-old Keaton (see below photo) did the Sporting Life 10K last year, shortly after undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Her campaign, Kisses for Keaton, is just one of many fundraising teams for the May event.
The Toronto race takes participants from 2400 Yonge St in Toronto towards the downtown core. From elite athletes to first-timers, the course is one of Canada’s fastest and is mostly downhill.
— Camp Oochigeas (@CampOoch) February 26, 2016
By the numbers
19: The number of ambassadors for the event including local Toronto figures Gurdeep Ahluwalia, a host on TSN Sportscentre, Cynthia Milligan, a political reporter for City News, and Dwight Drummond, the host of CBC Toronto News.
2003: The year of the inaugural Sporting Life 10K.
2: The dollar amount, in millions, that the Sporting Life 10K aims to raise each year for kids with cancer. Runners and walkers alike have rallied around the cause each year since the event was started in 2003.
60: The dollar amount for race registration. Price goes up on March 16.