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Posted: July 26, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Beaches Jazz Tune Up Run hits a high note!

TORONTO, July 26th. A remarkable 1,000 runners and a few walkers turned out for the Beaches Jazz Tune Up Training Run, held on the Martin Goodman Trail from Kew Gardens this morning. The number was double that of 2008. This was the third in a Series of 5 Tune Up runs held in conjunction with the Running Room, to help prepare people for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half and 5K on September 27th. The participants were divided amongst 20K, 10K and 5K distances, accompanied by some of the STWM Pacers, depending on their goals for September [marathon, half or 5K]. Participants were drawn from across the GTA and as far away as Ottawa, and were greeted by relatively cool, but humid conditions between 17 to 20 degrees celcius.

Groups from Running Room Clinics at Rosedale, Yonge Street, York Mills, Vaughan and The Beach strutted their stuff, and STWM Race Director, Alan Brookes, was much impressed with the fitness and enthusiasm on display, with 9 weeks to go to Toronto Waterfront "M" day. "We're really blown away," said Brookes. "Clearly, there are LOTS of folks who want to practice with a semi-structured tune-up run before the big day, and the $5 ticket for the STWM Tune Up Runs is a big hit!"

The next Tune Up Run is at Whitby Running Room on August 16th, and the final one is at Commerce Court Running Room, Downtown, on September 13th.

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