Honda Indy Toronto and YMCA of Greater Toronto shift into gear for Strong Kids Relay

June 7, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – The YMCA of Greater Toronto’s annual Relay for Strong Kids fundraiser will take place on the Honda Indy Toronto race track for the first time, marking a new partnership between the two organizations.

On July 5, a 2.9km portion of the Honda Indy Toronto’s street circuit at Exhibition Place will host teams as they run or walk – relay-style – along the track in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. The Relay, now in its 32nd year raises money to help more kids in the community get active and healthy.

“This event has more than one benefit to the participants. They’re team building, getting active and being role models, while raising funds to help kids access recreation at the Y,” said Dr. Gordon Chong, Chair of the Board for the YMCA of Greater Toronto. “And now this partnership with the Honda Indy will provide a unique event experience on the famous race track.”

“Supporting our local community is something that is important to the Honda Indy Toronto,” said Charlie Johnstone, Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Indy Toronto. “For 25 years, we have opened up a portion of the race track to various charitable and community-focused events. We are happy to continue this tradition in 2012 with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and its Relay for Strong Kids event.”

To participate, community and corporate teams of two or four can register online at the YMCA Relay for Strong Kids website. The Relay has introduced two new components for this year, a youth run and family walk. Each participant will receive one Saturday general admission ticket to the Honda Indy Toronto and will have the opportunity to get into the driver’s seat by participating in a live auction for a pace car ride at the Honda Indy.

To learn more about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, visit:

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto
Established in 1853, The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity mobilizing people in the community to be healthier in spirit, mind and body. Serving the people of the GTA, including Durham, Peel, York, Halton Regions and Dufferin County, the YMCA connects with more than 542,000 people at 425 locations.  In partnership with more than 250 organizations, the Y offers a variety of programs and services responding to the needs of the community, including employment, leadership and education, settlement programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness and recreation, child care and camps.
About Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 6-8, 2012 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. With 26 years of IndyCar racing history in Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, and a festival of live entertainment and interactive activities.

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Media information:

Honda Indy Toronto:

Kathleen Stelmach
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YMCA of Greater Toronto:

Amie Zimon
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