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05 2013

Lace up for Hunger

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

After running 4 half marathons and a 30k road race, I have made the decision to finally go for the full Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) on October 20. Yes, all 42.2 probably painful kilometres of it. I’ll write more about why I made the decision to run a marathon in an upcoming post. I will be running the STWM for Daily Bread Food Bank. Not only that, I will be tracking my progress through Daily Bread’s blog and on twitter. You can follow the blog at and Twitter using the hashtag #laceupforhunger. I hope my posts will inspire people to run for Daily Bread. After all, you are running anyway. STWM makes it so easy to raise funds that everyone should choose a charity to support. Raising money for a good cause is a great side benefit of all your hard work. Why Daily Bread? In the interests of full disclosure, I work there doing public policy and government relations (a function many people don’t know we even have). But working there does give some pretty good insight into the amazing work Daily Bread does throughout the City of Toronto. The funds you raise truly go to support people and programs in communities in need in the city. This is the time of year many of us are just embarking or are a few weeks into our STWM training. It’s the perfect time to be thinking about supporting a charity for your run. Join the Lace up for Hunger team and really make your kilometres count! Never run before? With three months to go until the race in the October, there is definitely enough time to start training for a 5k. If you have some running ability and a couple of 5ks under your belt, challenge yourself to a half-marathon. Likewise, if you’ve successfully completed a couple of half-marathons and run regularly, a full marathon is great goal to reach for. This is the 3rd year Daily Bread has participated in the STWM, and we have lots of good stuff in store. All Daily Bread runners and walkers will get a printed technical shirt when they register. Running in the summer heat, you can never have enough of these. I know personally by the end of the weekend I usually have a bathtub full of air drying running shirts. [Funny story: my wife once texted me at work saying my running shirt drying in the bath tub smelled like a “rotting animal carcass.” She told me she was throwing it in the washing machine on its own, on heavy duty wash. A day later, to her surprise, the bathroom still smelled really bad. And there were flies. As it turned out, a squirrel had died in the ceiling - there was an actual rotting animal carcass in the bathroom!]. We will also be holding a practice run/walk for the Daily Bread Lace up for Hunger team.  Details on this will be announced. The location will be the beautiful Leslie Street Spit, my personal favourite place in the city to run. It’s also worth noting that the first five people to fundraise over $500 will have their race fees reimbursed (or, if you choose, donated to Daily Bread) as will the first four returning Daily Bread runners who recruit two friends to join in on the fun. Happy training! Click here to register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and run with the Daily Bread Lace up for Hunger team.

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