Community Partners

Longboat works with a number of charities in the Toronto community. Check out our community partners to learn more the important work they do, how to donate or become a volunteer.


Pathways to Education is helping youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates.

Since 2010, the Longboat Roadrunners have gone the distance for Pathways with their fundraising efforts through the Longboat Toronto Island Run. By supporting one of the Longboat event runners, you can help hundreds of students overcome their barriers to education, graduate from high school, and move on to post-secondary education and training.


Start2Finish’s mission is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at risk children throughout their school years, nurturing mind, body and social health so they are empowered to succeed and become role models for change. Its Running & Reading Club is one of several initiatives focused on empowering children to improve their literacy skills, physical fitness and social and behavioural skills, and prepare them to achieve life-long success.

The Longboat Toronto Island Run is committed to making a difference in kids lives.  Let’s work together to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at risk children throughout their school years.


The Longboat Roadrunners have a strong connection with the West End YMCA. In his heyday, our namesake Tom Longboat trained out of the West End Y at its old location on Queen Street West. In more recent times, the club has supported the Y’s races. It continues to support the Y with an annual donation. Following the tradition established by Tom Longboat, the club has its faster weekly long run from the West End Y every Sunday morning.


The Longboat Roadrunners have been running out of University Settlement since 1981 and we support it with an annual donation. The club runs out of the Settlement twice a week: every Wednesday evening for a tempo workout and and every Sunday morning for a more leisurely long run than from the West End Y. 

University Settlement helps individuals and families to learn and grow by engaging them in social, cultural, recreational and educational Opportunities. Founded in 1910, University Settlement is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the people in the diverse communities it serves.

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