In c9367 disseminated on April 28 at 16:17e, please note that several changes were made in the text. Full corrected copy follows: Convincing wins and record fundraising at Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal More than 5,000 runners raise more than $625,000 and counting for 39 local charities MONTREAL, April 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Strong performances on a beautiful sunny day marked the 2013 Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k today and Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships. A record 5,200 runners took to the scenic streets of Parc Jean-Drapeau today, raising more than $625,000 for 39 local charities. Canadian Olympian and defending champion Eric Gillis from Guelph, ON cruised to a comfortable win and took the Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships title with an impressive victory in 1:05:57. He broke away from Toronto's Rejean Chiasson at 3km and never looked back. Chiasson took second place with a finish time of 1:08:04. Krista Duchene from Brantford, ON had an even more impressive solo performance and took the female title at 1:12:28, just 19 seconds shy of the national record. She was trailed by Dayna Pidhoresky from Tecumseh, ON, who had a strong performance at 1:16:39 as she returned from injury. Lisa Avery was a surprise bronze medalist at 1:17:08. "Today's race was not only an inspiring one for the athletes and supporters, but also for Montreal's community," said Francois Lecot, Race Director, Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k. " Runners and spectators alike came together today both through the sport of running and for raising funds for causes in the community." The Scotiabank Charity Challenge raised more than $625,000 as of press time. This remarkable achievement exceeds last year's total of $565,000. "The 2013 Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k was a huge success and we want to thank runners and supporters who should be extremely proud of their achievements today," said Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region. "Today's race demonstrated enthusiastic competition and community spirit and through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, we surpassed our goal and reached $625,000 which is truly a remarkable success." Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal Results: Half-Marathon Male 1. Eric Gillis (Guelph) 1:05:57 2. Rejean Chiasson (Toronto) 1:08:04 3. Patrice Hamelin (Quebec) 1:09:02 Half-Marathon Female 1. Krista Duchene (Brantford) 1:12:28 2. Dayna Pidhoresky (Tecumseh) 1:16:39 3. Lisa Avery (Orillia) 1:17:08 5k Results 5k Male 1. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (Quebec) 14:29 2. Charles Cooper (Montreal) 15:20 3. Philippe Gravel (Magog) 15:26 5k Female 1. Beatrice Ouellet (Montreal) 18:45 2. Linda Henry (Montreal) 19:01 3. Mandoline Royer (Montreal) 21:22 Now in its eleventh year, the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal serves as the Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships and helps kick off the 2013 Canadian Championship Series. Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships Results: Canadian Championship Male 1. Eric Gillis (Guelph) 1:05:57 2. Rejean Chiasson (Toronto) 1:08:04 3. Patrice Hamelin (Quebec City) 1:09:02 Canadian Championship Female 1. Krista Duchene (Brantford) 1:12:28 2. Dayna Pidhoresky (Tecumseh) 1:16:39 3. Lisa Avery (Orillia) 1:17:08 To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, please visit http://www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/montCHARITY.htm For more highlights and complete race results, please visit http://www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/index.htm Twitter Hashtag: #SCOTIA21KMTL About Scotiabank: Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us atwww.scotiabank.com. About Canada Running Series CRS is Canada's premier running circuit with 9 events in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It provides a top quality "running experience" for participants of all levels and abilities, from Canadian Olympians and international stars, to weekend warriors and first-time fitness folks. It annually attracts 60,000 participants and raises over $6 million a year for some 250 mostly-local charities. Information and registration:www.RunCRS.ca. Sheena Findlay Scotiabank Sheena.email@example.com 416-866-6806 Katherine Vanda High Road Communications Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org 514908-0110 poste 315 SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2013/30/c2045.html CO: Scotiabank ST: Quebec NI: FIN CHARITY -0- Apr/30/2013 19:38 GMT
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