RBC Race for the Kids Toronto is a family friendly fundraising event that has been supporting youth mental health for the past 11 years. Together we’ve raised over $20 million and helped thousands of youth find the care they need.
RBC Race for the Kids Toronto will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
The race will take place at:
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St
The event is a 5 km walk/ run 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.
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 race.
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 2.5 km 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.
There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $150 or an average of $150 per person amongst team members to attend the in-person race.
Yes! Please use the same username and password for 2023 that you used in 2022. If you forget your password, you can reset it from the participant login page.
Yes, each participant must register separately. However, we encourage you to create a team together.
There is no age limit, everyone is welcome!
It is important to note that children remain the responsibility of their parent/guardian at all times.
Your Personal Fundraising Hub is a centralized spot designed to help you easily do things like:
If you have already registered but now would like to be a part of a team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the team name you would like to join.
If you want to add more members to your team as a Team Captain, please contact email@example.com with the full names of the participants.
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.
If you wish to make changes to your registration you can do so online in your Personal Fundraising Hub by clicking “Profile”. Registration information can be changed under the “profile” and “questions” tabs. Any changes must be made by September 4, 2023. 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 September 1, 2023 by clicking “Update Event Preference”. After this date, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your registration.
You can make a donation through our website on the main page, 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 email@example.com. 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 11th RBC Race for the Kids Toronto supporting Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project. To date we have raised more than $20 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 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 protects 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, you will need to input the information through your Participant Centre.
Simply log onto your Personal Fundraising Hub and select “Enter offline donations” from the options under Your Next Steps. 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 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 2023).
We all have those kinds of days! If you require a duplicate, you can send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 here.
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.
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.
Following the guidelines of Athletics Canada, Athletics Ontario, and Toronto Public Health, we will not be requiring 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.