Department of English

University of Toronto

Speed Readers practice run - CIBC Run for the Cure

Event date: Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 9:00 AM

You are invited to join our department team called "Speed Readers - U of T English" for the CIBC Run for the Cure. For the past fifteen years, graduate students,faculty, and staff in English have joined in the Toronto run/walk (5kmor 1km) in support of breast cancer research. The run/walk starts and finishes at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) on Sunday, September 30th, at 10am.

This is a wonderful way to get to know English department colleagues, get fit,and contribute to a great cause! We are planning Saturday practice runs for the team in the beautiful Cedarvale ravine on September 8, 15, and 22 (9 am). We meet outside the Heath St. exit at the St. Clair West subway station. Then after a run or walk (as short as you like, and as long as 5km) we convene at the second floor of Loblaws Forest Hill Market, on St. Clair West between Bathurst and Spadina, for muffins and coffee. You can walk or run at any pace. Our team always includes snails and hares.

This is the landmark fifteenth year for "Speed Readers." We are very proud that the team has raised over $60,000 in support of breast cancer research since its inauguration in 2004. We are inviting everyone, new and continuing graduate students, current faculty and retirees, staff, and families to get involved and make this a greatyear for the team!

You can participate in one or both of the ways outlined below -- (1) run/walk and/or (2) donate!

(1) Participate as a team member

First thing is to register at Follow the Registration links under “Select Your Run Location," selecting "Toronto" as the run site, “Join a Team," and searching for "Speed Readers.” You've found us if the official name appears as: 

Team Name:   Speed Readers - U of T English.

Once you've located the team, select “Join" and then fill in your personal information. Registration involves paying a (non-refundable)$45 donation online or committing to raise a minimum of $150 through donations.

T-Shirts: Include information about your t-shirt size when you register. Please also email desired t-shirt size -- unisex S, M, L, or XL -- to Adam Hammond ( who will collect and distribute the Speed Readers shirts. You must have paid the $45 registration or raised $150 in donations before noon on Thursday 13 September (that’s this coming Thursday) to receive aT-shirt with the team name. Otherwise, you will get a t-shirt, but it won’t have the team name.

Please register as soon as possible. Then your friends can easily donate online to sponsor your run or walk: please encourage them to do so.

(2) Participate as a donor

You can support any runner or walker on the team. Once team members have registered, donations in their support can be made easily at the Run for the Cure website. We'll send out a list of registered participants you can sponsor once term has started. Donations can also be made to sponsor the teamas a whole.

Hoping you'll get involved -- 

The 'Speed Readers' Planning Team, including Zak Jones (, Adam Hammond (, and Lynne Magnussen (

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