Organizers of the first annual Toronto Unbreakable 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, medal and breakfast. To register or to donate to support a runner, click here.
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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, 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 Blondin, a program coordinator with CameronHelps, the charity which hosts 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 even some of them such as the Longboat Roadrunners will be volunteering at the event.
The event organizers say their run will double in size from the Toronto Unbreakable Bold & Cold 5k held last December is 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 entrance fees for those who cannot afford to register,” he adds. If you wish to make a donation, click here.