So the opportunity to participate in an event that would help raise money for the special operations community and to commemorate the battle definitely peaked my interest. With only a few weeks before the race, I contacted as many people as I could that I thought would be interested and put together a team to run it virtually. I planned the route and wanted to see how many Canadian war monuments we could fit into a 5km run. It just so happened that a chronological tour through the city in terms of military monuments was in the cards.
Start location: The Queen's York Rangers Museum, 660 Fleet Street. Depart at 9:00.
1st Stop: Victoria Memorial Park. The park is home to a monument to the War of 1812 and served as a military cemetery for Toronto and 400 burials. 2nd Stop: Old City Hall Cenotaph. Built after WWI to commemorate Torontonians who lost their lives in services for Canada. The memorial also commemorates those who died in WWII and the Korean War.
Final Stop: Ontario Veterans Memorial. A 30 metre granite wall that depicts scenes of the Canadian military's role in times of peace and war since 1867 to the "Campaign Against Terror".
|Victoria Memorial Park|
|On the way to Old City Hall|
|Dashing across University|
|Ontario Veterans Memorial|
|We had five people run in Toronto this year. Hopefully next we we can make it bigger!|