With summertime drawing near, the weather is getting warm enough to do some running and get yourself in shape. Soon you’ll see organized runs held in Mississauga and across the GTA, where people can get in some exercise for a worthy cause.
Mississauga will host multiple charity race events to give back to the community while creating a fun atmosphere for its residents. If you like being charitable and running, here are some local charity race events to note in the coming weeks.
Join the Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation Walk
One way to kick off the 2019 running season is by being a part of this annual walk, which takes place on June 9.
This charity walk is done in support of Palestinian students worldwide, in partnership with the Trillium Health Partners Foundation and Credit Valley Hospital. Funds raised from this run will go towards sponsoring a triage room in Credit Valley Hospital’s emergency department.
It is a family-fun day of sorts as you are encouraged to participate in the 5K walk then enjoy a day of food, games, and Dabke, a Palestinian folk dance. All ages are welcomed to come to this charity walk, which takes place at Our Lady Queen-Croatia on 4525 Mississauga Road, starting at 11 a.m. A BBQ follows the race from 1 p.m. into the evening.
Be a Part of the Journey to Conquer Cancer
This family-friendly event tackles cancer head-on by allowing you to give back to cancer research, patient care, and other programs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Taking place on May 26, this walk/run comes with three different distances: 1 km, 3 km, or 5 km. There are no fundraising minimums and your children (under 12 years old) can participate free of charge. No matter your fitness level, you can participate in this walk/run, and you’re provided with free breakfast too. You can run in the name of someone you know who’s been affected by cancer or just run/walk for fun and a good cause.
Beforehand, you can even get some advice from running coaches who are Olympic and national champions to help you get in the best shape for the charity race.
Beat the Clock at The Streetsville Mile
If you’re in the Streetsville area, there’s an annual charity race that you can participate in and test your fitness levels.
You and the other 499 participants will need to be at your fittest for this charity run as it kicks off at 10 a.m. sharp on June 1 and lasts for exactly 12 minutes. Each year, this one-mile race takes place right before the commencement of the Bread & Honey Festival Parade. The Streetsville Mile heads down Main Street from Britannia and along Queen and Church streets.
To add a competitive edge to this race, you won’t receive any medal, and you won’t be timed for your efforts, but everyone is trying to avoid the “did not finish” (DNF) mark beside their name. Those who don’t complete the course in the allotted time before the parade will receive a polite request to step to the sidewalk. When they say 12 minutes, they mean it! Furthermore, you can’t carry pets or push walkers or strollers during the one-mile run.
All race profits are donated to charity, and hydration tables will be available, providing water and Gatorade to participants. If you win the race, you get $500, while second and third get $400 and $300, respectively. So, not only do you give back, but you could get a prize too.
Make Strides for Change
On June 2, be prepared to run your best 5K race at the annual Strides for Change charity race taking place at JC Saddington Park in Mississauga.
An initiative championed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, Strides for Change is a walk/run used to raise funds and awareness about impaired driving. The first 500 participants get a race shirt as well as a participant race bag and medal. Plus, you can partake in on-site food and drink following the race.
The road race brings not only mothers out for a good cause, but families as well for a community-themed event that combines fun, fitness, and social awareness. There’s also a live auction and a survivor tent if your or your loved one has been affected by impaired driving.
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