Great Lakes Brewery Announces Its Support for Marathon World Record Attempt

Toronto, Ontario –  Inspired by a popular Great Lakes Brewery character, the Co-Founder of RunTOBeer is attempting a Guinness World Record for Fastest Marathon (Male) dressed as a Lumberjack, for charity.

Dan Grant, who manages the day-to-day operations of RunTOBeer, will run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Sunday October 22nd, dressed as Gordie Levesque, the face of Great Lakes’ Canuck Pale Ale.

To establish the record, Grant must finish the 42.2 kilometre course under 4:15:00 (four hours and fifteen minutes), wearing a toque, flannel shirt, suspenders, denim pants and lace-up boots, while carrying an axe.

Great Lakes Brewery is supporting Grant by hosting a charity fundraiser for Good Foot Delivery on Thursday, September 14th. As an official “warm up” event for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, race organizers,​ Canada Running Series​,​ will invite runners from across the region to join RunTOBeer for a 3k, 5k or 10k run, ending at Great Lakes Brewery. Proceeds from the first beer purchased will be donated to Good Foot Delivery; a local courier service that hires people with disabilities to deliver packages around the GTA using public transit and their own two feet.

“We’re pleased to be working with Dan again on another one of his charitable endeavours,” said Peter Bulut, Owner and President of Great Lakes Brewery. “It’s going to be great watching him shatter the record dressed as our beloved Gordie Levesque and we know the cans of Canuck Pale Ale he’s consuming, while training, will propel him forward.”

Other Quick Facts

  • Co-Founder Dan Grant set a 2017 goal of raising $10,000 for Good Foot Delivery, primarily through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge (associated with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)

  • In 2016, STWM participants raised $3.24 million for 182 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

  • In 2016, Grant raised nearly $4,000 for charity

    • More than $2,600 for SickKids Foundation as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

    • Nearly $1,250 for Alberta Wildfire Relief; the result of a 50k single-day run to 21 different Toronto breweries

  • Great Lakes Brewery is supplying Grant with a summer’s worth of Canuck Pale Ale, to help with his training

  • Leading up to the marathon, Grant is also attempting to grow a beard worthy of Gordie Levesque, and posting its progress on Instagram, using the hashtag #CanuckAF

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