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The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is a national event series, held in 15 cities across Canada in support of women’s mental health programs. Year after year, participants and their families help raise money that directly benefits local women’s mental health programs. Moreover, the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is about feeling good. Did you know, numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy1? We want to celebrate this effective method of anxiety and depression management, which is why we put on 15 run/walk events across the country! Join US?
5k walk or run 10 run only 1k Little Steps (ages 12 and under)
Join the Running Room Run Club to train for your walk/run and meet new similar people!
Living with mental health challenges is hard; living with the stigma and lack of tools to manage mental health challenges is even harder. Each year, we bring awareness and raise money for women’s mental health programs in local communities while advocating the general positive affects of exercise on mental health wellness. Studies have shown that women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Research indicates that one in four women will experience some form of depression in their lifetime. With millions of women bravely facing mental health challenges every day, we need your help to create a positive impact in their lives while using exercise to manage your own general mental health wellness. Did you know that PET scans indicate that running can increase the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a key treatment for depression1? Can you imagine celebrating this with hundreds of women at the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women! Join US? We think you should.
The only thing missing from the swag bag is the kitchen sink. Think we’re kidding? Just ask someone who has been to our race. We like our participants to be happy so we work hard to stuff your bags with goodies that you love. You also receive a specially designed tech shirt for race day in your size. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the reveal @runforwomen.
We don’t give medals, we give jewellery! At the finish line you will receive a specially designed Run for Women bracelet as your eternal support for mental health wellness and achievement. Participating in the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is an accomplishment! One you should be able to wear anytime or all the time! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the reveal @runforwomen.
Do you know about the link between running and Mental Health 1 ?
Aerobic exercise, like running, is of benefit to anyone suffering from a mental illness for 4 reasons:
It’s part of a regular fitness routine that is a critical step in ensuring the well being of women and families. Numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy. Running in groups is a stress reliever because people can share their stories and struggles that they might not tell their friends and families. PET scans indicate that running can increase the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a key treatment for depression.
1 Dr. Valerie Taylor, Chief of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital.
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Thank you for your interest in the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women™ . If you are a member of the media and would like to contact us for more information about our events, please get in touch!
We are here to answer your questions! If you don’t find the answer you are looking for here, please contact us!
1. Are men & boys allowed to participate in the races?
Yes, we want men & boys to participate to support their mothers, friends, sisters and wives. They are welcome to register!
2. Can I wear my mp3 / iPod?
For your safety, music players and headphones may not be worn.
3. Can I bring my dog, stroller, bike, rollerblades or scooter?
For your safety and the safety of the other runners, the above are not permitted on the course in the 5K and 10K events. Strollers will be permitted at the BACK of the 5K only.
4. Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?
Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds or deferrals.
5. I can’t run this year; can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Transfers are available at a cost of $12. There is a link to transfer your application in your confirmation email and available through your Running Room Athletes Dashboard. Please note the transfer deadline shown.
6. Can I alter my registration from the 5K to the 10K or from the 10K to the 5K?
Distance self-transfers are available at a cost of $12. There is a link to transfer your application in your confirmation email and available through your Running Room Athletes Dashboard. Please note the transfer deadline shown.
7. Can I walk the race route? Is there a time limit to complete the course?
Yes, you can walk the route, but you must complete the 5k route within 60 minutes and the 10k route with 120 minutes.
8. Can I register a child to run the race?
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire race route.
9. Are there age group prizes?
The top three finishers will receive medals. No AG prizes will be awarded.
10. Are men eligible for prizes?
Unfortunately, men are not eligible for any awards/prizes.
11. Is there a registration limit?
There is a limit of 2,000 participants in all cities, including both the 5K and 10K. There is a limit of 200 girls in the 1K in each city.
12. Will the race be timed?
The 5K and 10K will be chip timed, the Little Steps 1K will not. Results will be posted shortly after the race at this website.
13. Will there be finisher medals?
All finishers in the 5K & 10K races will be awarded a Finishers Bracelet. All Little Steps 1K’ers will receive a finishers medal.
14. Where do the funds go?
100% of all donations and pledges are given directly to the charity. In addition, $10 for every runner will be donated to the charity. Registration fees are used to cover the cost of the race including permits, security, equipement, food and runner apparel.
15. How do I start a fundraiser?
To begin fundraising you need to be registered for the race. If you haven’t registered, start by clicking here . If you have already registered, follow these step by step instructions and click the button below to start!
16. I want to pledge a runner/walker, how do I do that?
To donate to an Athlete follow these instructions: How to Pledge an Athlete.
17. How do I donate to a charity?
To donate directly, follow these steps: How to Donate.
The team captain must first register and enter the team name.
The team captain must first register and create the team. The system will automatically generate a team password and provide it in the confirmation e-mail. The captain can then send the team name, password and registration link to members. The captain can then send the team name and password to other members to join Each person must register and pay separately (fees are listed per person) individually There is no way to sign up the entire team in one registration as everyone needs to accept the waiver of liability and provide contact information should we need to reach you Captains can view the number and list of team members from their personal Athlete’s Dashboard.
WHAT YOU GET.
Curious about the cool stuff we’ve got for you?
Stay tuned for a sneak peak at the 2018 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women swag and t-shirts!
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