About 4,800 people took part in a 10-kilometre run along the waterfront under sunny skies in Toronto early Saturday.
During the Toronto Waterfront 10K event, organized by Canada Running Series, participants ran and walked along Lake Shore Boulevard West. Some were pushing babies in strollers. Hundreds of people lined the road to watch and cheer. Another 200 people participated virtually.
The theme this year was community.
“Here we go !” said the announcer at the start line, as music blared in the background and a horn sounded. “Have a good time, everyone! Enjoy this beautiful day!”
Cleo Boyd, of Kingston, Ont. runner who placed first in the women’s race, said at the finish line that she thought she had achieved her personal best. His time was 33 minutes and 11 seconds. She said she was trying to catch up to the men in front of her at the end.
“Pretty good,” Boyd said when asked how she was doing. “I’m a bit tired now. But I feel pretty good. I’m happy about that.”
Boyd said it was nice to be able to run.
“I’m glad we had this event. It’s good to be back after a long break with COVID. It’s nice to be back on the streets,” she said.
Lee Wesselius, of Mountain, Ont., placed first in the men’s race, running the event in 29 minutes, 52 seconds.
The start line was west of Ontario Drive, while the finish line was west of Newfoundland Road.
Rachel Hannah, another runner, said it was hard not being able to run with other people because she thinks runners push themselves harder when running through a crowd. She said she enjoys being able to run with others.
“It feels good. It’s great to be back in Toronto. The running community in Toronto is amazing. Just the energy of running in Toronto. You can’t beat it,” she said .
Participants received a souvenir t-shirt and a “single finisher” medal featuring a Toronto waterfront design.
The Canada Running Series says it holds races in major cities with eight events in Canada: four in Toronto, two in Vancouver, one in Montreal and one in Edmonton. The organization says the events raise money primarily for local charities.
Spokesman Sam O’Neill said Saturday’s event raised $20,000 for charity, including $18,000 for Good Foot Delivery, a courier company in Toronto. The company provides employment opportunities to the neuro-diverse community, according to its website.
Lake Shore Boulevard West was closed from Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the event, but the road has since reopened.