Greater Toronto Area marathon highlights, former NHLers make appearance

Former National Hockey League player Jeff O'Neill, along with fellow staff from TSN 1050's OverDrive, took part in the 10K at the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon.

May 7th, 2017 by | Posted in Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Greater Toronto Area hosted a pair of popular marathons on Sunday including the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon and Mississauga Marathon. Both races came after multiple days of heavy rain with flood warnings in the southern Ontario region.

Tackling a couch-to-10K program, staffers at sports network TSN, specifically OverDrive, a radio talk show, completed the 10K at the Toronto Marathon. They celebrated their accomplishments by immediately cracking a few beers.

“He did it without the cab & toenails intact,” OverDrive 1050 posted to Twitter showing a video of Jeff O’Neill finishing. O’Neill is a former National Hockey League player who now works on the NHL beat for TSN. He rocked a Toronto Blue Jays jersey for the Toronto race.

Bryan Hayes, the host of TSN 1050’s OverDrive, joined in on the running fun and tackled the 10K too, clocking 1:20:52. O’Neill followed in 1:24:25. Jamie McLennan, a former NHL goaltender, took in the action, albeit from the sidelines.

Peter Kemboi (2:41:06) and Michelle Spencer (3:00:30) won the Toronto Marathon while out in Mississauga, Lucas McAneney (2:26:09 and Truphena Busienei (3:06:31) won the 42.2K. Toronto results can be found here; Mississauga results can be found here.

Check out our live updates page for select social media posts from the Mississauga Marathon and GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Or, see some below.

Social media posts from Toronto

Back from Bolivia. Don @sukkos 💪 #PDRR #alwaysontherun #crewlove #cheersquad

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Gotta love down hill races. Toronto GoodLife Marathon. 1h 21m (24th/3500)

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For the last day of the CMHA Mental Health Week in Canada I want to share a story | Exactly one month ago today, I felt suicidal again for the first time after a year, and while I did not meaningfully 'attempt' this time like last time, the time since has been nothing but an internal battle to 'bring myself back up from out of the darkest place'. And well, that battle will always continue | But, against the odds of cold temperatures and high winds, predicted rain storms, sedating drugs, heightened anxiety, and a cry spell panic attack every day this week before I even got to the start, I took a gamble on myself and ran a marathon with 1500 amazing individuals today | I did not tell anybody – friends, family – about this because I needed to encourage and quietly push myself through it, so that maybe one day I can fully and quietly encourage myself through everything else that is hurting and breaking me, and turn that energy into something positive for mental health advocacy..and let anyone feeling as broken as I do know that some days they can rise up even for one day | So…for just one day these past two years, I did not want to feel completely broken | For one day I did not want to feel like a useless zoned out zombie | Antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers cannot, will not define me today | F manic depression | F anxiety | F feeling suicidal | Because you know what, I feel so completely strong today | even if just for one day.  #criedatthefinishline #finishedamarathon #horriblefinishtime #firstmarathon #last10khurt #didthisforme #stillbroken #lifegoeson #mentalhealthweek #getloud #mentalhealth #depression #mooddisorder #bipolardepression #anxiety #torontomarathon #cmha #cmhatoronto #toronto #torontolife #seroquel #lithium #wellbutrin #clonazepam #imovane #emotion #mood #emotional #mentalhealthawareness

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(Those race medals though!)

Social media posts from Mississauga

Half marathon complete in under 2 hours🏁 Thank you mother nature for not snowing 🔅#mississaugamarathon

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