Team Maccabi Runs in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

As the sun rose over the skyline of Toronto on the morning of October 19, more than 25, 000 athletes and participants began their preparation and warm up for the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon events. Runner’s came from over 50 different countries to participate in one of North America’s most exciting running events. For many it is a test of their athletic prowess whether they are competing on an international level or it’s a personal goal.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge enlists 150 plus charities to participate in the STWM and fundraise towards their cause and/or organization. Maccabi Canada was proud to return as an official charity which provided a wonderful opportunity for Team Maccabi to fundraise for the Adopt an Athlete campaign. The Adopt An Athlete campaign provides financial assistance to athletes to ensure that every qualified Canadian athlete is able to participate and compete in the Maccabiah Games, whom otherwise would not be able to attend.

The weather was chilly but it did not stop Team Maccabi’s 22 runners from racing. Just before 8am the runners assembled at their prospective start locations. The 5K runners took their places in their corrals, set their watches and waited for the sound of the horn to start the race. First on the start line, focused, and eager to go was David Tepper. Tommy Bacher, Janice Fish, John De Finney, Issie Pelc, Bruce Wulfson, Sender, Lisa and Eli Herschorn, Ian and Daniella Abramowitz and Michele Bass were right behind. Completing the 5K is rewarding on its own but having the opportunity to run with a family member enhances the experience. Sender Herschorn sums it up “We had a ball – I can’t believe how lucky I am to have run with Lisa and Eli.”

As soon as the 5K runner’s finished they made their way to cheer on our half and full marathoners; Nicole Adams, Eric Bader, Peter Larsen, Paul Laurie, Issie Pelc, Paul Resnick, Bernie Sevel, George and Michelle Stern, , and Lorne Sokol. Issie Pelc ran the 5K and half-marathon races back to back. What incredible determination and strength.

Standing on the course watching the runners is exhilarating. The cheers from the crowd, that burst of energy a runner exerts with only 500m to the finish line is inspirational.
Euphoric is the best word to describe how one feels when you cross the finish line whether you ran a full marathon or walked the 5K, the emotions are all the same!

And the results are posted… Team Maccabi soared to the occasion.
David Tepper topped the results board with a 4th place finish overall in the 5K race and 1st in his age category. Janice Fish and John De Finney both finished third in their 5K category. Lisa Herschorn and Tommy Bacher finished 6 and 10 respectively in their 5K categories. Each runner crossed the finished line strong and proud to represent Maccabi Canada. Congratulations to everyone on a successful race.

I would like to thank our committee for donating their time and making our 2014 participation in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge a success. Thank you to our runners for putting their fastest foot forward and continued support. To our supporters who bared the cold to root for every runner, nothing holds you back and we are very appreciative for your support.

In closing, “Great day. Great Maccabi team. Thanks to all”, Tommy Bacher.

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