at the races Pssst…The Annual Sunset Shuffle Is Under New Ownership

Pssst…The Annual Sunset Shuffle Is Under New Ownership


If you want to be in the know about running events in Toronto, then be informed that a much beloved Toronto race has a new Race Director and owner.  

Lynn Bourque, owner of The Runners Shop, was the race director of The Sunset Shuffle for several years as a member of Longboat Roadrunners prior to purchasing The Runners Shop. She has always loved the community feel and charm of this event, and is thrilled to return as race director.

It’s not that the event was in any way trying to be covert, but it was the only 6K road race that offered a barbeque and special beverages post-race. A short ride to the Island dropped participants right on the course as they disembarked from the ferry. The summer date and location combination has always been the perfect backdrop for a race as the weather was still warm, with a cool breeze off the lake and a gorgeous view of the Toronto skyline. 

The distinctive 6K distance has always attracted runners to Toronto Island on a weeknight. It survived the flood of 2017, the pandemic—and now will have new life under Lynn.

The race date is Thursday August 8th, 7pm, and will return to its original location of Wards Island. New this year is the change from the 6K distance to a 5K race. There will be a unique finishers medal for all participants and PUMA is the prize sponsor.

The Sunset Shuffle raises funds for Hopes Rise, a fitness, reading and leadership skills program for kids in Toronto, founded by former Canadian marathon record holder Silvia Ruegger. In memory of Silvia, Lynn strives to keep Silvia’s dream of a bright future for all children alive.

Registration is open, and the event sells out every year.  Avoid disappointment and enter today right here.

Photo credit YYZ Events

The Runners Shop is one of Canada’s oldest independently owned running retailers. Located in the heart of The Annex, 374 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. Lynn and her staff are extremely knowledgeable and have decades of relevant experience. The  Sunset Shuffle will join The Runners Shop series of races that also includes; The Longest Day Ekiden Relay Race in June 18th, 7pm, Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto and The Wild Mile in October 27th, Roycroft Park 150 Boulton Drive, Toronto (just north of Dupont and Davenport).