Run Up for Down Syndrome 2019

The 23rd Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome will take place June 2, 2019 at Swangard Stadium

Run Up for Down Syndrome
June 2, 2019 | Swangard Stadium, Burnaby

No more limits.

At the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, expectations are defied every day. Children speak, after their parents were told it would never happen. Teens graduate with reading skills far beyond what statistics say is "expected." Adults find meaningful employment and thrive in the community, surprising a world that didn't think it possible.

Last year, Run Up for Down Syndrome moved to Swangard Stadium and laid waste to our wildest hopes, growing to over 1,100 runners and almost a quarter million dollars raised in support of educational programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome.

This year, we're not going to even hazard a guess as to where this could go. We're taking inspiration from our students and leaving limits in the past.

Smash expectations and burst through your limits at Run Up for Down Syndrome!


Calling All Early Birds!

Register by April 15 for your chance to win a valuable prize!

Event Highlights

  • 5 km or 1.5 km walk/run
  • Run Up t-shirt designed by DSRF student
  • Kidz Zone: bouncy castle, dunk tank, face painting, mascots and more
  • Soccer Zone
  • DSRF Bollywood and Taekwondo exhibitions
  • CTV Street Team
  • scrumptious food
  • prizes galore
  • fun for all ages and abilities

Fundraising Challenge

When you register, you will automatically receive a free Run Up for Down Syndrome fundraising page. Ask your friends and family to support you as you help individuals with Down syndrome smash expectations and bursting through limits!

If you need a little extra motivation to fire up your fundraising, you'll 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 a very valuable prize!

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.

Classroom Challenge

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 Heather.

Corporate Challenge

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

Event Times

8:00 On-site registration/race package pick-up begins (inside the stadium); Kidz Zone and Soccer Zone open

9:00 Warm-up

9:30 5k run/walk start time

9:45 1.5k walk start time

10:45 Prize presentations

11:00 DSRF Bollywood Dance Performance and Taekwondo Exhibition

12:00 Kidz Zone and Soccer Zone close

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 2. 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!


Crowd Photo Release Notice

Please be aware that by participating in this event, you consent to your likeness being used in promotional materials for future Run Up for Down Syndrome events, and you release the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation from any liability whatsoever of any nature. Please do not participate in Run Up for Down Syndrome if you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing.


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