Ready... Set... RUN UP for DOWN SYNDROME!
Last June, we celebrated 20 amazing years of Run Up for Down Syndrome with a history-making, record-breaking day.
Now, we are ready to step into the future, and build on our first $100,000 Run.
Be part of the excitement as an estimated crowd of 1,000 gathers on June 4 at Simon Fraser University to run, walk or stroll in celebration of individuals with Down syndrome and all they contribute to our community.
Along with the traditional 5 km or 1.5 km walk or run, participants will enjoy a variety of fun family activities such as face painting, a bouncy castle, games, mascots, scrumptious food, and so much more. Runners will also have a chance to win incredible prizes, including a classroom pizza party courtesy of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria!
Run Up for Down Syndrome is hosted by the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. In the weeks leading up to the event, participants collect donations from friends and family, using a customized personal fundraising webpage. Last year, approximately $108,000 (net) was raised for DSRF’s research and educational programs... and we're just getting started!
If you need a little extra motivation to fire up your fundraising, you're definitely want to get in on our fundraising prize draw! Raise $100 or more through your Run Up for Down Syndrome fundraising page, and you will be entered to win one of several incredible prizes (details to be announced soon).
Note: Prize winners must answer a skill-testing question. For winners under the age of 19, the prize will be awarded to a parent/guardian.
Finish off the school year in style! Students in grade 8 or under are encouraged to get their classmates involved in the fundraising challenge. The top fundraiser will win a pizza party for their class, courtesy of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria! To enroll your child in the Classroom Challenge, please contact Maria.
Do you work for a Lower Mainland business of any kind? If so, round up your co-workers and take the Corporate Challenge!
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are invited to enter a team and compete to make the biggest impact for individuals with Down syndrome.
Teams must have a minimum of 10 members. If you have less than 10 employees, fear not - you can feel free to top up your team with clients, suppliers or family members.
Corporate teams will compete in two challenges, with a trophy and prize awarded to the team that wins each contest. Both contests are based on ratios, to allow organizations of varying size to compete on a level playing field.
Spirit: The Spirit Award goes to the corporate team that has the highest participation among its employees. Your spirit score is calculated by dividing the total number of team members at the event by the total number of employees at the organization. Team members include runners of all distances, walkers and volunteers. Prize: TBA
Fundraising: The Fundraising Award goes to the team that raises the most money per team member. Your fundraising score is calculated by dividing the total funds raised by the team as a whole by the number of team members, to determine which team raised the most per participant. Prize: TBA
8:00 On-site registration/race package pick-up begins at East Parking Lot (formerly known as Parking Lot B)
8:30 Magic Show #1
9:30 5k run/walk start time
9:45 1.5k walk start time
10:45 Prize presentations
10:55 Closing comments
11:00 Magic Show #2
Can't make the event? Be there in spirit as a Virtual Runner!
You can join in the fun and support the cause, even if you can't be there on June 4. You can even be part of a team! Sign up as a Virtual Runner to create your fundraising page, and we'll send you a Run Up for Down Syndrome t-shirt, designed by a DSRF student. You will also be eligible for our fundraising prizes. And best of all, the registration price for Virtual Runners is just $10!
To sign up, use the registration buttons at the top of this page to select your team or to join as an individual, and choose "Virtual Runner" when prompted.
Are you ready to Run Up for Down Syndrome? Register today!