Be sure to register as early as possible for the Kids Run, which is capped at just 500 children, aged 5 to 12. This event is presented by Saucony Kids. The Kids Run is on Saturday, the same day as the annual Friendship Run, hosted by Running Room and John Stanton, founder of Running Room.
2017 Race Details
Schools, Groups and Teams
We encourage schools, sport clubs and large groups to register teams to be part of this exciting experience. For team registration, one person must take the lead as the “Team Captain” and register a team name and password during the registration process. After the team is created, all other members will be able to join when they register by entering and selecting that chosen team name and password.
PACKAGES FOR THE KIDS RUN NEED TO BE PICKED UP ON THE THURSDAY OR FRIDAY BEFORE THE EVENT. THERE WILL BE NO RACE PACKAGE PICKUP ON RACE DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR PACKAGE IS PICKED UP WITHIN THE EXPO’S HOURS OF OPERATION. NO EXCEPTION.
Expo/Package Pickup Location: TBD
Picking up your child’s package
Plan to pickup your child’s package before the event at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. You will need your child’s Bib number and your own picture ID to pickup your package. Your package includes:
- A Bib
- A short-sleeved Cotton Shirt
- More goodies !
Course & Amenities
Volunteer marshals will accompany children at the Start Line and a Pace Bunny will guide the children along the course. At the Finish Line, all children will get a cool medal and a post-event snack.
All participating children will also have the exciting opportunity to meet and have their bibs signed by some of the Elite Athletes
A family-friendly fun run takes kids aged 5 to 12 on a loop through Stanley Park. Click here for the Kids Fun Run Map.
Things to Remember
- Arrive early to experience the Start Line vibe. Find friends. Get their photo taken, get them to draw a picture and play.
- The annual Friendship Run is hosted by Running Room
- Hug your kids. High-five volunteers and the BMO Bear.
- Race starts. Run, run, run. Go for it. Have fun. Smile and wave at the cameras. Thank volunteers. Show your medal.
Arrive early to experience the festive Start Line vibe and to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Running with kids
Parents (guardians) are allowed to run with their kid(s) as long as they wear the additional race bib provided at the Expo as part of the Kids Run race package. Volunteers will also use the extra bib to identify the child to the parent after the race for pick up.
Corrals are used at the Start Line to provide a smooth and efficient start for all our events. Runners are placed in a corral based on age. Each corral is clearly marked at the Start Line. There are a total of 3 corrals and kids are asked to stand in their designated corrals located at the Start Line. No gear check is provided.
Several Elite Runners are present to meet kids and sign autographs. Some elites also run alongside the runners in the event!
Planning for the Weather
We have West Coast beauty but that means West Coast weather! Plan for ALL types of weather on Race Day. Parents should be prepared for changing weather throughout the day, and have a plan for post-race recovery. It is highly recommended that parents brings warm and waterproof gear at the Start Line. Please note that Finish Line blankets will not be provided, so while we hope for good weather, please plan to have appropriate post-race clothing.
Children will be provided with post-event snack and drinks
Kids Run Volunteers
In order to volunteer in the Kids Run, volunteers must be over 18 years old and complete a Mandatory Background Check as required. If you are new and have not lived in British Columbia (BC) for than 2 years, or are an International Student with no credit and residence history in BC, your background check application will not be able to be processed by the BC Ministry of Justice. Please select a different volunteer role and area that does not require a Background Check.