York’s Scotiabank Marathon Team keeps growing

York University community members have been sweating for a great cause this summer as they train for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge.

So far more than 30 runners and walkers have joined Team York to raise money for a new bursary for York students who access Counselling & Disability Services. This year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge team has already raised over $4,200 towards their goal of $12,000 to support students. The team is comprised of York staff, students, alumni and friends (see YFile, June 11).

There is still time to sign up to run or walk in the event, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 26, rain or shine. Team York members receive a discounted entry fee, free training runs and a free York T-shirt.

Right: Members of the 2009 Team York

“This event offers a great opportunity to participate in a fun event while meeting other faculty, staff, alumni, students and new friends,” says Josh Neubauer, annual giving officer with the York University Foundation and Team York member.

The marathon is hosted by City of Toronto Mayor David Miller. The event begins and finishes downtown at City Hall at Bay and Queen streets. There’s a distance for everyone and every skill level. Participants can choose to run a full- or half-marathon starting at 7:30am or walk or run the five-kilometre course starting at 10:20am.

The team was initiated by staff members from Counselling & Disability Services in 2009 and the York University Foundation is an official charity again for this year’s event.

For more information, contact Melanie Litwin of the York University Foundation at 416-650-8107, or Jayne Greene-Black of Counselling & Disability Services at ext. 77194.