Organizers ready for June 11 inaugural run for Toronto area Team Unbreakable students
Organizers of the first annual Toronto UNBREAKABLE 5k Run for Youth Mental Health are getting set for their June 11 event at Coronation Park, across from the CNE grounds. The run begins at 9 a.m. and for $40, participants get an event shirt, finishers’ medal and breakfast. Click here.to register or to donate to support a runner or visit unbreakable5k.ca
Plenty of students from Toronto area schools are expected to participate in the run. Some of them include Central Technical School, The Central Toronto Academy, Drewry Secondary School, Earl Haig Secondary School, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary School, Monarch Park Collegiate, Maplewood High School, Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate, Orde Street Public School, Swansea Public and the YMCA Academy.
Teachers, parents and community runners are all welcome to run the course as well. “The Martin Goodman Trail where we are holding the run is a perfect, flat course and the ideal terrain for a beginner. It’s one of the most popular and scenic locations to run in the city,” says Nils Blondon, a Program Coordinator with the Team Unbreakable school programs.
Paid parking is available at Coronation Park at 711 Lake Shore Blvd. West and the surrounding area but please arrive early so you don’t miss the start. Local run clubs have been encouraged to attend and some of them such as the Longboat Roadrunners and West End Run Crew will be volunteering at the event.
The event organizers say their run will more than double in size from the Toronto UNBREAKABLE Bold & Cold 5k held last December in the same location. This hasn’t happened without a lot of team effort from the staff who have been keeping the enthusiasm up with the students and promoting the event relentlessly during visits and on social media,
“Students are very excited for the run and enthusiasm is particularly high with our middle school participants. For many of them, this will be their first race. All of the kids are really enthusiastic about the medals, and of course, the pancakes!” says Nils. “We hope the Toronto running community will rally around this race and many donors and supporters will help us subsidize registration for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise,” he adds. Click here. if you wish to contribute toward a student’s registration or visit unbreakablepatron.ca