Race Overview

Over the past six years, the RBC Race for the Kids has rallied over 46,000 participants and raised over $12 million in support of the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook.

But there’s much more to do so we can help even more families. Whether you choose a leisurely 5K or a more challenging 10K, you’ll know every step you take will be helping youth with mental illness find the support they need. It’s fun too, with lots of events and activities awaiting you at the finish line.

Register as an individual or as part of a team with family and friends. Register early, every year this event sells out.


Saturday, September 14, 2019 (come rain or shine)
Start time: 7:30 a.m.
Finish: approximately 12:00 p.m.



Mel Lastman Square - Toronto

Two Distances : 5K and 10K

Choose the distance that’s right for you.

  • 5K Designed for every fitness level. Run or walk. This route is family and dog friendly.
  • 10K Take the scenic route. This course takes you through a combination of city streets and greenspace.

All routes start and finish at Mel Lastman Square. See map.

Did you run the 7K last year? Thank you for your support! Why not challenge yourself to go the extra distance for youth mental health and join the 10K. Or give yourself a break and run a leisurely 5K.

Did you run the 15K last year? Thank you for your support! Imagine how fast you’ll be on the 10K!

Remember: The distance that matters most, is the distance we all go for youth mental health.

Running Gear: What you’ll receive

All participants who reach the fundraising minimum will receive the following:

  • Chipped race bib
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Athletic performance t-shirt

Post-Race Activities & Events

Celebrate crossing the finishing line with other runners. Enjoy snacks and live entertainment at Mel Lastman Square, kids’ activities, photo opportunities with RBC Olympians and much more!

Your Fundraising Goals

You can help raise funds as an individual, or as a team alongside your family and friends.

Once you register, you’ll have access to your Personal Fundraising Hub — a place where you can customize your personal or team page, send emails to ask friends and family for donations and track your progress.

New for 2019: please meet your respective fundraising minimum in order to pick-up your race kit and to help us on our way to supporting even more youth struggling with mental illness and addiction.

  • Child (Under 10): suggested $20 fundraising minimum
  • Youth (11-17): $40 fundraising minimum
  • Adult (18+): $100 fundraising minimum

*Please ensure that you reached your fundraising minimum on or before race kit pick-up in order to collect your race kit (bib and t-shirt). Point of sale terminals will be available at all race kit pick-up locations if you would like to self donate.

Why You Should Run

The odds are, you know a young person with an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or an addiction.

As many as 1.2 million young people in Canada are struggling with a mental health issue, but only one in five will get the specialized treatment they need. Any delay in care can have serious implications. Many of these young people and their families simply don’t know where to turn to find the right services and care.

The Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook was specifically created to help them find the mental health care they need as quickly as possible.

When you participate in the RBC Race for the Kids, you support the team of dedicated, knowledgeable navigators that help youth and their families get back on track with their lives.

Your Fundraising Will Be Rewarded in More Ways Than One

There are so many great reasons to join this year’s race. The satisfaction of helping youth find the right mental health care. The elation that awaits you as you cross the finish line. 

Plus, there are plenty of awesome fundraising incentives to keep you energized and motivated before and after the race.  Remember, the more money you raise, the greater your rewards. Take a look.