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What is the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for WOMEN?

The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is a national event series, held in 15 cities across Canada in support of women’s mental health programs. Year after year, participants and their families help raise money that directly benefits local women’s mental health programs. Moreover, the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is about feeling good. Did you know, numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy1? We want to celebrate this effective method of anxiety and depression management, which is why we put on 15 run/walk events across the country! Join US?

What are the Distances? 

  • 5k walk or run
  • 10 run only
  • 1k Little Steps (ages 12 and under)

Join the Running Room Run Club to train for your walk/run and meet new similar people!

Our CAUSE

Living with mental health challenges is hard; living with the stigma and lack of tools to manage mental health challenges is even harder. Each year, we bring awareness and raise money for women’s mental health programs in local communities while advocating the general positive affects of exercise on mental health wellness. Studies have shown that women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Research indicates that one in four women will experience some form of depression in their lifetime. With millions of women bravely facing mental health challenges every day, we need your help to create a positive impact in their lives while using exercise to manage your own general mental health wellness. Did you know that PET scans indicate that running can increase the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a key treatment for depression1? Can you imagine celebrating this with hundreds of women at the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women! Join US? We think you should.

Swag?

The only thing missing from the swag bag is the kitchen sink. Think we’re kidding? Just ask someone who has been to our race. We like our participants to be happy so we work hard to stuff your bags with goodies that you love. You also receive a specially designed tech shirt for race day in your size. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the reveal @runforwomen

The Medal?

We don’t give medals, we give jewellery! At the finish line you will receive a specially designed Run for Women bracelet as your eternal support for mental health wellness and achievement. Participating in the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is an accomplishment! One you should be able to wear anytime or all the time! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the reveal @runforwomen

Facts!

Do you know about the link between running and Mental Health1?

Aerobic exercise, like running, is of benefit to anyone suffering from a mental illness for 4 reasons:

  1. It’s part of a regular fitness routine that is a critical step in ensuring the well being of women and families.
  2. Numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy.
  3. Running in groups is a stress reliever because people can share their stories and struggles that they might not tell their friends and families.
  4. PET scans indicate that running can increase the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a key treatment for depression.

1 Dr. Valerie Taylor, Chief of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital

Will you come celebrate with US?