Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Yes! We want men and boys to participate and support their mothers, friends, sisters, daughters and wives. The Run for Women is for everyone!
Yes. You can transfer your registration to someone else. Transfers must be requested by e-mail no later than 30 days before the first day of the event. To transfer your registration, please send an email to info@runforwomen.ca with your registration information.
Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds if the event goes virtual. However, if we cannot host a live event and you decide that you do not want to participate virtually, you can email us at info@runforwomen.ca with your registration information and we can defer your registration to 2023.
Unfortunately, due to the specificities of both registration types, we are not able to transfer you from Virtual registration to In-person registration.
Yes, you can request a race distance transfer. Distance transfers must be requested by e-mail no later than 30 days before the first day of the event. To request a distance transfer, please send an email to info@runforwomen.ca with your registration information.
Yes, the Run for Women is an all ages event! For 5K and 10K events, we ask that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by an adult living in the same household, as the safety of every participant is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to put safety first when planning for the event.

For children under 12 we have brought back the 1K Little Steps event! All 1K Little Steps participants received a youth-size Technical Tshirt and 1K Finisher Medal.
For the safety of all participants, strollers are not permitted in the 10K Run. However, strollers are permitted at the back of the 5K Walk/Run.

Please note: Double-wide strollers and wagons are not permitted on the course. 
Although we do love dogs, for your safety and the safety of the other runners, dogs are not permitted on the course. 
No. There will be no event day registrations. Registration closes 5 days before the event.
All participants will receive a Technical T-Shirt, a Bracelet and our legendary Swag Bag. We do not provide medals or awards for top finishers.
You can sign up online by visiting runforwomen.ca/cities. Registration closes 5 days before each event. 
Tax receipts are not issued for registration fees as CRA rules don't allow for receipts when participants receive a Technical T-Shirt, Bracelet and our legendary Swag Bag.
Yes there are! We will be seeking volunteers to help at the event and at Race Kit Pick Up in our Running Room Stores. To register as a volunteer, visit your city page and click the 'Volunteer' button.

Virtual Event

A virtual walk/run can be completed from anywhere, anytime before or on the in-person event day. You can walk/run your own route at your own pace. Do what you feel comfortable doing. The most important thing is that you are participating to support women’s mental health programs in your community while being active.

The deadline to complete your walk/run and submit your virtual results is the day that the in-person event takes place in your city.

Yes! Teams are still available and ENCOURAGED! We need our support networks to achieve what is possible and teams have the added benefit of supporting each other while encouraging participation and fundraising!

You can still register under your team name and keep in contact with your team members on event day. We encourage you to stay connected before and after your walk/run by organizing pre and post-event video chats, sharing photos with each other, and setting up some friendly competition or team goals.

With your Virtual registration, you will receive a Technical T-shirt, Bracelet, our Legendary Swag Bag and FREE Home Delivery of your race kit.

Virtual participation: No, you don't need a bib number to participate. A digital bib will however be available on our website for download. You will have the option to record your results through a personalized link and you will not be asked to enter your bib number. Your personalized timing link will be emailed to you on the Wednesday before the event. 

In-person participation: A bib number will be assigned to you and you will receive a bib with a timing chip in your race kit.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe on event day:

  1. Avoid high traffic routes.

  2. Walk/run close to home in your neighborhood during a quieter time of day.

  3. Adhere to your local social distancing practices while you are out walking/running.

  4. Try to avoid running at night or in the early morning when it is dark.

  5. Wear appropriate clothing.

  6. Be visible and dress for the weather.

  7. Bring water and/or nutrition if you’re planning a longer route. There are no water stations along the way in a virtual race.

  8. Carry a cell phone with you during your virtual race and tell someone the route you’re running in case of an emergency.

  9. Plan out your route in advance and try as best you can to stick to it.

Virtual Participation: As long as you fully track your walk/run and complete the distance you've registered for before the submission deadline, you are welcome to take breaks or split up your distance over more than one day.

You can share your photos, accomplishments, pre-event training and support for the event with our community online by tagging us on social:

Instagram, Twitter & TikTok: @runforwomen
Facebook: @Run_for_Women_Series

Hashtags:
#runforwomen #shoppersLOVEYOU

No. As a part of your registration fee, regardless of whether or not you submit your results, you will receive your Technical T-Shirt, Bracelet and Swag Bag.

Everyone, everywhere is welcome to participate. However, please note that Race Kit Pickup is only available at select Canadian Running Room Stores, and home delivery shipping excludes international destinations.

The Wednesday before the event you will receive an email with your timing link where you can submit your time. To track your time, use any of your favorite timing apps.
 
You will have the option to submit your walk/run results through the personalized link that will be emailed to you.

Fundraising

To begin fundraising you need to be registered for the race. If you haven't registered yet, start by clicking here.

If you have already registered, sign into your account and set up your Participant Centre. Your account login details are listed on your confirmation email.

Once your Participant Centre is set up, you will be able to send emails to friends and family asking them to support your fundraising efforts.
Yes! This year we have some great fundraising rewards for those who raise $250 or more. Check out the rewards here.
To donate to a charity, click the ‘DONATE’ button on the top right corner of our website. Then click “give directly to the charity” and choose the charity you would like to support.
To donate to a participant's fundraising goal, simply click the 'DONATE' button on the top right corner of our website and then search for the participant by first and last name. Once your donation is finalized, a tax receipt will be immediately issued via email.

RaceKitPickup&HomeDelivery

In-Person Participation
If you sign up to join us In-Person, you will be able to pick up your Race Kit In-Store at the local Running Room store you select during signup. Swag Bags will be handed out in-person on event day.

Timing - CLICK HERE to see the list of Running Room stores offering In-Store Pickup

Virtual Participation
Home Delivery* is included in the Virtual 5K/10K $40 Registration fee, so your Race Kit and Swag bag will be delivered directly to your address.**
 
*There may be shipping delays due to a high volume of home deliveries.

**We do not ship outside of Canada.
Timing - CLICK HERE to see the list of Running Room stores offering In-Store Pickup
If you would like to pick up a Race Kit for a friend, or multiple people, please be sure to have a copy of each persons confirmation email with you at Race Kit Pickup. Swag Bags will be handed out in-person on event day.
Timing - If you are expecting home delivery you will receive your Race Kit in time for the event. However, if you signed up within 2 weeks of race day you might not receive your Race Kit in time for the event.

Note: There may be shipping delays due to a high volume of home deliveries.
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