Sunday, April 08, 2012

Harry's Spring Run Off and Cherry Blossoms

High Park was closed to traffic to allow for the Harry's Spring Run Off #Toronto 8K which wound through the paved paths in the large park on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
 Luckily the cherry blossoms are still a few days away from full bloom and the thousands of blossom visitors didn't have to fight to get into the park this weekend. I think next weekend will see the park full with blossoms and tourists taking in the beauty of the white cherry flowers.
Spider Tech
"It was an absolutely magnificent morning in High Park for the 34th annual Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K & 5K to fight prostate cancer. Bright blue skies, sunshine, temperatures around 8 degrees, low humidity and no wind welcomed the sold-out crowd of almost 5,000 in the two events. It was “Opening Day” for Canada Running Series in the East, and a fine launch for the inaugural “Run Canada Month”. There was a buzz in the air, a sense of occassion. And the races, especially the competitive 8K did not disappoint. Thirty-seconds of silence was observed immediately before the 10am Start to remember Jack Layton, a great supporter of Harry’s Spring Run Off, the Canada Running Series and the cause. Councillors Mike Layton, Mary Fragedakis, Sarah Doucette, MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo were all on hand to add to the sense of occassion (with Layton & Fragedakis also running the 5K). By the time the running was done, Athletics Toronto’s Matt Loiselle (23:55) and St.Clements, Ontario’s Tarah McKay-Korir (27:12) were crowned as new Champions, and the Prostate Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital went home $300,000 better off. Over the 7 years of Harry Rosen Inc.’s title sponsorship of the Spring Run Off, over $2 million has now been raised to fight prostate cancer."
Cherry blossoms are at about 10%

See more of High Park and Harry's Run Off after the jump.

Red leaves and buds and blossoms are slowly starting to fill the trees
The High Park Trackless Train has started running again for the season (weather dependent). Starting April 1 to April 30 the big red train drives a weekend only, 30 minute loop around the park (also runs Labour Day to October 31 weekend only. During the summer between April 30 and Labour Day it runs on the weekdays as well) with one stop over privilege. The current cost is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children and seniors.
Blue haired Things
Running along the edge of Grenadier Pond
Participants walking through the cherry trees
The water table with the finish area in the background

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