Top Finishes for Maccabi at the Scotibank Charity Challenge

stwm2016-6 stwm2016-9 stwm2016-13 stwm2016-2On any given Sunday morning at 7am, one would normally find the streets of Toronto quiet and peaceful.  But on October 16 the sounds of feet tapping and the hum of voices adorned the downtown corridor as 10,000 people began their 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon races.

Twenty six runners, who form Team Maccabi, ran in one of the 3 events -Full Marathon, Half Marathon and the 5K – all seeking to post their personal bests (or just crossing the finish line).  The weather created some challenges for the runners with the rain and humidity but the atmosphere was exhilarating and certainly kept you going.  Chanting supporters lined the streets encouraging you to strive for your goal and finish the race strong.

Wet, strong and happy we all finished the race in style.

David Tepper, Track & Field coach for the 2017 Maccabiah Games, was the first member of the team to cross the finish line.  Competing in the 5K, he crossed in top form finishing first in his age category and eighth overall.

Rookie teammate and 2017 Junior Maccabiah Track athlete, Jacob Brull, finished the race in 19 minutes and didn’t break a sweat.

Recognition goes out to all our veteran runners as they kept pace in each of their races.  Paul David Resnick who ran the half marathon placed second in his age category and finished in the top 3 percent of all participants in the half.

John De Finney, running his first 5K race since his injury, looked like he didn’t miss a step placing third in his age group.

George Stern, a Maccabi team member who has participated since our first year, ran the half marathon and finished seventh in his age category.

Giselle Bloch (ninth in her age category) and Avery Karney ran the 5K in 27 minutes and just behind them was Ian Abramowitz clocking 29:58 and Adeana Axler at 30:39.

Congratulations to all our teammates on a successful run. It isn’t always about how fast you cross the finish line but how you pay it forward and help someone else achieve their goal.  Maccabi Canada is one of 150 charities invited to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and fundraise to support one’s cause.  Our dedicated runners and supporters, in the last 4 years, have raised over $30,000 to our Adopt An Athlete campaign.

The Adopt An Athlete campaign continues to raise funds to provide financial assistance to qualified Canadian athletes in their quest to compete in the Maccabiah games in Israel.  With the next games less than a year away, July 2017, we are paving the path for athletes to live their Maccabi dream and continue on their athletic journey. That in itself captures first place!

Thank you our participants, supporters and volunteers, for your donations and continued support to Maccabi Canada.

Stay tuned as we will be announcing the delegation to represent Canada at the 20th Maccabiah Games.