Bloor West Villager
Avid marathon runner Bridget Burns is aiming for yet another Guinness World Record.
Running in support of the High Park Zoo during the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 19, the 32-year old local resident will be wearing a zoo-keeper uniform and will be carrying a backpack full of stuffed zoo animals that shebll hand out to cheering children along the route.
Burns said she was one of many residents b local and Toronto-wide b who were worried about the zoobs fate two years ago when the city yanked its funding. Thatbs what prompted her to step up and run in the name of the High Park Zoo.
“I thought it’d be a good cause,” Bridget, who has been running for 10 years, said.
Last May, Burns ran in the Toronto Good Life marathon and was deemed the fastest female dressed as a boxer, garnering her first Guinness World Record.
“I like to test my limits,” she said about her love of running.
Running in a costume makes a marathon more difficult, Burns admitted, but bit’s what makes it unique.
She certainly attracts attention from her fellow runners.
“It’s a great way to raise awareness about a cause,” said Burns, who moved to the High Park area two years ago from London for its running scene.
Friends of High Park Zoo, on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park, will host a neighbourhood cheering section at Ellis Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard between 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. There will be a DJ, live entertainment, including a local family who sings a four-part harmony, according to Friends of High Park Zoo vice-chair Simone Stock.
Burns will be running along with three other neighbourhood champions. Charles Jewell, a life-long High Park area resident, who as a kid recalls feeding the deer. Now, it’s a popular destination for his family, including his wife Anetta and children Holly and Max.
“We are truly lucky to have such an amazing park and a fully functioning free zoo in our own neighbourhood,” Jewell said in a statement. bWhere else can you see colourful peacocks, energetic Mouflon sheep or stately yaks a couple blocks from your house?b
Sean Russell lives near High Park and has been taking his children to the zoo since before they could walk b his eldest is 15. This year will be Russellbs fourth Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Mike Hassan may not live in the neighbourhood, but hebs been visiting the zoo since before he could walk. The downtown resident started running five years ago and will be running his second waterfront marathon.
For further information and to make a pledge in the name of these runners competing in support of the High Park Zoo, visit http://bit.ly/1ylYw6N