TORONTO BOARD MEETING – SEPT 10th
The 14th Annual Toronto Board Meeting took place last Saturday.
Rain had threatened the event, but by late afternoon, things were in full swing.
Over 800 skaters took to the streets and the mood, as always, was indeed festive.
The photos don’t fully capture the experience – but they give you a taste. The range of participants is from 1 year up to 50-something.
The initial rush starts with a quick push to the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair.
A ten minute sit-down in the intersection boggles most on-lookers minds and allows everyone to gather.
Cries of “BOOARRRDDD MEETING” can be heard every few moments.
The second part of Board Meeting is a quick skate down a moderate hill on Canada’s most well known street – Yonge Street.
Despite the fact that the meeting has been going on for almost a decade and a half, most spectators don’t really know what they are seeing.
Many stand there in disbelief while others, enjoying the spirit of the moment, take photos or give high fives.
A number of taxi cab drivers are stunned and regular motorists generally go with the flow.
A quick fifteen to twenty minute skate to Queen’s Park marks roughly the half way point and allows the group to enjoy the moment.
It’s then on to City Hall for an impromptu slide jam.
This year Board Meeting happened to have the good fortune of coinciding with a walk to raise money for cancer.
The music blaring from the speakers blended perfectly with the day. Towards the end of the event, thirsty skaters were generously given free soft drinks courtesy of the sponsors of the walk.
As the first part of Board Meeting ended, the rain started to come. The timing was almost too perfect!
Huge thanks to all the sponsors who make this event such a blast.