FAQ

RBC Race for the Kids Toronto is a family friendly fundraising event that has been supporting youth mental health for the past 10 years. New this year is the option to participate in-person or virtually, from wherever you are.

Both the in-person and virtual RBC Race for the Kids will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022. You can participate virtually wherever you like. The in-person event will take place at

Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St
Toronto, ON
M2N 5V7

The event is a 5K race that starts at 7:30 a.m. You should arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled start time to warm up and take your place in the appropriate corral. After you complete your race, there is a post-race party at Mel Lastman Square including food, live entertainment, and music to celebrate your contribution to youth mental health! This will wrap up at 12:00 noon.

You can find course maps under "Event Day"

In-person race
There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $150 for adults and $50 for children/youth, or an average of $150 per person amongst team members, to attend the in-person race. Participants must meet the fundraising minimum by August 31, 2022 to receive your race kit (your access to the race and post-race activities).

Virtual race
We do not set any minimum fundraising targets for the virtual race, but we’d love you to fundraise or donate. With entry completely free, we hope that participants are able to donate and help youth and their families in need.

Participants who fundraise $150 for adults and $50 for children/youth will qualify to receive a race kit.

In-person race

Participants who meet the fundraising minimum by August 31 are eligible to receive a race kit by mail (your access to the race and post-race activities).

Check back for in-person race kit pick up details.

Virtual race

Participants who fundraise a minimum of $150 for adults and $50 for children/youth, to qualify for a race kit. Qualify by August 31, 2022 to get your race kit by race weekend. Those that meet the minimum after August 31, will receive their kits post-race weekend.

Due to the added expenses associated with getting participants their kits, a minimum fundraising requirement has been set to qualify.

Mel Lastman Square is accessible by TTC. We encourage all participants to carpool or take public transit as there will be limited parking available. Visit the Getting to the Event page for more details.

RBC Race for the Kids Toronto will take place rain or shine. If the forecast suggests inclement weather, don't forget to pack your rain jacket! Please feel free to share your mobile number with us at registration for up to the minute race updates delivered via text message.

We do not offer changing facilities; we encourage you to come ready to run!

We will be offering a bag check area in Mel Lastman Square for people to leave their bags. Volunteers will be positioned in this area for the entire event, so you can pick up your checked items when you are done for the day. Please ensure all your items fit into one shopping bag. Note: RBC Race for the Kids is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, we encourage participants to keep valuables on them.

Lost and found items will be collected at and can be claimed from the Information Tent in Mel Lastman Square on race day.

We will have a water station at the 2.5K mark along the route.

Washrooms will be available at the start and finish line.

The event is designed for walkers, runners and strollers. Due to safety concerns, we ask you to leave the scooters, bikes, and rollerblades at home.

Yes! Your canine friends are more than welcome to join in the purple corral only. You are the best judge of how your dog will react to a large crowd. Please be prepared to clean up after them. Note: dogs are not eligible for a medal.

Everyone will receive a medal at the finish line for all their hard work to support youth with mental health issues.

Yes. We take everyone's health very seriously and we will have a number of medical professionals and paramedics on duty.

The routes are accessible to wheelchair users, and we encourage everyone to come out and participate or cheer on the participants in this race.

We strongly encourage participants to start their fundraising early to have their race kit's mailed! For those that do not reach their minimum by August 31, they will have an option to pick up their kits in person.

In-person race participants must meet the fundraising minimum by the race kit pick-up date to be eligible to pick up their race kit (your access to the race and post-race activities). Point-of-sale terminals will be available at all race kit pickup locations if you would like to self-donate to meet your minimum goal.

In-person race
There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $150 for adults and $50 for children/youth, or an average of $150 per person amongst team members, to attend the in-person race. Participants must meet the fundraising minimum by August 31, 2022 to receive your race kit (your access to the race and post-race activities).

Virtual race
We do not set any minimum fundraising targets for the virtual race, but we’d love you to fundraise or donate. With entry completely free, we hope that participants are able to donate and help youth and their families in need.

Participants who fundraise $150 for adults and $50 for children/youth will qualify to receive a race kit.

Yes! Please use the same username and password for 2022 that you used in 2020. If you forget your password, you can reset it from the participant login page here.

Yes, each participant must register separately. However, we encourage you to create a team together.

There is no age limit, everyone is welcome!

Your Personal Fundraising Hub is a centralized spot designed to help you easily do things like:

  • Update your personal page, team page, and fundraising goals
  • Make a self-donation
  • Send recruitment emails to ask your friends/family to join your team
  • Send emails to ask your friends/family for donations
  • Send thank you emails to your friends/family who've sponsored your run
  • Share your page through social media

If you have already registered but now would like to be a part of a team, you can change your team participation right from your Personal Fundraising Hub by clicking on "Change my team participation."

As a team captain, you can add team members manually during the initial registration process. After this you can invite others to join your team by logging in to your account, clicking 'My Team/My Family Team' in the navigation menu, and clicking 'Recruit Team Members'.

RBC Race for the Kids Toronto is an important and unique fundraising event. It supports the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook, a program to help youth with mental illness and addiction and their families find the support they need. The program’s primary funding comes from this event. Once you have registered for the event, you will be provided access to your Personal Fundraising Hub where you can easily create your personal online fundraising page. On this page, there is a section where you can send out fundraising e-mails and links so that people can make a donation to your page.

Yes, you are responsible for collecting your donations. Through your fundraising webpage your supporters can securely and instantly make a donation to you using a credit card. They can also give you cash or cheques in person, which you can submit when you pick up your race kit or on race day. Cheques should be made out to Sunnybrook Foundation with RBC Race for the Kids Toronto and your full name listed in the memo section so we know who to apply the donation to.

If you are collecting donations in person, please be sure to record each donor's information on a pledge form so that we can send them a tax receipt (for donations of $20 or more). The pledge form can be accessed on our Fundraising tools.

If you wish to make changes to your registration you can do so online in your Personal Fundraising Hub by clicking “Update Event Preferences.” Any changes must be made by August 22, 2022. Please note: t-shirt sizes are available on a first come first served basis, therefore all sizes may not be available.

If you wish to cancel your registration you can do so online in your Personal Fundraising Hub by August x, 2022 by clicking “Update Event Preference”. After this date, you can contact us to cancel your registration.

You can make a donation through our website on the main page, http://rbcraceforthekids.ca. Click on the button that says "Donate" and then follow the easy steps. If you are having problems making a donation or need changes made to your donation please contact us at rbcraceforthekids@sunnybrook.ca. and we'd be happy to assist you.

The money raised will go towards the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. It helps young people who have mental illness or addiction find the right care at the right time. For more information about the project, please visit The Cause page.

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of RBC Race for the Kids Toronto supporting the Family Navigation Project. To date we have raised more than $18 million and helped thousands of youth and their families find the mental health care they need.

Each individual participant is highlighted on their own personal webpage. You are able to customize content and images on your personal fundraising page from the Personal Fundraising Hub when you log in to your account at http://rbcraceforthekids.ca. This page is where people can make a direct donation to your fundraising efforts.

Sunnybrook Foundation adheres to strict guidelines that have been defined by the Government of Canada through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA). Foundation websites that require personal information have an online security feature that prote cts your information. A website is considered secure if a symbol of a padlock appears in the bottom right corner of the webpage.

It is up to each donor to opt out if they do not want to be contacted by Sunnybrook during the donation process. We will abide by whatever your donors stipulate.

Please have all cheques made payable to Sunnybrook Foundation. In the memo area of the cheque, please reference RBC Race for the Kids Toronto and your full name so we know who to apply the donation to.

To have an offline donation show up towards your goal, please direct these funds by mail or in person to Sunnybrook Foundation. Once we receive the money, we will verify the donation and a tax receipt will be issued to the donor.

Offline cash or cheque donations can be dropped off at race kit pick - up or on race day, or they can be sent by mail to Sunnybrook Foundation RBC Race for the Kids Toronto, 2075 Bayview Ave., Suite KGW - 01, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5. Please be sure to record each donor’s information on a pledge form (which can be accessed in your Participant Centre) so that we can send them a tax receipt for donations of $ 20 or more.

All donations of $10 or more made online and $20 or more made via cash or cheque are eligible for a tax receipt.

If your donation was made through our online system, the tax receipt will be issued right away. If it is a cash or cheque donation, the Sunnybrook team will issue the receipt by the end of the taxation year (December 2022).

We all have those kinds of days! If you require a duplicate, you can send your request to rbcraceforthekids@sunnybrook. ca and we will send you the duplicate.

Yes, all charitable donations of $10+ online and $20+ via cash or cheque are eligible for a tax receipt.

According to CRA guidelines, you have up to 5 years from the date of issue to include this on your tax return.

You can see who has supported you in your quest to help youth with mental illness and addiction, through your Participant Centre. The Recent Activity section at the bottom indicates any activity on your page, including who has donated to you

Absolutely! Head on over to our volunteer page and fill out the volunteer registration form.

Volunteer experience is certainly an asset but not mandatory. We welcome all who donate their time.

We’ll be looking for volunteers who can commit to a full shift. Shift times and lengths will vary depending on volunteer position, check out our volunteer page for more information on what volunteer shifts are available.

We will make every effort to schedule you together with your friend/group if you provide us with their name when you register, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Yes, all your volunteer hours will qualify for high school community service hours! We will sign off on your volunteering form at the end of the event.

We accept volunteers aged 14+, but certain positions require the volunteer to be of a certain age. This requirement will be indicated on the volunteering form. Children 13 and under are welcome to volunteer as long as their parent/guardian can volunteer with them.

It’s important that we provide a safe, fun, family-friendly event for all our participants. That’s why we’re offering both in-person and virtual races as we continue to navigate the latest safety precautions and regulations resulting from COVID-19.

Following the guidelines of Athletics Canada, Athletics Ontario, and Toronto Public Health, we will not be requiring in-person race participants to show proof of vaccination.

Hand sanitization stations will be set up throughout the square and food will be packaged for your safety. While it’s not required, we encourage you to wear a mask while on the square.