On a beautiful Saturday morning in High Park, 5,000 participants showed their support to raise $350,000 for the internationally recognized Prostate Centre at PMHF in the sixth annual Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8K and 5K to Fight Prostate Cancer.

“We are so proud to say that after six years, we have reached $2 million with the $350,000 from today’s run,” said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen’s team of 55 associates in the event. “We are very happy with the level of participation and the amount of money raised from today’s race. I’d like to personally thank all the runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers for continuing to embrace the cause and helping to make Harry’s Spring Run-Off 2011 a continuous success.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Harry’s Spring Run-Off, as the monies raised in the run are being used to create an individualized treatment program for every man based on their personal genetics. This will lead to cancer treatments that target the cancer with minimal side-effects,” said Dr. Bristow, Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and GU Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Participants in the event, sponsored by luxury menswear retailer Harry Rosen, ranged from serious elite runners, to those attired in outlandish outfits, and even children as the event also included an 800 metre dash for kids.

Eric Gillis of Guelph, Ontario took first place in the 8K competitive run, the earliest event of the Toronto running season, with a time of 24:20. Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, Ontario was the first female to cross the 8K finish line with a time of 27:41.

Nathaniel Green of Toronto, Ontario took first place in the 5K run, with a time of 16:28; and Kirsten Vergara of Toronto, Ontario won for fastest female of the 5K race with a time of 19:34.

The $350,000 raised in today’s event came from the combined efforts of over 400 individuals and 50 teams who participated in fundraising for The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. In addition to title sponsor Harry Rosen, funding for the event was generously provided by New Balance, key sponsor; The Globe and Mail and CBS Outdoor, media sponsors.

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