Q: How do I fundraise to support our athletes??
A: Your donations are vital to helping Canada's athletes succeed. If you want to donate to an athlete or a specific individual or community team, simply click on one of the following:
- General donation to the Event
- Pledge an individual (Athlete, participant, volunteer, fundraiser)
- Pledge an Hbc store team
A: The funds you raise will help the Hbc Foundation supply $5,000 bursaries to 200 young Canadian athletes identified by the Canadian Olympic Committee. This money makes a huge difference in the lives of our athletes, because it helps pay for better training, improved equipment, and the cost of coaches, physiotherapy, nutritionists, travel, etc. that are all vital for a strong showing on the world stage. For more information on the Hbc Foundation and its mandate please click on the following link http://www.hbc.com/hbc/socialresponsibility/foundation/.
Q: What is the Hbc Athlete Support Program, and how are the athletes funded?
A: In 2005, Hbc made a commitment to raise $20 million for Canadian athletes by the year 2012. Each year, Hbc will donate $2.9 million, money raised with the help of proud Canadians who want to see our athletes excel in international competition. The funds will be divided into $5,000 bursaries that are given to 200 Canadian athletes each year. The balance of the funds will be directed to National Sports Centres and Training Facilities, as well as funnelled through the Own the Podium Fund.
Athletes are selected for this program with the assistance of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, who gather recommendations from the various National Sport Federations. The athletes chosen have all shown a high level of performance in international competition, or show a potential to succeed. Approximately 80% of 2007 athletes were athletes who were also supported by the program in 2006.
If you are an athlete, and are interested in participating in the Hbc Athlete Support Program, please contact your National Sports Organization for more information.
Q: What's different about Hbc Run for Canada from other 10 km runs??
A: It's a run that offers the best of both worlds to those celebrating being Canadian. It's an event that allows participants to enjoy a run or walk with friends and family on this day of celebration and an opportunity to support Canada's athletic future through individual and team fundraising efforts.
Q: Why is Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) hosting this event??
A: Hbc has been an integral part of Canada's heritage for over three centuries, and through our Hbc family of stores, the Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters and Designer Depot, we continue to take a vital and active role in supporting Canadians from coast to coast. Hbc is also honoured to be an official Olympic Partner and has a rich history of supporting amateur athletes in international competition such as the Commonwealth Games.
Q: Do I have to be a great runner to participate??
A: Absolutely not. Whether you're a serious runner, just starting to enjoy running or want to stroll with your family and friends, the fun-for-all 10K Run, 3K Walk and 1K Kids Run are great ways to kick off your Canada Day celebrations.
Q: How do we register??
A: It's easy for you and your family to register online today. The registration fees are $43 for the 10K Run or $25 for the 3K Walk. The fee for the 1K Kids Run for kids 12 and under is $20.00. Please note that you will be charged 5% GST or 12% HST (Halifax and St. John's events) on your registration as well as a $3.00 processing fee for each transaction. This registration fee will help us to cover our costs and ultimately to increase the amount of funds that we are able to donate to our Canadian athletes. To register for the event please visit the online registration form.
Q: Are there any mementos?
?A: Yes. All registered participants will receive a FREE Technical Running Shirt and a commemorative finisher medal. There is also a new exclusive item available to be purchased – tune in May 1st for the unveiling. You'll also enjoy on-course and post-run entertainment - and much more!
Q: Will I have training assistance??
A: Yes. Training tips are available to all registered participants on our website.
Q: Will I be able to record my run time??
A: Yes, all 10K participants will be issued timing chips with full results posted to this website following the event. Please note that chips will be collected at the run finish, and a fee will be charged for any chips that have not been returned.
Q: I'd like to volunteer. What can I do??
A: The Hbc Run for Canada needs the help of volunteers to help in many ways. From promoting the event before July 1st, to early morning onsite set-up for the run course, to supporting run operations throughout the day, helping with entertainment throughout the event, to handing out finisher medals or providing drinks. For both the run and the walk, we need motivated people to make this event a great success! For more information please visit our volunteer page.
Q: What is the wheelchair, stroller and pet policy?
A: Wheelchair participants MUST start at the front of the pack in event cities with routes that are wheelchair accessible. Check the 10K route description in your community to confirm. Please read the waiver and release form carefully before entering.
Please note that the Hbc Run for Canada discourages the use of baby strollers in its 10K Run events due to concerns for the safety of your child and fellow runners. We request that participants pushing baby strollers observe the following courtesies in order to avoid any harm to your child and fellow walkers: Runners pushing baby strollers are considered not "official". If you still choose to run with a stroller please position yourselves at the back of the race. Please run with your stroller in your left hand side of the pack throughout the race - do not crisscross through the pack. Please do not bump runners' feet with the stroller wheel and remember to call-out to surrounding runners when you are passing. Following these guidelines could prevent accidents as well as avoid harm to your child or to other runners.
Please note that baby strollers are permitted in the 3K Walk events. We request that participants pushing baby strollers observe the following courtesies in order to avoid any harm to your child and fellow walkers: If you choose to walk with a stroller please position yourselves at the back of the walk. Please walk with your stroller on the left hand side of the pack throughout the race – do not crisscross through the pack. Please do not bump walkers' feet with the stroller wheel and remember to call-out to surrounding runners when you are passing. Following these guidelines could prevent accidents as well as avoid harm to your child or to other walkers.
Please note that strollers are NOT permitted in the 1K Kids Run.
Please note that due to safety concerns, dogs or other animals (certified assistance animals excluded) will NOT be permitted in the 10K Run, 3K Walk or 1K Kids Run.
Q: What shoes should I wear?
?A: The first thing to do is to ensure you have the right shoes for running and for your feet, and ones that are not too old. Every person runs differently, and therefore may have different needs in a shoe e.g. more cushioning, stability or motion control for pronation. Some people may even need orthotic inserts to go in their shoes. It is recommended to go to a specialty running store - staff there will be able to look at the way your foot hits the ground and recommend the right shoe.
Q: How often should I change my running shoes?
?A: Approximately every 300-500km (depends on your body weight). A good tip is to mark the date you bought the shoes on the inside of the shoe, and based on your weekly distance, you can easily figure when it's time to think about a new pair.
Q: What do I wear while running?
A: Non-natural fibres that wick away moisture are best for wearing close to the skin. Avoid cotton as this absorbs moisture and can lead to chafing. Also think about wearing breathable socks that wick away moisture to avoid blisters on your feet. Purchase a pair for $8.99 when you register to further support Canadian Athletes.
Q: What should I drink while running??
A: For any exercise up to 1 hour, water does a great job. If you are going for longer than 1 hour, and especially if you are perspire heavily, consider a sports drink which will help replace electrolytes such as sodium.
Q: How do I get rid of a "stitch" (one of those cramps in my side while running)?
A: A stitch is usually a spasm of the diaphragm - a structure that assists in breathing. If you get one, slow down enough to ease your breathing and take deep breaths, with an emphasis on quickly and forcibly breathing OUT. Try to focus on belly breathing.
Q: Who do I contact regarding lost and found items?
?A: If you have lost something or are interested in returning something you found at the Hbc Run for Canada, please email or call 1-866-585-9178.
For any other inquiry, please email or the Marketing Coordinator in your community.