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Posted: June 19, 2022::  

Athletics: Toronto Waterfront 10K draws 5,000 participants and raises over $20,000 for charity

Lee Wesselius and Cleo Boyd claim titles on flat, scenic course

TORONTO (June 18, 2022) — And they’re off! Under sunny, blue skies on Saturday, June 18, more than 4,800 participants took to the lakeshore for the in-person Toronto Waterfront 10K, with an additional 200 runners completing their race virtually. Presented by Canada Running Series, the event raised $20,000 for charity, including $18,000 for Toronto-based Good Foot Delivery.

“In-person racing is back! From the strong finishes by our elites to the post-race celebration at Bandshell Park, today’s event is a testament to the power of the Toronto community,” said Alan Brookes, Race Director at Canada Running Series. “We’re enormously grateful to everyone who made today possible—local businesses, volunteers, pacers, cheer stations and, of course, our participants.”

This year’s primary charity partner, Good Foot Delivery, provides couriers with the skills they need to feel confident, live independently, and succeed in different environments. To date, the Toronto Waterfront 10K has raised $18,000 for Good Foot Delivery and is accepting donations until June 30, 2022. Other funds raised support the Canada Running Series Foundation, Trans Canada Trail, and Trees for Life.

Strong crosswinds off Lake Ontario didn’t hinder the energy on course—or the finish times. The men’s champion, Lee Wesselius, controlled the race from start to finish, crossing the line in 29:52. Today’s victory capped off a remarkable season for Wesselius, who will return for the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16. The women’s champion, Cleo Boyd, established an early lead, which she extended throughout the race, finishing in 33:11. Boyd built on her success from last fall’s Canadian 10K Championships, also on Toronto’s lakeshore, where she took silver.

With a focus on supporting local, the Toronto Waterfront 10K teamed up with BlackToe Running Inc., Rally Beer, Undefine X, and The Pop Stand Toronto to provide participants with the tools needed to elevate their race. Run crews, including Black Runners of the GTA, Chix Run the 6ix, Frontrunners Toronto, Kardia Athletica, Me vs Me, Midnight Runners, and Parkdale Roadrunners lined the course, cheering on participants. Musical performances by ‘Freetherevolution’ and Tyra Jutai further injected energy into the event. The success of today’s Toronto Waterfront 10K—the first in-person edition since 2019—proves the strength of our community.

Toronto Waterfront 10K Results
Men
1. Lee Wesselius (Mountain, ON) - 29:52
2. Robert Kanko (Dundas, ON) - 29:58
3. Matthew Viveiros (Barrie, ON) - 30:07
Women
1. Cleo Boyd (Kingston, ON) - 33:11
2. Emily Setlack (Trenton, ON) - 33:34
3. Rachel Hannah (Port Elgin, ON) - 33:56

About Canada Running Series

Canada Running Series (CRS) is the nation’s premier running circuit with seven events: four in Toronto, two in Vancouver and one in Montreal. It annually attracts over 70,000 participants and raises more than $6 million for some 320 mostly local charities. The Series includes the World Athletics Gold Label TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships. Since 1999, CRS has gained international recognition for innovation and organization.We are passionately committed to staging great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians and international stars to healthy lifestyle people and charity runners, and to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. Our mission is “building community through the sport of running.”

For more information about Canada Running Series, please visit CanadaRunningSeries.com. For more information about the Toronto Waterfront 10K, please visit Toronto Waterfront 10k..


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