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Sporting Life 10K returns as 10,000 runners take to Toronto’s Yonge St.

Toronto's Miles Avalos and Sasha Gollish win the 10K, as the race raises over $1,000,000 for Campfire Circle

The sun was shining for this morning’s Toronto’s Sporting Life 10K, which returned to in-person racing on Mother’s Day for the first time in three years. Over 10,000 runners charged down the famous Yonge St. for Campfire Circle (previously Camp Oochigeas), a camp for kids with cancer that’s been serving families for more than 35 years.

Each year, the race raises over a million dollars toward providing enriching experiences to victims of childhood cancer.

It was near perfect conditions (around 10 C) for two Toronto-based runners, Miles Avalos and Sasha Gollish, who took the male and female titles from start to finish.

Avalos went out hard from the start, covering the first 5K in 14:30, creating a 30-second gap from the chase pack. Avalos held on through the final 5K to take the win in 29:33. Sam Kinahan of Ottawa, Ont. was the second runner across the finish line in 30:04. Toronto’s Alex Cyr was third in 30:15.

In the women’s race, Gollish clocked a speedy 33:04 for first overall and first female masters. She was followed by Toronto’s Kristina Popadich (33:59) and Paulina Maher, third, in 36:26.

In the masters category, Adam Hammond of Toronto added another masters win to his resume, covering the 10K course in a personal best time of 32:08 at age 40.

Sporting Life 10K second-place finisher Sam Kinahan (centre) and third-place Alex Cyr (right) at the 2022 UA Spring Run-off. Photo: Chris Bayley

Since Toronto’s Eglinton Ave. is still under construction, the race was pushed a kilometre south to the intersection of Yonge and Davisville for the second year. Runners headed down Yonge St. to Richmond St. for a couple of blocks before heading south on York St. and turning onto Lake Shore Blvd. to the finish at Coronation Park.