22nd Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome

The 22nd Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome will take place June 3, 2018 at Swangard Stadium

Run Up for Down Syndrome
June 3, 2018 | Swangard Stadium, Burnaby

The 22nd Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome is a landmark occasion as we celebrate the extraordinary growth of the event with a move to a brand new venue: Swangard Stadium.

Everything about Run Up 2018 will be bigger and better than ever: more fun in our expanded Kidz Zone, more food, more runners and, most importantly, more funds raised for individuals with Down syndrome!

Participants of all ages and abilities will run or walk the picturesque 5 km or 1.5 km routes through Burnaby’s Central Park. Back inside the stadium, you’ll enjoy a variety of fun family activities including face painting, bouncy castles and slides, dunk tank, games, mascots, scrumptious food, and so much more. Participants will also have a chance to win incredible prizes for both running and fundraising achievements.

In the weeks leading up to the event, participants collect donations from friends and family, using a customized personal fundraising webpage. Last year, a record $114,000 was raised. 

Will you help us take it to an EPIC level in 2018?


Calling All Early Birds!

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

Fundraising Challenge

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 an incredible 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 Entertainment End 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

12:00 Kidz Zone and Entertainment End 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 3. 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 Research 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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