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18 2013

Lace Up for Hunger: Look good on race day

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

So you’ve registered for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and you’ve either joined the super fabulous Daily Bread Food Bank Lace Up for Hunger team, or you’re fundraising for Daily Bread (congratulations by the way, those are both very good things to do!). You’ve trained for months to run or walk a 5k, half marathon, or marathon, putting in hours of work and, often, a little bit of pain. Then on race day, October 20th, you line up at the start line on University Avenue and look around. There are 25,000 people, all in that same pre-race nervous stretching, iPod fiddling, GPS watch adjusting, shoelace-tightening mode, getting-ready-for-the-starters gun. And they’re almost all wearing red! Lace Up for Hunger team technical shirts. Now, I have nothing against the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront technical t-shirts that we’ll all get in our race packages. They’re great shirts, and I’m always proud to wear mine after the event to show off that I accomplished such an audacious goal of running a long race. But when you’re running the race of your life, at that moment when you are feeling physically exhausted, not sure whether you can make it to the end, do you want your friends and family to immediately see you to give that cheer that pushes you on to the finish? Or do you want to blend in with all the other red-shirted runners and run right by them, having them miss you entirely as you stagger to the finish line? Of course you don’t want that. Daily Bread came up with a perfect solution: a team technical shirt in a colour that will truly stand out from all the red around you: green! And not just any green, a rich, emerald green which Pantone calls “a lively, radiant, lush green, the Color of the Year for 2013.” So you know that not only will you stand out against the crowd and be assured of the cheers you will need to finish the STWM with a personal best, you’ll also be stylin’ on the course. Getting the Daily Bread Lace Up for Hunger shirt is easy. All you have to do is fundraise $250.  Not only will you receive a shirt, you may have race fees reimbursed if you are one Daily Bread’s top 10 individual fundraisers by 4:00 on Friday, September 20. It’s not a lot of time, but there is STILL TIME. Especially with the help of this handy tip sheet “How to raise $500 in one week.” Best of luck! Let’s get those donations up! By Michael Oliphant, Lace Up for Hunger Team Captain Run with Daily Bread’s Lace Up for Hunger team at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Not running? Make a donation to support Daily Bread Food Bank and the Lace Up for Hunger team by clicking here.

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