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Important 2020-2021 Season Update

Dear Trakkers:

After much consideration as to what we are able to offer that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable, and based on the responses from the survey we sent out in September, we have decided that we are not able to offer bus trips this season. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to suspend club activities for the 2020-2021 season until further notice.

We have made this decision after carefully considering:

  • The safety of our members: Advice surrounding the modes and risk of transmission of COVID-19 in indoor environments for long periods of time, such as on a bus, continues to evolve.
  • Comfort of trips: To comply with public health regulations, each ski resort is modifying its operations differently, including limited or no change rooms, limited ski rental capacity, and reducing the number of people inside chalets and the amount of time spent indoors. Arriving in a group means that the bus must be used as a hub, which runs counter to advice given from public health.
  • Value to members and financial impact to the club: Reducing the number of passengers on the bus to ensure appropriate social distancing significantly increases the cost of bus fare. We considered subsidizing the cost of buses in order to keep bus fares reasonable, but this is not financially responsible as we would need to significantly increase fees in the future to recuperate the lost revenue.
  • Logistics and feasibility: After much discussion of various options, including methods to minimize costs and restructuring, modifying and reducing club activities, we determined that other club offerings such as ski lessons, weekend trips, and social events were not feasible under the current situation.

The Board would rather weather the storm this year so that Trakkers can continue to operate in future years. We thank you for your support and ask for your cooperation and understanding during this time. We will continue to maintain our online presence until we are able to re-open membership next year.

In the meantime, we are developing an approach to foster community and online engagement, so please follow us on:

Yours truly,

Trakkers Board of Directors

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Keep the momentum going with Virtual Marathons and Runs

Keeping fit all winter and wondering how to keep the momentum going?

Trying to wake up from hibernating all winter?

With the City of Toronto extending the cancellation of in-person major outdoor events to July 1, regularly scheduled marathons and runs are going virtual. Here’s more about the Toronto Marathon, Sporting Life 10k, Toronto Women’s Half Marathon/10k/5k, and Run for Women.

Toronto Marathon

January 25 to May 31, 2021

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Typically held in early May, the Toronto Marathon runs from Mel Lastman Square to Ontario Place. It is known to be downhill, scenic and fast and sees participants from around the world.

For the virtual version, there are four distances available for participants to run or walk as noted below. Registration fees range from $35 to $45 and include virtual tracking through the ASICS Runkeeper App or app of choice, virtual race bib, downloadable custom branded finisher’s certificate, race medal, event shirt, and promo codes to the ASICS online store and from sponsors.

  1. Virtual Marathon
  2. Virtual Half Marathon
  3. Virtual 10K
  4. Virtual 5K

The fundraising organizations are The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, SickKids Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For more information:
Website: http://www.torontomarathon.com/2021-virtual
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torontomarathon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/torontomarathon 

Sporting Life 10k

May 9 to May 30, 2021

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In its 21st year, the Sporting Life Virtual 10K is in support of Camp Ooch. There are two options available as noted below. The registration fees are $60 and $120 respectively, and include an event shirt, exclusive finisher medal, Sporting Life 10k promotional code and a virtual run bib.

  1. Sporting Life Virtual 10k – run or walk 10km
  2. Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge – run or walk 10km ten times

For more information:
Website: https://sportinglife10k.ca/toronto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SL10KTOR 

Toronto Women’s Half Marathon/10k/5k

May 23 to June 6, 2021

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As the name suggests, the Toronto Women’s Virtual Half Marathon/10k/5k offers three distances for participants to run or walk as noted below.  Registration fees range from $50 to $60 and include a women’s specific souvenir race shirt, 10k/5k finisher medal or half marathon necklace designed by Foxy Originals, $25 Asics e-card (requires minimum spend of $100), race bib, and other sponsor offerings.

  1. Half Marathon
  2. 10km
  3. 5km

The fundraising partner for this event is the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

For more information:
Website: https://www.towomensruns.com/events/virtual-run-half-marathon-10k-5k
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torontowomensruns
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOWomensruns 

Run for Women

July 4 and 11, 2021

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The Run for Women is taking place virtually across 18 cities in Canada with proceeds ($35 of registration fee) going to local charities for women’s mental health. In Toronto, the event is in support of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.  A Run for Women Day in Canada Live Stream event will be held on July 11, 2021.

Participants can choose from two distances to run or walk as noted below. The registration fee is $40 and includes a “legendary” swag bag, official Run for Women UNSTOPPABLE Bracelet, and official Run for Women technical t-shirt. 

  1. 5K Virtual Walk/Run
  2. 10K Virtual Walk/Run

For more information:
Website: https://www.runforwomen.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunForWomenSeries
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RunForWomen  

[Newsletter] Trakkers Broadcast – February/March 2021

Hello Trakkers!

As the days get longer and we see more of that glorious sunshine, it reminds us that spring is just around the corner. This means that it is almost time for our Annual General Meeting. Continue reading for more information.

Annual General Meeting – Save the date!

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We will be having our virtual Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Curious about your Board members for the 2021-2022 season? See them elected here.  

More details to come!

Legislation and You – The Corporations Act, Not-for-profit Corporations Act and Trakkers’ By-law

It’s been a quiet year for Trakkers, but the Board has been busy!

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The Board determined that this non-operating season was a good time to review the Trakkers by-law, which had been drafted in 2009 and subsequently amended on two occasions.   

Trakkers was created pursuant to the Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “OCA”) which is still in effect; however, it is contemplated that new legislation which will eventually replace the OCA, the Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2010 (Ontario) (the “ONCA”), will come into force in the upcoming year.  Once the ONCA is in effect, existing non-profits will have three years to transition to the new rules.  

The Board decided to change the by-laws to conform with the current legislation, the OCA, and also with the ONCA.  The default by-law drafted as regulations to the ONCA were the starting point.  The Board then added various governance provisions (for example, no abstention of vote) and specific provisions included in the 2009 by-laws of Trakkers.  

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Further, as a result of the pandemic, the Province made temporary amendments to the OCA to provide relief and flexibility as a result of the declared emergency by permitting virtual meetings and providing for an extension of Annual General Meetings. The Board has updated the by-law accordingly so as to not be reliant on temporary emergency legislation in the future.

Prior to the Board approving the proposed changes to the by-law, the Directors wish to invite the membership of Trakkers to review and comment. 

Please contact Gina Ang at president@trakkers.ca by March 26, 2021 for further information and text of the proposed new by-law.  

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[Newsletter] Trakkers Broadcast – January/February 2021

Hello Trakkers!

Hopefully you are keeping happy and healthy! While we are not operating any club activities this season, we are keeping active on our blog and social media.

Here’s what’s been happening on the Trakkers blog:

Please note that whenever heading out, check websites regularly to ensure that you are up to date on and following COVID-19 protocols, including physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

A tour of Trakkers Trails for safe, physically distanced fun

With no bus this year, some of you might be looking to make your own way up to the trails. But, one of the benefits of the bus is that you really did not have to know where we were going. Trakkers took care of it. So, maybe you are wondering how you can get to those trails by yourself? If so, here is a guide. Read more….

Places to Ski and Snowshoe

I’m going to add a few less likely places to ski.  These are all non-commercial ski areas with limited or no facilities.  And that means limited or no trail fees.  You are unlikely to meet many people on these trails which, in these strange times, can be considered an added bonus rather than a problem. Read more…

Virtual Canadian Loppets

Looking for a challenge this winter? Consider participating in a virtual loppet. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of our favourite loppets have gone virtual. Here’s what the Canadian Ski Marathon, the Canadian Birkie and the Gatineau Loppet are doing this winter. Read more…

Unable to ski? Try skating!

In December, my partner and I booked a getaway to spend a few days in Tiny Township. We were really looking forward to getting back on our skate skis. After the lockdown was announced, our plans were blown to smithereens, but what can one day do?? So we decided to go… skating! Local, free, and fun! Read more…

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