K-W Reconciliation Youth Council is proud to bridge the gap between Six Nations and Kitchener-Waterloo region by hosting the Inaugural Tom Longboat Run, taking place on June 4th! This inaugural run is being held in our region on the 20th anniversary of the Six Nations Tom Longboat Run. Our Youth Council has partnered with Six Nations in bringing this event from downtown Kitchener to Uptown Waterloo. The final route will be advertised in the coming weeks.
Tom Longboat was a local Haudenosaunee/Six Nations olympic athlete. He won the Boston Marathon in 1907, held the record for the world’s fastest amateur runner in 1908, and was titled the Professional Champion at the World Olympics in 1909. These are just some highlights of his runner career. He also worked as a dispatch runner in the Canadian Army during World War I. Mr Longboat passed away from pneumonia on January 9th, 1949, at the age of 62.
This event was held on June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day for eight consecutive years. However, in 2008, it was changed to June 4th to recognize and celebrate Tom’s birthday as requested by family members.
The Six Nations Tom Longboat Run is a family-friendly event that encourages all community members to participate. Some may run, walk, bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair.
To participate at this exciting inaugural event please register between 8:30 am and 9:45 am on June 4th. The run starts at 10 am and will culminate with a closing ceremony before ending at 2 pm.
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