Congratulations are in order for Alan Brookes, Race Director of the hugely successful Canada Running Series on his recent induction to the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour.

 

The mastermind behind the Canada Running Series has achieved much to be proud of over the years. His driving mission - “building community through running” - is a motto he implements through the twin pillars of organisation and innovation.

 

Alan Brookes first organised a race in 1983 while he was a history professor at the University of Guelph. In 1987, he began to pursue a full-time career as a race director. Alan was also a competitive club runner in his own right, with a best time of 2:34 for a full marathon.

The Canada Running series now has eight races attracting over 60,000 runners a year. Together they raise over $6 million a year for some 350 mostly-local charities in three cities.

 

The cherry on top of his legendary Race Directing career has to be achieving IAAF Gold Status for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

 

From day one Alan has said “we’re runners in business; not businessmen into running”. This is evident in the care and effort he has put into his career. Alan is a tireless champion of distance running and a committed community worker.

A midsummer’s running dream, The Toronto Waterfront 10k is set to take place a few days out from the longest day of the year on 25th June.

 

With a bit of a shake up from the previous event being the Toronto Yonge Street 10K, the team at Canada Running Series have come up with Toronto Waterfront 10k taking place along the picturesque waterfront of this vibrant city.

 

Now being a summer event, the hopefully cool breeze coming off the water is sure to be a welcome addition to what is set to be a hugely popular race.

The new course will run from the city’s University Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard, along the waterfront and returning to the finish at Coronation Park.

 

This race will bring in elite runners from around the world and has a reputation for being well organized, well corralled, full of spirit and crowd support.

 

Keep an eye out for live bands along the route and be ready to celebrate at the finish with what is sure to be a fantastic summer party!

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