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News and Media Releases 2011

Dec 12-11

Reid Coolsaet, & Toronto Yonge Street 10K, Sporting Life 10K “de-confused” — We're delighted to be able to announce that Canada's #1 ranked marathoner, the 2011 Canada Running Series Men's Champion, and hopefully London Olympics-bound Reid Coolsaet, has just confirmed that he will return to defend his title at next Spring's Toronto Yonge Street 10K [April 22nd] — or the Sporting Life Toronto 10K as it was in 2011 and for the past 14 years.

Dec 3-11

STWM 2011 Charity & Neighbourhood Awards Night "all smiles"! — Huge smiles were the dominant feature at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Awards Night, as more than 200 guests gathered at the bank's world headquarters on Tuesday evening to receive accolades and prize cheques.

Nov 28-11

Canada Running Series 2012 online Registration Opens at 12 noon TODAY, November 28th: Early Bird fees, COMBO PACKS & lots to look forward to! — Online registration for Canada Running Series 2012 events, including Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, opens at 12 noon today at Early Bird fees and additional savings with the popular “Combo Packs” that allow runners to enter multiple events, offer particular enticements to register right away. In addition, almost all events in CRS 2011 sold out, so there is incentive to book a place in some of the country's best road races before they reach their caps.

Oct 25-11

St. Lawrence takes title in BEST-EVER Neighbourhood Challenge at the 2011 STWM! — After extensive post-race deliberations that included reviewing TV footage and race-day photos as well as their own reports, this years' four celebrity judges awarded the title of “Neighbourhood Champions” to St. Lawrence, by “the narrowest of margins” over GreekTown.

Oct 23-11

Koren Yal, Mare Dibaba duel delivers yet more records for Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — The marvellous duel between Ethiopians Koren Jelela Yal and Mare Dibaba for the women's title at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon produced not only a thrilling race but a new Course and Canadian All-Comers Record of 2:22:42.5 and a pending African Record for 30K of 1:38:33. The new CR also gave Yal a $35,000 cash bonus from title sponsor, Scotiabank.

Oct 20-11

"Officially AMAZING" — Guinness reports World Records set at STWM — Last Sunday saw Guinness World Records partner with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to give runners the opportunity to set official Guinness World Records in the both the 42.2K marathon and the half marathon (21.09 kilometres). Adrenaline was high as runners braved the cold and 35 MPH wind to strive for greatness within Canada's largest city.

Oct 17-11

Was Ed Whitlock's 80+ WR THE finest performance of an astonishing day? — Whitlock shatters his own age-class record in T.O. — It takes an awful lot for Ed Whitlock to put aside even a bit of his modest demeanour. Yesterday morning's performance qualified as one of those rare occurrences — just barely. “Yes, I guess it was the best one I've done this year,” said the always soft-spoken, humble Miltonian, expressing a little more satisfaction than is usually conveyed after one of his world record-setting runs. “I'm quite pleased with my finish, especially given the weather conditions, which were hardly ideal.”

Oct 16-11

100-year-old marathoner sets record in Toronto — Fauja Singh finishes in 8 hours to become oldest person to complete full marathon — Fauja Singh secured a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records on Sunday at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The 100-year-old accomplished an amazing feat, completing the gruelling 42.195-kilometre marathon and becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full-distance marathon.

Oct 16-11

Mungara Wins Toronto Fourth Time — by Paul Gains — At the pre-race press conference Kenneth Mungara told the gathering he loved the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the people of Toronto and that he wanted to win his fourth consecutive title. Then he went about his business.

Oct 16-11

Canadians Coolsaet and Gillis qualify for London Olympics at 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Today was a spectacular day for Canadian pride at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), with Canadian runners Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis qualifying for the London Olympics. More than 22,000 runners took to the streets in windy conditions, raising more than $3.5 million for 164 local charities.

Oct 14-11

Drama Filled Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — by Paul Gains — With $150,000 prize money and various international Olympic team places at stake the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 16th is filled with drama.

Oct 12-11

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon coming on Sunday — OTTAWA — The 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) is set for this Sunday October 16 at 9:00am in Toronto, Ont. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified Silver Road Race Label event will feature a number of Canadian men taking dead aim at the Olympic qualification standard.

Oct 11-11

Content to Run Under the Radar — The Contenders, Part 8 — by Paul Gains — Much attention has been focused on the battle for Canadian Olympic team places at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label race. True, Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis and Dylan Wykes have credentials that indicate an Olympic berth is within grasp but, in their shadows, others are quietly toiling away and could provide some surprises.

Oct 9-11

Team England announced to take on Team Canada at STWM 2011 — For the last six years, the International Team Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has provided a great “developmental opportunity” for up and coming athletes to gain valuable international experience in a major, international marathon. As an IAAF Silver Label Race, Toronto Waterfront has built a reputation for its flat, fast course, that offers good competition and fast times, that help athlete career development. This year will be no exception, as Team England will arrive on Thursday to take on Team Canada.

Oct 4-11

Kenya's Nixon Machichim Up For Toronto Challenge — The Contenders, Part 7: by Paul Gains — Although Kenneth Mungara returns to Toronto intent on winning his fourth Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title it will be no easy task. Race director Alan Brookes has, once again, assembled a world class field worthy of the prestigious IAAF Silver Label bestowed upon the event. Chief among Mungara's opponents will be his 28 year old Kenyan compatriot, Nixon Machichim Kipkoech, who is rounding into form at precisely the right time to prevent the sentimental coronation of Mungara.

Sep 30-11

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Goes LIVE on CBC — Scotiabank, Toronto Tourism and Canada Running Series are delighted to announce a partnership with CBC to provide live broadcast of this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, taking place Sunday, October 16th. The CBC broadcast of Canada's premiere running event live will put a worldwide spotlight on Toronto and athletics in Canada plus goes even further to cement the STWM as a leading sporting event on both a national and international stage.

Sep 29-11

Fauja Singh One Hundred Years Young — by Paul Gains — On the occasion of his 100th birthday — April 11th of this year — Fauja Singh received a telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II then plotted world centenarian record attempts on distances from 100 metres to the marathon. It might seem a curious reaction to such a splendid acknowledgement but Singh is hardly a typical British old age pensioner.

Sep 24-11

Unbeatable Coolsaet, unstoppable Pidhoresky crown “Special Day” at OASIS ZooRun — It FELT like a special day at Toronto Zoo today, for Canada Running Series' Oasis ZooRun, that doubled as the Athletics Canada National 10K Road Race Championships and the Timex National Series Grand Finale. From the moment dawn broke with sunny skies, after a day of monsoon-like rains, there was a buzz, a palpable excitement in the air. And it lived up to AC's pre-race hype as “the best 10K Championships in recent history.”

Sep 20-11

Simon Bairu Withdraws From Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — by Paul Gains — Simon Bairu announced Tuesday his decision to pull out of the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It caps a difficult year for the 28 year old native of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Sep 13-11

Three Time Toronto Champion Mungara Wants More — The Contenders, Part 5: by Paul Gains — In an era when youth reigns supreme Kenneth Mungara is defying the trend with his spectacular marathon racing results against younger opposition. The 38 year old Kenyan returns to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 16th) seeking a staggering fourth consecutive victory in the IAAF Silver Label race.

Sep 7-11

Ambitious Dibaba Looking for Ethiopian Olympic Place — The Contenders, Part 4: by Paul Gains — With defending Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon champion Sheron Cherop representing Kenya at the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea, last week (and winning the bronze medal!) the women's STWM race ought to be wide open. But nobody needs to tell Mare Dibaba that. The 21 year old Ethiopian has been on a tear since her debut marathon in Rome in March 2010 where she ran 2:25:38. Seven months later she improved her best time to 2:25:27 in Frankfurt placing 5th in an impressive field.

Aug 31-11

Kew Gardens, “Alex Christie Bandshell” Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 finisher's medal unveiled at Beaches Running Room — A large crowd of almost 100 runners gathered at the Beaches Running Room store this evening, along with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, former Councillor Paul Christie, Debbie Visconti, Executive Director of Community Centre 55, and three "Beach Champions", for the public unveiling of the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Finishers' medals.

Aug 31-11

Eric Gillis Approaching Olympic "Trial" Cautiously — The Contenders, Part 3: by Paul Gains — Methodical is perhaps the best way to describe Eric Gillis's approach to the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The 31 year old from Antigonish, Nova Scotia is not one to take risks especially with a place on Canada's 2012 Olympic team within reach.

Aug 23-11

Confident Bairu Chasing Olympic Standard at STWM 2011 — The Contenders, Part 2: by Paul Gains — This week we continue with our top Canadians as we profile Simon Bairu of Regina, SK. Now residing at the Nike training campus in Portland, Oregon, Simon discusses his DNF disappointment at his debut marathon in New York City last year and how his focus is now on turning this experience into success, aiming to use STWM to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Aug 16-11

Coolsaet Close to Olympic Berth — The Contenders, Part 1: by Paul Gains — Reid Coolsaet never imagined he'd be on the brink of an Olympic Games berth when he ran cross country for Hamilton's Westdale Secondary School back two decades ago. A mediocre athlete, whose goal was nothing more than joining his girlfriend in qualifying for the provincial high school cross country championships, Coolsaet finished 18th in the 1997 race. In the absence of scholarship offers he joined coach Dave Scott-Thomas at the University of Guelph. The partnership has certainly paid off.

Jul 19-11

Calling all MASCOTS, VEGETABLES, TELEVISION CHARACTERS and FAMILIES! — Four Opportunities to break Guinness World Records® at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) and Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, today announced a partnership and new opportunities for marathon runners to break four world records at this year's event on October 16th.

Jun 23-11

Scotiabank Vancouver Half marathon, MEN'S Preview: Dylan Wykes & the road to Olympic glory starts this weekend, and runs through Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 16th) to London 2012

Jun 23-11

DREAM BIG at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — While Canada's top runners are training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), the road is paved for runners of all levels to join them and train during the next four months. Whether goals are to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics, for the Boston Marathon, or to challenge a record or a personal best, now is the perfect time to register and join more than 22,000 runners from around the world at Canada's big city marathon.

Jun 16-11

The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K promises an inspiring experience with a competitive roster of elite athletes — The 13th annual Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K promises to be an inspiring celebration of athleticism as course records expect to be broken!

Jun 2-11

LACE UP! Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k near capacity!Register NOW and run in support of local Charities. With 25 days left of training, SVHM is nearly sold out! Runners of all levels, walkers and fundraisers are encouraged to register now to be guaranteed a spot in this popular event!

May 7-11

Danny Kassap's Last Run. Goodbye to a friend and STWM Champion.

May 4-11

Remembering Danny Kassap: some more Danny stories & links to tributes pouring in... — Great to see all the tributes pouring in for Danny Kassap, who died at Sunnybrook Hospital overnight Sunday/Monday. Sharing the memories, the stories, somehow seems to help share the loss, and to remember some of the many happy times at the races, on training runs, just hanging out with Danny.

May 1-11

Reid Coolsaet wins fast Sporting Life Toronto 10K in thrilling three-man sprint to the line; Dayna Pidhoresky coasts to women's title — The renaissance and excitement surrounding Canadian distance running continued this morning as Hamilton's Reid Coolsaet out-sprinted New Balance Speed River TFC team-mate Eric Gillis and Lethbridge's Kip Kangogo to win the Sporting Life Toronto 10K in 28:08... In contrast, Windsor's Dayna Pidhoresky [33:02] had a comfortable time of it, winning the women's crown by almost two minutes...

Apr 25-11

Canadian stars COOLSAET, GILLIS, PIDHORESKY to lead record field at Sporting Life Toronto 10K, as road running excitement comes to Toronto, Sunday May 1st

Mar 29-11

Eric Gillis, Josephat Ongeri ready to lead charge on Opening Day at 33rd Annual Harry's Spring Run-Off — It's “Opening Day for running” in Toronto this Saturday, and defending champion and Canadian Olympian, Eric Gillis, is all set to lead the charge over the hills of High Park...

Mar 20-11

Jackson and Elmore have strong wins at Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer; over $200,000 raised for VGH — In a surprise upset, Abbotsford's David Jackson outran defending champion and pre-race favourite Willy Kimosop at the fifth annual Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8k. In the women's race, last year's winner Malindi Elmore once again had no close competition, easily besting the field by nearly a minute.

Mar 17-11

Simon Bairu confirmed to join field for 'best-ever' Canadian marathon at STWM — Organizers have confirmed that Simon Bairu will compete in this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 16. The addition of Bairu to the Start List sets the stage for what will arguably be the best-ever Canadian race over the classic 42.195km distance.

Mar 14-11

CRS2011 announces partnership with Clif Bar — Clif Bar & Company will be their exclusive partner for the 2011 season in the energy and nutrition bar and gel categories. The sponsorship will bring popular CLIF® BARs, CLIF Builder's® bars and CLIF SHOT® Energy Gels to CRS events this year.

Mar 9-11

Dylan Wykes to join stellar Canadian field at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, October 16th Kingston native to chase qualifying time and his “Olympic dreams” on flat, fast Toronto Waterfront course; Wykes, Canada's #3 ranked marathoner, joins #1, #2, #4 ranked men for Olympic-qualifying showdown.

Mar 1-11

Coolsaet, Gillis, Watson select Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront as their Fall 2011 "Olympic qualifying" marathon — Canada's #1, #2, #4 ranked marathoners from Speed River TFC in Guelph announce plans to race for London 2012 standard on Toronto's flat, fast Waterfront course, October 16th.

Feb 8-11

Jack Layton confirmed as Honourary Captain of SURVIVORSHIP TEAM for Harry's Spring Run Off, Toronto JOIN him April 2; put a pledge on him TODAY!

Jan 24-11

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Wins “Best Marathon” Award from Get Out There Magazine Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has been named the Best Marathon (Eastern Canada) in Get Out There magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Awards. The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize the people, places, events and organizations that support active living in Canada.

Jan 12-11

Newfoundland's "budding star" Kate Vaughan confirmed for 21K de Montreal — she joins Windsor, Ontario's Dayna Pidhoresky in what is shaping up to be an excellent women's field.

Jan 7-11

Dayna Pidhoresky confirmed for Canadian Half Championships at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal

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