Lace up the Sneakers and Get Ready to Race
Yes, it's that time of year - runs, races and challenges galore. Whether you simply enjoy walking or are training for the Ironman Triathlon, whether you want to support a cause you believe in, achieve a personal best or try something completely new, there's something for anyone and everyone this summer.
Ready to go the distance? There are two key distance races in Toronto later in the season. The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a great race with a beautiful course. On Sunday, September 28, 2008, choose from a 5K run, half marathon or full marathon and set off on a flat, fast course that snakes along Lake Ontario. Do it on it's own, or use it as a training run for the Toronto Marathon on Sunday October 19, 2008. It too is a very quick course that allows you to choose between a 5K, half or full marathon.
A huge charity event is the CIBC Run For The Cure, which supports breast cancer research. Planned for Sunday October 5, 2008, it's a versatile event for everyone and anyone. Run or walk, 1K or 5K, this is an event that is all about helping others.
Triathlons are great events for runners who are looking for something new or for anyone who wants some variety in their workout routine. In Ontario, there are races galore. Give-It-A-Tri races are for first timers who aren't sure what to expect from a triathlon, or for people who prefer very short races. There are sprint distance races, Olympic distance races and even a half Ironman event. Leaving the comfort of Toronto may be necessary, but the scenery during the race is well worth it. And if swimming simply isn't an option, try a Duathlon instead.
If you're someone who thrives on adrenaline, or you want to try something new and different, there is an intense adventure racein Milton. Adventure races usually include mountain biking, kayaking or canoeing and trail running. Storm The 10 is planned for Saturday, September 20, 2008 and is a 10-hour multi-sport adventure relay. It can be done solo or in teams. It's not for the faint of heart but is a brilliant challenge for anyone.
Another thing to note is that some of the bigger races, such as the Toronto Waterfront Marathon do have charity connections if you want to donate while running something longer.
So lace up the shoes, don the sunglasses and get out there.
Photo by John Bonnar
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