Those in shape may want to consider taking to the streets to support The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre.
Running enthusiasts are invited to sign up for the Subway Restaurants Durham Quarter Marathon on July 21. All proceeds go to benefit The Refuge, a drop-in centre for homeless and street youth located in downtown Oshawa. Funds raised will go to provide meals, youth support workers and programs for the youth in the Oshawa community.
Last year, The Refuge says it served over 10,364 meals at its drop-in centre while interacting with more than 504 homeless and street youth.
“Not only is this a unique event that offers fantastic competition for serious runners, but it also supports the life-changing programs for the youth that walk through The Refuge’s doors each day,” says a release. “The Refuge helps to meet the basic needs of marginalized youth, but more importantly it offers a family-oriented community and sense of belonging to everyone who walks through its doors.”
The quarter marathon is also seeing interest from world-class athletes. Thomas Omwenga, winner of the Hamilton and Manitoba marathons and Anna Kibor, winner of the Winnipeg marathon, will both be competing in the event.
Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. at Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre St. S. The fee is $45 until July 20 and $55 on July 21. First prize is $500, to be presented at 10 a.m.
The marathon’s route goes from City Hall to Lakefront West Park, including a finish area with a fire truck cool down, massage tents, food and more.
Also at the park will be the 1K children’s scamper for kids 12 and under which starts at 11 a.m. The kids are encouraged to collect a jar or handful of quarters as their registration fee, suggests the release.
For more information visit www.thedqm.ca or call The Refuge at 905-404-1910.