May 24, 2007
Media Advisory

31st Annual Easter Seals Run/Walkathon to take place Sunday, May 27th

 

Run/Walkathon has raised more than $3 million to date for those with physical disabilities

 

NEWMARKET The Annual Easter Seals Run/Walkathon, founded by local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Joe Persechini, will kick off its 31st year this Sunday, May 27th. The Run/Walkathon has raised more than $3 million to date for Easter Seals, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping children and young adults with physical disabilities. Honourary Co-Chairs of the Run/Walkathon are York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch and Town of Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen.  

 

What: The 31st Annual Easter Seals Run/Walkathon

 

When: 

Sunday, May 27th           

Registration is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  

Run/Walkathon begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

Where:

East parking lot of Upper Canada Mall, Town of Newmarket (located at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Davis Drive)   

 

Background:

         The route starts at Upper Canada Mall and proceeds north on Yonge Street; west on Green Lane; south on Bathurst Street; east on Highway 9 and back to the Upper Canada Mall.

         The Run/Walkathon began in the Spring of 1976.

         Founder Joe Persechini recruited 65 runners in the first year of the Run/Walkathon and raised $2,700 for Easter Seals.

         Today, the Run/Walkathon attracts more than 1,500 participants and raises over $100,000 each year for Easter Seals.

         The total distance of the run is nine kilometres: brisk walkers can complete the run in approximately one hour.

         The Run/Walkathon has grown into the largest fundraising event in York Region in support of Easter Seals.

 

For more information on the Easter Seal Society and the Run/Walkathon, visit: www.persechinirun.org

 

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For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

 

Media Contact:         Barb Saunders, The Easter Seal Society, Ontario
                                 Phone: 1-800-668-6252 / 416 421-8377, ext. 326 / Cell: 416 655-9546
                                 Email:
bsaunders@easterseals.org

                                

                                 Melissa Di Costanzo, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1207

                                 Email: Melissa.DiCostanzo@york.ca  

 
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