If you were trotting around Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville in the morning of Sept 9th, you undoubtedly noticed the mass of friendly marathon runners weaving through the streets. The 3rd annual B&O Yorkville 5K Run kicked off with 900+ participants running in support of the YWCA Toronto Women’s Shelters.
Let’s back up for a second and take a look at the last week. TIFF was in the spotlight and everyone seemed to have caught ‘red-carpet’ fever. Unlike your typical marathon, the Yorkville Run (brought to you by Bang & Olufsen Yorkville) sported a unique class and swing that saw racers run their own ‘red carpet’ in a fun weekend spectacle.
Karl and I had a lot of fun watching this event. It’s been a while since I’ve competed in a marathon myself, but I know all the hard work and dedication that goes into it. Whether it’s a short 5K or a long 50K – you set your own goals and push yourself to your own limits. Not easy!
We showed up just in time to see the racers take off from the starting line. I got busy snapping some photos in front while Karl got the witty idea to run up to the top of a parking garage to get a sweet shot from above. Yeehaw, the race was on.
I was really surprised when I heard the 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir was competing. TIFF or not, Toronto always seems to attract celebs at every pass.
When all the racers took off I thought I’d grab a frozen yogurt while I waited to photograph them at the finish line. About 6 minutes into my order I heard the announcer say that Korir was only 5 minutes away from finishing. That was fast…unreal. I didn’t even get a chance to munch into my dulce de leche FroYo!
In an incredible display – Korir set a new course record of 14:05 min. Pretty sure I don’t even get dressed that quickly in the morning.
Cash, prizes, and medals were given out to all category winners of the day.
To top off the event, there were several amenities available to the racers including après-run hors d’oeuvres and a massage station. Classy – definitely not your everyday race!
Overall, the event successfully rose over $52,000 for YWCA Toronto Women’s Shelters! Congratulations to all the planners, volunteers and local businesses that made this such a glamorous run!
For more info on the B&O Yorkville Run – visit here
To learn more about the YWCA Toronto Women’s Shelters – visit here
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