Woman collapses in 10K race
Despite medical emergency and organizers' squabbles, event raises nearly $2M
The largest foot race in Ontario has wrapped up in downtown Toronto, raising nearly $2 million for a summer camp for children with cancer, according to organizers.
The Sporting life 10K run saw 21,722 people dash, jog and walk down Yonge Street on Sunday, earning money for Camp Oochigeas.
Near the finish line, a woman in her early 20s collapsed. Paramedics rushed to provide first aid and even began chest compressions on her before she was sent to hospital. She has been breathing on her own, however, and is expected to recover.
The race, in its 14th year, is often called the easiest and fastest race in Canada because the course runs mostly downhill. It began at Yonge and Roselawn Avenue and finished at Fort York Boulevard with a ceremony at Coronation Park.
Camp Oochigeas, a privately funded organization, runs a summer camp for kids with cancer near Parry Sound, Ont., as well as year-round activities in the Toronto area.
Sunday's race had been caught up in organizational squabbles for months, just the latest chapter in Toronto's decade-long "marathon wars."
Amid a dispute over financing and scheduling, Sporting Life, the event's main sponsor, turfed race director Alan Brookes, who also organizes the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in the fall. The company replaced him with his rival Jay Glassman, who runs Toronto's spring marathon race, held last weekend.
In the end, Brookes organized his own 10K race on April 22, drawing 5,080 runners.