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Compete in a 5K and raise funds for Top Glove at the same time

City boxing gym was hit hard by the pandemic but their back and want to see local athletes compete in Top Glove’s first Champion Run fundraiser
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Top Glove Boxing Academy fighter Youssef Elbouachraoui with Coach and gym owner Gordon Apolloni in a 2019 file photo. Top Glove was hit hard by the pandemic. Help it get back on its feet by competing in a fundraising 5K run. (Supplied)

Compete in a 5K run at Kivi Park in August and you can raise funds to support the work of city boxing gym Top Glove Boxing Academy at the same time.

Top Glove is hosting its first-ever Champion Run on Aug. 13 at Kivi Park. Top Glove is a not-for-profit organization that, besides offering boxing training, works with at-risk youth to get them “off the streets and into the gym.”

The COVID-19 pandemic was tough on Top Glove with a significant decline in memberships. And while memberships are starting to return, the gym has a long road ahead of it.

“The gym is slowly but surely increasing its members after COVID-19 hit,” said Giorgia Apolloni of Top Glove. “Many of our members have returned and our youth team is strong and shows promise for coming years.”

Apolloni said funds raised from the Champion Run will support workshops and seminars for young people and to put on events. Among the initiatives is a team-up between Top Glove and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre to offer family classes.

The proceeds from the 5K will help Top Glove continue its mission of giving back to the community through its work with young people.

“Participating in our 5KM Champion Run will give those who are not members a small taste of what it is like to train at the academy, as it is not all just about throwing punches,” Apolloni said.

The event at Kivi Park starts at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13. The Champion Run is being offered with the support of The Barber Shop and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre. 

Registrations can be made online here or at the gym, which is located at 147 Lorne Street. The entry fee is $40 and includes a Champion t-shirt.