Over three hundred participants – executives and youth teams alike – came out to support Portage Ontario and Outward Bound Canada at a fun-filled day of teamwork and challenges on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the first-ever Hit the Bricks Adventure Race and Festival.
It was a beautiful day at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, which was transformed by Outward Bound into an adventure obstacle course that put minds, bodies, and souls to the test, as teams of two to eight racers attempted to complete as many of the challenges as possible in the two-hour time period. At noon, the event morphed into an Urban Adventure Festival, where people of all ages and abilities were able to attempt the very same Hit the Bricks challenges at a more leisurely pace.
Everyone had a great time at this team-building activity and participants were inspired by the courage of the Portage youth who addressed the crowd at the end of the race to explain what the money had been raised for. Staff members and residents from several other Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centres travelled from Québec and New Brunswick to participate in the event and to show solidarity for the youth in treatment at Portage Elora.
Portage Ontario would like to thank all those who came out for Hit the Bricks, especially the many volunteers and event sponsors who gave so generously. With sponsorship, entrance fees, and participant pledges, over $40,000 was raised for the Portage-Outward Bound Program, which provides Portage Elora residents with the ability to go on wilderness adventures as part of their rehabilitation therapy.
Pictures are worth a thousand words – click the links below to see photos from the race, the afternoon festival, and the awards ceremony: