Sunday, June 24, 2018

Divas Series Announces Expansion Into Canada

Divas-Toronto-Island-Cover-PhotoMIAMI, FL- The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is pleased to announce its partnership with GWN Events, bringing the largest women’s-focused half marathon & 5K series to Toronto Island next June.  Toronto Island provides a refreshing escape from downtown with scenic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline.  Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Toronto’s inner harbor, Toronto Island is tranquil and tree-filled; a perfect backdrop for a Divas run.

GWN Events Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Soroka states, “We are excited to venture into running alongside one of the leaders in the space, Continental Event & Sports Management.  Their team has created a unique women’s-focused series that will resonate with Canadian women. We have seen the strength of the Divas brand in the United States and are excited to bring it to Canada in 2017.”

The Westin Harbour Castle, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, will be Divas Headquarters for the weekend.  As with all Divas races, race weekend festivities will kick off with a 2-Day Health & Fitness Boutique taking place on Friday, June 9th from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, June 10th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Both the 5K and half marathon will take place on Sunday, June 11th on the Avenue of the Islands on Toronto Island.  In typical Divas fashion, participants will pass the infamous boa and tiara station prior to the finish line and receive a sparkling tiara medal along with a glass of bubbly to celebrate the occasion.

“We are delighted to partner with GWN Events as the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series expands to Canada, adding to the expansion of the series to now three countries,” says Robert Pozo, President and CEO of Continental Event and Sports Management.  GWN Events is the premiere dragon boat event production company in North America with events throughout the United States and Canada. We feel that GWN Events is the perfect partner to produce, grow and expand this series in the Great White North starting with its first race on Toronto Island.”

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About The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series:
The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is a group of female-inspired events throughout the United States consisting of a two-day Health & Fitness Boutique, a 5K road race and a half marathon event. Each of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K events also consists of other activities geared toward women including a boa & tiara station, “bubbly” toast at the finish and fun entertainment along the course. Now in its sixth year, the race series received the highly coveted SportsTravel Award for Best Amateur Series or Circuit in 2012 and 2013. Event locations throughout the US include Galveston, TX, North Myrtle Beach, SC, Branson, MO, San Francisco Bay, CA, Peachtree City, GA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, St. Augustine Beach, FL and Temecula, CA.  For more information visit

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:
Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is a company formed to produce world-class running events. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 17 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.  Robert, one of the founders of the ING Miami Marathon, also held the position of Race Director since its inception in 2003 until 2007. He has also served as Executive Race Director of the ING Georgia Marathon, the Chicago Half Marathon and the 13.1 Marathon Series.  Prior to joining Continental, Gaby served as the COO of US Road Sports and along with Robert, founded the ING Miami Marathon and served as its Race Director from 2008-2009.  In that capacity, she managed their overall national operations and oversaw all events nationwide including the ING Miami Marathon, Publix Georgia Marathon and Chicago Half Marathon.  With national events comprising of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States.

About GWN Events:

GWN, founded in 1993, is an independent award-winning event production company working with Fortune 500 brands to create superior quality events and experiences. GWN annually produces or engaged to provide production services for over 50 events or festivals per year. GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 600 festivals, and focused on developing sport opportunities in communities across North America. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat, producing nine festival properties throughout the year. For more information visit or



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