The Toronto Women's Run Series, presented by Goodlife Fitness for Women, generally host 3 events per year at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto - a half marathon/5k event in the Spring, a 5k/10k event in the Summer, and an 8k/5k event in the Fall. These runs are focused on "creating opportunities for women to be healthy and active in an inspiring, fun, and friendly environment." Even more motivation to participate in all 3 events is becomming eligible for a "Series Finisher" prize at the end of the series. Now the competitor in me really wishes I hadn't missed the 5k back in May so I could do all 3, but I wasn't even running so c'est la vie.
The charitible partner of Toronto Women's Runs is POGO, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. POGO ensures that children with cancer across the province of Ontario have equal access to state-of-the-art cancer care. A portion of the proceeds from every race are donated to this amazing cause.
I signed up for this race less than a week prior (the Sunday evening right before online registration cutoff) because I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and I didn't have a race again until September 8th. I've heard that these runs have a great atmosphere and are great for any type of runner so I wanted to give it a shot. Plus, who doesn't love the sound of firefighters distributing water at the water stations and chocolate at the finish line!?
Participating in this event was simply a great feeling, and I'm not quite sure how to explain it.
Once I arrived, the first thing I noticed was that there was so much effort and organization put into this event that part of me was speechless. The baggage tent was ready to take bags first thing, and they were keeping them organized so that when you would pick them up there would be no wait or hassle. Starbucks had a tent where they were offering coffee, tea, and tea lemonades; the baristas were amazing. Eska had a water tent ready to go manned by volunteers of the race with more water than you could ever imagine. Clif had a tent with delicious samples for all runners. And these aren't even half of them; there were so many sponsors that came out in support of this great event for this great cause.
The race started right on time, which was another star for the Toronto Women's Runs Series.
The course was beautiful, even though you ran 2.5k in one direction and ran back along the same 2.5k trail. This was one of the occasions where I didn't mind this and it didn't deter me from maintaining a great pace.
Although the course was still open to the public, it was at a great time in the morning where there were no difficulties. Everything was clearly marked with signs, and fabulous volunteers in light blue. The volunteers were also genuinely motivational for all runners with great words of encouragement, which was an added touch that personally made me feel even more motivated.
Another nice touch were the firefighters handing out water at the 2.5k mark, but it wasn't so nice that I felt the need to stop and snap some pictures over aiming for a personal best.
The vibe of this event was beyond my expectations - there were so many women that came together for an amazing cause and that couldn't have been more supportive of each other.
I loved the experience of this event so much that as soon as I got in front of a computer later that day I rushed to register for the October 5k.
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Race recaps of all of the races and events I participate in.
At My Best
5k - 00:26:38
The Playoff Run (2014)
10k - 00:55:14.1
Hannukah Hustle (2014)
15k - 01:36:28.9
A Midsummer Night's Run (2014)
21k (Half Marathon) - 02:00:45
Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans (2015)
25k (Trail) - 4:12:32
Run for the Toad (2013)
Mud Run - 00:52:44.0
Mud Hero Urban Toronto (2015) *First Mud Run*