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Inspirational Steps 2014

30 January 2015

Inspirational Steps Event Details Sponsors

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Congratulations to all the participants! Click below to see the results. Participants will receive personal photos within the next few weeks.

What is Inspirational Steps?
Inspirational Steps is a run/walk that hopes to challenge individuals to better themselves and bring together the community to celebrate all the things that inspire us.
Objectives of the event are:

  • Challenge individuals to run/walk “further or faster that they have ever gone before”
  • Promote exercise & healthy living and build character/discipline in participants
  • Have fun and provide competition for those that want to compete
  • Promote volunteering, develop organizational and leadership skills within the community
  • Unite the community in strength and spirit
  • Celebrate, honour and remember those who have and continue to inspire us to take steps in all aspects of our lives
  • Collect pledges/donations for the children the GGSCF supports or any other charity of your choice

Fauja Singh when asked why he runs and what he does to train:
“I take one step and then the next, it is that simple and when I get tired I say the Lord’s name and take another step, it is what keeps me alive…”

World’s Oldest Marathoner Fauja Singh will start the event and give awards to participants.

Event Details
Sunday May 18th, 2014
Start at Dixie Gurdwara
    Basic Information

  • The event will take place on Sunday May 18th, 2014 during the Victoria Day long weekend in Toronto.
  • It will be a walk/run challenge for any participants who can choose distances of 5km, 12km, a Half-Marathon (21.1km), a Marathon (42.2km), or any other distance between these limits. Finish times will only be recorded for the four specific distances.
  • The event will be along sidewalks and boulevards (off the vehicle traveled portion of the roadways) following pedestrian rules. This will mean you have to stop at intersections and cross with the traffic lights when it is safe to do so.
  • Participants must be at the start location by 8:00am.

  • Participants of all ages are welcome to run. Those under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult. Only participants who are at least 18 years of age may participate in distances over 21.1km (Half-Marathon).
  • Each participant will be given a race kit, which includes a t-shirt and a bib. Wearing the t-shirt is not required but it makes it easier for volunteers to identify you along the route.
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the race start at Dixie Gurdwara where there is parking available. Upon completing the race, transportation back to Dixie Gurdwara will be arranged by the GGSCF.
  • Awards will be given to the fastest runners in each of the four categories as well as all participants. The GGSCF reserves the right to withhold awards from participants on the basis of misbehaviour or unsuitable actions.
    Along the Route

  • Volunteers will be along the route to direct runners and request assistance in case of any emergency. Volunteers will be wearing yellow GGSCF shirts.
  • Water stations will be set up along the route. To do our part in helping the environment, we strongly discourage you from bringing disposable plastic water bottles.
  • Additional food and drinks will also be available at the Gurdwaras along the route.
  • Please encourage those of your friends and family who are unable to participate to come out and cheer you on!
    The Route
  • Participants will be timed upon arrival at the locations listed below. Closing ceremonies will take place for each event at the Gurdwaras listed. There will be a brief address to the participants along with presentation of the awards.
Start Dixie Gurdwara 7080 Dixie Road, Mississauga ON
5km Finish Malton Gurdwara 7280 Airport Road, Mississauga ON
12km Finish Rexdale Gurdwara 9 Carrier Drive, Toronto ON
16km* North York Gurdwara 2400 Finch Avenue W #3, North York ON
Half-Marathon Finish Finch Ave. & Keele St.**
Marathon Finish Scarborough Gurdwara 905 Middlefield Road, Scarborough ON
*Note that there is no closing ceremony and finish times will not be recorded at this location.
**The Half-Marathon finishes along Finch Avenue, but finishers will be taken to Ramgarhia Gurdwara (140 Rivalda Road, Toronto ON).
    Race Kit Pick-Up
    Your race kit contains your bib, t-shirt and instructions among other things. Race kits will be available for pick-up ONLY on Sunday, May 11th at the following locations and times. Race kits will NOT be distributed on race day or at any other time.

  • 9:00am – 9:30am – Dixie Gurdwara
  • 10:00am – 10:15 – Guru Nanak Mission Gurdwara
  • 10:30am – 10:45am – Mayfield Gurdwara
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Malton Gurdwara
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Rexdale Gurdwara
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Ramgarhia Gurdwara
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm – Scarborough Gurdwara

Please note that these times have been updated.

Thank You to our generous sponsors for making this event possible:

Gursikh Sabha Canada
Scarborough Gurdwara
Guru Nanak Mission Centre
Peter Robertson Blvd.
Ontario Khalsa Darbar
Dixie Gurdwara
Ramgarhia Sikh Society
Rivalda Road
Sikh Heritage Centre
Mayfield Gurdwara
Sikh Spiritual Centre
Rexdale Gurdwara
Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Malton Gurdwara

The promotional flyer for the event is shown below. For more media-specific information, please contact our media representative.