Get To Know Your Running Clubs: Justice League Runners
“It's not about the speed. It's about the spectacle.” That's the motto of Toronto's Justice League Runners.
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Jean-Paul Hernandez about the Justice League Runners, a group of people who don super hero costumes, run races, and raise money for charity.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your group's history and membership
Since the spring of 2014, the Justice League Runners have suited up to run for charities to help inspire kids and fellow runners they encounter along the route. We raise money and awareness to various causes.
While we're a young running team, we are not inexperienced - the team has consisted of some of the most recognized names on social media in Toronto. Members include half-marathoners, marathoners, triathletes, yogis and even ultramarthoners.
There is no fee to join, yet the team rules are simple: for each race, we start and finish together united and we are back of the packers. Anyone can join, any level of runner as speed is not the focus. We run to simply have runners, spectators and especially children watching a run be inspired by the superheroes they see.
Where/when do you usually meet?
We run some of the larger and more well known races in Toronto, but have done small races. We're not a running club, per se, more of a team that comes together for the cause of a race.
Examples include the;
- Toronto Waterfront 10k
- KidsAbility Superhero 5k in Guelph
- The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (full distance).
You can learn more about events that they are attending through the Justice League Runners Facebook Page
Any cost to be a member/join?
No cost - just the passion to run, help raise funds and suit up as your favourite character.
Are you affiliated with any events?
We're not affiliated with any specific event, and will, when possible, participate in any event within driving distance.
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
The Martin Goodman Trail and the route along the Beaches area. Both are flat, by the lake and practically traffic-free. In spring/summer/fall, they're perfect for running.
Do you have any favourite local races?
So many great races, so little time to do them all ;)
The Mississauga half or full marathon is a great race. The view is lovely, the course practically flat, and you're out along the lake! Also this year (2015) we will have teams running for both the half and full at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and are encouraging runners in both distances to go the whole way!
Anything else that we should know?
We love running as some of the most recognized superheroes in the world, and we love doing it for charity. We hope that we do help to make a little difference in the world.
Want to connect with the Justice League Runners or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Looking for runs in and around Toronto? Have a look at the RunGuides list of Toronto runs and running races for a list of all upcoming runs in the area