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Posted: October 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Toronto Marathon Welcomes Running Legends Kathrine Switzer, Roger Robinson, Bill Rodgers And Jacqueline Gareau -- October 16th -- 18th

Toronto, ON -- October 14, 2009: KATHRINE SWITZER is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon, beginning in the late 1960s. She has finished thirty-five marathons, won the 1974 New York City Marathon and still runs six miles a day.

ROGER ROBINSON after a thirty year career as a world ranked runner, Roger is one of the leading authors, speakers and historians on running. Senior writer for Running Times, his articles have been published throughout the English-speaking world.

BILL RODGERS running legend Bill Rodgers won the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon four times each as well as many other international events.

JACQUELINE GAREAU Canadian Olympic Marathoner who is ranked among the best female runner's world wide. In1980 Jacqueline ran the Boston Marathon and set the third best time in the world.

The 15th Annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon takes place on Sunday October 18th. Over 14,000 runners from 50+ countries will be pounding the pavement from Mel Lastman Square to Queen's Park with many raising significant dollars and awareness for a host of great causes. Over $8.5 million has been raised since 1995 for Princess Margaret Hospital, Diabetes, MS, and Orbis. This year, all the UHN partners; Toronto General & Western Hospitals, as well as Sick Kids will benefit. The Fast and Scenic course travels south on Yonge St. from Mel Lastman Square to beautiful Queen's Park in the heart of the city. No other event in the city connects so many neighbourhoods. Over 1,500 volunteers support the participants 'day of' as they cover the 42 km course, but also during the registration and expo held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel on the Friday and Saturday before. If you can't run, consider volunteering or coming out to cheer and support the participants as they run by.

Come with attitude and cheer cheer cheer!!!

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