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On-Line Registration for Canada Series ’09 Now Open

TORONTO. November 17th,
2008.  Online Registration is now
open for all Canada Running Series ’09 events, including Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon
, at
www.canadarunningseries.com . Registration for
’09 includes the popular COMBO PACKS, that offer runners major savings and the
chance to build their own personal “pack‰Û_” of major, “goal‰Û_” races for next year,
available only until February 28th. The Series is “a selection of
Canada’s best runs‰Û_” that provide international-class running “experiences‰Û_” in 5
events in Toronto, 2 in Vancouver and one in Montreal.

 The 8 runs are all unique in
their own way. Favourites like Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K Toronto in High
Park and the Vancouver version in Stanley Park are signature indicators of Spring
for fitness enthusiasts in East and West, in two of Canada’s finest urban parks.

Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal marks the same change of season in Quebec, and is Canada’s National Half Marathon
Championships in beautiful Parc Jean Drapeau.

The Toronto Ten Miler at The
Distillery Historic District and the Oasis ZooRun 10K & 5K at Toronto Zoo
also offer unique venues as well as different distances. The Sporting Life 10K
allows more than 10,000 fitness folks to “run down Yonge Street without
getting run down‰Û_” on the first Sunday in May. Participants plunge down
Canada’s most-famous street
from above Eglinton to Roundhouse
Park by the CN Tower to raise more than
$500,000 for Camp Oochigeas, a summer camp for kids with cancer — and
give proof that Toronto is “a city for people, not just cars.”

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half & 5K, a recipient of an
IAAF Silver Label
in ’08 [the Michelin 4-stars of running!], offers a truly
world-class running experience from Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of the
country’s #1 metropolis. All of the races include an elite component that brings
excitement and some of the world’s best runners to Canada’s streets — like
World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Catherine Ndereba who was the women’s
winner at the ’08 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal in April, as part of her Beijing
preparations. 
 

2009 will mark the
20th anniversary for the Series, which began in 1990 as the “Coors
Light Running Series‰Û_”
with a six-pack of runs in downtown Toronto. From the outset,
the Series has always been about building excitement, about promoting running
and healthy lifestyles, and about “giving back to the communities we run
through.”

In both 1990 and ’91, the Series Grand Finale, the Coors Light Toronto
Half Marathon [the forerunner of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half], was
won by legend Joan Benoit Samuelson. At the time, the girl-from-next door in
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was still at the height of her career — a career
that saw her win the first-ever Olympic marathon for women in Los Angeles in 1984.

The
first season, the Series raised much needed funds for the YMCA Community Fund in
Toronto. Twenty
years later, the record number of Series ’08 runners raised a record of $2.58
million for 75 local charities in Toronto,
Vancouver and Montreal. Expectations are that participation
will hit 50,000 for ’09, with more than $3 million raised for charity.

 “We’ve always strived hard
to create a balance between “competitors’ and completes’ in the runs since
day-one, and to be an important part of the community,” says CRS Race Director
Alan Brookes. “We want to offer 8 of the best, big-city, big-experience’
running events anywhere in the world, whether you’re fleet of foot, a slower,
weekend warrior or a power walker.” From the unique courses, world-class
organization, great technical t-shirts, caps and medals, great photos
of memories, post-run pancake breakfasts or brunches at The Distillery, Canada
Running Series is all about “the running experience.”  

 In 2008, 5 of the events
completely sold out in advance, and the other three almost reached their
capacities. Fitness enthusiasts of all abilities from coast-to-coast are
encouraged to check the new Canada Running Series ’09 Calendar today at
http://www.canadarunningseries.com/crs/index.htm
; sign up for your own COMBO PACK, guarantee your spot in Canada’s favourite
runs now, and enjoy major savings until February 28th.

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