Changing the shape of Hamilton one “step” at a time

I recently received a press release from Core entertainment that I though I would share the release with my readers. This is a fantastic idea and kudos to all those involved, way to think about the community at large. As many of you know my wife and I have been walking and hiking since June, often weather prevents us from going out. The crowded gym and local singles hangout isn’t what we are looking for either. I live outside Hamilton and it doesn’t make sense to go there for this, I’m hoping other cities with consider similar ventures.

Press release:

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, facility managers of FirstOntario Centre, the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Bulldogs and FirstOntario Credit Union have teamed up to take a “step forward” as they open the doors of the FirstOntario Centre to the community to use the facility as a Walk/Run track.

The Walk/Run Program powered by FirstOntario Credit Union will open to the public beginning Monday, January 30, 2017 and will run until May 2017. After the launch, the program will open seasonally from September to May. The Walk/Run track’s hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the exception of days with events and event preparation. People looking to walk/run will enter the venue at Bay St.

Membership cards for the program’s launch period will be available for the public to purchase starting Monday, January 30 at 9 a.m. at the Dan Lawrie Box Office at FirstOntario Centre for a one-time fee of $25 for the period. The fee will be waived for FirstOntario Members. After opening day, membership cards are available for purchase at the venue’s box office between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“The FirstOntario Credit Union Walk/Run Program allows for our personal lives to mirror the amazing transformation we are seeing in this great city,” said Spectra’s Scott Warren, General Manager of FirstOntario Centre. “It is an honour for us to open our doors and play a small part in the community achieving their personal goals.”

“Physical exercise is important for the ongoing health of our community,” said City of Hamilton’s City Manager, Chris Murray. “Creating a walk/run program at FirstOntario Centre provides another option for the people of Hamilton who are looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I’m personally looking forward to seeing you there.”

“As with the Bulldogs Foundation and the Hockey Club, one of our focuses is to enrich the lives of the people in the Greater Hamilton area,” said Steve Staios, President of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club. “We are excited to partner with Spectra, the City of Hamilton and FirstOntario Credit Union to bring the Walk/Run Program to the FirstOntario Centre and to extend our collective goal to have a healthy community.”

“FirstOntario is a hands-on contributor to the vibrancy of our communities,” said Mary De Sousa, Executive VP for Member Experience and Marketing. “As the naming partner of the facility, we are proud to be part of this program that promotes a healthy lifestyle for everyone in Hamilton but most importantly for our credit union Members who will have free admission.”

For more information about the program and to get a copy of the schedule please visit


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