Taking Toronto for a Walk
TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The Toronto Trails Festival VI has kicked off
its sixth year with the greatest series yet of free guided walks. This year,
the festival is made up of nearly all new routes in an effort to help
Torontonians to appreciate and celebrate the city's many parks, ravines and
water front, while at the same time making a conscious effort to reward their
Toronto Mayor David Miller has officially proclaimed October 2008 as
"Toronto Trails Festival Month" in hopes of promoting the festival, along with
the many different programs that Toronto offers that focus on health, wellness
and the environment.
"I'm thrilled that the Toronto Trails Festival promotes good health while
encouraging residents to get out and experience Toronto off the beaten path,"
said Mayor David Miller. "This is a great opportunity to challenge ourselves
physically, meet our neighbours and get to know our great city."
As part of the Toronto Trails Festival 2008, participants will not only
have the chance to experience the natural beauty of Toronto, but they will
also enjoy the wealth of benefits that walking has to offer. Its proven side
effects include: improved concentration and brain function, weight loss,
reduced risk of heart attack and many more.
"Regular walking is one of the best measures we can take to keep our
bodies healthy," said Dr. Ken Arnold, President of the Ontario Medical
Association (OMA). "Doctors are encouraged to see more and more people taking
an active role in protecting their health and this is just one more
opportunity to do so."
Toronto resident Tom Fiore, a "zoomer boomer," originally founded the
Toronto Trails Festival as a result of the health benefits he noticed from his
daily walking routine. As part of the baby boomer population, Fiore wanted to
ensure that he stayed fit and healthy and realized an urgent need for a
Toronto-wide event that would encourage self reliance on personal health and
environmental wellness. "Something special happens when people take
responsibility for their wellness through walking," said Tom Fiore. "They care
more about their environment, adopt better health habits, and become more
active, fit, productive, healthy & involved citizens".
Toronto Trails Festival events take place from September 21st to October
26th and feature free guided walking tours as follows:
- Saturday, September 20 - Yoga Walk
- Sunday, September 21 - Sit Casimir Gzowski Park
- Saturday, September 27 - Yoga Walk
- Sunday, September 28 - Humber Arboretum
- Saturday, October 4 - Yoga Walk
- Sunday, October 5 - Tommy Thompson Park/Leslie Street Spit
- Saturday, October 11 - Rhythm Walk
- Sunday, October 12 - Eastern Beaches - Port Union
- Sunday, October 19 - Rouge River Valley
- Sunday, October 26 - Xtreme Walk Finale
Toronto Trails is produced by Momentum 1 - Community In Motion, a
registered non-profit organization dedicated to motivating communities and
individuals in Ontario by encouraging self-reliance on personal and
environmental wellness. To join a Toronto Trails Festival event near you,
visit www.torontotrailsfestival.ca for more information.
For further information:
For further information: MOMENTUM 1, Tom Fiore, President, Tel: (416)
598-3300 Ext. 1, Cell: (416) 994-6154, Email: email@example.com, Web:
www.momentum1.org; ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Media Hotline: Tel: (416)
340-2862, Toll-free: 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: