For 20 years, Etobicoke runner Richard Graves has inspired those at the Toronto Challenge (presented by MonsterMortgage.ca) with his physical ability, generosity and dedication to raising money for local organizations.
This exceptional 78-year-old man has competed in races across Canada during his 30-plus year running career. Every year he picks one charity to support by collecting pledges to run in as many races as he can. "I run for the organizations that need help and that aren't getting the money," he said in an Etobicoke Guardian article in 2011. "I like to support the little guys."
In 2011, the Toronto Challenge presented Graves with a special award and letter from Mayor Ford that stated: "Over the last 20 years, you have competed in the Toronto Challenge 5k run each and every year and have been an active supporter of the event and Toronto's seniors. Your contribution is appreciated and we admire and applaud your efforts."
Graves was also part of a four-year Toronto Challenge running competition with hockey great Doug Gilmour. Over that time, he bested Gilmour twice, tied him once and lost only once.
The Toronto Challenge, presented by MonsterMortgage.ca, is an annual City of Toronto fundraising event for long-term care homes and community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors.
Everyone is welcome to join Richard at his 21st annual Toronto Challenge on Sunday June 10, 2012.