The truth is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be helping numerous community and neighbourhood charities this year. All of the charities are supported by the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge and the Neighbourhood Challenge.
"The race has truly become a signature event in Toronto,"said Race Director Alan Brookes in a press release. "We're thrilled to see not only the rapid growth of the event, but the way our civic leaders, neighbourhoods and local charity groups have really embraced Scotia Waterfront this year. Can you imagine, the Mayor running? And Councillor Stintz, Olivia Chow, Mike Colle, Peter Fonseca, George Smitherman. Everyone's either running or knows someone who is. And those who aren't running - like City Councillors Saundercook or Bussin are out cheering for them."
Over 50 nations are represented by the estimated 22,000 runners for the largest marathon event in Toronto including a set of young Ethiopians, Amane Gobena, Haile Kebebush and Kenyan Lydia Cheromei.
In 2007 the event was fastest marathon ever run in Canada. It's the third largest marathon in the nation raising more than $4.25 million for local causes since 2003. This year's goal is $3 million for the 164 charities that are being run for.
Today's event will also take place in New York, Chicago, Boston and Ottawa.
Along the race route though no one was sure of what charities were being run for or the exact number of groups that will benefit from the day's event. Those asked were sure that the causes were good ones even if they were unaware of what they are.
There are several races this morning. The Marathon and Half-Marathon started from University Avenue at Queen Street while the 5KM Run/Walk event started this morning from the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place at 10:20 a.m. and will continue until 2:00 p.m. The finish line is in front of Scotia Plaza on Bay Street.