Two interesting walking related items – Check them out

Pedometer Passport Challenge 2009 – April 24 to May 24

Women’s College Hospital will join forces with the Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation (CCRF) again to participate in the “Walk of Life for Cardiac Rehabilitation?. This year however, we have decided to run our own event, the Pedometer Passport Challenge! Together we can help raise awareness about Women and Heart Health and raise money for our own program here at Women’s College Hospital!

The goal of the Passport Challenge is to be as active as possible between April 24th to May 24th—the more steps you take, the more locations in your passport that you will have walked! Did you ever want to walk the Bruce Trail? Or the Great Wall of China? Now you can!

Registration Fee: $30 per walker, ($20 if you already own a pedometer), or raise $100 minimum in pledges. When you register to join the Pedometer Passport Challenge you will receive a:

  • T-Shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Pedometer that will count how many steps you walk
  • Passport that shows how many steps it would take to cover the distance of
    popular walking trails in Canada and around the world!
  • Sponsor and Donation form


To register by phone, please call 416-323-6400 x 4883 or by email
You can also register in person on April 24th (1:00 pm start) at the Pedometer Challenge launch that will start in our gym at Women’s College Hospital and end at Queens Park.

If you would like to sponsor a walker or give a donation, please call (416) 323-6400 Ext. 4883
for more information. Registration Forms can be picked up or mailed to you, just call or email us!

Walking Information Fair – Sun May 3rd

Come out to Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre (Don Valley) for the city’s first Walking Information Fair on Sunday May 3 (9:30am-12pm). Many of Toronto’s local walking/running and hiking groups and agencies will be exhibiting there.

Todmorden Mills will be a beehive of activity that May 3 morning as the public not only gets to visit the walking information displays but you may also join a guided walk along Don Trail and see the spectacle of hundreds of canoes in the Paddle the Don Event with hundreds of canoeists, hosted by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

If enough people are interested, we can meet at the Broadview Subway station. It’s apparently a 15 to 20 minute walk (less for TPW’ers).

Sunshine Galore on Saturday!

We had a slightly smaller group than usual (March Break??) but still a very respectable number of almost 20 – and reveled in the sunshine. We all agreed it was still a bit cooler than we dressed for, but by the time we finished our various lengths, it had become a wonderfully sunny day, with the warmest temperature yet. And, it was great underfoot – we could really speed along if the spirit moved us! (Spring IS almost here!)

Helen handed out the maps for the trail around the cemetery and a varied route which included a bit of Leaside. Most of you did 16K and up, some 13k and others 10k. Some of us are just starting to get into the training mode for the Toronto Women’s Half on May 31st – and some of us are way past that…wherever you are in the scheme of things, we’d love to see you out soon.

A Special Note of Congratulations

Our sponsor, Harbord House, celebrated its first year in business with a celebratory get-together of regulars on March 15th. We wish John Oakes and his staff the very best for the future – thanks for your support!

Training this week

This week’s training is listed on the sidebar of the blog.

The Tuesday Interval training group is getting rave reviews…come on out and give yourself the opportunity to find out what everyone’s talking about!

Thursday trainings – remember, we’re not officially meeting until Thursdays in April – but feel free to get out there and do your own thing!

Saturday – only two weeks left at Mt Pleasant Cemetery and then we’re into the longer runs out of High Park and other spots to be determined.

Harry’s Spring Run-Off – April 4th. We’re still looking for cheerleaders, in case you’re not doing the Harry’s 5k or 8k race. There’s still space if you want to register for the 5k race – unfortunately, there are no shirts left – but you could get a pre-Sporting Life 10k run in, just for the fun of it.