Toronto Challenge Silver anniversary run turns golden for seniors

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101-year-old Buta Singh was oldest participant, three walkers were one-year-olds

Pic from Poster: Toronto Challenge 2016

Thousands came out on Sunday to the 25th Toronto Challenge, to raise money for non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life for seniors across the city.

Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the event, presented by, in support of Toronto’s seniors. “Over its 25 years, this event has raised over $10 million and is expected to add approximately half a million dollars more this year,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City’s Community Development and Recreation Committee. “Thank you to all who took the time to participate in this very worthy event.”

The annual event included the 5k run, the Medical Pharmacies 5km walk and the 1mk fun walk. This year also included a 25th Anniversary Team Challenge – five team members each running five kilometres for the best combined time.

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The fastest male and female runners in nine different age categories and the youngest and oldest participants in each event were honoured.  In the 5k run, the fastest runners were Christopher Moore (male in a time of 16:07) and Julia Elliot (female in a time of 20:39). The oldest participant at this year’s event was 101 year old, Buota Singh Randhawa and the youngest participant was 2 year old, Keaton Planert.

The overall winners of the 5k run were (male category) Laurent Schaller, with a time of 15:38, and (female category) Erin Ready, with a time of 17:44. A special award was given to Richard Graves, who has completed the Toronto Challenge 5k run every year since its inception 20 years ago. Richard finished this year’s event in second place in his age category (70 plus) with a time of 26 minutes and thirty-five seconds.

The oldest and youngest participants were recognized with medals for their inspiring contributions. Nona Ardiel (79 years old) was the oldest participant in the 5k run. The oldest walker in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Buta Randhawa (101 years old). The oldest one kilometer walker, for the second year in a row, was Chuen Szeto (96 years old).

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The youngest finisher in the 5k run was Emmy Lou Buttigieg. The youngest participant in the Nissan Canada Foundation 5k walk was Alyssa Bernardo, and the youngest one kilometre walk participant was Alexia Moreno Barahona. All of these participants are only one year old!


The 2015 CTV Students Supporting Seniors Award went to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club for having the most youth participants. The Supporting Seniors Award for the community agency with the most participants was presented to The Aphasia Institute with 166 runners and walkers involved.

The TO Long Term Care Homes team

“The Toronto Challenge is our most important fundraising event for residents in the City’s 10 long-term care homes and for seniors in the community,” said Reg Paul, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes & Services. “Funds raised through this event help us go beyond the basics and enable us to improve the lives of residents and clients entrusted to our care.”

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“ has been the presenting sponsor of this event for more than a decade and we are very proud of that fact,” said Nick Ametrano, Vice-President, “It’s wonderful to see so many people giving of their time and raising funds in support of seniors.”

Funds are used by community agencies to provide home support and independent living, renovation of seniors’ facilities, transportation services, wellness programs, home library services and more. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion/Accountability/ Respect/Excellence. – CINEWS

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