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article imageRunners race through the streets for the Toronto Marathon Special

By KJ Mullins     May 15, 2011 in World
Toronto - As the skies misted Sunday runners took off for The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, the city's oldest and largest marathon. Over 14,000 participants ran across the streets to support the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and other charities.
Over 50 nations were represented as runners raced for a half marathon and the 5K both ran together with police aiding them at street crossings. The event begin in 1995. Since that time over $9 million has been raised for charities that include the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Toronto General & Toronto Western Hospital, Hemophilia, Multiple Sclerosis, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, ICA Canada and Diabetes.
The drizzle didn't stop the runners as they made their way past Bathurst and Queen's Quay this morning. They had started the race at Mel Lastman Square. Runners were asked to movey to the sidewalk if they were running slower than a 12 minute per mile pace. The runners had 19 aid stations along the route, each with medical personnel. All events were timed using the BibTag timing system.
The race had been held in October in prior years but was moved to the spring after complaints from motorists because of another major race during the same time frame. Jay Glassman, organizer of the Toronto run, said that the change of date meant a drop of around 5,000 participants.
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