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Posted: September 18, 2022:  

Athletics: Oasis ZooRun Returns to the Toronto Zoo and Raises $78,000 for Endangered Tigers

Hussein Hashi and Emily Setlack claim surprise victories

Toronto (September 17, 2022) — Celebrating its 20th edition and the Year of the Tiger, the Oasis ZooRun returned to the Toronto Zoo this morning. Thrilled to be back in person, 5,500 participants raced their way through 10K, 5K, and 400m, and 800m CubRun routes in near perfect conditions.

“Thank you to all of the 2022 Oasis ZooRun participants,” said Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director of the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy. “We were thrilled to see you back at the Toronto Zoo once again and are so grateful to those who fundraised or donated towards an individual or team fundraising goal. With $78,000 raised, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $40,000 by 50%. This is the most funds raised in Oasis ZooRun history!”

The Toronto Zoo is a leader in conservation and actively engaged in the fight against extinction. Funds raised from the event will support the important work the Toronto Zoo is doing to save the critically endangered Sumatran and Amur tigers.

The exceptional fundraising achievement wasn't the only surprise of the day. Last minute entrant, Emily Setlack, had planned another race this weekend, but its postponement offered an opportunity for her debut Oasis ZooRun. She flew through the finish line in 34:55, with a sizeable margin of victory over second place, Tiffany Newell, who finished in 38:49. Using this race as a warmup for the Berlin Marathon next week, Kathleen Lawrence rounded out the podium with a third place finish in 40:58.

In the men’s field, Hussein Hashi outsprinted training partner Kyle Grieve to take the men’s title in 30:51. The two ran together for much of the race, before Hashi pulled away in the final metres. Grieve claimed second in 30:58, with Matthew Viveiros close behind for a 31:13 finish.

“It was a tough course on the back half,” said Hashi. “Kyle was right there and he helped push me to the end and then I had another gear left. Overall, it was a good race”.

Hussein, Grieve, Viveiros, and Setlack will be building off their success at the Oasis ZooRun as they prepare for the half marathon distance at the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Oasis ZooRun 10K Results  
 
Men 
1. Hussein Hashi - 30:51 
2. Kyle Grieve - 30:58 
3. Matthew Viveiros - 31:13 
 
Women  
1. Emily Setlack - 34:55 
2. Tiffany Newell - 38:49 
3. Kathleen Lawrence - 40:58 

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 Elite 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 Oasis ZooRun, please visit ZooRun.ca.


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