Run Apart for Down Syndrome 2020

BC's BIGGEST Down syndrome event comes home to your living room. 100% COVID-19 protected!

Run Apart for Down Syndrome
A Virtual Event | June 7, 2020

At the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, BIG Things happen 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.

Even though the COVID-19 crisis will prevent us from gathering together this year, we are still going to Do BIG Things for people with Down syndrome. In fact, it's more important than ever that we do so.

Like many charities, COVID-19 threatens our ongoing viability. Your support is essential to ensure that when our families are finally able to leave their homes, DSRF is at full strength and ready to do what we've always done: empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential.

We are counting on you. Please join us as a virtual runner and ask your family and friends to join you in Doing BIG Things for people with Down syndrome.


Virtual Event Details
June 7, 2020 | 9:30 am

The Run

Under normal circumstances, Run Up for Down Syndrome consists of a 5K or 1.5K walk or run through Burnaby Central Park. This year, when we Run Apart for Down Syndrome, participants will run or walk at home. Hike in the woods. Walk around the block. Run around your living room. Put in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Get active, but do it in the safety of your own home or neighbourhood. And then join the fun online! 

The Fun

We may be running apart, but we'll be together in spirit - and online! As you run, share your photos to show us where you're running. Tag @DSRFCanada on Instagram and we'll reshare your post. After the event, vote for your favourite pics - the most creative and fun posts will win some great prizes!

Judges' Choice:

Most Creative: $150 Kintec Gift Card
DSRF Spirit: $150 Kintec Gift Card
Best Costume: $150 Kintec Gift Card

People's Choice (Public Vote):

Best Picture: 4 Vancouver Canadians Game Tickets (valid post-COVID)

The Funds

We know things are different this year. The COVID-19 crisis is creating major hardships for everybody - DSRF included.

Our team of dedicated Down syndrome specialists is continuing to work full-time from home, finding creative ways to continue to support the families who rely on our essential services - services that we are making available for free for the duration of the crisis.

Nevertheless, we can only go on for so long with no income. Program fees and fundraising have evaporated. In order to continue caring for our clients throughout this crisis - and, even more importantly, to be able to resume our services and programs at full capacity once it passes - we need your help.

Run Up for Down Syndrome is DSRF's biggest annual fundraiser, bringing in almost 20% of our revenue. That makes Run Apart for Down Syndrome the most important event we will hold this year - and possibly, ever. That's why we are asking our runners and supporters to do everything possible to make this a success.

When you register as a virtual runner, your personal fundraising page will be activated, making it easy to Do BIG Things for people with Down syndrome. Please share your page widely and encourage everyone you know to give what they can.

The Rewards

Along with the photo and video contest, there will be valuable fundraising prizes for the adults, kids and teams who raise the most money. 


Top Fundraising Team (dollars per person average):
20 Vancouver Canadians Game Tickets (valid post-COVID)

Spirit Award for the Biggest Team:
20 Vancouver Canadians Game Tickets (valid post-COVID)

Individual Fundraising Awards:
All participants who raise $200 or more will receive an exclusive 25th Anniversary DSRF water bottle and will be entered into a draw for a 2-night stay in a suite at Spirit Ridge Resort with a VIP wine tasting at Nk' Mip Cellars

Of course, the most important reward will be knowing that you are ensuring that people with Down syndrome will continue to get the support they need during this most difficult of times, and beyond.

*Please Note: Due to the unique nature of this virtual event and the financial pressures of the COVID-19 crisis, Run t-shirts will not be provided this year. We look forward to bringing them back in 2021.



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