Event Day

Event Day Schedule

Race day is always a special day filled with fun activities for the entire family.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024
Location: Mel Lastman Square 5100 Yonge Street
Race Time: 5 km race begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp, please arrive for 8:00 a.m. to locate your corral.

  • 7:00 a.m. - Last minute bib pick-up and bag check opens at Mel Lastman Square
  • 7:30 a.m. - Mel Lastman Square opens
  • 8:00 a.m. - Participants to proceed to Start line
  • 8:20 a.m. - Opening ceremony at Start line
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5 km RACE BEGINS
  • 9:00 a.m. - Post-race festival. Food and beverage kiosks and activities open at Main Stage/Square
  • 10:30 a.m. - Closing ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. - Main stage entertainment
  • 12:00 p.m. - Event concludes

Note, schedule is subject to change. Please check back for more details on our live entertainment.

Site Map

Race day is always a special day filled with fun activities for the entire family. Download a copy of the site map

Site map and route map are from 2023 and will be updated closer to the event.

What to bring?

  • Your official 2024 RBC Race for the Kids race shirt
  • Race bib
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Race appropriate gear to get you the finish line
  • Sitemap. Download it here

Race Kit Pick-up

Remember you will require your race bib to access all of the post-race activities including our food stations. Please be sure to fill out your name, emergency contact, and any allergies on the back of your bib, in case of a medical emergency.

  • Advance race kit pick-up will be available in-person at our select sites. Check out important details about pick-up locations and timings.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to pick up race kits ahead of the event. Limited Race kit-pick-up will be available on Saturday, September 21 (Race Day) at Mel Lastman Square from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Please allow extra time for race-kit pick up so that you can get to the start line on time.

Please bring with you a government issued ID and your bib #.

Race Route

Race routes are subject to change.

Getting to the Race

The race will be held at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street) in North York. The nearest major intersection is Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave. We encourage all participants to take public transit or carpool. If you plan to drive please check the road closures.

Race Day Weather

The weather can be unpredictable on race day, so please dress accordingly. A general rule is to dress for 10 cooler than the actual temperature to account for the heat your run will create. The event will be a go, rain or shine!

Fundraising & Donations

If you have collected any cash or cheques, please be sure to drop them off at our donations tent located on the square.

Finding Your Corral

At the start line, you will be placed in your corralled section. To locate your corral section, look for volunteers who are holding up a corral sign that corresponds with the corral colour on your bib.

Bag Check

Free bag check is available on-site. Please proceed to the bag check area with your race bib. The perforated portion on your bib should be used for bag identification. Fill in the information section at the bottom of your bib in advance to reduce waiting times.

Please note: Sunnybrook Foundation cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen items or valuables.

Get to the Start Line on Time

The start line is located west of Mel Lastman Square, on Beecroft Road between Park Home Avenue and North York Boulevard. Please make your way to the start line 30 minutes before your designated start time as all races will start promptly.

Medical Services

Medical services will be provided by Odyssey Medical along the route, finish line, and in Mel Lastman Square.

Hydration Stations

Water stations are available along the route and in Mel Lastman Square. Please bring a refillable water bottle as there will be a limited number of biodegradable cups available.


All participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. If you have not done so, please bring a signed copy to race kit pickup or send a scanned copy to rbcraceforthekids@sunnybrook.ca.

You can download the waiver here.


For wheelchair and stroller access to the starting line from Mel Lastman Square, please go to the north end of Mel Lastman Square and follow the accessibility signs located near Starbucks on Yonge Street.

Lost Children

Lost children can be reported at the Information Tent located in Mel Lastman Square near Yonge Street and the Finish Line. If a lost child is found they will be brought to the Information Tent and an announcement will be made on the main stage.

Post-Race Activities

Join us in Mel Lastman Square after your race as we celebrate your walk/ run with tasty food and great entertainment for the entire family!

It's important that we provide a safe, fun, family-friendly event for all our participants.

Safety is our number one priority. We will continue to follow the guidelines issued by the Province of Ontario and Toronto Public Health. Participants and volunteers must review and follow the recommended guidelines and COVID-19 protocols mandated by RBC Race for the Kids at the time of the event.

If you have questions or need assistance, check out the FAQ on our website, or email us at rbcraceforthekids@sunnybrook.ca