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2021 Update

For the third straight year, the York University Retirees' Association (YURA) participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon Charity Challenge to raise funds for graduate student awards at the University.  With the help of York’s Advancement Office, YURA applied and was approved as an eligible charity in the program.

For the 2021 Charity Challenge, YURA’s eleven registered participants were given the option of running or walking a minimum of 5 km on their own (e.g., in their own neighbourhood) as a "virtual" charity challenge; or in one of two 5 km walk/run events organized by YURA, one held at High Park on October 5 and the other on the Tom Taylor Trail in Newmarket on October 13. 

Participants registered for the Charity Challenge through a fundraising page generated by Race Roster, an online app; and then sought sponsorships from former colleagues and co-workers, family and friends.  York University issued charitable tax receipts for sponsor donations.  The 2021 YURA team raised a total of $25,630 for the graduate student awards. 

Thanks to YURA co-president, Ian Greene, for organizing this year’s team entry. Fundraising participants include retirees Charmaine Courtis, Steve Dranitsaris, John Lennox, Fran Wilkinson, Peter Victor, David Dimick, Marla Chodak, Agnes Fraser, Donna Smith, Gwyn Buck and Maggie Quirt, a professor in the Equity Studies department who took an enthusiastic interest in this cause.

YURA is committed to help make getting an education possible for deserving students who struggle financially.  YURA's ultimate goal is to raise enough money for an endowed fund to support in perpetuity the three YURA Graduate Student Awards given annually. To date, more than $90,000 has been raised toward the $115,000 goal for this endowment, with $60,000 of the funds raised having been generated by participants in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in the last three years.

YURA participants at the High Park event on October 5th. Former dean of environmental studies, Peter Victor, led the group off the standard 5 km course for an enjoyable excursion through the wooded area in the northeast quadrant of the Park. So it was 5.45 km!

Participants at YURA’s “north” 5 km event on the Tom Taylor Trail in Newmarket on October 13th. Thanks to Donna Smith for organizing. Not to be outdone, this picturesque course was 6 km! Nobody objected -- they were having such a good time!

New Sponsor for Toronto Waterfront Marathon

On January 18, 2022, it was announced that Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will become the title sponsor for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, previously sponsored by Scotiabank. The TCS title sponsorship will be for five years through 2026. Click here for the full news release.