Despite warnings of thunderstorms in the morning, the weather held up for the annual Pride and Remembrance Run.
Hundreds participated in the 5-kilometre run to raise money for this year’s beneficiaries, the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Triangle Program, an alternative school for queer kids.
Participants were of all ages and abilities, including several parents pushing strollers. Many runners showed up in outlandish costumes; one group of runners was dressed in colourful tutus. Some local clubs ran as teams, including the Triggerfish gay waterpolo team, who ran in their Speedos and swim caps, and the Muddy York gay rugby team, who ran in their team jerseys.
As runners completed the race, they were welcomed into the Green Space at the 519 Community Centre, where snacks and refreshments were served.
The Pride and Remembrance Run started in 1996 as a way to show pride in the queer community while honouring the memories of those we’ve lost. It has since raised more than $700,000 for local queer organizations. This year’s goal was a record-breaking $100,000.
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