Will 2009 be your marathon year?

    Registration now live for the 20th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Just in time to keep your new years' resolution
"running", the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) offers new
incentives to lace up. With a special entry rate until January 27th and free
access to the great outdoors, this is the perfect time to register and start
training for Toronto's premier running event, which will take place this year
on Sunday September 27th 2009.
    Whether you are an experienced runner or a beginner looking to improve
your fitness, the STWM has something for everyone - runners can choose to take
part in the full marathon, half-marathon or 5k event.
    "The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is the city's premier running
event," said Alan Brookes, Race Director. "Our race has once again been
awarded the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federation
Silver Label (IAAF) status, putting it on par with other great city marathons
like Athens, Tokyo, and Mumbai. The STWM is a great race for runners of all
levels and abilities - it's fast, flat and festive!"
    "In its 20th year, Scotiabank is proud to celebrate the successes of this
unique, world class running event with our community once again," said John
Doig, Senior Vice-President of Marketing for Scotiabank. "Last year's race
exceeded all of our expectations. Over 15,000 people took part and raised a
record $1.4 million for more than 60 local charities. The Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon brings the world to our waterfront and is an important
event in our city."
    This year is a particularly significant year in the event's history. As
well as being awarded the IAAF's Silver Label status, the half-marathon and
5k, celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, making it one of Toronto's
oldest running events. Many celebrations and festivities will take place to
mark this special year and ensure it is the biggest and best that Toronto has

    The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
    The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) attracts participants
from more than 40 countries and aims to raise $1.5 million for more than 60
local charities. This year, over 18,000 runners from Canada and across the
world are expected to gather on the start line at Nathan Phillips Square on
Sunday, September 27th. For more information, visit

    About Scotiabank
    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and
donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of
healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact Julia
Wall-Clarke, Narrative Advocacy Media, Office: (416) 922-2211 ext 3281 or
email Julia.clarke@narrativeadvocacy.com; Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public
Affairs, (416) 866-6203, livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com

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